Frequently Asked Questions

What are considered to be Aruba's most romantic spots?

The scenic vistas of the California Lighthouse, which looks out over Aruba's windward coast and the rugged California dunes from the nothwestern tip of the island.

The intimate beauty of Baby Beach, at the southeastern tip of the island. A stunning spot for a private beach rendezvous.

The dazzling beauty of the waters of Arashi Beach, on the northern side of the island. A beautiful snorkeling site.

The exotic sand dunes of Boca Prins, on the northeastern shore.

The tropical surrounds of Andicouri, a coconut grove and picnicking spot with a magnificent island view.

The private coastal islands of Sonesta and De Palm.

The secluded cove of Spanish Lagoon, once the haunt of early island pirates.

The wonder of the Natural Bridge, with the surf pounding against the rocks or dipping into the Natural Pool, or Conchi.

Under a Divi tree at sunrise, sunset, or any other time.

The broad panorama from Yamanota Hill, the highest point on the island.

What are the requirements for a catholic wedding?

The prospective bride and groom should have attended pre-wedding preparation at their parish. They should bring along a permit to get married in Aruba from their priest. They should bring an official form stating that neither of them have ever been married in church. The couple should be married by Government ceremony in their country. The couple should contact one of the following priests BEFORE coming to Aruba:

Father Ray Nares
St. Franciscus Parish,
Irausquinplein 3,
Oranjestad, Aruba.
Tel: (297) 5821434

Father Anthony L. Boks
St. Anna Parish
Noord 16,
Oranjestad, Aruba.
Tel: (297) 5871409
Fax: (297) 5878554

The minimum donation to the church is US $70.
No weddings can be held outside of the church building.

What are the requirements for a Jewish wedding?

It will be necessary to submit a verification of Judaism for both partners from the rabbi of their home town. Also a petition to the Aruba Jewish Community should be submitted to the following address:

Israelische Gemeente-Bet Israel
A. Lacle Blvd. 2,
Box 2,
Aruba
Tel: (297) 5823272
You can also contact the Aruba Tourism Authority in Atlanta for further information on getting married in Aruba.

What are the requirements for a protestant wedding?

Please note that non-Protestants can be married by the Protestant Church. The prospective bride and groom should marry before civil authorities in their country. In the U.S., that would be a justice of the peace or a municipal judge; in Japan, that would be a prefect; in Europe, that would be the official connected with the local town hall administration in charge of weddings. They should bring along their wedding certificate or a similar official document verifying that they have been married according the the law of their country.

In order to make the necessary preparations for the wedding ceremony before coming to Aruba, contact:

Pastor Anthony van der Doel PhD,
Bilderdijkstraat 7, Aruba
Tel: (297) 5821435 (church), or (297) 5821961 (home)

The ceremony can be conducted in one of the church buildings, at the host hotel, on the beach, or anywhere the couple prefers. The ceremony fee is U.S. $200, which includes a wedding certificate. Non-Protestants can be married by the Protestant Church.

What are the requirements for civil marriage in Aruba?

Civil marriage on Aruba is allowed only if one of the partners is an Aruban resident and/or one of the parties has been a resident for at least six months. You can arrange religious wedding ceremonies, provided that you are legally married within your own country and that the proper officials in Aruba are contacted in advance.

 
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