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Why go to Aruba
You can sum it up in 3 words, that serve as the slogan for
ONE HAPPY ISLAND
But, if you need to know more:
Located 15 miles north of Venezuela in the warm waters of
the southern Caribbean, Aruba is home to beautiful white-sand beaches,
82-degree days and some of the warmest people in the world.
Our island is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles across, with a
total area of 70 square miles. We’re located just below the hurricane belt, and
unlike many islands in the Caribbean, our climate is dry, so we rarely have a
rainy day. On the south and west coasts of Aruba, you’ll find Oranjestad, our
capital city, and miles of beaches that have been named some of the best in the
world. Here, you’ll find most of the hotels and all-inclusive resorts in Aruba,
and Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA).
In the interior of the island, you'll find Arikok National
Park, a desert-like preserve with a variety of wildlife, cacti and dramatic
rock formations. You’ll also find some of Aruba's most striking views, as the
ocean crashes against the rugged shoreline below.
On the northeast coast, along the windward shore, you'll see
our island's unofficial mascots, the fofoti trees. The constant trade winds
have permanently sculpted them into graceful, southwesterly bending forms.
From 5Ks to festivals, from contests to Carnival, there is
never a dull moment on our happy island.
Many visitors say that Aruba is the most relaxing place
they’ve ever been. There’s something about our warm, dry air and cooling trade
winds that help people unwind.
As soon as you unpack, reserve a treatment in one of Aruba’s
spas. Many resorts offer massages and facials right on the beach, featuring
aloe cultivated on our very own island. If
you like to relax and rejuvenate with a little physical activity, try a morning
run on the beach, a yoga class at one of our resorts or even try something new,
like paddleboard yoga.
Where to stay in Aruba
The bulk of the hotels can be found in Palm Beach, on the
Northwest coast. As you move south
along the beach, hotel row thins out a little but there are still plenty more
hotels along Eagle Beach, Manchebo Beach and Divi Beach. Proceeding southeast you will reach
Oranjestad and Queen Beatrix International Airport. You can find a few hotels in this vicinity. There are no hotels along the northeasterly
side of the island which has a more rugged coast line but offers great views.
Riu Palace Antillas - All Inclusive
The Riu Palace Antillas is located at the southern end of
Palm Beach, near the Bubali Bird Sanctuary. Its adults only facilities are the
ideal place to relax, complete with a gym, a spa, and a beauty and hair salon
inviting you to a wide variety of treatments. It is perfect for those who enjoy
the sun, offering free lounge chairs, sun umbrellas and towels, both at the
wonderful swimming pool and on Palm Beach itself.
A complete entertainment program offers the possibility of
trying out many different activities: water sports such as windsurfing,
snorkeling and kayaking, and even a diving test in the swimming pool. A golf
course, bicycle rental and interesting hiking routes are all available in the surrounding
area. At nighttime, you can enjoy RIU’s
program of shows, dance at the club or try your luck with the casino games.
The buffet restaurant invites you to enjoy the colorful
Caribbean cuisine at lunch and dinner. At the same time, you will find
different world flavors in the three thematic restaurants, and you can cool
down in the patisserie/ice cream shop, open 24 hours a day.
As low as $108.00 bi-weekly for 2 people
December 8 - 11, 2019
As low as $125.00 bi-weekly for 2 people March
1 – 4, 2020
Divi Aruba - All
The ultimate beach, and breezy, sunny days, located steps
from the ocean pristine Eagle Beach. Choose from ten dining options
and eight bars, most with ocean views. Try our water sports, seaside
fitness center or spa. And, all guest rooms are just steps from the sand and
pools and feature satellite TV, air-conditioning, mini-fridge, in-room digital
safe, free WI-FI and a spacious patio or balcony. There's live entertainment
nightly or take a quick stroll to the Alhambra Casino. Stay at the Divi Aruba
and dine and play at the adjacent Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive.
As low as $100.00
bi-weekly for 2 people December 8 - 11, 2019
As low as $127.00 bi-weekly for 2 people
March 1 – 4, 2020
Barcelo Aruba - All Inclusive
Nestled in the white, powdery shores in the center of Palm
Beach, the all-inclusive Barceló Aruba provides a new level of service along
with a new concept of delivering distinctive experiences that anticipate the
desires of all guests. This intimate Caribbean oasis of relaxation and delight features
seven restaurants, three bars, a large free-form swimming pool, daily
activities, some of the best nightly shows on the island and more. Let the
gentle Caribbean breezes carry your worries away.
