It’s been over 30 years since The Beach Boys dropped the iconic summer hit “Kokomo” and we still feel like Aruba is a place everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Now, we may not know a lot about music, but we do know quite a lot about traveling to this Caribbean paradise, so if you’re in the mood for a few traveling tips – we’ve got you covered.
Aruba – Brief Overview
Since you’re already pretty much sold on visiting Aruba, we won’t go too much into details. As you know, Aruba is a small island in the mid-south of the Caribbean Sea and alongside Netherlands, Curacao, and Sint Maarten – it makes up for the Kingdom of Netherlands. Unlike many other Caribbean islands, Aruba has a pretty dry climate and by the looks of it, you wouldn’t really call it tropical as much as desert-like.
Instead of tropical vegetation, you’ll see cacti and shrubs, however, that shouldn’t stop you from visiting this place, because quite frankly, sightseeing and nature exploration isn’t why you’re visiting Aruba in the first place. The crown jewel of this island and the main reason you’re visiting Aruba are the beaches and they’re absolutely gorgeous and are constantly ranked as one of the best ones in the world.
What Are Some Of The Best Places To Visit When In Aruba?
As we’ve just said, beaches are the crown jewel of the island and there are more than a few that are worth visiting.
First up, we have the world-renowned Eagle Beach. It is the most popular beach on the island and is often voted as one of the best ones in the world. It has a relaxed, chilled vibe to it, crystal-clear water, and white sand, but it does get a bit crowded during the season.
Arashi Beach is another must-visit, white-sand beach with clear, gorgeous, calm water ideal for snorkeling and relaxing under the Aruban sun. As long as we’re on the topic of snorkeling, another place you could visit is Baby Beach.
If you somehow get tired of tanning, relaxing, and open ocean, you might want to visit the Natural Pool in the mid-northern part of the island and have a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the stone-encompassed pool.
Finally, if you want to take a break from the sun and water, you may visit the iconic California Lighthouse, from which you can’t look anywhere near Cali, but you can still take some great pictures. Additionally, if you’re interested in the island’s culture and history, we’d recommend visiting Museo Historico Aruba or Bushiribana Ruins.
What’s The Best Place To Stay In Aruba?
Well, first of all, you have a plethora of options. According to VacationAruba.com, if you manage to get a good deal on an airplane or a cruise ship ticket – you can easily have yourself a luxurious experience without having to break the bank.
Many people make the mistake of thinking they can’t organize the trips on their own and they end up spending way too much on travel agency fees when they could’ve done it far cheaper if they only had spent a few days researching the accommodation and airplane ticket prices.
Sure, an all-inclusive stay at Renaissance, Boardwalk, Hyatt, or Hilton would be great and you won’t have to think about anything other than enjoying your stay and we certainly wouldn’t discourage staying at any of the aforementioned hotels. But then again, what’s a trip to the Caribbean without an adventure? Renting out a private condo or a house to stay in could prove to be a lot more fun, as you’d be more encouraged to leave the accommodation and explore the island, rather than lounge by the pool sipping cocktails.
Therefore, in our humble opinion, we’d say the best place to stay when in Aruba is a nice, private condo or a house, that you’d rent out with your friends or family.
Is Aruba Safe?
Many people worry about safety when it comes to the Caribbean islands and that’s not by accident. Luckily, Aruba is a lot safer than the rest of the islands, but we still wouldn’t recommend wandering the secluded parts of the island all by yourself during the night.
Should You Worry About Hurricanes?
As is often the case with Caribbean islands, many are wondering – when is the best time to schedule a trip to Aruba? Now, this is a fairly common question, not only because people want to know when’s the best time to schedule their vacation, but they’re worried about tropical storm season. Fortunately, Aruba is quite safe when it comes to hurricanes and other tropical storms, so that’s not something you should be worrying about. In recent history, there have only been a handful of storms on the island, with most of them causing minor to no damages.
When Would Be The Ideal Time To Visit Aruba?
Since you don’t have to worry about hurricane season, if we’re being honest, there is no ideal time to visit Aruba. The island is blissfully sunny all year round and when you decide to visit comes down only to personal preference.
It all depends on what kind of holiday you are looking for. If you’re in the mood for crowds, partying, and meeting loads of new people, then you should probably aim to visit somewhere between December and April. Those are the most popular months and the island is swarming with tourists during that period. On the other hand, if you’re in the mood for something more relaxed, you should probably visit during the “low-season”, which is May to December.
Another thing that might affect your decision is the weather. Even though it is sunny all year round, it is more likely you’ll be met with some rainy days during the late and early years. Luckily, the showers are usually quite brief, so you shouldn’t worry about rain ruining your beach days. During the summer, on the other hand, temperatures can get quite high, and seeing how that may pose trouble for some, we thought we had to mention it.
All in all, Aruba is one of the best Caribbean places you can visit and what’s even better – you can visit any time you want. A few additional tips we could give you is not to forget sunscreen and good vibes – everything else you’ll find on the island.