30 Aug 2017 Complete Guide to an Aruba Honeymoon | Destinations & Itinerary
Aruba is hands down, one of our favorite islands in the Caribbean. It’s also a special place for us because here on the shores of stunning Eagle Beach, we said “I do” – again!
In August of 2017, we renewed our vows as a part of the Caribbean’s largest vow renewal ceremony. After the ceremony, we rolled right into honeymoon mode. If you’re considering a Caribbean honeymoon, take a close look at spending your honeymoon in Aruba! We’re pretty sure you’ll fall with this little gem like we did, it’s perfect for young couples full of beautiful beaches and more adventures than you might expect.
Planning a Honeymoon in Aruba
- Aruba Honeymoon Destinations & Resorts
- Best Honeymoon Restaurants in Aruba
- Aruba Honeymoon Activities
- Costs & Budget for a Honeymoon in Aruba
If you’re looking for a honeymoon that mixes beach and adventure then an Aruba honeymoon is for you. You only take one honeymoon so it better be epic! Some people can spend the entire week laying on the beach sipping drinks (nothing wrong with that) which Aruba has but some people get a little stir crazy and need to get off the resort. There are tons of things to do in Aruba and beaches to explore.
Aruba’s landscape is more diverse than most people realize. You have gorgeous beaches on one side and cactus filled desert landscapes on the other. The island of Aruba has some of the best beaches in the world, TripAdvisor named Eagle Beach the #3 beach in the world in 2017. We’ve put together this Aruba guide to help plan your honeymoon, complete with Aruba hotel recommendations, the best restaurants in Aruba, things to do in Aruba, and Aruba honeymoon costs.
Epic Aruba Honeymoon Destinations & Resorts
Wondering where to stay on your honeymoon? Here is our guide to the beach areas of Aruba along with hotel and resort recommendations for each. Aruba has some of the best and cleanest beaches in the Caribbean with more than 20 pristine pieces of sand to choose from. We’re going to show our favorite beaches in Aruba for honeymooners.
We would suggest staying at a single hotel in Aruba your entire honeymoon or two at max and then renting a car to explore the other beaches in Aruba. The island is pretty small and easy to get around, so spend your time enjoying the island, not packing and unpacking. If we personally had to pick two beaches to stay it would be Manchebo Beach and Palm Beach, but we’ve put together this list of the best Beaches in Aruba for a honeymoon.
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Palm Beach Aruba is where all the main action happens. This part of Aruba is also known as the “high-rise hotel area” because it’s where all the high-rise hotels are. If you are looking for a gorgeous beach with a ton of restaurants, beach bars, great nightlife, and shopping – then Palm Beach Aruba is for you.
You can walk everywhere in Palm Beach and most hotels have free parking for guests. Parking is also available if you are staying elsewhere for $1 all day. We personally haven’t stayed in Palm Beach but definitely, would next time for a few nights. We drove or took a taxi to Palm Beach for most dinners. A taxi from Manchebo Resort is only $9 USD.
Romantic Hotels in Palm Beach Aruba
- The Ritz Carlton Aruba | Check Prices Online | Hotels.com | Orbtiz | Expedia
- Aruba Marriot Resort | Check Prices Online | Hotels.com | Orbtiz | Expedia
- Riu Palace Antillas All Inclusive – Adult Only | Check Prices Online | Hotels.com | Orbtiz | Expedia
Like we mentioned before Eagle Beach was named the #3 beach in the world on TripAdvisor in 2017 and it lives up to that title. The beach goes on for miles with white sand and gorgeous turquoise water. Eagle Beach is located in front of the low-rise hotels. If you don’t stay on Eagle Beach it’s a must to visit. We just renewed our vows on Eagle Beach partaking in the Caribbean’s largest vow renewal saying #ArubaIDo. We personally stayed at the Amsterdam Manor Resort on Eagle Beach in one of their honeymoon suites.
Romanic Hotels on Eagle Beach Aruba
- Amsterdam Manor Resort | Check Prices Online | Hotels.com | Orbtiz | Expedia
- La Cabana Beach Resort and Casino | Check Prices Online | Hotels.com | Orbtiz | Expedia
We spent most of our mini honeymoon in Aruba on Manchebo Beach. The beach is on the most western point of the island making it great for sunset lovers. Manchebo Beach is technically the same beach as Eagle Beach but is locally referred to as a separate beach. The beach is less busy than Eagle Beach or Palm Beach. The water has a few waves which make it fun to play in.
