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Aruba Honeymoon: Weather and Travel Guide

Aruba, Caribbean
The Knot
Updated Nov 13, 2020

Flat, arid and outside the hurricane belt, this Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela is the "A" island of the so-called ABC Islands (Bonaire and Curacao complete the trio). A true paradise, Aruba enjoys low humidity and breezy blue vistas year-round. The island's not much for tropical foliage -- instead, you'll find rocky deserts, silky sand and the trademark divi-divi tree (bent at a 45-degree angle by strong trade winds). It's tough to miss the "ka-ching" of casinos, and you'll be rocking to the infectious steel-band beat of beach barbecues and fish fries. This is, as car license-plates proclaim, "one happy island."

Before You Go: Need-to-Know Info

Language: Dutch, Papiamento and Spanish are all used, but most Arubans speak English too.
Flight time: 4.5 hours from New York City; 11 hours from LA; 9 hours from Chicago; 8 hours from Dallas
Getting around: Taxi, bus and rental car (follow the southwestern-pointing divi-divi trees if you get lost)
Entry requirements: Passport and return ticket
Currency: Aruban florin (AFl), but you can also pay with US dollars everywhere.

When to Go: Aruba at its best

Best weather: Aruba enjoys a mean temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit, a fairly constant 10 mph to 20 mph breeze, and blissfully low humidity year-round. July and August are less windy, and short showers occur more often from mid-October through December.
Best prices: April to August; exact dates vary by hotel
Festivals: Colorful Carnival events whirl through the streets each winter (during the two months preceding Ash Wednesday)

What to Do

Underwater sightseeing: Sunken ships include the eye-popping, bombed-in-half German freighter Antilla -- its shallow wreckage is easily and eerily visible in the clear ocean waters -- and the Jane Sea, a freighter lying in an almost vertical position. Baby Beach is best for shore diving, while Mangel Halto Reef offers fascinating night dives.

Hit the jackpot: Feeling lucky? Aruba has the games for you: blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, baccarat, slot machines and an island original, Caribbean Stud Poker, invented in 1988. This high-stakes game is like blackjack, but tempts players with a progressive jackpot that can skyrocket!

Eat and explore: From fine dining under the stars to sightseeing in colorful downtown Oranjestad, there's plenty more to see and do on this sun-soaked island. Visit for more ideas, including tours, nightlife and outdoor recreation.

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