For those seeking a more elevated experience at the
all-inclusive Barceló Aruba, our Royal Level accommodations offer a unique
experience. Guests receive accommodations offering the best views, priority
reservations at á-la-carte restaurants including exclusive access to the Royal
Level Restaurant, complimentary room service, personalized check-in, concierge
service, premium brand drinks, complimentary Wi-Fi and more. Live more at
As low as $87.00 bi-weekly for 2 people
December 9 - 12, 2019
As low as $127.00 bi-weekly for 2 people Feb
25 - 28, 2020
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino
Facing the world-famous Palm
Beach, this distinctive resort is luxury redefined for families, spa-lovers and
couples looking to tie the knot or enjoy a romantic escape. Here, an open-air
lobby immediately transports you into a world of complete relaxation, while the
resort’s extensive children’s program; romantic wedding services; elegant spa;
enjoyable casino; 5 dynamic restaurants and sparkling three-tiered pools
featuring cascading waterfalls and a waterslide ensure unforgettable stays for
each and every guest. This resort is not a all-inclusive so you have the
freedom to sample the extensive offerings along Palm and Eagle Beach.
As low as $60.00 bi-weekly for 2 people
December 8 - 11, 2019
As low as $117.00 bi-weekly for 2
people Feb 25 - 28, 2020
What to do in Aruba
Even though Aruba is a small island, there is so much to see
and do we cannot fit it all in here. Go
for a complete list.
Get into the spirit
of Aruba’s biggest party of the year — a month-long celebration with
festive street parties known as "jump-ups" and spectacular parades.
Lovelies of all ages strut their stuff at Carnival Queen elections, competing
for the coveted crown. Aruba Carnival events are remembered for their powerful
music. Winning songs selected at carnival competitions in Aruba include the
best calypso with politically-charged lyrics and social commentaries, and the
best road march with catchy lyrics and melodies and movements all perform
together. Years later, many still "do the wiper", "hit the
floor", and "jump with your towel!" Grand Parades in San Nicolas
and Oranjestad are the biggest celebration parties of the season and shut down
both cities. Carnival season officially
begins in November with the majority of events, celebrations and parades taking
place in January and February until the Burning of King Momo, marking the end
of the Carnival season.
Food & Wine
The Annual Food and Wine Festival in Aruba is a tasting
event featuring a pastry extravaganza with famous invited chefs showcasing
their talents. Delicious food presentations with a Caribbean touch are paired
with excellent wines and champagnes. This culinary event in Aruba is combined
with a local art exhibition showcasing some of Aruba’s best artworks by
residential artists and photographers.
Bonbini means "Welcome!" in Papiamento, and this
weekly folkloric music and dance festival is the perfect introduction to the
warmth and hospitality of Aruba’s people. The Bonbini Aruba Festival takes
place in downtown Oranjestad every Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the outdoor courtyard
of Fort Zoutman, Aruba’s oldest building. Enjoy the flavor of the island, its
history, people, music and cuisine during this entertaining evening held every
Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m, and entrance is only $5.
This sailing event features fun, action and competitions
among yachts, catamarans, sunfish and windsurfers during the day, and music,
parties and dinner at night. Crews from different countries try their skill in
such events as the "Around Aruba Race" for cruising and racing
beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From calm
serenity to extreme adventures, Aruba has a wide variety of beaches for every
beach lover to explore and the best part is……all public beaches are free! Eagle Beach is the most popular and was
ranked #3 Best Beach in the World by Trip Advisor.
Aruba Surf &
Paddle School: Aruba Surf & Paddle School is located directly in front
of the Marriott Surf Club, beach side on Palm Beach. Our main goal is to
introduce the exciting and fast growing sport of Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding
to beginner paddlers of all ages in a very fun way.
Adventures: Our pedal
kayak & power snorkel trips are full of excitement for you and your family,
no kayak experience is necessary. The excursion involves culture, nature, and
plenty of corals and tropical fish. Guests
of any skill level can easily operate our innovative pedal kayaks, which are
fun and easy to use, unbeatably fast and incredibly maneuverable. Our trips are
recommended for adults 16 years up.
