We just returned to Boston from our Aruba honeymoon (ok, we returned a month ago–sorry!). Life has been super busy lately, so I am trying to catch up on a bunch of posts, so there will be lots of new posts coming your way soon!
When we were planning our honeymoon, we were also trying to pay for our wedding and facing the prospect of replacing our heating system, which can be really expensive to replace in our case. So Ken told me he wanted to spend $1,000 on our honeymoon. Total. Not per person. Challenged accepted, boo.
I used our Southwest Companion pass and points to fly down to Aruba for just the price of taxes, about $75 per person. Then we stayed at my mom’s timeshare trade (one of the Divi Resort Aruba – Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort), which ended up being about $400. We spent one night at the Renaissance Aruba hotel for about $200. So those core costs did get us pretty close to the $1,000 goal, although once you add in the price of food, day trips, and taxis, we probably ended up spending about $1,600 on the honeymoon. Still not bad, though!
I wanted to share some of my favorite experiences during our Aruba honeymoon. Enjoy!
Pro tips: get to the island early to grab chairs under the umbrellas. Shade is scarce on the island! And for the best flamingo pictures, stay until the very end of the day when there are less tourists.
3. Try a snorkeling day cruise. We spent a beautiful day at sea with the Champagne and Lunch Snorkel Cruise that I booked on Viator. The morning kicked off with high energy music, croissants, champagne, mimosas, and fruit as we headed towards our snorkel sites. We stopped off at three separate sites to view so many amazing colorful fish! I think this ranks as one of my favorite snorkel trips we’ve done. The reefs were healthy and the fish were vibrant and colorful. Our trip included lunch and an open bar, and the crew was top notch!
4. Take in the sunsets. Aruba had the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. Deep oranges, reds, and purples brushed the sky every night! Super romantic to view during an Aruba honeymoon for sure. Stroll along the beach at sunset and enjoy!
Luckily our hotel had a small kitchenette, so we prepared many of our meals in the room before exploring the island. However, we did have a few amazing meals that really stood out!
The photo on the left is from the Screaming Eagle and the other two photos are from Windows on Aruba
We stayed at two different hotels during our Aruba honeymoon. The first was the Divi Resort Aruba Golf Club and the second was the Marriott Renaissance Aruba. Overall, we enjoyed the Renaissance Aruba a lot more. The staff was so friendly and the hotel itself was gorgeous. Plus you have access to the private island! If you have Marriott points you can use them at the Renaissance.
I’m not here to tell you how to dress or what to pack for your every day comfort, but there are a few items you definitely don’t want to forget during your Aruba honeymoon!
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Reef-Safe sunscreen — Alba sunscreen; it goes on smooth and the white-ness rubs in quickly. It’s biodegradable, so you can feel good wearing it in the water. It comes in a variety of SPF and scents like green tea, tropical fruit, or fragrance-free.
Water shoes –These water shoes from Aleader are breathable, have a sturdy base, and come in a bunch of cute colors like teal, peach, or lavender. Many of the beaches are rocky and these will come in handy!
Sandals — I love these trekking shoes by Keen. They’re really like a sandal and sneaker in one. They’re sturdy but also dry fast.
Water bottle — Aruba has pure and fresh drinking water, so ditch the one use bottles and bring your own! This Kemier bottle folds up, so it saves you space when you’re not using it. It’s also made of medical grade silicone that’s BPA free.
Hat — whether it’s a baseball cap or one that has a rim all the way around, you’ll definitely need a hat to keep your face out of the sun. I snagged one of these wide rim Columbia hats before my trip to protect my face and ears.
Sun shirt — you’ll need a shirt with SPF built in to protect you on long day trips in the sun or hanging on the beach. These sun shirts from Vapor come with UPF 50+ and come in a wide variety of colors.
I hope this short guide will help you plan your Aruba honeymoon! We had such a wonderful time and I wanted to share a few ideas of how to spend the beautiful, sunny days! If you have been to Aruba or are planning on going soon, let me know!