Aruba

Holidays in Aruba are all about classic Caribbean beauty. Picture endless white sand beaches and turquoise waters perfect for a romantic getaway or peaceful family break. Set 15 miles off the Venezuelan Coast, Aruba boasts a Caribbean, Dutch-colonial heritage and is home to striking natural wonders and luxury hotels. Spend your days relaxing on the island’s most popular beaches, Eagle and Palm, basking in Aruba’s year round sunshine.

For adventure, head to Arikok National Park, which covers nearly a fifth of Aruba. Explore caves with ancient Indian art work, lava formed landscapes, desert sand dunes, natural pools and secluded bays. Wind and kite surfers will love the north shore, while divers can discover teeming coral reefs and shipwrecks. If you want some culture, take in the pastel-coloured Dutch colonial buildings in the capital Oranjestad.

Destination Highlights
  • Relax on pristine beaches
  • Visit Arikok National Park
  • Windsurf on the North Shore
  • Celebrate the colourful carnival
  • Explore the capital, Oranjestad
  • Discover Guadirikiri Cave

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Unique

Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba

Aruba

H&J Rating
Average: 3.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

£1,939 pp

Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba

Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

Aruba

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,129 pp

Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
Romantic Beach Dining

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Aruba

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,109 pp

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Time Zone

GMT -4 hours

Flight Time

Approx 9 hours 30 minutes; direct flights from the UK are available

Currency

AWG - Aruban Florin

Visa Information

British Passport holders do not need a visa for stays less than three months

Language

Dutch, but English is widely spoken and understood

Health Information

No vaccinations required, Hepatitus A, Polio and Typhoid immunisations are recommended.

Things to do in Aruba

You’ll find so much to love about Aruba, a pint-sized Dutch island located just 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela. This island excels in boutique-style hotels, upscale restaurants and of course, pristine beaches. However, its beautiful Arikok National Ppark, well-preserved traditions and colourful capital city will also satisfy your appetite for culture and the great outdoors.

  • Arikok National Park

    This astounding park covers nearly 20% of Aruba and features diverse landscapes. You’ll find nearly 8,000 acres of desert like scenery with sand dunes and cacti, old gold mines and rock formations forged by lava, quartz and limestone. Explore Fontein Cave and its Arawak Indian paintings and the 100 foot deep Guadirikiri Cave. Don’t miss the Natural Pool, formed by volcanic stones and set on a deserted stretch of coastline.

  • Oranjestad

    Oranjestad is Aruba’s colourful capital which is filled with pastel coloured buildings from Dutch colonial times. Ride the tram to Main Street for shopping, explore the Historical Museum to learn about Aruba’s heritage or check out an art gallery. By night, there’s a buzzing atmosphere with lively clubs, bars and casinos. You can even see a show at the Cas di Cultura, the country’s national theatre.

  • Carnival

    Aruba hosts festivals throughout the year, but none is more spectacular than carnival. The main celebrations take place in January and February with street parties and music competitions. Watch the Grand Parade in San Nicolas, complete with glittering costumes and floats. The celebrations end on Shrove Tuesday when locals burn an effigy of King Momo.

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Average weather in January

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26ºC
64mm

Average weather in February

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26ºC
29mm

Average weather in March

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27ºC
12mm

Average weather in April

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27ºC
8mm

Average weather in May

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28ºC
23mm

Average weather in June

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28ºC
17mm

Average weather in July

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28ºC
31mm

Average weather in August

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29ºC
19mm

Average weather in September

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29ºC
48mm

Average weather in October

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28ºC
82mm

Average weather in November

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27ºC
102mm

Average weather in December

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27ºC
76mm
  • Martyn, Destination Executive

    Martyn

    Destination Manager

    “There are a selection of American cities that most Caribbean islands connect to, Aruba has some additional direct flights that others don’t. In less than five-hours you can be in Philadelphia, Houston or Washington DC.”

  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    Charlotte

    Destination Specialist

    “There's no reason to stay all inclusive in Aruba, get out and eat in the restaurants. The food variety is as diverse as the island itself, reasonably priced and great tasting.”

  • Charlie, Destination Manager

    Charlie

    Destination Manager

    “In Aruba jazz and soul festivals are held annually. If you love this type of music, head to Memphis beforehand for a real musical themed holiday.”

Types of Aruba holidays

Aruba Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Beaches along the west coast of Aruba are great for watersports and swimming and are dotted with hotel resorts while the windward coast plays home to more secluded bays and stronger ocean currents where swimming is not always recommended. Arashi Beach is great for snorkelling while Hadicurari is known for its fisherman’s huts. Eagle Beach was once named one of the best beaches in the world. 

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