It’s hard to believe that the Spanish colonists who settled in Aruba and the sister islands Bonaire and Curaçao in 1513 nicknamed them the Useless Islands. Known for its stunning white beaches and picturesque desert limestone landscapes, Aruba is a super popular island destination and one of the most popular destination wedding spots. The island is the ideal location for extensive underwater visibility, buried shipwrecks, and coral reefs. Loved by all, Aruba is the place to escape and enjoy the island vibes. Here’s everything you need to know before visiting the Caribbean island.
Best Time to Visit
April to August is the ideal time to visit Aruba. The temperatures range from a low of 78 F to a high of 90 F and it’s when the prices are most reasonable. January to March has great weather, but it’s peak season, so the prices are higher during this time.
How to Get Around
The best way to travel around Aruba is by bus, but most visitors stay close to their resorts and beaches. Cabs are another option and they have fixed rates. To explore the island’s east coast, rent a car or off-terrain vehicle.
Where to Stay
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba
This adult-only 4-star property rests on 14 sandy acres and it’s close to Aruba’s westernmost point. While the hotel is a bit of a splurge, it’s worth it for the private balconies and terraces, views of Eagle Beach, the private cabana on the beach, and the poolside oceanfront restaurant. Other amenities include a free breakfast buffet, a fitness center, a spa, and an infinity pool.
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, a 4-star hotel has beach access and the Stellaris Casino. Guests 18 and older can visit the Tradewinds Club which has an H2Oasis adults-only pool and poolside bar. Located on Palm Beach, guests can relax on the beach or by the main pool. There are five restaurants on-site as well as a coffee shop and a gelato parlor.
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
This 5-star hotel opened in 2013 and it’s situated on the beach on Aruba’s northwestern coast. Start your stay with a complimentary welcome drink at check-in and relax in the soaking tubs, which are in each room. There are five on-sight restaurants, a casino, and a spa.
What to Do
Eagle Beach is known as the “Low-Rise area” because of its low-to-the-ground hotels and timeshares. This beach is one of the most popular in Aruba and it’s super convenient because you’re probably staying nearby. The beach has white sand and deep blue waters and it’s perfect for water sports.
If you prefer swimming in the water, head to Palm Beach which has calm turquoise waters and soft, white sand. There are also amazing sunsets and tons of Tiki bars.
Arikok National Park
You’ll find Aruban rattlesnakes, whiptail lizards, iguanas, goats, birds, donkeys, and parakeets at Arikok National Park. Explore the area’s wildlife and check out the caves, limestone cliffs, and sand dunes while you’re at the park. There’s even a natural pool where you can cool off.
What to Eat
If you like creme caramel or flan you have to try kesio. It’s Aruba’s take on the dessert and it features a sweet, gooey sauce and moist cake.
Pan Bati is a slightly sweet flatbread that is similar to a pancake. It’s eaten on its own or with savory dishes like stews or soups.
These cheese balls are stuffed with spicy meat and coated in Gouda or Edam cheese. You can find different variations stuffed with cashews, raisins, and prunes.