Aruba

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.”

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.

Aruba

Aruba

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.

Climate

The climate is tropical marine, with little seasonal temperature variation. Because of its location south in the Caribbean there is very strong sun, but a constant light breeze keeps the temperature pleasant. (These persistent winds out of the east shape the island's distinctive, lop-sided divi-divi trees.) The divi-divi trees have become a signature tree to Aruba's landscape. The weather is almost always dry, with most rain showers coming at night and lasting only a little while. Temperatures in Aruba do not change dramatically. Between the months of January and March the temperatures stay around 76-85 degrees; this being their high season. However starting in April and through December this is considered off season and temperatures do not change much beyond 79 and 88 degrees. It lies outside the zone usually affected by hurricanes.