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Aruba: Best Honeymoon Destination for 2017

After the Big Day, nothing can relieve the wedding stress or ‘hangover’ like a relaxing Caribbean honeymoon! Imagine lounging your tired body on a comfortable beach chair, set on a pristine white sand beach, with a cocktail in your hand, (we suggest an ArubaRiba) and gazing into the beautiful eyes of your one and only.

Or for the active honeymooner; explore natural island wonders by an ATV tour, participate in a beach tennis tournament, or face your fear of heights by skydiving.  Which-ever type of honeymooner you are, Aruba has the perfect elements to be one of the best Caribbean honeymoon destinations for 2017.

Why Aruba?

So, you’re researching where to go for your honeymoon… and we suggest to you our island, Aruba. But Why Aruba? You probably wouldn’t be looking at Aruba if you didn’t want a Caribbean honeymoon to start with, meaning most probably you are looking for a beautiful beach destination.

Lucky you! Aruba’s flagship beach, Eagle Beach, just won the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award for 3rd Best Beach in the World!  And we have more of those; Arashi beach, Baby Beach, and Palm Beach are all award winners and featured on various best beaches lists.

ArubaAruba's world-famous Eagle Beach

So Aruba has these fantastic beaches, but what sets it apart from the rest of the Caribbean?  Well, for starters, the chance of rain on your well-deserved, and much anticipated, honeymoon in Aruba is slim to none. Aruba is the island with the most sunny days in the entire Caribbean, but that’s not all, because we’re also uniquely situated outside of the southern hurricane belt, ensuring that your honeymoon will be weather-worry-free.  

With one of the highest GDPs in the Caribbean, Aruba is also a safe Caribbean honeymoon destination.

Unlike some of the other Caribbean honeymoon destinations, on Aruba, you aren’t confined to hotel properties, but can explore all that the island has to offer, including meeting with the friendly locals, such as uswink. For years, visitors have agreed that one of the most unique factors to Aruba is our people, which set us sets apart from the other Caribbean islands. In fact, are widely-regarded for being some of the friendliest, most open-hearted people you will ever meet. No wonder so many of our visitors end up booking return trips!

The One Happy Honeymoon Program

I’m sure you’ve all heard that Aruba is the One happy island, but this is not just a slogan! We incorporate happiness into everything we do. That’s why Aruba offers the One happy honeymoon program. If you book your stay with a participating resort or hotel you and your S.O. are treated to some romantic perks such as preferred check-in, a free bottle of champagne and even a free night when you return for your anniversary! On this program you are also entitled to some sweet discounts on tours, spa days, and other honeymoon-friendly activities!

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Fun Things to Do In Aruba

Something you will never run out of when visiting Aruba is a good time. There are plenty of fun activities for newlyweds to enjoy. Whether you’re an active couple ready to explore the rugged nature areas or a couple that wants their honeymoon to double as a relaxation retreat, Aruba is the best Caribbean island for honeymooning.

Adventure

Some say adventure is what really solidifies a union, so why not have your first set of adventures together on the One happy island? Aruba is known for its beautiful beaches and luxurious resorts, but that’s not all the island has to offer! Explore the remote coves on the east coast of the island and take in the beauty of Aruba’s secluded seascapes.

Natural Pool ArubaTaking a dip in the Natural Pool

Arikok National Park – A trip to the Arikok National Park can be a different experience every time you go. The park occupies about 20% of the entire island! It is for this reason that the landscapes in the park are so beautifully diverse. A visit to Arikok can be a stroll at the beach, a cave hunting trip, a history lesson, a day at the pool and so much more. Bike, hike, or drive through the park and explore a side of Aruba you haven’t seen before.

romantic_kiss_during_horseback_riding ArubaA romantic horseback ride

Aruba on horseback – The animal loving couples among us can traverse the island on horseback. It is a unique way to get to know the island from (quite literally) a different angle. Saddle up and discover the hidden gems you won’t see on a traditional tour. This activity is great for any couple, from the professional cowboys to those who have never ridden a horse before. The following companies provide horseback riding tours.

