Winter Blues Meet Caribbean Hues: Aruba Edition

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Meghan Spezzano

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  • Aruba

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Beaches

  • Coastal

  • Sightseeing

  • Outdoors

Aruba beach and shoreline with beautiful clear water and blue skies.
Curator’s statement

Aruba holds a special place in my heart, and its enchanting allure is woven into the fabric of my fondest memories. The island's consistently splendid weather, with its warm breezes and abundant sunshine, creates a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. The culinary scene, featuring tasteful and tantalizing dishes, has left an indelible mark on my palate, making every meal a delightful exploration of flavors. However, it's the captivating sunsets, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink, that cast a spell of romance and magic, etching Aruba's beauty into the very essence of my soul.

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Where to stay in Aruba

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa And Casino

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

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Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort

A megaresort with personality, this something-for-everyone escape has a whopping 555 rooms, a private 40-acre island and a 24-hour casino.

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

Aruba's best, the Ritz-Carlton is a well-rounded sanctuary of relaxation fronted by spectacular beaches.

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Things to do in Aruba

Ariel view of Aruba beach with palm trees and a beautiful sunset.

Explore Aruba's beaches for an unrivaled tropical experience. The diverse coastal landscapes promise a perfect blend of relaxation, water adventures and breathtaking sunsets, ensuring an unforgettable escape in the heart of the Caribbean.

Beaches:

Palm Beach: Palm Beach is a pristine stretch of coastline that epitomizes the Caribbean's allure. Renowned for its soft, powdery sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters, this is the definition of paradise. Palm Beach is a hub for activities, offering an array of water sports, beachfront bars, and vibrant resorts lining the shoreline. The golden sunsets create a mesmerizing backdrop for evening strolls along the water's edge. These sunsets are not something to miss!

Baby Beach: Nestled along the island’s southern coast, Baby Beach is a serene haven of shallow, calm waters which is perfect for wading, swimming, and even snorkeling. This idyllic stretch of shoreline is an ideal destination for families and those seeking a tranquil escape.

Arashi Beach: Want to head to the famous lighthouse and then relax at the beach after? Then this is your go to beach! Arashi beach is nestled against rugged landscapes and is the perfect spot for snorkelers as it has crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs.

Adventure Time:

Embark on a thrilling off-roading adventure, where rugged landscapes and untamed beauty await. The journey unveils hidden gems like Arikok National Park, home to ancient caves and breathtaking vistas from elevated viewpoints. On this excursion you will get to witness the island's diverse ecosystems, from rocky hills and rolling sand dunes to hidden natural wonders. You can do this by renting an ATV or Jeep.

Water Activities:

With a plethora of water activities, Aruba caters to every aquatic passion, ensuring a thrilling and refreshing experience for all. The calm waves of Aruba's beaches make for perfect paddleboarding and kayaking adventures. Windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts can harness the island's constant trade winds for an exhilarating ride. Parasailing provides a unique perspective of the coastline, and sailing excursions offer serene journeys along the Caribbean horizon.

Wellness & Relaxation:

Luxurious resorts on the island offer a range of spa treatments, from soothing massages to revitalizing facials, using locally-inspired ingredients. Yoga and meditation sessions take advantage of Aruba's tranquil landscapes, offering a serene escape for mind and body.

I highly recommend looking into what activities your hotel offers. You can also indulge in beachfront wellness activities, such as seaside massages or yoga sessions with the soothing sound of the ocean as a backdrop. If not staying at a resort, there are plenty of spa stations set up on the beaches you can also indulge in.

Shopping:

Ready for a vibrant and diverse experience? From the bustling markets of Oranjestad, where you can find colorful souvenirs and Aruban artwork, to the upscale boutiques in Palm Beach, the shopping scene caters to a variety of tastes. Aruba's shopping districts feature everything from luxury jewelry stores to quaint shops selling unique Caribbean spices and handmade goods. With a duty-free status, shoppers can enjoy tax-free purchases on items like jewelry, electronics, and designer fashion.

Need to Know

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Aruba. In need of further inspiration? Check out Kim Walters’s guide, Adventure in Aruba.

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