Destination:

Aruba

Aruba

Sun-drenched beaches sit next to desert wilderness in Aruba, one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean. With warm and sunny weather all year round, the island seems frozen in a timeless holiday atmosphere, with turquoise ocean waters washing over Aruba's soft warm sand. Nightlife bursts with Latin music and exotic sounds, and exciting shopping and dining await at every corner. Stronger waves break against the eastern coast, deserted and swept over by wind – exploring it will lead the most adventurous visitors to spectacular vistas.

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Palm Beach

One of the main hubs for cheerful tourist life, surrounded by resorts and full of things to do, this beach is likely the one you saw in the ads for vacations in Aruba. Swim in the calm, sparkling blue water, take long walks along the fine sand of the shoreline, and seize the occasion to do some people-watching. Be aware that the beach can get crowded.

Adress
Palm Beach, Aruba
Eagle Beach

Another much-loved tourist spot, Eagle Beach is located walking distance from the low-rise hotel area, and it's quieter and usually less crowded than Palm Beach. It looks stunning with its fine sugary sand, and is the perfect spot to relax under the shade of umbrellas or the characteristic divi trees. Bars and cafes await right on the sand, and snorkeling here is great.

Adress
Eagle Beach, Aruba
Barefoot Restaurant

Feel the warm sand under your feet and admire the sunset while enjoying yummy food. This breezy yet stylish restaurant is located right on the beach and offers fresh ingredients and good wines. The staff is extremely helpful with dietary restrictions.

Adress
L.G. Smith Boulevard 1, Oranjestad, Aruba
Gasparito

Gasparito is very well-loved for the authentic Aruban dining experience it provides. Located in a historical country house, it also offers outdoor seating in a patio, with a view over a beautiful fountain. The warm-hearted staff are happy to share their knowledge about the dining traditions of Aruba. Prices are honest.

Adress
Gasparito 3a, Noord, Aruba
Renaissance Mall and Marketplace

This well-decorated, expansive shopping center in the main town offers every kind of shop: luxury clothing and accessories at Louis Vuitton and more affordable choices at the Mall, along with souvenirs and local arts and craft work at the Marketplace. It is set in a central location, near the beautiful Renaissance Marina. You will also find plenty of places to relax, such as cafes, eateries and spas.

Adress
L.G. Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, Aruba
Palm Beach Plaza

To find many entertainment options as well as a selection of stores, head to Palm Beach Plaza: it is open until late at night and features a huge cinema, different game rooms, and spaces for children, plus fountains and beautiful decor. Shops are not cheap, but you'll find some hidden gems.

Adress
L.G. Smith Boulevard 95, Palm Beach, Aruba

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the European Union member-states, the majority of countries in the Americas and Europe, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and a handful of others do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Visitors of other nationalities might need to apply for a visa in advance. The visa for Aruba is not an equivalent to a Schengen Visa, and does not allow holders to enter the European part of the Netherlands. Visitors will need to provide a passport that is valid for the duration of the stay and has some unused pages. They also need to have a valid Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED-Card), a valid return ticket, and the necessary documents for returning to the country of origin. Finally, they can be requested to demonstrate that they have arranged for accommodation in Aruba, and that they have the financial means to support themselves while staying there.

Best Time to Visit

The weather in Aruba is always nice, with an average temperature of around 28°C at all times of the year. Budget-wise, the best time to visit Aruba is from April to December, during the low season. During the rest of the year, prices increase significantly as more tourists come down from the north to escape winter. The perceived temperature is a bit hotter in September, when trade winds cease.