Aruba Mahi Mahi Fishing: We fish out of
Seaport Marina, a small harbor in downtown Oranjestad, just across Renaissance
Marketplace. We operate two Hatteras 42 ft. sport fisherman motor yachts, and
one Bertram 54 ft. sport fisherman motor yacht, which is air-conditioned. We offer 4, 6 and 8 hour fishing charter
trips, making sure you will return to the harbor with a great 'catch of the
For a complete list of water activities go to https://www.aruba.com/us/things-to-do/on-the-water
Natural Bridges: Explore
the rugged northern shore of Aruba to discover the many natural bridges. Before collapsing in 2005, the largest and
most photographed of these bridges was the famous Natural Bridge between the
Bushiribana gold mine ruins and Andicuri Beach. The remains of this bridge are
still a tourist attraction in Aruba, with the adjacent intact Baby Bridge also
meriting a visit.
Sand Dunes: Escape
the crowds in snow white landscapes of powdery soft sand, an oasis of
tranquility along the rugged north shore.
California Dunes" at Hudishibana, the isolated northwestern tip of
the island, features some of the most spectacular scenery, with expansive sand
dunes sitting in the view of the old stone lighthouse and a spectacular rock
Arikok National Park:
Nearly 20% of Aruba is a designated National Park and home to a long list of
animal species and plant life. The Arikok National Park is home to rare
priceless gems that are indigenous to our island. The Arikok National Park is a great place to
spend the entire day enjoying the dramatic landscapes. There is a small
entrance fee that goes towards the preservation of the park, educational
programs and the animals who roam freely throughout the 7907 acres.
For more information go to https://www.aruba.com/us/things-to-do/natural-wonders
Sightseeing and Tours
ABC Tours &
Attractions: Excursions in custom made Land Rovers with easy going guides. A
highlight of our tours are the off road experience, where guests have the
opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of our 4x4 Land Rovers. While thrill
seekers also have the opportunity to jump 30 ft. off a cliff at Moro, a unique
rock on a secluded beach, only available on selected tours of ABC.
We offer half day and full day excursions to the island’s
most breathtaking sceneries, and to well-known sites such as Baby Beach and the
Natural Pool. The full day tour is a favorite for its variety of sites as well
as a deluxe Aruban BBQ at our own Waka Waka Restaurant.
For a complete guide of tours go to https://www.aruba.com/us/explore/abc-tours-and-attractions
What to eat & drink in Aruba
From traditional Dutch to Asian, African, and Spanish,
dining options are as diverse and welcoming as our people. You can eat fresh fish straight from the sea,
share a glass of wine at sunset with your toes in the sand, or indulge in
classic Italian in the shadow of a century-old lighthouse. Aruba’s vibrant restaurant scene is your
happy opportunity to sample delicious cuisine inspired by over 90 unique
nationalities. To sit at our tables, savor the rich flavors of our keshi yena,
and taste an authentic side of Aruba prepared with love.
In Aruba’s restaurants, you’ll find fresh Mahi-mahi, red
snapper, and barracuda pulled from the sea and rubbed with creole seasoning. In
upscale restaurants and small local gems, stew pots bubble with rice, meats,
and rich Latin and African flavors.
All in the same day, you can indulge in traditional Dutch
pancakes, sip ice-cold Aruba Aribas by the sea, and pile your plate high with
pastechi—with a dash of spice from our local hot pepper sauce, pica di papaya.
Gasparito Restaurant and Art Gallery: known for its dishes from
Aruba, such as goat stew, Pan Bati, Funchi, Arró. A star among Aruba's local restaurants,
Gasparito Restaurant and Art Gallery is renowned for authentic Aruban dishes,
the historic architecture of their building and inspiring Aruban art. Near Palm Beach, behind Bubali Bird
O’Niel Caribbean Kitchen, San Nicolas: Combining Local and
Caribbean cuisine on a single menu gives you many unique options. Visitors are delighted by the Lamb, Ribs,
Jerk Chicken and so many other dishes. The efficient and friendly staff makes
for a pleasant experience. You know It's
good if the locals eat there! O'Niels' has become a staple of San Nicolas
dining attracting people from all over the island.
Old Cunucu House Restaurant: Enjoy homemade local cuisine and warm island
hospitality in an authentic atmosphere at the Old Cunucu House Restaurant. Choose to have your lunch or dinner on the
outside veranda or inside the historic, charming cunucu (translated: country
side) house built 150 years ago. The
criollo menu of Aruban specialties includes hearty servings of keshi yena
(stuffed Gouda cheese with savory filling), stewed chicken and goat and fresh
local fish, accompanied by pan bati, funchi and rice with beans. There is also an international menu that
features pasta, steak, lamb and veal. For dessert, the quesillo (caramel
custard) and fresh baked cakes are popular selections.
