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ELF Halo Glow Setting Powder
IT Cosmetics Concealer
Saie “Rosy” Dew Blush
Nars Light Reflecting Foundation
Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector
Rare Beauty Bronzer Stick
ELF Halo Glow Setting Powder
IT Cosmetics Concealer
Saie “Rosy” Dew Blush
Nars Light Reflecting Foundation
Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector

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Ultimate Travel Guide to Aruba

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Aruba was honestly one of the best holidays we have ever been on. It was everything we’ve ever wanted from a “sun” holiday and so I highly recommend looking into it. We spent 6 nights there and fit so much in. Here are some of my tips and recommendations.

If you’ve any questions at all, please leave them below or message me on Instagram.

Fun Facts About Aruba

  • Aruba is a tiny island in the Dutch Caribbean. It’s 21 miles long and only 6 miles wide
  • The island is settled on volcanic rock
  • As of March 2023, it has a population of just over 108,000
  • Aruba forms the “A” part of the “ABC Islands”. Bonaire and Curaçao are the other 2
  • Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since its inception in 1815. Its natives have Dutch passports and one of the 2 official languages in Aruba is Dutch. The other is Papiamento
  • By the time they leave school, Arubans can speak a minimum of 4 languages… Dutch, English, Spanish and Papiamento

Travelling to Aruba

Fortunately for us, you can fly direct to Aruba from New York and it takes between 4 and 4 1/2 hours. We flew with Delta and our flights were about $1000 for us both return (peak season).   

There doesn’t seem to be any direct flights from Dublin but you can definitely get connecting flights. If Aruba is a bit too far for you, I have blog posts on lots of European cities including:

Where to Stay in Aruba

Because Aruba is so small, you’re never too far from anything. In saying that, for me… one of the most impressive parts of Aruba is its beaches. In fact, Aruba is home to the nicest beach in the Caribbean and the second nicest in the whole world… Eagle Beach. 

Palm Beach was our favourite though and it’s in the “high rise” district which is the heart of the island (for tourists at least). 

So in saying all of that, I would recommend you find accommodation close to Palm Beach. We stayed at the Raddison Blu (affiliate link) and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

It was a fraction of the cost of the other hotels in the area, it was spotless clean, the staff were incredible, the pools were great and so was the food and entertainment.

It is not directly on the beachfront but it is less than a 5 minute walk and the hotel offers free transport to the beach front. They have a dedicated area with loungers on the beach so you don’t have to pay to rent them. If you want to go to a different part of the beach, you can rent beds and umbrellas. To give you an idea of price, we paid $40 for 2 beds, an umbrella and a table. 

During our stay, we ate and drank at a good few hotels, and so I can recommend others that are worth looking into (affiliate links): 

When to Visit Aruba and the Weather

Aruba is one of the very few places where the weather is consistently hot all year round! The temperature averages around 29 degrees celsius in summer and 26 in winter… the dream! It’s also really windy which is absolutely needed to make the heat bearable. We don’t cope very well in the heat lol, so we really welcomed the wind! 

‘Twas windy!

In terms of rainfall, Aruba gets around 19mm of rain… per year! Its “rainy season” is basically non-existent but officially they say it’s from November to February. During this time, you’re most likely to get cheaper flights and accommodation as the “peak season” is from December to March. 

Is Aruba Expensive?

Yes, very! And that’s coming from me who lives in NYC (“,) Overall, the cost of living in Aruba is approx. 30% higher than in the USA. The food and drinks were on par with NYC but the prices in supermarkets/ shops were extortionate so self-catering is not the way to go!

Things to do in Aruba

Travel Tip: It’s usually cheaper to book direct with the service providers. If you’re located beside any of the companies who offer these activities and tours, go directly to their kiosk to book.

Restaurants and Bars Recommendations

Aruba has lots of fabulous bars and restaurants. I’ve listed our recommendations below.

It’s worth noting that the nightlife around Palm Beach was quiet. Most places closed before 11pm which suited us (we are not into nightclubs etc.). Something to consider if you’re hoping to do plenty of partying… I’m not sure Aruba is the place for that. 

I hope you found this helpful. If you’ve any other tips or questions, leave them below (“,)

Thanks for reading,

1 Comment

  1. Niamh
    April 6th, 2023 / 09:33

    Sound like a dream

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