Romantic Hotels on Manchebo Beach
- Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa | Check Prices Online | Hotels.com | Orbtiz | Expedia
- Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort – Adults Only | Check Prices Online | Hotels.com | Orbtiz | Expedia
Drulf Beach is a mile long beach right next to Manchebo Beach but what makes it note worthy is its famous residents. We saw a picture of pelicans sitting on a few old wooden posts off shore on Druif Beach in our hotel and we got to capture that same photo ourselves. Drulf is a rather quiet beach with the low rise hotels located across the street from the beach. Having the hotels across the street may seem like a negative, but it’s actually good as it leaves the beach nice and deep. You can easily walk the beach to Manchebo Beach and Eagle Beach. The water is calm and the sun is strong.
Romantic Hotels On Drulf Beach
- Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive | Check Prices Online | Hotels.com | Orbtiz | Expedia
- Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort | Check Prices Online | Hotels.com | Orbtiz | Expedia
- Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort | Check Prices Online | Hotels.com | Orbtiz | Expedia
Renaissance Island is a private island owned by the Renaissance Hotel in Aruba. It’s also known as Flamingo Beach Aruba where the flamingos rule the beach. As you’re lounging on the beach there are flamingos walking by your chair or walking by you on the beach. It’s a gorgeous beach with some of the coolest residents. Renaissance Island is only available to guests staying at the Renaissance Aruba Resort or if you’re lucky enough to get one of the 30 day passes they sell for $99. We suggest skipping the day pass and instead stay here your first night on your honeymoon in Aruba. The Renaissance is very close to the airport and you then get to visit the flamingos as part of your stay!
Baby Beach & Rodgers Beach
Baby Beach in our opinion is one of the best beaches in Aruba. The water is super shallow and great for snorkeling. However, there aren’t any hotels on Baby Beach or within walking distance. If you’re open to staying in an Airbnb on your honeymoon in Aruba then consider Baby Beach. The beach is on the opposite end of the island from Palm Beach & Eagle Beach, so you’d need a car to stay near Baby Beach. We personally think staying in Baby Beach is best for couples traveling with other couples since you can easily find an Airbnb with several bedrooms and split the cost.
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Aruba Honeymoon Restaurants
The restaurant scene in Aruba is booming with a ton of different cuisines to choose from. Aruba has many higher end U.S. chain restaurants like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Benihana, Hard Rock, etc. We generally opt for local restaurants, but it’s great to have options. If you’re a seafood lover you’ll be heaven, the fresh seafood in Aruba is the best. We’ve put together a list of the best restaurants in Aruba including romantic honeymoon dining options as well as local favorites.
Romantic Restaurants in Aruba
- Passions On The Beach| Eagle Beach | Dine with your toes in the sand watching the waves crash while enjoying a candle lit dinner. $35+ per person | Dinner Only
- Screaming Eagle | Eagle Beach | Chic trendy restaurant with a unique ‘Dinner-in-bed’ experience. $35+ per person, reservations recommended | Dinner Only
- The Flying Fishbone | Savaneta | Often listed as one of the best beach front restaurants in the world. You can choose your table in the water, on the beach, or on the deck. $40+ per person| Dinner Only | Reservations needed
- The Pelican Nest | Palm Beach | Talk about a restaurant with a view, located above the water on a dock right on Palm Beach. Amazing food that won’t break the bank. $10+ per person, grouper sandwich & fries $8.75 or Coconut Shrimp $21 | Lunch & Dinner
- Red Fish | Located off the highway this restaurant has no view but serves up a tasty meal. Make sure to ask what the catch of the day, we recommend the conch fritters & shrimp. $15+ per person | Lunch & Dinner
- Zeerovers | You know it’s good when there is a long line. If you’re on the hunt for fresh seafood it doesn’t get any fresher than Zeerovers and it’s SUPER cheap. We had a 1lb of shrimp, 1/2 lb Barracuda, fries, plantains, corn bread and 6 beers for $45. Come early (well before noon) or between 3-430 for the shortest wait. $5+ per person | Lunch & Dinner | Cash Only
Things To Do In Aruba For Honeymooners
There’s a ton to do and see in Aruba but we’re going to list our favorite Aruba honeymoon activities.