Restaurants that won’t break
(reviews courtesy of www.aruba.com/us/things-to-do/dining
unless otherwise noted)
Pinchos Grill & Bar: Perched
at the end of a pier at Aruba Surfside Marina is one of Aruba's most romantic
restaurants, Pinchos Grill &
Bar. The best time to book a table is just before sunset: Start with a
cocktail on the outdoor patio overlooking the water and watch the stunning
vista close on another day in paradise. Dishes include spicy Aruban fish cakes
drizzled with pineapple mayonnaise and grilled Aruban mahi prepared with a
tomato, basil and rosemary sauce.
Moomba Beach Bar & Restaurant: Enter a wonderful, tropical, casual place to enjoy the best Caribbean
nights on the beautiful white sand beach of Aruba. Hosting two gigantic palapas on the white
sand beach, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, one contains the laid back beach
bar, while the other invites you into the open-air seaside restaurant. Located ocean front right on the sands of
Sundays at MooMbaare are fantastic.
Expect spectacular sunsets and enjoy wearing your coolest beach outfits and
flip flops for the MooMba BBQ buffet with All-u-can-eat ribs, chicken saté,
sausages, beef steak, chicken legs, and more for just $29.50 per person.
Azia Restaurant & Lounge: Azia Restaurant and Lounge is a rather new place in Palm Beach and part
of the Gianni Group which owns several good Aruba
restaurants. Indulge in delicious sushi, other Asian-style tapas and cocktails. Sit in comfortable lounge chairs on the large
terrace, which has a “ceiling” of little lightbulbs that add tons to the
ambiance once the sun has set. (“14 Aruba restaurants that’ll rock your taste
buds. Tested and Approved”, updated
Gianni’s Ristorante Italiano Aruba: Enjoy authentic
Italian food in a most vibrant location. Gianni’s combines attentive service
with a comprehensive menu, fine wines, and the freshest ingredients. Gianni’s authentic Italian specialties range
from salads, soups, and antipasti to entrées of seafood, ossobuco, steaks,
scampi and chicken, delicious creamy desserts and after-dinner aperitifs. House
specialties include fresh-caught whole red snapper, fresh seafood and the best
pasta dishes featuring spaghetti al formaggio parmigiano, prepared in a cheese
wheel and flamed with whisky at your table.
Gianni's is located on the famous strip of Palm Beach and an ideal spot for
people watching and taking in the vibrant ambiance of this lively area.
Gelatissimo Aruba: on Palm Beach strip.
Cozy outdoor seating near the sidewalk and a fancy bar lay-out, add a
pleasant feeling to the hoppin’ Palm Beach scenery. It is the perfect place for
a delicious treat after dinner or simply to meet and greet. Gelatissimo is a unique gelateria, famous for
its mouthwatering gelato with more than 30 delicious flavors to choose from.
Made with only the highest quality products using fresh local Aruban grown
fruits. Lunch items include Panini’s and deliciously fresh salads that keep our
guests raving. Our drink menu includes refreshing cocktails, martini’s and
West Deck Aruba: The West
Deck probably comes in second place on the “cozy ambiance” ranking, after
Barefoot Restaurant. It’s located along the Linear Park, on a large wooden deck
that overlooks the water and is great for a casual lunch or dinner. The menu consists of hot and cold Caribbean
appetizers that are best ordered to share family-style. For dessert, we recommend
both the cheesecake and the dark and white chocolate mousse cake. (“14 Aruba
restaurants that’ll rock your taste buds.
Tested and Approved”, updated 4/26/19, www.WonderfuWanderings.com/aruba-restaurants)
Zeerover Aruba: Come to
Zeerover, a local fisherman's wharf in Savaneta with the freshest seafood,
cleaned and cooked in front of you. Zeerover
is a local hangout that over the past years has become a destination by itself.
Locals relax, eat and drink here, shoot pool, and have a great time while
fishermen prepare their fresh catch. Zeerover
is located oceanfront, on a fish pier in Savaneta, on the coastal road to San
Nicholas. The freshly caught fish is
served in 'finger-food' style, straight from colorful baskets. While the menu is simple and features one or
two daily fresh catches, along with some local sides, the backdrop is a most gorgeous
ocean view. Prices? Local. A very good deal but cash only.
Breakfast and cocktails and Dessert
Craft: popular for breakfast (especially for its
crispy Belgian-style waffles and Samba Acai bowl), although the coffee bar also
serves alcohol, is open until 1 a.m. and hosts DJs a few nights throughout the
week. Desserts, such as key-lime cheesecake, are served in Mason jars, and
baristas like to play around with creative latte art.
