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Aruba

Aruba is the Caribbean island of your dreams with a twist of pleasant surprises. Of course it has the quintessential Caribbean turquoise seas and radiant beaches, but Aruba adds in cactus-covered hillsides, dramatic rock formations, and its iconic divi-divi trees along the shore. Round it all out with perfect weather and a charming Dutch influence, and you have an island that packs an awful lot into its 20-mile-long, six-mile-wide frame.

Wander deserted beaches, view picturesque gabled houses, take on challenging golf courses, try your luck at dazzling casinos, and experience Aruba’s natural treasures — in the vast Caribbean, vacation fun is always spelled “Aruba.”

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Where the weather is always beautiful

Aruba’s weather is, quite simply, stunning. The island is well known for its dry and mild climate that is unique in the Caribbean. The year-round average temperature is 82 degrees, thanks to cooling trade winds, and the average yearly rainfall is below 20 inches. You’re about as close as you can get to guaranteed perfect weather. Aruba also sits miles below the hurricane belt, so there’s no need to worry about tropical cyclones ruining a trip during hurricane season in the summer and autumn months.

The climate makes for a captivating landscape. Sure, you have the typical tropical swaying palm trees, rainbow-colored fish, and silky-soft sands. But Aruba’s east coast is a rugged desert landscape where you’ll see thick cacti, rolling sand dunes, mammoth boulders, and windswept divi-divi trees.

 

Our favorite beaches

Aruba’s beaches offer a variety of experiences, from secluded escapes to hotspots for people watching and water sports. Beaches along the west coast are lined with popular resorts and filled with activities of all kinds, from sunbathing to snorkeling to parasailing. Along the east coast, the wind and waves cut dramatic landscapes along the shore, making the area perfect for sightseeing and exploring in a four-wheel drive vehicle. The lack of development here offers an isolated feel, and the desert surroundings provide a striking contrast to typical Caribbean views.

Palm Beach

On the southwest coast of the island, where constant trade winds keep you cool, Palm Beach's white sands invite you to bask, stroll, swim, dive into myriad water sports, and gaze in wonder at the unique divi-divi trees!

Hadicurari

Aruba's northwestern coast is home to this secluded stretch of sand, not far from Palm Beach. Here, the shallow waters are so good for windsurfing that the beach hosts an annual pro-am competition. There are shade huts along the beach to provide a break from the sun.

Baby Beach

Far away from the high-rise hotels and resorts, Baby Beach is a family favorite on the southern coast with heavenly white-powder sand and calm turquoise waters. Bring snorkeling gear to explore the coral reef and its thousands of colorful Caribbean fish.

Eagle Beach

Perfect for families with small children, this wide expanse of pristine white sand and friendly surf stretches along the west coast for miles, hugging gentle waters with small waves. Popular with locals, the beach is easily accessible and slopes gently down to the water.

Manchebo Beach

Secluded Manchebo Beach boasts hundreds of square feet of baby-soft, alabaster sands. With brisk surf and no water sports, it’s perfect for couples spending a peaceful afternoon soaking up the sun.

East coast adventures

Trade swimming for amazing sightseeing along the rugged east coast. Tour it on an ATV; horseback ride at Daimari beach; see the dramatic sights at Andicuri Beach, including the remains of Aruba’s natural bridge that collapsed in 2005; and sunbathe as you watch the powerful waves crash along the shore at secluded Dos Playa.

 

Accommodations for every vacation

Aruba offers a wide range of accommodations to welcome you, beginning with luxury high-rise hotels that provide opulent surroundings, stellar service, and numerous comforts. Many of the low-rise hotels are characterized by a homey feel, gorgeous pools, and casual-style dining.

Villas are ideal for groups, but if you're on a tight budget or planning on an extended stay, Aruba's spacious apartments can fit the bill. Many of the accommodations are located on the southwestern shore, along a beautiful stretch of white-sand beaches.

 

Dutch and other influences

As a self-governing dependent of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Dutch influence is apparent throughout Oranjestad, the capital city overlooking the western shores, as in many other locations throughout the tiny nation. You’ll see the Dutch-influenced gingerbread architecture, and be able to indulge in Dutch cuisine.

But Aruba weaves in influences from many other cultures to create its own, with the typical resident being of mixed ancestry. An Aruban may have any combination Caquetio Indian (natives of northwestern Venezuela), African, and European roots, and immigrants hail from South America, neighboring Caribbean islands, and even China, the Philippines, and Africa. Cultural celebrations reflect Aruba’s diverse background.

 

Things to see and do

Aruba is filled with must-see attractions and wonders. Items marked with a (*) are Liberty Travel Insider Experiences, handpicked tours (some exclusive to Liberty Travel) that can be booked as part of a Liberty Travel Escape.

Discover Aruba

Combine nature, culture, and fun with a knowledgeable guide. See Aruba's unique desert landscape, quaint cunucu homes, and amazing natural wonders. Then snorkel at Baby Beach.

Natural Pool Jeep Adventure

Take Jeep safari ride through the countryside to the refreshing, crystal-clear waters of Aruba's famous Natural Pool on the east coast, where you can swim and snorkel. See the California Lighthouse, sunbathing iguanas, iconic divi-divi trees, and much more.

ARUBA FAST FACTS

Approximate flight times

  • NYC/Newark 5 hours
  • Philadelphia 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Boston 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Chicago 5 hours
  • Miami 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Los Angeles 7 hours, 30 minutes

Entry/departure requirements

A valid U.S. passport with one blank page is required. Aruba's departure tax to the U.S. is $36.75 (usually included in airfare).

Climate

Aruba has a tropical climate, and trade winds cool the island. The average temperature is 82°F

Official language

Dutch, but almost everyone speaks Papiamento and some English as well.

Official currency

Aruban florin

Marriage requirements

Passports, birth certificates, and divorce/death certificates (if applicable) are required. One witness is required. All documents are to be faxed for review and then submitted by courier at least one month prior to desired wedding date. All civil/legal ceremonies must take place at the Civil Town House.