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Aruba Introduction

With postcard-perfect beaches, dreamy weather, and a seal of approval from the Beach Boys, it's no surprise Aruba is a firm favorite with North American sunseekers. The tiny Dutch Caribbean island is the definition of paradise, with crystalline waters, swaying palms, and plenty of history thrown in for good measure. Whether you want to live it up at a luxury resort or escape to a boutique B&B, Aruba hotels make it easy to find your very own version of Kokomo.

Hotels in Aruba

Aruba is no stranger to well-heeled vacationers who flock to the island's all-inclusive resorts. Many luxury hotels in Aruba occupy prime beachfront real estate and treat guests to landscaped grounds and lagoon swimming pools. Celebrating a special occasion? Why not splurge on a room with sparkling views of the Caribbean Sea? Catering to families and groups, self-contained apartments offer separate bedrooms, spacious living areas, and well-equipped kitchens. Most are set within resort-style complexes, with swimming pools and sun terraces. For extra space and an exclusive atmosphere, upgrade to a private villa. Budget travelers can snap up cheap Aruba hotels offering simple rooms and a warm welcome.

Where to stay

Most luxury hotels in Aruba are strung along Palm Beach, the island's main resort area. It's perched on the north coast and is home to a mix of all-inclusive resorts, international hotels, and adults-only beach clubs. Often crowned one of the Caribbean's best stretches of waterfront, Eagle Beach is lined with low-rise resorts that enjoy sugar-white sand and crystalline water. For serious R&R, escape to boutique Aruba hotels on the island's undeveloped south coast. While waterfront hotels are a treat, look a few blocks inland and you'll find discount hotels offering excellent value for money.

Things to see

Beyond glorious beaches, Aruba is awash with history. Oranjestad, Aruba's charismatic capital, offers a glimpse of the island's Dutch colonial past. 18th-century Fort Zoutman was once used to ward off pirates, with the attached Willem III Tower now reimagined as a local history museum. Ringed by a vibrant coral reef, Aruba boasts some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. Join a snorkeling boat tour or bring your own gear and enjoy easy shore access from Mangel Halto and Malmok Beach. More than a dozen coral-strewn shipwrecks make Aruba a bucket list destination for divers. Highlights include the Jane Sea cargo ship, a pair of planes, and the ill-fated SS Antilla, a German freighter that was deliberately sunk by the crew in WWII to avoid it falling into the hands of the Dutch. If you want to spend the day on dry land, Aruba offers unique attractions like the Butterfly Farm and Donkey Sanctuary.

How to get to Aruba

Flights touch down at Queen Beatrix International Airport, which offers connections to a handful of US cities. It's a 5-minute drive south of Oranjestad and 20 minutes from Palm Beach. If you're catching a flight bound for the United States, be sure to arrive at least 3 hours early, as you'll need to clear customs before boarding the plane. Cruise ships dock at Oranjestad, with many passengers choosing to arrive in Aruba early or tack on a few extra days.

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