UTV Fofoti coupleOn a UTV adventure with Fofoti Tours & Transfers

ATV & UTV tours – For the thrill-seeking newlyweds with a need for speed, ATV and UTV tours are a must. These tours are led by professional guides who will take you through the rugged northeast coast visiting historical sites and areas that simply cannot be reached without solid 4 wheel drive or an all-terrain vehicle. Adventure is just around the corner.

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Aruba on the water and below sea level – Aruba’s beauty does not end at the shoreline! Ever considered taking a kayaking trip with your significant other? Get in a kayak and see where the waves take you. When you're all done discovering the surface, explore a whole new world under water. Snorkeling is a popular activity for visitors and locals alike. Rent some gear or bring your own, and get to know Aruba’s unique marine life together. Also check out this list of Aruba’s top-rated snorkeling beaches.

And for the more adventurous couple who’s ready to explore more of the deep blue, scuba diving is a perfect way to do so! Many boat tours will take you to Aruba’s top diving spots where stories of shipwrecks and life underwater tell themselves.

If either of you would rather stay dry while exploring the Caribbean sea, a trip in the Atlantis Submarine is the way to go. Get up close and personal with a variety of fish while enjoying informative commentary from your guide!


Dance the night away

Bust a Move – In Aruba there is an abundance of locations where people can hit the dancefloor and show what they’ve got. Whether you’re doing the Cha-Cha Slide on your resort’s pool deck or showing off your best moves at a beach bar, dancing is a great way to bring people together while having fun. For this reason, we highly recommend taking a dance class together while on your honeymoon. Perhaps it will awaken a new passion you and your S.O. can continue to enjoy back home. It’s okay if you’re not a natural, laughing at yourself (and at each other) will only enhance the experience! Check out some of Aruba’s dance schools below.

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Discover Aruba

Island tours – Island tours are a great way to sit back and take in the environment around you while learning something new. Choose a private tour if you and your partner prefer a more personal experience. If you’re open to making some friends along the way, bus tours are recommended! The companies below provide memorable island tours.

Relaxation

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A day at the beach – Nothing exudes peacefulness like spending a day under a fofoti tree on one of our breezy beaches, and nothing embodies quality time like slathering a dollop of sunscreen on your partner’s back! Have breakfast at the beach together, food always tastes better with good company and in the right atmosphere. But please, do remember to clean up after yourselves, because Aruba has some of the cleanest beaches in the Caribbean, and we’d like to keep them that way.

After breakfast, spend the rest of the day beach hopping as each beach has its unique charms. Pick a favorite with your partner and stay there until evening falls. Then, stroll along the shore and enjoy the orange, yellow and pink hues of an Aruban sunset. Once it gets dark, lay those beach towels down and get lost in the moment as you gaze at the starry night together.

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Get pampered – After a long period of wedding planning stress, it’s time to unwind and replenish your body and mind. A couples’ massage at one of Aruba’s many spas can work wonders! The spas listed below are dedicated to bringing tranquility to anyone who sets foot inside.

Dining

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You may be married now, but that doesn’t mean that your partner (or you) no longer needs wining and dining! Thankfully, Aruba has over 250 eateries to choose from. Allow your taste buds to travel the world while you keep your feet in the warm sands of Aruba at a beachfront restaurant, or treat yourselves to the wonders of authentic Aruban cuisine at a local spot.

The following restaurants take pride in the romantic dining experience they provide.

Culture

Since the Aruban community is a marriage of people from many different nationalities, over 120 to be exact, the island has a very rich culture to be immersed in!

Carnival 2017 costume parade2017 Aruba Carnival

Aruba Carnival - If you are visiting Aruba in the beginning of the year, be sure to take part in the Aruba Carnival season. It’s a month-long festivity with joyful street parties known as “jump-ups” and extravagant parades. Every year thousands of Arubans come together for this huge party. What better way to celebrate unity than for you and your partner to get suited up and dance in the streets along with us.

aerchological_museum_romantic_couple_strolling_in_front_of_the_museum ArubaPay the Archaeological Musem a visit

Cultural Highlights - Aruban culture is celebrated in many ways. Be it through visual art, music, food, or our holidays. As visitors, you are always welcome to mingle with the community and celebrate with us. Attend the following cultural highlights to have fun like us locals do!

