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Considering Aruba for honeymoon...Any thoughts? Best places to stay?

Considering Aruba for honeymoon...Any thoughts? Best places to stay?

Old Feb 15th, 1999, 08:18 AM
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Considering Aruba for honeymoon...Any thoughts? Best places to stay?


We are planning a September honeymoon and are considering Aruba. Unfortunately, we do not know anyone who has traveled to Aruba before. Is Aruba a good location for a honeymoon? Where are the good places to stay? Can you recommend any hotels for us? What to do? What was your experience?

Thanks in advance for your help!
Old Feb 15th, 1999, 08:33 AM
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I was in Aruba last year for a day, it was one of the stops on our Southern Caribbean cruise. It is a nice island, but very arid. I always expected it to be a lush tropical island, but it is more of a desert. The beaches are nice, we took a Jeep safari around the island and went to the Natural Bridge and the California light house.
Old Feb 15th, 1999, 07:52 PM
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Hi Steve!
Go to a bulletin board website that
is all about Aruba-- places to stay,
to eat, things to do. Even if you
don't get an answer right away, you
can still scroll down and read all
the questions and answers.
The address is: www.aruba-bb.com

We are planning a trip to Aruba
in July! Also, the bulletin board has
links to other sites about aruba.
Check it out!
Congrats on your upcoming marriage!
Old Feb 16th, 1999, 04:45 AM
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Steve: Aruba is arid, dry and not lush. That said, there is plenty to offer.

Aruba has fantastic people, great beaches and lots of things to do. There's nothing like a sunset cruise and an after dinner stroll along the beach. There's no flying insects with the constant 10MPH trade winds.

Nice place for a honeymoon.

Palm Beach is the better area with the most hotels. The Marriott is probably the best, but anything on that beach is fine: The Wyndham, Americana, etc.

The island is 19 miles long and six miles wide and it has about 17 inches of rainfall annually. There are many fantastic restaurants like the "Windmill", the Buccaneer, La Dolce Vita, among others.

I don't suggest "all-inclusive". Get out and sample what the island has to offer. Go to Baby Beach, the natural Bridge, the Casabari and stroll from hotel to hotel during the day. The climate is almost constantly sunny and warm, while September is "off-season".

Don't forget that sunset cruise and snorkel tours with boats right on the beach!

Have fun and congratulations!
Old Feb 16th, 1999, 04:46 AM
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Aruba is perfect! It is out of the hurricane belt so no fear of bad weather interrupting your honeymoon. The Hyatt and the Marriott are the 2 nicest hotels directly on Palm Beach. There are many activities to do or just sit and enjoy. Some very romantic restaurants and a romantic sunset cruises, etc.

We found the following site on another bulletin board and their prices are great:


Best wishes!!!
Old Feb 18th, 1999, 05:12 AM
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First, let me congratulate you on your upcoming marriage! My husband & I went to Aruba on our honeymoon in August '95 and had a wonderful time. We took a jeep tour of the island, ate at some great restaurants (The Driftwood & Chez Mathilde highly recommended), and visited the casinos. We stayed at the La Cabana resort, but after visiting the Hyatt we wished we had stayed there instead. The weather was perfect; it's dry and very windy (great place for wind sailing).

Last May, we traveled to Grand Cayman and I would have to say, I enjoyed Aruba more. The Caymans are very expensive (lunch @ Rum Point...2 sandwiches, 4 drinks...$75.00) and the food doesn't even compare to Aruba. The water and the beaches were probably a little better than Aruba, and we enjoyed swimming with the stingrays!

If you have any other questions, feel free to e-mail me. By the way, I'm not sure where you're located but we're in Virginia. We went through GoGo Tours and flew out of Baltimore on Air Aruba. Have a great honeymoon!!!

Old Aug 29th, 1999, 12:21 PM
rich sakai
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My fiancee and I are planning a vacation to Aruba and plan on staying at the Wyndham. Is it a good place to escape the stress of New York City life? We plan on leaving in December.
Old Aug 29th, 1999, 12:21 PM
rich sakai
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My fiancee and I are planning a vacation to Aruba and plan on staying at the Wyndham. Is it a good place to escape the stress of New York City life? We plan on leaving in December.
Old Aug 31st, 1999, 10:39 AM
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I was in Aruba for 4 days this June '99 and had a terrific experience there....some of the friendliest people in the world. Palm Beach was the nicest, and I stayed at the Hyatt, which I preferred to the Marriott because of the island ambience and grounds, but both are very nice. The constant breeze that everyone speaks of is a blessing and not a hassle..makes the temps tolerable. Had an incredible (but $$$) meal at the Flying Fishbone restaurant. Do some snorkeling, tour the "bare" side of the island in 4 X 4...you'll have fun.
Old Aug 31st, 1999, 03:41 PM
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Aruba is terrific. The Hyatt is beautiful and the restaurants there are fantastic. You will love Aruba if you are not expecting plush tropics or lots of rain. We had the sunniest week and soooo much fun at our own pace. As mentioned, go to baby beach, the natural pool and rent a jeep for the most fun. Aruba is only a bit expensive, but if you are from the North East of the US, it will not seem expensive. The food in Aruba is great, if you eat meat try the steak! The seafood is incredible too. Have the Red Snapper grilled! A honeymoon in Aruba will be great.
I have heard people complain about Aruba because they are expecting a tropical plush setting. It is so great that who needs plush, that usually means rain!
Old Sep 1st, 1999, 01:33 PM
Linda Kramer
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Aruba is wonderful, and I truly think it is perfect for a honeymoon - one of the best islands in the Caribbean, if not the best. Ditto for all the great things said above.

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