Why Honeymoon in Aruba?
What makes Aruba so romantic? Is it the soft, white, sandy beaches? The cool, crystalline water? The palm trees, the piña coladas, the pink, filigreed Dutch architecture, or the thatched cabanas along the shore? Is it the spicy Caribbean cooking, the zesty music, or the laid-back lifestyle of the friendly people? Is it the way the divi trees seem to lean longingly toward the ocean?
Or is this island paradise only romantic because you’re sharing it with your true love?
You’ll just have to find out for yourself.
Welcome to your Aruba honeymoon.
An introduction to the island
Aruba is located in the southern Caribbean just off the northern tip of Venezuela. Originally a fishing island inhabited by the South American Arawak tribe, the land was claimed by Spain in 1499 and subsequently colonized by the Netherlands in 1636. The mix of cultures is apparent in the official languages, Dutch and Papiamento, though most locals also speak English, Spanish and Portuguese. Today Aruba is a popular cruise destination marked by safe streets, a stable government, and friendly people. As you’ll often hear during your stay, this is “one happy island.”
With an area of around 70 square miles, Aruba is about the size of Washington D.C. The currency is the Aruban florin (marked as Afl or Awg), but the market is tied to USD, and US dollars are widely accepted.
Arriving in Aruba you will fly into Queen Beatrix International Airport. From there you can taxi, shuttle, or rent a car to your accommodations in Palm Beach, Eagle Beach, Oranjestad, or somewhere off the beaten track.
When should we go?
Aruba’s temperature stays around 82⁰F all year long, typically with cooling breezes.
Aruba’s low season (meaning fewer crowds and lower prices) is from mid-April to mid-December. Look for travel deals in September, when the trade winds die down and the temperature feels warmer.
Mid-December through mid-April is the high season when you’ll find more crowds and higher accommodation prices. The weeks leading up to Carnival (between January and March), the island hosts many music and cultural events. October through January are the wettest months, so expect short bursts of rain.
How long should we stay?
On this island getaway, there is as much – or as little – to do as your two hearts desire. One week can easily be filled by snorkeling, sightseeing, hiking, shopping and exploring; or by spending every day lounging on the beach, drinking cocktails and rubbing sunscreen on each other. It’s your honeymoon – do what you want to do.
What packages are available?
One reason to honeymoon in Aruba: The One Happy Honeymoon program. Simply identify yourselves as newlyweds upon reserving and checking into any of the participating hotels, and you are automatically treated to a deluxe package. The complimentary offer includes a bottle of champagne, a souvenir, a night’s stay during the following year (can you say “anniversary trip?”), and discounts on some of the most popular attractions, such as horseback riding, sailing, surfing, and a variety of island tours. (Check out their website for a list of participating resorts and more information.)
Whether it’s sightseeing tours, scuba lessons, or a spa day, get the gifts you really want by signing up for the Aruba Celebrations Registry. From the practical (car rentals, hotel stays) to the playful (jeep tours, snorkeling), to the pleasurable (private dinners, sunset cruises), let your friends and family help to make your honeymoon magical and memorable.
How can we budget our honeymoon?
In addition to its sun-kissed shores and star-studded sky, the beauty of Aruba is its affordability. Prices for food and souvenirs are relatively cheap by US standards, and always will be: the Aruban florin is tied to the US dollar and fluctuates accordingly. Here are some budgeting tips:
- Order a VisitAruba Plus card – for $13.95, this card offers discounts on car rentals, restaurants, activities and more.
- Pick up a coupon booklet at the airport or your hotel for deals on activities and freebies that can make great take-home gifts.
- Casinos are prominent in Aruba – be money-smart if you choose to gamble.
- Many activities are cheap, even free! After all, an idyllic day on the beach costs nothing but a bottle of sunscreen and a pair of shades!
- Get away from the ritzy main drag and spend some quality time together exploring the rest of the island – you never know what hidden coves and secret treasures you might find!
- Haggling is a norm in Aruba – don’t be afraid to bargain with vendors for a lower price on souvenir items.
What should we do?
On the sand
Start with a tour of the island, guided by a local or your own GPS and discover the fascinating multi-cultural history of the island. Then ditch the map and get lost exploring the secret beaches along the coastline. Hike along ancient land bridges carved out by the ocean, or climb over the dunes on the north side and see the California Lighthouse. Give your feet a rest and take a jeep tour of Arikok National Park. Animal lovers can see sea turtle hatchings at the right time of year, or visit the island’s donkey sanctuary. Spend a day shopping in Oranjestad for Cuban cigars or Dutch souvenirs, international high-end brands or locally-made handicrafts. For an intimate experience, spend an indulgent few hours in Spa Cove, and treat yourselves to a secluded couples massage on a private beach, just a ferry-ride away from Aruba. Or avoid getting dressed at all and spend a day at your hotel’s swim-up bar. In the evening, dine on the waterfront, visit one of Palm Beach’s many beach bars, or savor your own sunset picnic on the beach beneath the stars.
