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Experience Your Best Aruba Vacation

Get an Aruban bon bini (welcome) at this popular Dutch Caribbean island, a warm, multilingual place where the water is turquoise, the beaches are spotless and the activities are as diverse as the people. Aruba vacations appeal to honeymooners, families, couples and singles, thanks to the sun-soaked island's array of activities.

Whether your idea of an Aruba vacation includes luxurious resorts and casinos or water sports and dramatic terrain, you're in for a treat. Let Orbitz give you the inside scoop with Aruba's top 10 attractions, the best time to go and insider gems from countryside to the beach.

Best time to take a trip to Aruba

Thanks to its location in the far southern part of the Caribbean, Aruba has no monsoon or hurricane season. The most rain falls between October and January, but the island's generally dry climate isn't likely to spoil any Aruba vacation.

Aruba's year-round good weather means that even the low season -- which starts in April and runs through December -- is still a great time to visit. 

Between January and March, Aruba's Carnival celebrations put locals and visitors in an especially festive mood, with street parties, parades and dance. Aruba celebrates its first fashion week in November 2011, which promises to start a new annual tradition of fashion shows, parties and shopping galore.

Things to do in Aruba

Spas

Pampering yourself is easy in Aruba. Many hotels have day spas with treatments that use all-natural local products including aloe, cactus and desert mud. The Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa, for example, has a Caribbean-Balinese fusion-style spa on the beach.

Watch the flutter of colorful creatures at the Butterfly Farm, and meet big birds at the Aruba Ostrich Farm. At the Donkey Sanctuary, you'll see dozens of gentle creatures that were once the island's main form of transportation.

Museums

Peel yourself away from the beach with a visit to one of the island's great museums. In the capital city of Oranjestad, you'll find the Archeology Museum, which preserves the heritage of the island's Amerindian culture, and the Numismatic Museum, which exhibits thousands of coins and currencies dating back as far as 400 B.C. 

Shopping

Jewelry, electronics, crystal and china are among the finds that await in Aruba. Score deals on international name brands in Aruba's capital city Oranjestad, or hit the Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory, an island gem set on 150 acres of aloe fields, for locally produced health and beauty items.

Resorts

Whether you prefer all-inclusive, boutique, luxury or value-priced accommodations, the Aruba travel experience provides multiple options. Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa has a swimming pool steps from the beach, and the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino boasts contemporary décor, indulgent amenities and a picturesque beachfront location. And the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino has two separate hotels: the adults-only Renaissance Marina Hotel and the family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites.

Golf

Make a tee time at Tierra del Sol Resort & Country Club and test your skills at the Robert Trent Jones II-designed 18-hole course, which overlooks the northwest coast. Or head to Links at Divi Aruba, a nine-hole course near the beach.

Insider tips for Aruba travel

Coastal Clean-Up Day

Make a positive impact on the environment during your Aruba vacation. If you're visiting in September or October, consider donating an afternoon to the annual Coastal Clean-Up Day, organized by the Environmental Committee of the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association.

San Nicolas

Check out Aruba's British Caribbean side at San Nicolas, the island's second-largest city. The main street is home to souvenir shops, but the most famous stop is Charlie's Bar where the much-photographed walls are adorned with artwork, newspaper clippings and memorabilia from around the world.

Language lessons

Aruba is a wonderfully multilingual place, with English, Dutch, Spanish and the locally born language, Papiamento, spoken with equal ease by residents. Learn a bit of Papiamento yourself: Free language lessons are offered at resorts including Divi Aruba.

Gostoso

Sample authentic Aruban cuisine (as well as Portuguese and other international flavors) at Gostoso, one of the best places to eat in Oranjestad. Among the favorite Aruban dishes is stewed beef (or goat), prepared with cilantro, garlic, onions and red pepper.

Top Rated Hotels for your Aruba Vacation

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
4.0 out of 5.0 L G Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad
$239
4.2/5 (437 reviews)

The private island was a nice feature it made the property stand out from others

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino features a private beach, a marina, and a full-service spa. If you drive, put free parking to good use. Multilingual staff ...
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino
4.5 out of 5.0 Juan E Irausquin Blvd 85, Noord
$419
4.4/5 (289 reviews)

Loved the staff. They are truly wonderful people and work very hars to make ylur experience as enjoyable as possible.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020
Guests of Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino have access to a full-service spa, a casino, and an outdoor pool. A stay here includes free parking. The 24-hour ...
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
4.5 out of 5.0 L G Smith Boulevard 101, Noord
$329
4.3/5 (270 reviews)

The Aruba Marriott Resort is a nice, well located facility that is heavily used and somewhat worn. It offers very good amenities but be prepared for crowds at the pool (the smaller adult pool is a welcome refuge) and sometimes lackadaisical service.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino features a full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools, and a casino. Free parking is included with your stay. Multilingual staff ...

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