Good things to know about Aruba
Go to www.visitaruba.com/about-aruba/ for a complete listing
Banking and Currency: Aruba's currency is the florin (AWG or AFL),
but the US dollar is widely accepted. Traveler's
checks are widely accepted and there is normally no charge for using them in
hotels, restaurants and stores. Major credit cards are accepted at most
establishments (valid ID is required) while personal checks are normally not
ATM machines are available for
cards compatible with the Cirrus or Visa Plus system. ATM facilities exits at
most banks, but also at all gas stations and popular supermarkets.
CLIMATE: Aruba is
situated 12 degrees 30' north of the equator. The weather is tropical but not
extreme, with a median and fairly constant temperature of 82 degrees
It is important to mention that
Aruba lies south of the general hurricane paths and usually only experiences
fringe effects of nearby tropical weather. Trade winds cool the island,
making lying in the sun on one of the many beaches much more tolerable.
The rainy season runs from October to January
but is heaviest in November and December.
Even then rains tend to be erratic and in short bursts.
WHAT TO WEAR: With
Aruba's tropical climate, you will be comfortable in casual summer wear plus
some light evening wear for restaurants, nightclubs and casinos (men might need
a light jacket for some of these). Shorts and slacks can be worn on the streets
of Oranjestad. Bikinis are not permitted in shopping and business areas.
No real need for elegant
evening wear, casual silk or linen dresses & slacks will do. A light
sweater for the cooler evenings might come in handy.
has a modern telecommunications network. Long distance calls can be placed from
any telephone or from SETAR (Aruba's Telecommunications organization) locations
around Aruba. Cellular phone rental is also available.
The international dialing code
for Aruba is 297. Area codes do not exist in Aruba, all numbers start with 5
except for cellular telephone numbers which start with 9, 7, 6 or 5.
There are a number of companies
that specialize in cell phone rental in Aruba and they make it very easy. In
fact, many providers will bring the phone to your hotel on the day you arrive.
It doesn't matter if you book online in advance or if you call from your hotel
after arriving in Aruba.
Some resorts, restaurants and
bars offer free Wi-Fi access to their guests; although it may be limited to
With Wi-Fi Aruba you can get
high-speed wireless internet access on your laptop, tablet or smartphone at
several hotspots on the island, including restaurants, resorts, bars and even
on the beach. You can access the Wi-Fi Aruba service using a Wi-Fi prepaid card
or your Credit Card. Prepaid cards are sold at Hotspots locations and Setar
DRIVING: Aruba is a very
small island, which makes everything of interest close to everything else of
interest. If you don't know where you're heading to, just keep driving, since
eventually you will end up where you need to go. A good trick when getting lost
is to look at the direction in which the Fofoti trees are bent, since they will
always point west towards the hotel and resorts area.
Those driving with a foreign or
international driver's license issued by a member country of the Geneva
Convention, are valid.
Unless otherwise posted, the
speed limit in urban areas is 30 km/h, out of town it's 60km/h and on faster
roads its 80km/h. Much of Oranjestad's
traffic is one-way. When there's a two lane street you drive on the right hand
side of the road and you overtake on the left hand side. Right turns on
red are prohibited.
decided to adopt the North American voltage standard of 110 A.C. (60 cycles),
the same as in the United States and Canada. Electricity is a by-product of the
water desalination process.
LANGUAGE: The official
languages on Aruba are Dutch and Papiamento, but most Arubans are multi-lingual
and are able to communicate in English and Spanish as well.
TIME ZONE: Aruba is in
the Atlantic Time Zone and is four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC
-4). Aruba does not utilize Daylight Saving Time.
Drinking Water: Aruba's
water meets the highest quality standards of the World Health Organization
thanks to our desalination plant, the world's second largest. There is no need to buy bottled water in
TIPPING: Tipping is not
obligatory but is at the discretion of the visitor. However, some restaurants
and bars add a service charge to your bill. When included, the service charge
on food and beverage is normally around 10 to 15 percent. At one's own
discretion an extra amount can be added for good service.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND VISA: A passport that is valid upon entry and for the duration of stay in
Aruba. If the tourist holds a passport from a visa required country
then he/she must have a valid visa sticker in his/her passport. US citizens do not need a visa to enter
Aruba. The maximum period of time that a
person can be admitted to Aruba as a tourist is 30 days. Upon entry in
Aruba, US citizens can apply for an extension of their stay for more than 30
days but not exceeding 180 days. Other
entry requirements are:
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