On the surf
You’ve already taken the plunge; now try scuba lessons or a deep-sea submarine expedition to celebrate your infinite commitment to each other. Aruba is home to many reef beaches ideal for snorkeling – pick up a mask (complimentary in some hotels) and head to Mangel Halto, Puerto Chiquito, or Catalina Cove, or book a boat and explore the famous underwater Antilla shipwreck. Of course, you can always ditch the gear and swim side by side on the pristine beaches of Eagle Beach, Baby Beach, Rodger’s Beach or Coco Beach. In the evening, sail off into the sunset on a private yacht and sip champagne as the sun dips below the horizon.
- Rent a car and get off the main strip in Palm Beach and see the rest of the island. Four-wheel drive will give you access to off-road destinations (such as hidden beaches). For the truly adventurous, see the island by motorcycle!
- When you can, shop local at the roadside stands and flea markets rather than the big supermarkets. By supporting small businesses you’ll enjoy more local flavor, variety, and conversation.
- Drink the tap water. Not only is it potable, it’s delicious, due to the island’s own saltwater desalination plant – the second largest in the world.
- Eat fresh seafood at Zeerovers. Touted as the best fish and chips on the island, this boat-to-table seafood restaurant in Savaneta is built out over the water. Order your food, watch them fry it up, and pick a table on the open-air deck with a view of the boats that bring in the catch of the day. For dessert, head to House of Cakes – choose a few slices and sample the local flavors, such as their famous cashew cake.
- Drink from a freshly chopped coconut at a roadside stand, such as the one near Sero Colorado.
- Drive to Tia Rosa Snack in Pos Chikito and order a patacon, a prize-winning, mouth-watering Venezuelan/Colombian sandwich consisting of shredded meat, queso blanco, and a few more magical ingredients stuffed between two fried plantain patties. Lounge around on Mangel Halto beach as you digest.
Where should we stay?
The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba are adjacent sister properties giving you the benefit of having extra pools and activities available to you. Each offers an array of packages that will create a once in a lifetime destination wedding and honeymoon. The packages are designed to ensure a stress-free experience and to help launch the happy couple into wedded bliss.
Brides- and grooms-to-be that dream of a fairytale wedding and saying “I Do” with a backdrop of the Caribbean Sea or picture perfect sunset, or spending their honeymoon relaxing on the pristine white sands of Divi Aruba’s beach, can make their dreams a reality with any of the packages.
Couples who decide to book their nuptials at the Divi Aruba All Inclusive or the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive will receive an extra bonus of savings, with a complimentary Honeymoon Package including an upgrade to an Oceanview or Beachside room. The newlyweds need only to have their wedding guests reserve up to 10 double occupancy rooms for five nights. The Honeymoon Package also includes a bottle of champagne, a free night anniversary certificate, candlelight dinner for two and remembrance gift.
Luxury Hotels and Resorts
Enveloped by natural beauty in a breathtaking seaside location The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba offers the a romantic retreat to create memories to cherish a lifetime.
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, located on the exclusive Palm Beach, invites couples to indulge an island paradise with the hotel’s beautifully appointed rooms and suites, all with private balconies overlooking the Caribbean Sea, four dining outlets, a luxurious spa, two swimming pools including an adults only section, and a 24-hour casino.
To blend the romantic experience with some beach time, guests may enjoy a variety of amenities including watersports such as snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking.
The unique Romance Escape Package allows couples to enjoy unsurpassed luxury and world-class service for their honeymoon or romantic getaway of their dreams. The package includes overnight accommodations, daily breakfast for two, a 50-minute couples massage of The Ritz-Carlton Signature Massage, a Sunset Sail for two and a welcome amenity.
Couples can take their experience to a new level and soak in the sun with a private poolside or beachside cabana featuring plus lounge chairs, personalized amenities, fresh fruit and refreshments for a perfect day.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Aruba designed a special treatment for couples, “Candela Deseo” a powerful love potion and experience guests remember long after having left the resort. The treatment starts off with a body scrub made from freshly derived honey from our island, followed by an aromatherapy massage to ease the senses and awaken a romantic mood for the love bath. Finally, this experience offers couples a glass of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba offers a collection of four dining experiences. The restaurants, each offering a different cuisine, also reflect the island’s culture and culinary gifts.
In each of our restaurants guests can enjoy dining indoors or alfresco, while admiring the Aruban nights lighted by glowing fire pits and live entertainment.
Boutique Hotels and B&Bs
Oceanz Boutique Hotel – $$$
Ocean Z is the only Boutique Hotel in the Island of Aruba located in Malmok. Ocean Z is a 5 star Hotel with 13 spacious and comfortable rooms overlooking the ocean. For a honeymoon or romantic getaway to Aruba, enjoy one of the Master King Suites with an infinity pool and ocean view. Also at the hotel is a bar and restaurant and an on site spa. Rooms can range from around $400-$800 a night.
Private Villas and Apartments
Starting at $125 per month, Paradera Park is an affordable hotel without compromise. You find a lovely swimming pool and comfy accommodations during your stay about ten minutes away. They make your stay easy with snorkeling gear available to rent and breakfast options that are left in your fridge for you to eat at your convenience. For an added touch pre order a bottle of Prosecco on ice decorated with tropical flowers for your arrival.