Planning A Beach Vacation In Aruba: Resorts, Cost, Clothing And Weather

Imagine sand as white and fine as baby powder and waters so luminous they almost glow-Aruba is an island that caters to both the wealthy and the budget conscious.

Imagine sand as white and fine as baby powder and waters so luminous they almost glow. Sleeping the day away on the beach, dancing the night away in a club, and people as friendly as you have ever met in your life"¦you MUST be in Aruba! Known as an island that caters to both the wealthy and those looking for more affordable options, Aruba offers something for everyone! Bon Bini!

The weather in Aruba rarely changes, which makes it ideal for a beach destination. The daytime temperature averages in the mid-eighties and there is less than twenty inches of rainfall annually. If it does rain, typically it lasts only minutes. And one of the best things about Aruba is that it is completely outside of the Hurricane Belt! And the temperatures don't change"¦daytime versus nighttime, summer versus winter; the average change is only about three degrees. So escape to Aruba and be guaranteed of sun, fun, and memories to last a lifetime!

If you accept nothing less than the highest standards of luxury and service, then the lavish high-rises are what you need. Palm Beach is the setting of the high-rise district and presents you with the finest white sands and clearest turquoise waters anywhere. Let's look at what opulence will bring you"¦and what it will cost. Keep in mind that seasonal rates average two and half to three times higher than off-season; accommodations will be least expensive from mid-April to mid-December.

Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino is the epitome of indulgence! This Marriot-owned resort sits on its own private island featuring Aruba's only private beaches. Spa services overlooking the ocean, waterfront dining, fifteen restaurants, a theatre with live entertainment, tropical pools, fantastic shopping, and a complimentary water launch make your stay here something special. There are also other Renaissance hotels in addition to the private island. Staying at one entitles you to the amenities of all three.


Holiday Inn Sunspree Beach Resort and Casino is the island's largest full service resort. It offers four restaurants, seven suites, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, sauna (though the tropical air is the equivalent), whirlpool, and onsite guest laundry facilities. There is a beauty salon, babysitting service, a gift shop, and tour desks. They also offer supervised children's activities daily. An all-inclusive option is available.


Allegro Aruba Occidental Grand Resort offers hundreds of rooms, a swim up bar and pool, Jacuzzis, a casino, two tennis courts, watersports, shopping, three restaurants, live entertainment, and a spacious beach. They also offer a supervised Kid's Club. A seven-night stay is required. Kids stay free.


Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino boasts both rooms and suites, with an "ocean view" and each have balconies. The rooms have walk-in closets, mini bars and dressing robes. The freeform pool has waterfalls and a whirlpool; there is a windsurfing center, fitness center, volleyball, four restaurants, a coffee shop, and a TCBY.


Divi Aruba Resorts: There are five Divi Aruba Resorts, and staying at one gives you access to the amenities of all five! With multiple swimming pools, supervised children's activities, fitness centers, spacious suites and kitchenettes, the Divi may be just what your family is looking for. The Divi also prescreens childcare if you want to experience the Aruba nightlife. They also have their own golf course.

All-inclusive properties are available.


Hyatt Regency Resort and Casino is not your average resort. This spectacular creation spans twelve acres! The three-tiered swimming pool offers cascading waterfalls, a waterslide, and a fresh water lagoon. There is a fitness center, basketball court, tennis, and afterward spa services. There are also multiple dining options ranging from frozen yogurt to sushi.


Radisson Aruba Resort and Casino is a world-renowned 14-acre resort

with waterfalls, lagoons and manicured gardens-not to mention four-poster beds, Italian marble bathrooms, mini bars, bathrobes provided and teakwood furniture. Five star and Oceanside dining, a full service Kid's Club, fitness center, spa, tennis court and watersports facility make this one of the most luxurious in Aruba!


If a more intimate setting with personalized service is more appealing than the glitz and glamour of the high-rise, then a low-rise hotel is more your style. Now low-rise does NOT mean low quality by any means. Most of the low-rise hotels offer luxurious settings with a quaint atmosphere. Let's take a look at some of the best beach low-rises Aruba has to offer!

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort offers studios and suites each of which is

accompanied with a kitchen or kitchenette, making this a family friendly option. A kid's playground, freshwater pool and waterfall, watersports, mini-market and gift shop, as well as a beautiful stretch of Eagle Beach provide you with everything to meet your needs. There is also an onsite restaurant and bar, and an all-inclusive option is available.


Bucuti Beach Resort is perfect for intimacy and romance. Set on one of the dreamiest beaches in the world, this resort offers a freshwater pool, restaurant, fitness center, gift shop and spa. And if protecting the environment is important to you, the Bucuti is a member of the Green Hotels Association, and has won multiple environmental awards. Rooms, suites and penthouses, complete with kitchens or kitchenettes, range from the quaint to the extravagant.


La Cabana All Suite Resort and Casino is actually a "Tweenie"-not quite big enough to be a high-rise, bigger than your average low-rise. This resort offers tennis, racquetball and basketball courts, three freeform pools, four whirlpools, three waterslides, two children's pools and playground, a day spa, video gameroom, and fitness center. There is a kid's program and numerous restaurants and bars. When it comes to value, this resort is it! There are suites, condos, and penthouses available.


European timelessness describes the Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa. In room refrigerators, patios and balconies, fitness equipment, three restaurants, a freshwater pool, laundry facilities, and an outdoor spa are just the tip of the iceberg; the real attraction is the ten acres of white powdery beachfront! An all inclusive vacation package is available


The Mill Resort and Suites is one of the best-kept secrets in Aruba accommodations! In addition to beachfront facilities, there are adult pools, a children's pool, spa services, a gift shop, kitchens and kitchenettes, tennis courts, a restaurant and bar, a daily activity program, and kids under twelve stay free. There are also numerous freebies included with your stay: scuba lessons, a tennis clinic, and a nightly salsa dance instruction. They also offer an all-inclusive option.


If you are planning an extended stay, or are looking for something different, Aruba also offers numerous timeshares, villas, and homes for rent. Many of the private accommodations also offer the seclusion of a private beach. These alternatives are available in a variety of budget options, so don't let that be a restriction if you are looking for something different.

Now that the reservations are made, it's time to pack your bags"¦but what should you bring? Swimsuits, sunscreen, sandals, sunscreen, t-shirts and shorts, and more sunscreen! Nothing can ruin a beach vacation quicker than a painful sunburn! If you are planning on going to a casino or out clubbing, bring some lightweight, dressy clothes - though the atmosphere on this island is very relaxed, Arubians like to dress up to go out. Think nice sundresses and slacks. You'll also want to bring something to control your hair, since the tropical air can cause even the sleekest hair to frizz like a bad home perm!

Aruba will seem like a world away, but the people there make you feel like you're right at home! With powder white sand beneath your toes, turquoise waters at your fingertips, and sun that shines eternal, Aruba is the ideal island getaway! With so much to offer, adventure or relaxation, afternoons on the beach, nights out on the town, there is something for everyone! I just caution you not to have too much fun"¦we all have to go home sometime!

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