What does an Aruba Honeymoon have to offer? Well, the island of Aruba is located just seventeen miles north of Venezuela in the southern end of the Caribbean sea, Aruba is part of what is commonly called the Dutch (or Netherlands) Antilles. Together with fellow Caribbean islands St. Maarten and Curaçao, Aruba is part of the constitutional monarchy known as the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and its residents are Dutch citizens.
The original inhabitants of Aruba are thought to be members of the Arawak tribe who reached Aruba by canoe from Venezuela. After exploration by Americo Vespucci in 1499, the Spanish colonized Aruba and remained for more than one hundred years. The Dutch took control of the island in 1636.
Aruba is quite small, less than 70 square miles, and because of protection from violent ocean currents, almost all development is in the southern and western sides of the island. The northern and eastern portions are largely uninhabited. The island is quite flat and has no rivers. Temperatures consistently hover around 90° year round.
With only around 100,000 people, Aruba has no large cities, and its capital, Oranjestad is home to about 1/3 of the population. It has one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean region and unemployment is extremely low. Tourism and related activities are Aruba’s biggest industry.
Aruba has two official languages, Dutch and Papiamento, a type of Caribbean creole language mixing Dutch with Portugeause and West African languages. While Papiamento reflects an African connection, about 80% of Arubans are of a mixed European and Arawak Amerindian heritage. Because of the tourism industry, English is also commonly spoken, and with its proximity to Latin America, a fair number of Arubans speak Spanish.
Aruba is a casual place and visitors extoll the friendliness of the locals, the modern amenities of the island, and its glorious weather. The populated areas are quite busy, and some describe the Island as very “Americanized” (the US dollar is the currency of choice). It’s a good choice if you would like easy access to excellent restaurants and casinos, as well as lovely beaches—especially if you are traveling during hurricane season.
Why Honeymooners Love Aruba
Aruba is a great honeymoon spot for couples that like to be where there’s action, but who don’t want to feel like they have to dress up all the time and be formal. While you can get away from it all on the island with a little effort, most couples come to enjoy modern amenities, great restaurants, nightlife, and terrific beaches with easy access to activities like parasailing, snorkeling, and jet skis.
Aruba is known for its large all-inclusive resorts, but you will also find romantic boutique hotels, beach houses, condos, and apartments for rent. Nearly twenty resorts participate in an island-wide experience known as “One Happy Honeymoon” which includes a free bottle of champagne, special pillow gift, and preferred check-in service. Just identify yourself as newlyweds when booking your stay. Many hotels and resorts also offer special honeymoon packages.