The Aruba travel season lasts year round as the weather stays consistently warm with a constant average temperature. Tourism starts to pick up during the winter months between November and March as Europeans and Americans flock to the island for some winter sun. Prices for staying at hotels, resorts or villas tend to increase to meet demand.
The best time to go to Aruba, get the best weather and reap the benefits of cheaper hotel or resort prices, is in May or June.
A main weather advantage that Aruba has over other Caribbean islands is that it lies just outside the hurricane belt due to its location, so the threat of storms is lower during the summer months.
Aruba is located just off the coast of Venezuela and south of the Dominican Republic. It is one of the Caribbean’s most visited islands that are popular among cruise ship passengers and all travellers alike. Whether you are yearning to lounge on a powdery white sandy beach and experience luxury to it’s finest or delve into the great outdoors, Aruba is a place that caters for all.
Capital City: Oranjestad
Currency used in Aruba: Aruban Florin, however, most established hotels, restaurants and shops will accept the US Dollar. Bear in mind, the neighbouring islands of Bonaire and Curacao use the Netherlands Antillean Florin, this is not accepted in Aruba.
Airport: Queen Beatrix International Airport
Visa & Entry Requirements: When travelling to Aruba, you must hold a valid passport and return ticket. Most countries do not require a Visa. Click here to find out any further requirements you may need.
Average temperature in Aruba: Temperatures remain tropical throughout the year although the summer months are the hottest with an average temperature of 32°C (89°F) and coolest in January at 29°C (84°F).
Aruba is a luxurious Dutch Caribbean island with a contrast of glorious white-sand beaches lined with bespoke resorts and villas to rugged, windswept vistas. When you go to Aruba, why not take a gamble at one of the island’s many high-end casino’s, taste excellent continental food, or simply visit one of the beautiful, uncrowded beaches and rainforest trails perfect for horse back riding and hiking.
What to do in Aruba
Culture & Festivities
Aruba is an island home to over 110,000 people with a cultural diverse population that are friendly with a zest of hospitality. It has roots of European, African and Caquetio descents and due to this multi-cultural background, people from all over the world have brought together their ways of life, celebrations and festivities which are still performed and celebrated to this day.
On its 64th year, Aruba’s Carnival is the island’s longest and most awaited event. It is a month long festival held between January and February that is full of colour, dancing, vibrant parades and amazing costumes. It consists of street parties filled with an electric atmosphere where you can hear steel drum bands playing throughout the day.
There are a number of activities held for both adults and children so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Tivoli Lighting Parade takes place in downtown Oranjestad that incorporates thousands of tiny lights woven into costumes, floats and tied around road pieces. It is a fantastic and flashy event that showcases the essence of the Aruba Carnival.
Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival
A weekend festival held in September that brings local and international Jazz artists to the sunny island of Aruba. Here you will be to listen to the upbeat and mellow sounds of the best in the business. Last year, artists such as Kool & The Gang, Unity and Ben Liebrand performed.
This is definitely an event for any lover of Jazz and a weekend you will never forget.
Hi-Winds Kitesurfing Windsurfing Festival
Aruba is a popular destination for wind and kitesurfing and it attracts surfers from all over the world to experience the incredible surf on the island. Every year, Aruba holds a competition called the Hi-Winds. Here you will see professional and amateur surfers come together to compete in different categories.
Spectators gather on the beaches to view the competitors take to the water and then often party into the night.
Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival
Voted ‘Top 5 Caribbean Celebrations’ by USA Today. This music festival held on Memorial Day Holiday Weekend in May brings together locals and tourists to enjoy the best of live music from world renowned artists. The festival also holds 5 days of comedy nights and beach parties.
Experience good music, dance in the sun and party right into the night.
Best beaches in Aruba
Aruba is a place well-known for its stunning beaches with gleaming white sand and crystal clear jade coloured waters. It offers excellent opportunities for snorkelling and diving around many sunken shipwrecks just offshore. Twisted Divi-Divi trees line the beaches as the tradewinds coming in from the northeast tend to sculpt them in this manner. It’s these same winds that attract surfers from around the world to the best spots for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Taking the time to visit some of these mesmerising beaches will make for an unforgettable experience when you go to Aruba.
