Welcome to the Island of Aruba
Located in the southern Caribbean, just 15 miles from Venezuela, lies the beautiful island of Aruba. Known for gorgeous beaches and cosmopolitan nightlife, this amazing island has something for everyone to enjoy. Our mile-long beaches offer the perfect place to relax while the casinos, numerous restaurants, and plenty of shopping keep you entertained. Aruba has a year-round temperature of 82 degrees and you’ll always enjoy the constant, cooling feel of trade winds, making this island the perfect place for your next Caribbean vacation.
Vacationing in Aruba
The island of Aruba is home to several Divi Resorts, the namesake of which is the beautiful Divi-Divi tree. Our Aruba resorts have more space, more rooms, and more amenities than any other hotel.
Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort is located on the high-rise resort section of Palm Beach. It offers modern amenities and spacious, beachfront suites as well as a stunning beach with swaying palms and thatch cabanas.
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is located steps from Eagle Beach and features a deluxe, nine-hole golf course — the Links at Divi Aruba. You have the choice of luxury suites and private villas at this fabulous resort.
Divi Dutch Village Resort is an all-suite resort located on Eagle Beach and adjacent to Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort. It is nestled in a tropical garden setting, offering a quiet place for families and couples of all ages to relax.
Breathtaking Beaches Breathtaking Beaches
Aruba boasts numerous award-winning beaches with pristine, white sand and turquoise-blue water along a 7-mile strip on the west coast, all of which are open to the public. These areas are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, kite surfing, and other fun water sports like surfing, parasailing, waterskiing, tubing, and snorkeling.
Shopping in Aruba
Commemorate your journey to Aruba with souvenirs from the many shopping locations on the island. Aruba’s biggest shopping mall, Palm Beach Plaza, is open seven days a week and offers fabulous jewelry and fashion stores. Major luxury brands you’ll find here include Gucci, Cartier, Salvatore Feragamo, Mont Blanc, and Swarovski. In addition to shopping, the mall includes restaurants, bars, cafés, a food court, a live music venue, a bowling center, and a movie theater.
Aruba also features The Shops at Alhambra Bazaar. This late-night shopping spot is a favorite for locals and casino goers that need a break from the action. Located near Aruba's low-rise hotels, a variety of shops and boutiques offer wares from around the world. Cafes and an outdoor market provide rest stops for a cup of coffee at Juan Valdez Coffee Shop, or a bite to eat at Fusion. The renovated shopping area also includes clothes and gift stores, some fast food chains like Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, a popular piano lounge called Fusion, a convenience store, and Shalom Body and Soul Spa, among other retailers and eateries.
Dining in Aruba
Aruba is also host to a fantastic array of restaurants. Whether you crave American comfort food or are in the mood for something unique and tropical, you’ll find it at the hundreds of restaurants on the island.
Party in Aruba
Those in search of a hopping nightlife scene will certainly not be disappointed, as Aruba is home to many bars and clubs. From casual beach bars to high-end nightclubs, our cosmopolitan island has it all. Be sure to visit Senor Frogs, Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill at De Palm Pier, and Club Hipsz.
Getting Around the Island
Exploring Aruba is easy, as there are plenty of ways to get around. Utilize the inexpensive bus service that travels all along the Aruba hotel strip, or find a taxi service willing to take you anywhere you want to go. For those wishing to strike out on their own, car rentals are a convenient and affordable option.
For the best view of Aruba, visit the California Lighthouse. This old stone lighthouse is located in the Hudishibana area near the island’s northwestern tip. From the top, you’ll see Aruba’s western coastline of sandy beaches, rock coral shorelines, and the perfectly landscaped Tierra del Sol golf course. The California Lighthouse is a must see for any traveler to Aruba, especially at sunset. Be sure to make time for a romantic lunch or dinner at the el Faro Blanco restaurant.
Travel to Aruba’s deserted coastline to discover the beauty of the Natural Pool. This unique formation of rock and volcanic stone circles a small depression, creating a tranquil pool. While here, you’ll also see water spraying over the rocks as the tide rushes to the shore. This area is inaccessible by car but you can get there by foot, horseback, or a 4x4 vehicle.
Experience the beauty and diversity of nature at the Butterfly Farm. Open year-round, the Butterfly Farm features a tropical garden teeming with butterflies from around the globe. Observe and photograph these colorful and unusual creatures, watching as they transform from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. The farm features a café when you need to satisfy your hunger and a gift shop offering butterfly-themed souvenirs.
Historic Gold Mines
Strike it rich at the Historic Gold Mines! Kids of all ages will enjoy panning for gold and exploring the historic ruins of Aruba’s gold mines, which were excavated during the 1400s and 1500s.
De Palm Island
De Palm Island is the perfect day trip for families. This all-inclusive resort offers a water park, snorkeling, banana boat rides, and much more for you to enjoy. Spend the day exploring De Palm Island’s beaches, relaxing under the palapas, dining on a buffet or a la carte lunch, or drinking at the open bar. Guided snorkeling and scuba diving tours are the perfect way to see all the wonders of the turquoise waters. Your half- or full-day trip includes round-trip bus transportation to and from the hotel as well as the use of all facilities.
Try your luck at Alhambra Casino. Located a short, complimentary golf shuttle ride from Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort and Divi Dutch Village Resort, this grand casino is open daily from 10 a.m.-4 a.m. You’ll find world-class slot and table games here, as well as a shopping bazaar and a fabulous restaurant, The Cove.
Find a true Caribbean beach paradise at Baby Beach. This beautiful half-moon sandy expanse is located in a calm lagoon with shallow waters and soft currents, making it perfect for families with children and snorkelers. If you ever tire of the warm, blue waters, you can grab refreshments or relax on a comfortable beach bed. A local dive shop is close by where you can rent snorkel and dive gear or dine at their bar and grill.
Arikok National Park
Arikok National Park is Aruba’s national treasure and the perfect place to spend an entire day. For a small fee (which goes towards preserving the park and its inhabitants), you can explore this 7,907-acre park, observing indigenous animals who roam freely, fascinating flora and fauna, and interesting historical sites. There are also numerous caves with Arawak Indian drawings, including the Quadiriki, Fontein, and Huliba caves. You can venture through Arikok by car or go hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding.
Annual Events in Aruba
If you want to rejuvenate during your trip to Aruba, you’ll certainly find plenty of places to rest and relax. Though if you desire to experience the true culture of the island, we have an exciting, jam-packed calendar of colorful parades, carnivals, music festivals, regattas, and much more.
Area Annual Events:
- January — Aruba Carnival
- February — Carnival Queen Election
- March — End of Aruba Carnival
- April — King’s Birthday
- May — Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival
- July — Dera Gai (St. John’s Day) & Annual Aruba Hi-Winds
- August — Aruba Regatta & International Film Festival (AIFF)
- September — Aruba Food, Wine, & Art Festival
- October — Annual Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival Aruba
- November — Divi Aruba International Beach Tennis Tournament
- December — Boxing Day & Dande Festival