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    New with questions!

    Hello everyone, Joe here, Looking to plan our honeymoon and we have a TON of questions.. We're getting married sept 2017, but may not take our honeymoon until march 2018 (still on the fence due to time off from work). I have been browsing this forum for a couple weeks now and decided to sign up since I couldn't really find my answers.

    First up, where to stay!!?? I like the idea of Palm beach simply because of the room and by the looks of things on bing maps, seems to be where everything is.. But I have no clue.. We know we don't want to stay in any place below the Bucuti resort.

    Do we go all inclusive? or not?

    Do we rent a car for the week? or just for a day or two depending on what we decide to do?

    What hotels/resorts have honeymoon packages if any?

    I know my fiance wants to have a candle lit dinner for two on the beach during sunset at least ONCE during the trip and since she's awesome, I want to make sure she gets that.

    When is the best time to go? We have a book that says peak is between december and april, how crowded is peak season? I come from NJ, so crowded to me is no room to sit on the beach.... We don't want that, but if peak isn't so bad, we may go during that time..

    We aren't big drinkers, or partiers but would like to, you know, celebrate are wedding/honeymoon..

    We also want a beach view hotel room, preferably with balcony to watch a sunset.

    How long does it take to tour the island? can it be done in a day?

    Our main goal for our honeymoon is to relax, basically sit on the beach and have some drinks, maybe do some snorkling, and tour the island at least one day.. We only have about a 5k budget for everything. LIke stated we are not huge drinkers but I can put them away giving the right conditions. My sister has gone twice and stayed at the raddison which is no longer there, but she said the place is awesome which is why we made Aruba our decision. HELP US!!! lol! looking forward to getting our trip sorted out and booked to enjoy ONE HAPPY ISLAND!

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    Hi Joe, welcome to the forum! Use the search bar in the upper right corner to help find threads on certain topics. Everyone here has their own opinion on where to stay. We like the hi rise area, but other members love the low rise. Just look around at the different topics and ask specific questions, you will get many different answers on some questions and definite answers on others. Congrats on your upcoming wedding and honeymoon. And no matter what you ultimately decide, rest assured you have made the first correct step in selecting Aruba.

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    Joe.... welcome to the forum..... Here's my take.... and opinions do vary...!

    You chose Palm Beach.... the Hilton replaced the Radisson so based on your sister's experience it might be the right choice. You can find a great package here... http://www.aruba4u.com/index.html

    I love the restaurants..... so let someone else give you the benefits of all inclusive.... perhaps a breakfast/lunch package might work with dinners going out.
    Most have honeymoon packages.

    Passions on the Beach, Flying Fishbone and Barefoot come to mind for sunset dining on the beach. We tried Elements this year and it was fantastic for sunset dining without toes in the sand.....

    Best time.... the sooner the better so you can plan the next trip.

    You can tour just about in a day.... so with the beach time being a priority.... maybe just a rental car for a day or two.

    Drinking..... everyone offers a happy hour or two....

    Best wishes on the wedding and honeymoon and your lives together!

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    Welcome and Cp Jones said it best, the sooner you book the sooner you can plan your next trip. I think the Hilton would be a perfect spot if you go in March, in the fall they will be finishing up their remodel. The Hyatt would be another really nice option, except most rooms don't have a full balcony unless you get a suite.

    Enjoy the honeymoon but before you go ask many questions....

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum



    an island tour can be as short as 2 or 3 hours, for the bare basics and can be divided into 2 parts for extensive.
    part one could be in an air conditioned car or motor coach bus and you would see things like...alto vista chapel, california lighthouse, rough water east side, gold mine ruins as well as some other things that might add up to 2 or 3 hours in air conditioned comfort.

    then part 2.......i would suggest and ATV, UTV TOUR into the arikok and the natural pool
    might be about 4+hours and you'd get filthy, but have fun.
    i do not recommend a self tour in the rough terrain.

    contact ABC or DePalm or Fofoti or KiniKini tours for all touriing info.