Accommodations

One of the most important elements of planning your honeymoon is finding that perfect place you and your partner can call home for a while. With a wide variety of accommodation types at your disposal, finding your perfect honeymoon suite will be a breeze. We don’t call Aruba one of the top Caribbean honeymoon destinations for nothing.

All-Inclusive Packages

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Planning a wedding can be a lot of work, so it is imaginable that you would like to book your honeymoon with ease. If you recognize this sentiment, an all-Inclusive Caribbean honeymoon may be the way to go! Aruba’s all-inclusive resorts range from affordable and laid back, to luxurious and exclusive. With a variety of amenities to choose from, there is no doubt that you will find the perfect all-inclusive resort for your honeymoon right here in Aruba.

Divi Aruba All Inclusive

Save 30% On Your Honeymoon at Divi Aruba All Inclusive, Plus a Free Room Upgrade.

All Inclusive rate of $452 per night includes:

  • Oceanview or Beachside accommodation with King bed and patio or balcony
  • Candlelight dinner for two
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Free night, first anniversary certificate
  • Remembrance gift
  • All meals and beverages at 10 dining options and 8 bars
  • 4 freshwater pools
  • Non-motorized water sports including snorkeling, kayaks, windsurfs, catamarans and floats
  • Nightly entertainment
  • In-room wifi

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Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

71 Deluxe Ocean and Garden View Rooms are newly renovated in an inviting, contemporary Island décor and feature top-notch amenities, including contemporary luxury bedding to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable.

Honeymoon All-Inclusive Package:
This package includes the above Honeymoon Package features plus the below listed features:

  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner served a-la-carte for all meals at The Chophouse, Ike’s Bistro Mediterranean & Caribbean & Pega-Pega Café & Beach Bar
  • Premium open bar including cocktails, beers, liquors, liqueurs, smoothies and wines
  • One dinner served off-property with a minimum of four nights stay
  • Restaurant and bar service charge included

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Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive

Save 30% On Your Honeymoon at Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive, Plus a Guaranteed Preferred Deluxe Oceanfront Room.

All Inclusive rate of $418 per night includes:

  • Preferred Deluxe Oceanfront accommodation with King bed and patio or balcony
  • Candlelight dinner for two
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Free night, first anniversary certificate
  • Remembrance gift
  • All meals and beverages at 10 dining options and 8 bars
  • 4 freshwater pools
  • Non-motorized water sports including snorkeling, kayaks, windsurfs, catamarans and floats
  • Nightly entertainment
  • In-room wifi

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High-Rise Resorts

Aruba has a great selection of beach front hotels to choose from. We categorize these hotels as high-rise and low-rise resorts, each with their corresponding areas. For the couples who like to stay at large luxurious resorts, the high-rise area along Palm Beach is the ideal location to find a honeymoon home! Here are some great packages by high-rise resorts.

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Celebrate your special anniversary in Aruba’s ultimate indulgence ‘the Tradewinds Club’.

Honeymoon Bliss grants you the perks and privileges of Tradewinds Club

  • Deluxe Ocean View room accommodations
  • Breakfast in bed, one day room service
  • Bubbles and strawberries in your room upon arrival
  • Dinner one night at Atardi - ($250 F&B credit) - reservations required
  • Late check out (based on availability)

Reservations
Be sure that promotional code HON appears in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making your online reservation, or call 1-800-228-9290 in the US and ask for promotional code HON.

Terms and Conditions
Valid seven days a week through 12/19/17. *Must stay four consecutive nights on this rate. Rates are per room per night and do not include tax and service charge and based on availability at the time of reservations. A limited number of packages are available. Not available to groups of ten or more rooms or in conjunction with other promotional offers. Package inclusions are for up to 2 guests maximum. Reservation is required for the dinner at Atardi, please contact aruba.reservations@marriotthotels.com. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions. Blackout dates may apply. Advance reservations required. Other restrictions apply.

