Aruba ?

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MrsDH Posts : 27 Registered: 9/15/07
Aruba ?
Posted: Mar 5, 2009 4:18 PM

Hi all, Parents are freaking out about the Violence in Mexico as well, we were originally thinking about the Mayan Riveria. We have 17 months until the honeymoon and wedding, and alot can happen between now and then but we have alot of people telling us to stay away.
Anyone have any thoughts on Aruba ?
I have done alot of reading and it sounds Fabulous !
Has anyone been ?
 

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SteffMay2009 Posts : 383 Registered: 10/22/08
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Posted: Mar 5, 2009 4:35 PM Go to message in response to: MrsDH

Most of the violence is isolated on the border and the west coast. We are going to Cancun in May, and I'm not worried about anything. You just have to be smart like you would anywhere.

On the Aruba topic, my friends went there and said they got kind of bored. If you are the chill on the beach type, you'll probably like it. But they said it's a very small island, and there isn't much to do off the resort.

You have a lot of time to decide. I wouldn't rule out Mexico just yet. A lot can happen by 2010.



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Elbelle77 Posts : 222 Registered: 1/24/08
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Posted: Mar 5, 2009 4:37 PM Go to message in response to: MrsDH

I went to Aruba with 2 friends about 5 years ago and it was wonderful! The weather was beautiful. We were there for a week and it only rained once for 20 min. There was always a nice breeze, so it was never too hot. Everyone was really friendly and spoke english, so we didn't have any trouble getting around. I know that there is one side of the island that is much windier than the other side and the beaches are very rocky over there. The side that we were one was fine: calm water and nice sandy beaches. Unfortunately I can't remember which side it was (North, South, East, or West). I would definitely recommend it. :)

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ArubaBride2010 Posts : 17 Registered: 8/21/07
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Posted: Mar 6, 2009 11:29 AM Go to message in response to: MrsDH

Aruba is beautiful! I went two years ago, I surprised my boyfriends for his 40th and he surprised me and purposed to and this is where were going to have our wedding next year, March 2010. It is very laid back . There are things to do but not a ton of things like some other places. If you decide to have your wedding in Aruba you will not regret it. Absolutley Gorgeous weather, sunsets and water.

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wraar Posts : 1 Registered: 3/1/09
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Posted: Mar 26, 2009 5:31 PM Go to message in response to: MrsDH

Aruba is great. We were there in January (got engaged there actually). Nice beaches, good weather, good restaurants. I recommend renting a jeep for a day or two.

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ArubaBride2010 Posts : 17 Registered: 8/21/07
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Posted: Apr 20, 2009 9:56 AM Go to message in response to: wraar

Anyone else been to Aruba since this posting? I'm still trying to decide which hotel to have my wedding at. Right now I'm leaning toward the RIU but I heard that the Marriott is offering all-inclusive now. Any feed back on the two hotels would be great. If you know anyone who has stayed there or had their wedding at either.


Thanks,


Amy

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CJARUBA Posts : 2 Registered: 6/30/09
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Posted: Jun 30, 2009 8:37 PM Go to message in response to: MrsDH

Just last month my fiance and I were in Aruba checking it out as our wedding location. We fell in love with it and decided to have our wedding at the Aruba Marriott and Stellaris Casino. We started a 'journal' while we were there and have used it for the start of a blog about our wedding. If you're interested in seeing what we thought about the Aruba hotels we visited or seeing the photos we took, check out our OurArubaWedding blog. Aruba is fantastic year round - I'd highly recommend it for your wedding or honeymoon, or like us, Both! Good luck!
www.ourarubawedding.com

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CJARUBA Posts : 2 Registered: 6/30/09
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Posted: Jun 30, 2009 8:42 PM Go to message in response to: ArubaBride2010

Hi Amy -



My fiance and I just stayed at the Aruba Marriott and I wasn't aware of an all-incluside option. Our second choice was the Westin Aruba that DOES have an all-inclusive option. We ended up deciding against all-inclusive becasue we don't have enough people that will party and make good use of the AI portion. We did negotiate breakfast for 2 into our Marriott contract though which gives us an inexpensive way to invite people to a Farewell Brunch. We're of course paying for the reception dinner and we are trying to arrange a sailing / snorkeling excursion with an open bar. So, we liked the idea of all-inclusive at first but ruled it out early on. On our blog (ourarubawedding) is a list of all the places we visited. We dropped by the RIU since it was next to the Westin. What a monstrosity but it looked like people were having fun. Good luck!

www.ourarubawedding.com

Edited by: CJARUBA on Oct 22, 2009 1:50 PM

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ArubaBride2010 Posts : 17 Registered: 8/21/07
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Posted: Jul 9, 2009 11:59 AM Go to message in response to: CJARUBA

I am getting married in Aruba next March,can you please tell me what you thought about the RIU.

Your absoultley right about how much work is involved!

I love your website!

Amy

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Bride2008 Posts : 3,058 Registered: 3/28/06
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Posted: Jul 9, 2009 1:33 PM Go to message in response to: CJARUBA

My DH and I vacationed at the Aruba Marriott and Stellaris Casino last month. It was gorgeous and we had a wonderful time. There was a wedding there while we stayed. We only caught glimpses of it, but it seemed lovely. I wasn't aware they had an all inclusive option. We probably would have skipped it though. We ate all over the place and the food was amazing.

 

 

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