Aruba Travel Guide
Aruba is an island full of adventure. There’s more to an Aruban vacation than just sitting under a palm tree and sipping on a pina colada, although that would make for a great trip.
You can go snorkeling, learn how to kitesurf, explore its many beaches, and take a 4×4 through ancient ruins. If you’re outdoorsy like me, you’re not going to want to skip out on these activities.
Regardless of which kind of getaway you decide to have, Aruba is an incredible island to escape to get away from the everyday stresses of life.
Aruba is a year-round destination, but the best time to visit is from April to August. This is considered off-season meaning you will get a great deal on a hotel room, the temperatures are higher, and the sun is always shining.
This is also prime time to visit for festivals and events. The Soul Beach Music Festival takes place in May, the Aruba Wine, Food, & Art Festival takes place in June, and St. John’s Day takes place in June as well.
Come fall and winter, tourists from all over the world swarm to Aruba to escape the cold of their hometowns. You could pay as much as $900 a night to stay along the Palm and Eagle Beach
If you begin your search several months in advance, you can find something more reasonable so be prepared to do a little research.
What To Expect
Language: Dutch and the local language of Papiamento are the official languages of Aruba. Arubans also likely speak English and Spanish.
Currency: The official currency of Aruba is the Aruban florin (AWG), though the US dollar is widely accepted. 1 USD is equivalent to 1.80 AWG.
Credit Cards and ATMs: If you don’t feel like carrying cash on you, you can use your credit card while in Aruba. All major credit cards are accepted throughout the country. If you would like to have some paper money, you’ll have no issue finding an ATM. They’re located at the airport and most major hotels. Most machines also dispense both florins and US dollars.
Plugs: On Aruba, the power plugs are type A, B, and F, the standard voltage is 127 V, and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. If visiting from the states, you will need a power adapter for type F sockets. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Aruba is considered to be one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. Violent crime against tourists is rare, and because the island is outside of the hurricane belt, there are rarely natural disasters. That being said, practice caution when out and about, and you shouldn’t have any problems.
Our Experience as a Lesbian Couple
As a female same-sex couple, we highly recommend Aruba as an LGBTQ+ friendly destination! The island has some of the best LGBTQ+ laws in the Caribbean, their tourism board openly welcomes LGBTQ+ travelers, and the locals are very open-minded. We felt completely safe during our visit and had no issues being out as a lesbian couple. We held hands, showed PDA, and were open with everyone we met.