A honeymoon in Aruba offers couples a getaway in a hot, dry, beach-rimmed island that registers an average temperature of 82 degrees year-round. And things get even hotter for honeymoon couples and other romantics when the sun goes down and casinos and disco nightlife gear up.
Yet the island’s refreshing trade winds keep the air cool and circulating across its 20 stunning, white-sand beaches. Although most Caribbean islands are in the hurricane belt from June through November, Aruba lies safely south of it.
What to Do on an Aruba Honeymoon
Explore the island by land or by water. Stroll along seven miles of white beaches -- some of the most beautiful anywhere -- and explore the secluded coves dotting the coastline. Several hotels line Palm Beach, so couples can walk from one to another on the sand. The water is warm and clear and remains shallow for many yards.
Aruba is the ideal setting for you to pick up a new sport or perfect an old one. Most hotels can arrange rentals for everything from scuba and snorkel equipment to kitesurfing gear and jet skis that skim the surface.
Prefer to sail on the pristine turquoise waters? Go deep-sea fishing for marlin, wahoo, dolphin, shark, barracuda, yellowfin tuna and other denizens of the deep. Or salute the sunset along with new friends on a pirate ship.
A tour in a glass-bottom boat that has visibility down to 50 feet begins to reveal mysteries below the shimmering turquoise waters.
Snorkelers and scuba divers at the island's California and Antilla shipwrecks get an even closer view.
On foot, horseback, or by mountain bike, you can wander winding, hidden roads that lead up through the hills to Yamanota, the island's highest point. Other scenic spots honeymoon couples will relish include the rock formations of Ayo and Casibari, the coves of Andicuri, and the Spanish Lagoon.
Aruba boasts more than 100 restaurants, and cuisines range from French to Japanese to Mediterranean to local island dishes. Sweethearts with sweet tooths can end a meal with kesio (Aruban flan) or take away a few pieces of cocada, a candy made from coconuts.
Known as the Las Vegas of the Caribbean for its multiple casinos, Aruba may also entice couples on a honeymoon to part with some of their wedding booty.
Hotels for a Honeymoon in Aruba
This Caribbean island has a range of hotels to suit different budgets. Several Aruba hotels participate in the One Happy Honeymoon program, which presents a package of goodies to newlyweds that include a complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival and other perks.
These are the island's top hotels for couples:
- Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort - The only childfree property on Aruba, Bucuti Beach is a serene, low-rise (three-story), uncrowded haven for couples who relish their privacy. It is extremely popular with honeymooners who eschew the hubbub of high-rise hotels. It also appeals thanks to its location on a wide and secluded stretch of Eagle Beach. Free wi-fi is provided in the 104 eco-friendly rooms and suites. For the ultimate in romance, reserve dinner in a private cabana on the beach.
- The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba - The first and still only truly luxury property on the island of Aruba, Ritz brings its signature hospitality to 320 casually elegant rooms and suites along gorgeous Palm Beach. To treat yourselves, opt for a Club Level room. And you'll sleep like the dead on the brand's signature featherbeds covered in high-thread-count linens. The Ritz also contains a 5,000-square-foot spa and a 24-hour casino.
- Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino - mega-complex with a casino and waterslide, it fronts wide Palm Beach. At night take a romantic stroll, down past landscaped walkways under swaying palm trees to the beach, or laze by the side of the dramatically lit pools.
- Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino - offering couples a combined city-and-beach getaway, the Renaissance Aruba is located in the center of Oranjestad, capital of Aruba, on both sides of the island's main street. It also possesses a private island for the use of guests that's an 8-minute water taxi ride away as well as two casinos. Split into two parts, the Renaissance Marina Hotel in the heart of the city is for adults only.
- Aruba Marriott & Stellaris Casino - At the northernmost edge of the high-rise hotel area along Palm Beach, the Aruba Marriott is a relaxed, beach-oriented property. This family-friendly hotel does have and adult exclusive pool. Best rooms for romantic couples to book are in the Tradewinds Club, an upscale hotel-within-a-hotel on the top floor of this resort. This Marriott also contains an outpost of Ruth's Chris Steak House, a Balinese-style Mandara Spa and a 24-hour casino.
- Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino - Recently renovated, the new look of the hotel honors the resort's original architect, Morris Lapidus. At eight stories, it's the tallest on the island. Indulge with a cabana rental at the passive pool, which includes lounge chairs, food and beverage credit, a cooler with water, and hopefully few children.
- Hotel Riu Palace Aruba - one of the island's newer all-inclusives. Includes a casino and spa. Bans spring breakers.
- Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort -- modest all-inclusive across the street from gorgeous Eagle Beach.
Aruba Honeymoon Registry
Couples who want to set up an online registry can do it at the Aruba Celebrations Registry. Find instructions there to customize a once-in-a-lifetime vacation package, selecting honeymoon accommodations and extras in just a few minutes.