Around a 20-minute drive north of the capital of Oranjestad, you will come across Manchebo beach. A beautiful sun-soaked beach with golden soft sand scattered with swaying palm trees. Inviting warm turquoise waters are perfect for swimming or snorkelling in.
This beach is one of the widest and more secluded beaches on the island with less crowds so finding your own spot to lay down and sunbathe for the day should be no problem.
A range of food and drinks can be purchased from the few resorts lining the beach.
Located at the most southern point of Aruba and around a 30-minute drive from Oranjestad, you will see the captivating crescent-shaped white sands and turquoise lagoon of Baby Beach.
The lagoon here is safe to swim in as the waters are calm and shallow, so is perfect for families with small children. The little ones can also practice their snorkelling techniques here.
Thatched palapas line the beach where you can take a break from the heat of the sun or sit and people watch.
A snack bar is also set up that serves good food and cold drinks.
Situated in Monserat towards the north end of the island and a 20-minute drive from Oranjestad. Palm beach is one of the most popular beaches on Aruba.
In the background, you will see high-rise buildings, luxury hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. Water sport vendors are placed across the beach where you can try out banana boating, wakeboarding, water skiing and parasailing so there is never a shortage of entertainment.
The beach itself has beautiful white soft sand leading onto aquamarine coloured waters that are perfect for swimming in.
Undoubtedly one of Aruba’s main tourist attractions, and for good reason. Eagle beach resembles paradise with coconut palm trees, sea grapes and Divi-Divi trees lining the beach, gleaming white sand and warm jade waters are most inviting.
The waters here are calm and perfectly safe to swim in, with jet skis zipping across the northern end of the beach.
Turtle nests are often found here, so make sure when you come across them that you keep your distance not to disturb their habitat. Hatching usually takes place at night.
Towards the south end, it tends to be quieter so you should have no problem in finding a spot here to set up for the day and bask in the sun.
Many restaurants lie across the road where you can get a bite to eat and a cold drink.
Just north of Palm beach, is the impressive and eye-catching Malmok beach. Here the terrain is more rocky with stone ledge and hard sand. This beach is a very popular spot for snorkelling schools as just towards the north end you will see incredible underwater sights and beautiful small fish.
One of the main tourist attractions here is the famous Baboo shipwreck. It used to be further out to sea although a storm in 1999, brought the ship closer to shore. You will be able to see the hull rising from the waterline. To get an even better look, why not snorkel around the sunken ship and dive into history.
Where to dine
Aruba has many tasty and beautiful restaurants to eat at. With the multi-cultural population, many cuisines from around the world have been brought to these shores and the diversity of food in incredible. On your Aruba getaway, try out some of these very popular restaurants:
- Passions on the Beach – Located at J.E. Irausquin Blvd (International, Seafood)
- 2 Fools and a Bull – Located on Palm Beach Road (International)
- Atardi – Located at L.G. Smith Boulevard (Seafood)
- Chalet Suisse – Located at J.E. Irausquin Blvd (International, Steakhouse)
- Amuse Sunset Restaurant – Located at Bucutiweg 50 (Aruban, Dutch, Caribbean, International, Seafood)
- Barefoot Restaurant – Located at LG Smith Boulevard 1 (Caribbean, International, Seafood)
- The Flying Fishbone – Located at Savaneta 344 (International, Seafood)
- Windows on Aruba – Located at J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 93 (International, Seafood, Steakhouse)
The islands earliest inhabitants where the Arawak Indians who cultivated the land, made pottery and stone tools and left behind red cave drawings.
In 1499, Spain invaded and took control of Aruba, piracy and smuggling became a way of life then.
The Dutch then gained control of the island over Spain in 1636 and was occupied by the Dutch West India Company. As Aruba was part of the Netherlands Antilles, it transferred over to British rule during the Napoleonic Wars but returned to the Netherlands in 1816.
In 1986, Aruba obtained autonomous status and in 1994 it gained its full independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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