LGBTQ+ Friendly Guide to Vacationing in Aruba

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Curator’s statement

The paradisiacal beaches of the island of Aruba are true romantic heaven, one that also happens to be one of the more progressive, LGBTQ+ friendly destinations in the Caribbean. While same-sex relationships are legal in Aruba, same-sex marriage is yet to be legalized. However, the laidback island is very much an open and safe destination for gay individuals and couples, providing a worry and judge-free space to celebrate love and personal choices of all kinds. Despite that many gay clubs and bars closed throughout the pandemic in Aruba, it remains one of the top LGBTQ+ destinations in the southern Caribbean.

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Where to stay in Aruba

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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

An award-winner for adults only, on Aruba’s beautiful Eagle Beach.

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Beautifully-styled resort boasting spacious accommodations on the sunny beaches of Aruba with exceptional amenities and a 24-hour casino.

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Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa And Casino

A lush, relaxing hotel with newly-designed rooms for the contemporary traveler.

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Things to do in Aruba

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Aruba is one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands, with azure blue waters and an agreeable year-round climate. When you land on the island, enjoy its laissez-faire vibe to the fullest. 

Explore the Island

When in Oranjestad, ride the local streetcar and get the authentic island living experience. Explore the San Nicolas Art District for colorful street art and murals.

Beach It

While your hotel is likely to be fronted by a stunning beach, you should also check out Eagle, Rodgers, Palm and Arashi beaches. You can also head out to Arikok National Park and swim at the natural pool. 

Finally, you can't leave Aruba without stopping at Flamingo Beach, a unique beach where flamingos hang out on a white-sand Caribbean coast. It is a true wonder to see the gracious animals in their natural state. 

Unique Dining Experience

When in Aruba, take advantage of the many dining offerings, from a romantic dinner on the beach to boat excursions, picnics and more. You can even take a several-day getaway to the Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba Floating Brunch

Eat & drink in Aruba

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Passions on the Beach: Enjoy a private sunset dinner serving international favorites with a twist. 

Octopus Aruba: This service is renowned for its private island brunch and/or sunset dinner on a private boat or catamaran in Aruba. 

Picnic Aruba: Host a romantic picnic on the beach for your special someone with all of their favorites personalized by a highly-specialized team from Aruba. 

Flying Fishbone: One of the best beach restaurants worldwide, this institution serves European cuisine with a Caribbean flair. 

Screaming Eagle: One of the most stylish restaurants in town, this hotspot serves inventive locally-sourced French-inspired seafood. 

Opus Ocean & Grill: A casual seafood eatery serving a bit of everything. 

Barefoot: Palapa restaurant and beach that serves an array of island favorites, including seafood, salads, meat-central main dishes and delectable wines. 

The Dutch Pancake House: This spot is an award-winning breakfast destination in Aruba that lives up to the hype with excellent Dutch pancakes and Poffertjes. 

Craft: This funky spot is excellent for Saturday Live Music Brunch and The Brunch Club on Sundays. Come here for a fun time! 

Twist of Flavors: A Dutch-inspired restaurant serves international cuisine, including Dutch pancakes, sandwiches, pasta dishes and steaks. 

Taste my Aruba: Authentic Aruban farm-to-table restaurant serving conscious dishes in a friendly, local atmosphere. 

Gelato & Go: Indulge in some Caribbean ice cream at this cult-favorite joint. Try the delicious Dulce de Leche.

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