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The Ritz Carlton, Aruba

Romance Escape. Valid through September 30, 2017. Starting at $389 USD per night.

Indulge in an unforgettable romantic escape to Aruba’s beautiful Palm Beach. It’s the perfect celebration for any occasion.

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Daily breakfast for two at Solanio 
  • 50-minute couples massage (once per stay) 
  • Sunset Sail for two operated by Red Sail Sport (once per stay) 
  • Welcome Amenity (once per stay)

A romantic dinner on the beach is also available.

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Low-Rise Resorts

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For honeymooners looking for a more quiet and intimate home away from home, the smaller resorts in the low-rise area along Eagle Beach are the way to go. Eagle Beach is Aruba’s most popular beach, and for good reason! Experience it for yourself by choosing one of these honeymoon packages provided by low-rise hotels.

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

  • Accommodation in a Superior Studio with Jacuzzi
  • Bottle of Champagne upon arrival
  • A Champagne breakfast in bed
  • A romantic cruise
  • A romantic dinner at Passions on the Beach
  • Amsterdam Manor bath robes to keep

High Season (December 24th, 2016 to April 17th, 2017)

  • 4 Nights / 5 Days $2,200
  • 7 Nights / 8 Days $3,625
  • Additional nights: add contract rate per room/ per night.
  • All prices include taxes and service charge.

Low Season (April 18th, 2017 – December 22nd, 2017)

  • 4 Nights / 5 Days $1,575
  • 7 Nights / 8 Days $2,550
  • Additional nights: add contract rate per room/ per night.
  • All prices include taxes and service charge.

Click here and here to download the flyers.

Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba

The romance package at Boardwalk Hotel Aruba includes:

  • A welcome drink in your casita.
  • Champagne breakfast for two in bed (served the morning of your choice).
  • Choice between a romantic sunset sail cruise, or a romantic 3-course dinner on the beach for two with sparkling wine at Barefoot restaurant.
  • Complimentary upgrade to our romance casita with double hammock (check availability with hotel prior to booking, upgrade for One Bedroom Casita reservations only).

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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Named #1 Most Romantic Hotel in the Caribbean, 2017 TripAdvisor.

  • 5 nights in Oceanfront Deluxe Room (between April 17 and December 23, 2017)
  • Free Breakfast, Free WiFi, Bottle of champagne, cheese and chocolates.
  • $2205 per couple (all taxes included).

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Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

The ultimate Caribbean vacation experience begins at our intimate, 2-story boutique resort located on the shores of majestic Eagle Beach, where the turquoise Caribbean Sea awaits.

Honeymoon Package:

  • Deluxe Ocean View Room with private balcony or patio
  • Fresh tropical flowers, a chilled bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in your room
  • One breakfast served in bed
  • One romantic dinner for two under the stars including a bottle of wine
  • Honeymoon couple massage overlooking the beach at Spa del Sol
  • Snorkeling or romantic sunset cruise
  • Round-trip transfer from airport to the resort
  • One complimentary room night on your next anniversary

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Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

5-night romance packages start at $1565 ($313 per night). 7-night romance packages start at $2136 ($305 per night). Packages include:

  • Accommodations in an oceanfront one bedroom suite
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Romantic candlelit beachside dinner for two at pureocean (reservations required)
  • Welcome turn-down service with flickering bedside white candles, petal strewn bed, chilled bottle of champagne, two souvenir champagne flutes and chocolate or tropical fruits

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Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort

5-night all-inclusive romance packages start at $1983 ($198 per person per night). 7-night all-inclusive romance packages start at $2723 ($194 per person per night). Packages include:

  • Accommodations in an oceanfront or golf course view one bedroom suite
  • Unlimited food and drinks
  • Romantic candlelit dinner for two at Windows on Aruba (Windows on Aruba is not part of the traditional all-inclusive plan, but is included for one night in this package)
  • Welcome turn-down service with flickering bedside white candles, petal strewn bed, chilled bottle of champagne, two souvenir champagne flutes and chocolate or tropical fruits

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Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Discover Flamingo Love! Flamingos are beautiful and monogamous creatures that inspire true love at Renaissance Island, a private island exclusive to Renaissance Aruba Resort guests. To celebrate that love, Renaissance Aruba released a pink romance package, “Discover Flamingo Love,” which includes:

