An Aruba Honeymoon Offers Something for Every Couple

The island offers sun, surf, sand and plenty of adventure.
Oranjestad, the capital city of island of Aruba
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Holly Riddle
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Holly Riddle
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  • Holly is a freelance contributor for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on travel, honeymooning and wedding planning.
  • Holly has been a travel, food and lifestyle freelancer for her entire career.
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Updated Aug 05, 2021
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An Aruba honeymoon provides a bit of everything for every type of couple. If you're a luxury traveler, you'll find top-rated resorts and high-end experiences. If you're more of a budget traveler, you'll discover affordable accommodations and activities at agreeable price points. Adventure, a dash of culture and beautiful Aruban beaches full of calming, turquoise blue waters await newlyweds in one of the top honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean.

A Dutch Caribbean island closer to South America, Aruba does require a longer flight (about four to five hours from the south) than the Bahamas or the Keys. Currently, eligible US travelers arriving to Aruba are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry. All updated COVID-19 travel requirements can be found on the Visit Aruba Travel Restrictions page.

Is Aruba Good for a Honeymoon?

Flamingos on a beach in Aruba
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Pros of an Aruba Honeymoon

With many activities and attractions, this Caribbean island offers plenty to do. Additionally, Aruba's small size makes it easily accessible compared to other destinations in the region, which are packed with dense forests and developing roads.

Aruba is very safe, allowing couples to explore most areas of the island without concern. Perhaps the biggest pro is that Aruba sits outside of the Caribbean's Hurricane Belt, meaning you can plan your Aruban honeymoon for just about any time of year. Most couples aren't too concerned that their honeymoon might be canceled at the last minute due to inclement weather.

Cons of an Aruba Honeymoon

While it is possible to find affordable accommodations and activities in Aruba, you will have to actually hunt down those options in detail. In other words, it's not impossible to find a great honeymoon deal—but you'll have to look. If you want a honeymoon you can easily plan and book without going over your budget, you may find Aruba a little too expensive for your liking.

The Best Times of Year to Go on an Aruba Honeymoon for Good Weather

The weather in Aruba is pleasant mostly all year round with the island's location outside the Caribbean Hurricane Belt. For the warmest temperatures and the least precipitation odds, it's best to book a honeymoon from January through March. For the most affordable hotel rates, look to the wetter months of October through December (don't worry, though—even Aruba's "wet" season isn't really that wet; you'll just see a stray shower here and there, blown in by the trade winds).

Things to Do During an Aruba Honeymoon

Kitesurf and Windsurf at the Malmok Beach, Aruba
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From adventure to relaxation, a trip to Aruba provides honeymooners with endless opportunities to either play or lounge the day away.

Rent a Jeep

One of the best ways to see the expanse of Aruba's desert landscape is by Jeep or a four-wheel-drive vehicle. You can either rent a car and head out into the desert on your own or venture out with a private or group tour guide. Popular stops during a tour of Aruba include the California Lighthouse, Alto Vista chapel and the natural bridges.

Stroll Oranjestad

Beautiful Oranjestad, Aruba's capital city, features colorful Dutch architecture and history. Worthy of an afternoon of sightseeing, the city also boasts adorable, boutique shops and cute restaurants. You may also want to stop into the city in the evening, too, for its nightlife.

Explore Arikok National Park

Arikok National Park encompasses about one-fifth of the island of Aruba. Its otherworldly desert landscape, dotted with cacti and caves, is gorgeous. Book a guided tour to learn more about the park's cultural and historical significance (and even see some historic cave paintings). Couples are also welcome to venture out on their own with their own rental car.

Beach Hop

Of course, you can't visit Aruba without enjoying the white sand beaches. Even if you're an adrenaline-seeking and adventurous couple, you still deserve to spend a day, at the very least, under a palm tree with a drink in hand. The most popular beaches in Aruba include Eagle Beach, Palm Beach, Hadicurari Beach and Baby Beach. The latter option is also popular for snorkeling, scuba diving and other water sports.

Best Hotels and Resorts in Aruba for a Honeymoon

Bucuti & Tara Resort off of Eagle Beach, Arcuba
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The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba offers luxurious accommodations on Palm Beach, as well as a range of on-site amenities. Without ever leaving the property, newlyweds will enjoy access to two swimming pools (for some fun in the sun without sand), a casino and a spa, where a couple's massage awaits.

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino property is ideal for those who would prefer to stay in Oranjestad, where you'll find a broader selection of restaurants and shopping. However, guests at the property also enjoy one unique perk that you can't get elsewhere: access to the hotel's private island, which is home to many friendly flamingos.

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Eagle Beach is frequently lauded as Aruba's best beach and if you want to stay just steps away from the beachfront, you'll find a few hotel options like Bucuti & Tara. Once called the "most romantic hotel in the world" by TripAdvisor, the property is ideal for a honeymoon getaway.

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba

For a budget-friendly honeymoon resort on Eagle Beach, look to Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba, where the villa-style accommodations offer patios overlooking the pool and the resort's grove of fofoti trees. Additional room perks include ocean views, the property's Dutch colonial architecture, oceanfront palapas and more.

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

The adults-only pool and Ruth's Chris Steak House are just two indulgence options at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. The resort has everything you need for comfort away from home, including a Starbucks.

What to Pack for an Aruba Honeymoon

When traveling to Aruba, pack all your typical beach gear; most importantly, sun protection. Reef-safe sunscreen, a sun hat and aloe vera are a must. Aruba has a desert climate and the island's proximity to the equator can mean the sun beats a little stronger than what you're used to at home. If you plan to leave the city or your resort to explore, it's also wise to pack hiking shoes, as well as a portable water bottle.

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