    all inclsuive/non all inclusive............... i vote not because of the so many restaurant choices. but if you want, how about a breakfast plan only?

    i strongly recommend the bucuti and hope that it fits your budget non all inclusive.
    you do not want to be south of the bucuti so i will not suggest the ABC, CDM, the Divi All inclusive, manchebo or tamarijn which are all nice.

    palm beach....hyatt or hilton (formerly radisson) holiday inn for non all inclusive
    all inclusive on palm beach would be the riu or the occidental (what is the new name please?)

    also on eagle beach i would recommend the amsterdam manor hotel. (they have both all inclusive and non)

    rent a car for a day or 2 to give you some time to go off and explore.


    peak is the week b4 christmas thru easter.
    really quiet season is sept, oct ,part of nov ,and first 2 weeks dec.

    again, welcome.do LOTS of reading on this forum and alos the main aruba.com site.







    QUOTE=KristinandJoe;301084]Hello everyone, Joe here, Looking to plan our honeymoon and we have a TON of questions.. We're getting married sept 2017, but may not take our honeymoon until march 2018 (still on the fence due to time off from work). I have been browsing this forum for a couple weeks now and decided to sign up since I couldn't really find my answers.

    First up, where to stay!!?? I like the idea of Palm beach simply because of the room and by the looks of things on bing maps, seems to be where everything is.. But I have no clue.. We know we don't want to stay in any place below the Bucuti resort.

    Do we go all inclusive? or not?

    Do we rent a car for the week? or just for a day or two depending on what we decide to do?

    What hotels/resorts have honeymoon packages if any?

    I know my fiance wants to have a candle lit dinner for two on the beach during sunset at least ONCE during the trip and since she's awesome, I want to make sure she gets that.

    When is the best time to go? We have a book that says peak is between december and april, how crowded is peak season? I come from NJ, so crowded to me is no room to sit on the beach.... We don't want that, but if peak isn't so bad, we may go during that time..

    We aren't big drinkers, or partiers but would like to, you know, celebrate are wedding/honeymoon..

    We also want a beach view hotel room, preferably with balcony to watch a sunset.

    How long does it take to tour the island? can it be done in a day?

    Our main goal for our honeymoon is to relax, basically sit on the beach and have some drinks, maybe do some snorkling, and tour the island at least one day.. We only have about a 5k budget for everything. LIke stated we are not huge drinkers but I can put them away giving the right conditions. My sister has gone twice and stayed at the raddison which is no longer there, but she said the place is awesome which is why we made Aruba our decision. HELP US!!! lol! looking forward to getting our trip sorted out and booked to enjoy ONE HAPPY ISLAND![/QUOTE]
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 07-11-2016 at 03:53 PM. Reason: deleted the aruba4you link as i did not see that CP had already posted it

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    Hi Joe! Welcome to the Aruba.com Community Forum!

    Congrats on your upcoming wedding & honeymoon!

    When we honeymooned in Aruba many years ago we did not rent a car, just took taxis for the first few days then decided we wanted to rent a car to go exploring one day. We wound up keeping the car for 2 or 3 days. We were given a timeshare as a wedding gift, so didn't really have our choice of resorts, but we were on Eagle Beach in the low rise and fell in love with it!

    CP gave some great advice with the romantic dinner spots & Walt's advice on using that trusty search bar is spot on!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    all inclusive on palm beach would be the riu or the occidental (what is the new name please?)
    Barcelo
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Thanks for the information all, It actually does help "talking" to people that have been there before or go often enough to give opinions on things. We will go over the info here, and go from there! And if I'm understanding this correct, the occidental is now the Barcelo?

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    Yes it is, or will be. Their name is not on the building yet but they will be taking things over.

    Quote Originally Posted by KristinandJoe View Post
    Thanks for the information all, It actually does help "talking" to people that have been there before or go often enough to give opinions on things. We will go over the info here, and go from there! And if I'm understanding this correct, the occidental is now the Barcelo?

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    Welcome to the forum.. you will get some of the best advice here

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