What makes Aruba so special is the abundance of joy only a happy island can give. The most beautiful beaches to relax; crystal clear waters for diving, sailing, snorkeling, swimming; a rough and rocky coast to explore; museums, galleries and landmarks. There’s plenty to keep nature lovers, culture-seekers, water sports fanatics, art enthusiasts, families and couples busy and wanting to come back for more.
Aruba's sun is strong, especially between 12 pm and 3 pm, so don't forget the sunscreen and the bottle of water.
Be sure to take your I LOVE ARUBA photos at the huge sign in front of the House of Parliament downtown.
Most of Aruba's hotels and resorts are highly rated and right on the beach. Visitors choose the high-rise area to include the vibrancy of the island's best restaurants, nightclubs and shopping malls in their surroundings. For beach-lovers looking for peace and relaxation, the low-rise resorts offer a variety of lodging options, like adults-only accommodations but also include family oriented, all-inclusive options located close or right in the center of downtown Oranjestad.
High season in Aruba, if big crowds and high rates are a problem, and book a more peaceful vacation in September or October.
Each resort has its own unique set of activities and amenities. Do some resort hopping to find out where to stay the next time.
For such a small island, Aruba offers a great variety of amazing food. The places to eat, to have a drink and to wind down after a busy day of funning and sunning are breathtaking in so many ways. Going for only the very best restaurants or a quick and casual bite? The good news: any location is just a couple of minutes away.
Visit a snack truck and sample some typical delicacies.
Be Sure to Sample:
Fresh catches of the day and other local dishes like goat stew and stuffed Gouda cheese.
Aruba’s nightlife has come a long way in recent years. There are the popular alternatives like gambling in one of Aruba’s most glamorous casinos or sipping tasty cocktails during happy hours. But for those who are looking for more of a dynamic bar hopping atmosphere, most all relevant hot spots and nightclubs are located in the area known as High Rise, and are all known for their buzzing crowds, late night eats, after hours parties, laid-back dress code and approachability.
Make a trip to the newest attraction on the island, the Carubbian Festival in San Nicolas, every Thursday from 6 pm to 10 pm, and experience Aruba's culture together with the locals.
There is a wide range of shopping malls to explore in Aruba, as well as independent shops, boutiques, souvenirs and flea markets. But to experience real island pride, a shopping day in the newly renovated downtown Oranjestad is highly recommended, including a visit to one or two museums. Although some parts may still be under construction, a stroll through the embellished main street while visiting the oldest retail and department stores on the island should not be missed.
The new trolley! Climb aboard, sit back and enjoy a scenic ride along the harbor and down Main Street Oranjestad.
Best Local Souvenir:
Aruba Aloe products from the Aruba Aloe Museum and Factory at Hato.