Aruba is one of our favorite islands in the Caribbean— we made so many great memories! Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon destination, family vacation, or just a nice getaway— Aruba is perfect. Flights are normally quite affordable, they accept US currency, and there are tons of fun things to do.
There are a few areas you can stay on the island— the top three being Palm Beach, Eagle Beach and downtown Oranjestad. We stayed in Palm Beach and thought it was perfect since we were in walking distance to nearly everything. There are quite a few hotel options in this area, but we personally fell in love with the Aruba Marriott Resort + Stellaris Casino. The Marriott offers shopping and dining, a fitness center, a swim up pool bar, live music AT the swim up pool bar, full service [food and drinks] at the beach, a comedy club, and a casino. If you want to stay downtown, checkout the Renaissance Aruba Resort + Casino— they have a private island experience with flamingos, and the resort is conveniently located near the Renaissance Mall, the airport and Baby Beach.
We visited Aruba in December, but the best time to visit is April through August. The prices are a bit cheaper, and it is located well outside of the hurricane belt— so the chance of tropical storms during this time is minimal.
Every morning, we walked a mile down the beach to Eduardo’s Beach Shack. It is Aruba’s best smoothie bar— offering endless whole food options: fresh fruit, vegetable juices, smoothie bowls + more. You could easily eat a different meal every day for a month and you wouldn’t be disappointed with any of the options. Travel Tip: When you go— order a smoothie bowl served in a coconut bowl or fresh pineapple.
Most days, we spent the afternoons soaking up the sun at the pool or beach— then we would grab a happy hour drink and watch the sunset at MooMba Beach Bar. Pelican’s Nest Seafood Grill is another great place to watch the sunset. It is located on the pier near Palm Beach and has a nice + relaxing atmosphere.
After sunset, take a short walk to Paseo Herencia Mall. You’ll find shops, dining, as well as activities and entertainment. They have a show every night at 8pm— dance shows, light shows, acrobat shows, and live performers. Before you leave, eat at Iguana Cantina— order the fajitas and try the tortilla or black bean soup!
To end the night, stop by Soprano’s Piano Bar. It’s about an 8 minute walk from the mall and a great place to unwind. You can put in a song request or sing along to their popular song choices. Order a Bada Bing martini or an Aruba Ariba cocktail.
If you have time to explore the island, rent a car and drive to the Natural Bridge and the California Lighthouse. You can also visit Palm Island or go out on a Jolly Pirates sailing cruise. There are endless options in Aruba and something for everyone to enjoy.
Have you been to Aruba or are you planning a trip soon? What was your favorite part about your vacation, or what is the one thing you’re looking forward to the most?
Kayla + Logan