Exploring Aruba: Your Guide to Best Places to Stay, Shop, and Explore!

Sofia Handal By Sofia Handal


Welcome to Aruba, The One Happy Island! This Caribbean treasure tempts with powder-white beaches, crystal-clear seas, a vibrant culture, and an endless list of adventures ready to be explored. In this complete guide, we'll not only discover the finest spots to visit and stay, but also delve into the island's gastronomic pleasures, unique activities, and shopping opportunities.

1. Discover Aruba's Hidden Treasures

1.1 Eagle Beach: A Slice of Paradise

No vacation to Aruba is complete without taking in the beauty of Eagle Beach. This beach is well-known for its immaculate beaches and turquoise waves, making it ideal for relaxing. Whether you enjoy sunbathing, water activities, or simply strolling along the beach, Eagle Beach offers it all. Eagle Beach was named the world's second-best beach in 2023, because of its breathtaking beauty and serene atmosphere. Notably, it has been awarded the title of Aruba's number-one beach, making it a must-see location for visitors seeking a perfect combination of tropical beauty and tranquil scenery.

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1.2 Arikok National Park: Nature's Majesty

Arikok National Park is a must-see destination for nature enthusiasts. Explore challenging terrain, secret caverns, and breathtaking views. The park is a haven for rare flora and species, offering an exceptional trekking adventure. Don't miss the iconic Natural Pool, a peaceful haven surrounded by towering volcanic rocks.

1.3 Oranjestad: Cultural Riches

Aruba's city, Oranjestad, is a vibrant mix of Dutch colonial architecture and Caribbean charm. Stroll through the vivid streets, explore historical landmarks such as Fort Zoutman, and eat local food at the popular markets. The city is a treasure mine of culture and history ready to be discovered.

2. A Shopping Extravaganza: Kay's Fine Jewelry

No visit to Aruba is complete without partaking in the island's wonderful shopping opportunities. Kay's Fine Jewelry is more than simply a business; it represents the ideals of family, dedication, and craftsmanship. With over 35 years of expertise, this family-owned jewelry company has established itself as a trusted name in the Caribbean. Customers at Kay's Fine Jewelry are more than just clients; they are valued members of an extended family. The motto "Luxury with a Family Touch" encapsulates their underlying idea that luxury should be accompanied by a warm, familial touch."

Kay's Fine Jewelry has a strong presence in the Caribbean, with eight stores strategically positioned on six different islands, including Aruba, the Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, and Grand Cayman. This vast reach guarantees that Kay's Fine Jewelry's high-quality and customized service is available to a diverse variety of clients throughout the area.

A visit to Kay's Fine Jewelry is more than simply a shopping trip; it's an adventure into the realm of elegance and craftsmanship. Whether you're in the vibrant streets of Aruba or the beautiful scenery of Grand Cayman, Kay's Fine Jewelry is waiting to welcome you into a world where each item tells a story, and every customer is handled with the highest care.

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Ensuring that your exploration of beautiful jewelry complements your Caribbean journey. Immerse yourself in Kay's Fine Jewelry's timeless beauty and discover the perfect treasure to commemorate your unforgettable moments.

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3. Champagne Diamond Shopping Experience

Enjoy the ultimate luxury shopping experience at Aruba's well-known Kay's Fine Jewelry. This family-owned jewelry encourages you to immerse yourself in a 35-year tradition of excellence. Imagine yourself drinking a glass of Champagne, water, or a crisp mimosa while you browse a carefully chosen range of men's and women's jewelry, wedding collections, investment-grade diamonds, designer items, and gorgeous watches from industry-leading watchmakers.

Kay's Fine Jewelry is Aruba's leading destination for exceptional jewelry and service. With a mission to "Luxury with a Family Touch," our experienced and pleasant staff is here to guide you through our broad selection. Explore the world of one-of-a-kind gemstones and designs in search of the ideal piece or investment-worthy treasure. Witness the craftsmanship firsthand, with two on-site jewelers ready to set, polish, and alter your preferred diamond while you wait.

