Looking for the perfect island escape that offers incredible beaches, ultimate romance and tons of adventure? Aruba has all of that and so much more.
Rest assured that this cheerful, happy island is taking your health and safety seriously with temperature checks, on-site medical professionals, social distancing and more when you land in-destination. On top of that, you’ll find digital keys, contactless check-in and other precautions in place during your stay. You can even download the Aruba Health App to see which establishments hold an Aruba Health & Happiness Code Certification, which shows that proper measures are taken by businesses to keep you as safe as possible.
Now that Aruba is open for happiness, you can start planning your dream getaway with confidence! Let’s look at ways to make that next vacay your most amazing one yet.
Planning Your Beach Getaway
Perfectly situated in the Southern Caribbean and outside of the region’s infamous Hurricane Belt, Aruba is the ultimate island escape to the Caribbean. Much like the neighboring islands of Curaçao and Bonaire, who collectively make up what’s referred to as the Dutch Caribbean or the ABC Islands, there really isn’t a “bad” time to visit Aruba. For lower prices on hotels, travel during the island’s low season, April through August. But keep in mind, this is when temps can sometimes reach up to the 90s. For more moderate temps that sit in the mid 70s to the high 80s and a little less rain, visit during fall or winter.
Duty-free shopping doesn’t stop once you leave the airport in Aruba. Known as one of the top destinations for shopping in the Caribbean, Aruba has tons of options to browse, from upscale shopping centers to local handmade goods. Though Aruba isn’t necessarily a “cheap” place to vacation, you can definitely score some great deals on local and international items to buy and bring back home with you. You can find lots of shopping, both luxury and handmade items, by strolling through the island’s historic capital, Oranjestad.
Romance Meets Adventure
As a small Caribbean island spanning just 20 miles long, from its northern to southern tips, and 10 miles wide, Aruba offers plenty of excitement for every traveler. Planning a romantic getaway to Aruba? Don’t miss these insanely romantic things to do:
- Go horseback riding through Arikok National Park
- Hang out with the flamingos on dreamy Renaissance Island
- Have a romantic picnic dinner & champagne in your car at the California Lighthouse
- Take a sunset sail on a catamaran in the Caribbean Sea
- Have a couple’s spa day
Planning an adventurous getaway with your fam, some friends or solo? Be sure to add these outings to your list of things to do:
- Rent a car and explore the island (you can drive it all in less than a day!)
- Discover Aruba’s Natural Pool and take a swim
- Watch the waves sway into Aruba’s Natural Bridge
- Experience the island’s breathtaking beaches (especially Eagle Beach & Divi Beach)
- Visit the Donkey Sanctuary, the Butterfly Farm or Bubali Bird Sanctuary
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Embracing Dutch Caribbean Culture
Nestled in the Caribbean Sea as a constituent country of the Netherlands, Aruba’s culture is a huge part of what makes the island so special and a perfect place for a beach getaway. Representing more than 90 unique nationalities, the island’s melting-pot-like culture is present everywhere you look, from the colorful wall art and gallery-lined streets to its gold mill ruins and sculptures of Oranjestad.
As one of the four countries to form the Kingdom of the Netherlands (along with the Netherlands, Curacao and St. Maarten), you’ll find prominent traces of Dutch culture in the island’s colorful architecture, cultural festivities and its everyday language spoken by the locals. Want to truly experience the beauty of Aruba? Visit local art galleries and museums, hang out at local hotspots like Zeerovers and Bugaloe Beach Bar and Grill or visit the island’s Arikok National Park.
Already dreaming of Aruba’s soft white sand and breathtaking ocean views? Make your next romantic or family escape one to remember by visiting this ultimate Caribbean beach destination!