  • Accommodations at the adult-exclusive Renaissance Marina Hotel or Renaissance Ocean Suites
  • Pinktini upon arrival at BLUE or SOLE
  • Pink champagne and pink chocolate covered strawberries in the room
  • Complimentary access to Renaissance private island
  • Private flamingo feeding with a resort expert
  • A photo shoot at Flamingo Beach on Renaissance Island with the pink flamingos
  • Inflatable flamingo pool floatie souvenir

Rates start $252 at per room per night based on 2 persons per room. Available for travel between January 1 and December 19, 2017. Be sure that promotional code SO9 appears in the promotional code box when making your online reservation at www.renaruba.com

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Vacation Rentals

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Aruba may have the best Caribbean honeymoon resorts, but to completely personalize your experience, a vacation rental is the perfect accommodation type. Be it a luxurious villa with a pool or a cozy studio near the beach, there are many vacation rental options to explore, and Aruba has them all. Check out the great vacation rental honeymoon package below.

Gold Coast Aruba

Experience your Dream Honeymoon at Gold Coast ArubaEnjoy this special time with your loved one in a Caribbean setting at Gold Coast Aruba. We offer comfortable, romantic and luxury accommodations for couples that are ready to spend some time together after their festive wedding celebrations!

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Convenience

Aruba renaissance couples meditateNo stress allowed on your honeymoon

Ease of travel - One of the great things about traveling to Aruba is the traveling part! Getting here is easy. The Reina Beatrix Airport has more than 100 direct flights weekly from 14 US gateways, and one-stop connections from most cities in North America. There is also a selection of flights from European and South American countries! If you would like to make your travels a little extra special VIP Airport Hosting Services with First Class Experience Aruba for your arrival and departure through the Queen Beatrix International Airport is available. Download the flyer for more information.

We’ve got the power - As a newlywed couple, it is only natural that you would want to document every second of the trip. In Aruba, it’s easy to make sure all your photo and video devices are charged as we use the same power outlets and voltage used in the United States!

Money like home – There’s no need to worry about changing currency or making complicated calculations when shopping in Aruba. The US dollar is accepted here.

Affordability

Caribbean honeymoon packages do not have to break the bank. There are many ways to enjoy a fulfilling, romantic trip to Aruba on a budget.

10 Honeymoon Planning Tips

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Finally, we would like to present you with some helpful tips to plan your honeymoon in paradise.

  1. Plan together. Get the most out of your Aruba Honeymoon by making a list of can’t-miss activities for you and your partner.
  2. But don’t over plan. Make sure to leave room for spontaneous outings and sleeping in!
  3. Open a honeymoon registry. If your guests have a hard time picking a wedding gift for you, they can donate to your honeymoon fund instead.
  4. Check out this list of what to bring, and add to it with your personal travel essentials.
  5. If you are taking your spouse’s name, book your flight, stay, and activities using your old name. Depending on when you are traveling, your legal documents may not reflect your name change yet.
  6. Don’t be shy; tell everyone it’s your honeymoon. There may be special perks and discounts for honeymooners available.
  7. Schedule a romantic photoshoot. Aruba’s beautiful beaches and landscapes are a great place to capture your first travel memories together as a married couple.
  8. Keep the rings safe. When engaging in adventurous activities, be sure to leave your rings in a secure place like a safe deposit box.
  9. Talk to the locals. Local couples will give you the best tips for an authentic Aruban date night.
  10. Reach out to a travel agent if you are not great at planning. They have arranged many honeymoons before. Just let them know what your travel preferences are, and they will help you plan the honeymoon of your dreams.

Now you have all the tools to plan your perfect Aruba Honeymoon. Don’t wait!

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About the blogger: Jennifer Richardson
She moved to Aruba when she was just 11 years old, and she hasn’t felt more at home since. She is very passionate about visual art and draws her inspiration from being out and about, observing the local people and trends. Being as excited about the One happy island as she is, Jennifer will gladly pass all her observations along to you!