1. Rent a Jeep
Having the freedom to explore the island at your pace is a must. We loved driving our rental car in Aruba to find a beach all to ourselves. Normally, we don’t recommend a jeep as a rental car because they generally aren’t needed and expensive, but in Aruba, you should really get a Jeep. There are several dirt roads in Aruba that require a 4×4 to access. Places like the natural pool Aruba you wouldn’t get to visit without having a jeep, and it’s totally worth the bumpy road.
Renting a Jeep in Aruba does cost more than a regular car and if you don’t want to spend the extra money you can rent a cheaper car, but just realize there will be some roads you probably won’t be able to make it down. Check prices on Skyscanner here.
2. Visit Flamingo Beach
A day spent on the Renaissance Private Island with flamingos walking around is a must. You’re sure to get a few flamingo selfies for Instagram photos. To ensure a visit to the Flamingo Beach in Aruba we suggest you spend your first night at the Renaissance Hotel as the island is for guests only. You can visit the island without staying there, but it will cost you and space is limited. They sell a maximum of 30 passes a day for $100 per person, but if the hotel is capacity they don’t sell any. If you aren’t staying at the Renaissance Hotel we suggest stopping in and inquiring at the hotel lobby early on during your Aruba honeymoon to get more information.
3. Swim in the Natural Pool
Located on the wind swept rocky northern coastline a cluster of rocks forms a calm swimming pool protected from the surf. Inside the pool is peaceful emerald green water to swim and cliff jump into. The Natural Pool Aruba is the perfect place to spend an afternoon of your honeymoon – it’s an adventure you won’t forget.
The drive to the natural pool in Aruba is an adventure in itself. The pool is located in the Arikok National Park, follow the signs to “conchi” right after the visitor center. It’s a long bumpy road no matter if you come by Jeep or ATV. At times you’ll ask yourself are you sure we can make it down there? Once you get down to the natural pool it’ll be worth it. It is possible to walk from the visitor center it’s 3.5 each way. Click here for Natural Pool tours, there are several ATV tours, horseback riding tours, and Jeep tours.
4. Beach hopping in Aruba
Spend a day visiting the best beaches in Aruba on your honeymoon. One of our favorite days was just driving around the entire island on a little beach hopping adventure. Hit up all the famous beaches, but don’t miss the no-name beaches that aren’t even on the map.
5. Sunset Cruise
Sunsets in Aruba are some of the best in the Caribbean. One of the best places to the sunset in Aruba is out on the water, it’s a perfect romantic evening for your Aruba honeymoon. Not only do we get an epic view for sunset but most have an open bar with snacks. We suggest this $33 sunset cruise with 2 hours open bar or this $55 sunset catamaran cruise. But honestly, there isn’t a bad place to watch the sunset in Aruba.
Aruba Honeymoon Budget & Typical Costs
There is something for every budget in Aruba. We were told Aruba wasn’t a cheap island, but we found plenty of options in both high end and budget places to stay and eat. We’ve put together this estimate on how much an Aruba honeymoon for 2 would cost for a week to 10-days.
- $1,000+ Flights, this price varies based on where you’re flying from and dates. From Milwaukee, it was $550 in January 2018.
- $1,000+ 7 nights hotel, this will all depend on if you stay at an all inclusive or not and the hotel amenities that are a necessity on your honeymoon. If you stay at the Ritz Carlon for the week that will set you back $5,000 just for accommodation.
- $700+ Food & Drink for 7 nights. This number is very flexible it all depends on how many meals/drinks you have a day and how expensive the restaurant is. If your hotel has free breakfast this could be much lower as this would eliminate a meal.
- $200+ Car rental 7 nights, if you opt to rent a Jeep in Aruba this will be higher. We always get travel insurance with World Nomads which includes car rental coverage, so we don’t need to take additional coverage with the car rental company.
- $300+ Excursions, there a ton of things to do in Aruba you’ll more than likely spend some money on tours, entrance fees, and you’ll have to fill the rental car with gas.
An Aruba honeymoon should cost $3,000-$5,000 and the biggest factor will be which hotel in Aruba you stay at and how big of a foodie you are. What’s for sure is you’ll have an epic honeymoon!
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Have you taken an Aruba Honeymoon? If so, where did you go? We’ love to hear from you!
Thank you to the Aruba Tourism Board for inviting to explore your One Happy Island. All opinions are our own.