With miles of white sand and an exceptional choice of resorts, this southern Caribbean island has become a popular choice for tourists escaping the US winter. Rugged, windswept and uncrowded, Aruba is an ideal place to get away from it all.
With year-round consistently perfect weather, there’s no single best time of the year to go. Temperatures are on average in the mid 80s and it has become a very popular winter holiday destination as a result. Flights and accommodation can be more expensive in the high season, from mid-December through to mid-April.
If you want to visit over the Christmas holiday period, then you should try and book well in advance as things can get full up and prices can skyrocket. The hottest time of year is from August through September, when the sun can be scorching, but the trade winds help keep things the right side of comfortable.
With some of the most pleasant and consistent weather anywhere in the world, tourists visit Aruba throughout the year. High season is in US winter time when people flock to the island for some sunshine, so you’re advised to book early at this time.
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There are regular bargain flights to Aruba from a number of US airports.
There is only one main international airport in Aruba, through which almost all visitors to the island pass on their travels. Queen Beatrix International has direct flights to the US, the Caribbean, South America, Canada and Europe. The busiest US routes to and from Aruba include New York, Miami, Atlanta and Newark.
For all departures to the US, check-in time is three hours before departure. The majority of flights depart between 11am and 3pm each day.
A number of US airlines run regular services to Aruba.
Like much of the Caribbean, the island’s road network is small and simple, consisting of two lane roads. Whilst there may be some traffic in Oranjestad, in general driving is pretty straightforward, and there are rental car options if you want your own transport.
Taxis are available at the airport and at hotels, and most accept US dollars. You should expect to pay more on Sundays, public holidays and after 11pm at night.
The island’s bus service, called the Arubus, has a route from Oranjestad to the far end of the island for only a few dollars, and with friendly drivers, it’s a good way to explore. It’s also the cheapest way of getting to the main beaches.
The colorful capital Oranjestad is home to some beautiful buildings and a large marina where the cruise ships dock. There’s plenty for visitors here, with a range of eating options as well as activities like diving, snorkeling and sailing. You can also rent bikes and explore more of the city and surrounding area.
The beaches here are obviously a major attraction, with plenty to choose from. Baby Beach on the southern tip of the island is shallow and great for exploring under the water with a snorkel. Eagle Beach is frequently voted one of the best in the world, with activities like jet skiing and tubing to try. There are also other natural attractions such as the Natural Pool and the Casibari and Ayo rock formations.
US citizens do not need a visa to visit Aruba but you will need a passport valid for the entire duration of your stay. You are also required to possess a signed embarkation and disembarkation card as well as a return or onward ticket. The maximum period you are allowed to stay without further permission is 30 days.
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