This is more than just a shopping expedition; it is an engaging experience. Enjoy the finest things in life, like Champagne, Mimosas, and even Balashi Beer, all while immersed in our passion for exquisite jewelry. We take pleasure in fulfilling every request, whether it's constructing unique items or obtaining rare stones. Join our loyal clientele and experience the difference that family touch can provide. Schedule your appointment now for an amazing experience of luxury and elegance.

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This guided tour provides an exquisite trip into the world of diamonds, all while drinking champagne and making memories that last a lifetime.

4. The Ultimate Stay: Luxurious Accommodations

4.1 Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino - Urban Chic with a Tropical Twist

Situated in the heart of Oranjestad, the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino combines urban sophistication with a tropical touch. With a private island beach, guests can relax on pristine shores surrounded by turquoise waters and the company of flamingos. This fashionable getaway has exclusive shopping, vibrant nightlife, and a perfect balance of city vibes and Caribbean serenity.

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4.2 Boardwalk Hotel in Aruba: A Serene Oasis by the Sea

Located along the gorgeous sands of Eagle Beach, Aruba's Boardwalk Hotel welcomes you to enjoy an exclusive and private escape. This adults-only hideaway is an eco-friendly oasis with breathtaking ocean views, large rooms, and individual service, ensuring a peaceful and romantic getaway. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Boardwalk Hotel, where every moment offers a perfect balance of luxury and natural beauty.

4.3 Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Resort in Aruba: Unmatched All-Inclusive Bliss

For those looking for an all-inclusive paradise in Aruba, the Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Resort is the ideal option. Enjoy a luxurious stay, make use of the resort's many amenities, and enjoy the benefits of an all-inclusive package. Located by the sea, this resort delivers an unmatched combination of tranquility and excitement for a memorable vacation.

5.Culinary Delights: A Feast for the Senses

5.1 Barefoot Restaurant - Oceanfront Elegance

Barefoot Restaurant serves wonderful cuisine with your toes in the sand. This coastal jewel provides a gastronomic adventure with fresh seafood, Caribbean tastes, and a laid-back environment that reflects the essence of island life.

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5.2 Quinta Del Carmen - Historic Charm

Quinta Del Carmen offers a combination of Aruban and international cuisine. This restaurant, located in an ancient cunucu home, radiates charm, and features a menu that represents the island's many influences.

5.3 Papiamento Restaurant - Romantic Retreat

Nestled in an ancient Aruban cunucu home, Papiamento Restaurant is a romantic hideaway with a menu that combines local and international flavors. Enjoy your dinner in the lovely garden, surrounded by tropical flora.

5.4 La Mer Restaurant - Culinary Excellence

La Mer Restaurant offers sophisticated dining with a focus on French and Mediterranean cuisine. The exquisite environment and well-created meals provide an unforgettable dining experience.

5.5 2 Fools and a Bull - Culinary Theater

Visit 2 Fools and a Bull for a one-of-a-kind dining experience in which the chefs engage with clients, resulting in a personalized and dramatic meal. This small setting guarantees an exceptional gastronomic experience.

6. Lunch Spot: Lucys

Lucy's offers a simple yet enjoyable lunch experience. This neighborhood staple serves delicious sandwiches, salads, and refreshing beverages, making it the ideal fuel for a day of exploring.

7. Private Catamaran Tours: Cruise into Serenity

A private catamaran excursion allows you to explore the blue waters that surround Aruba. Companies such as Isabella Catamaran and Captain Tico provide customized tours that allow you to discover secret bays, snorkel in isolated areas, and watch the gorgeous Caribbean sunset.

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8. Getting Around: Aruba's Taxi Services

Navigating Aruba is a breeze with the reliable services of Aruba's Taxi Drivers. Give them a call at +297 5600895, and they'll make sure you reach your destination comfortably and efficiently.

9. Apotek SpeakEasy Bar: A Hidden Gem

Get a taste of Aruba's nightlife at the Apotek SpeakEasy Bar. This hidden treasure serves artisan drinks in a speakeasy-style atmosphere, creating the ideal mood for unwinding after a day of adventure.

10. Things to Do: Beyond the Ordinary

10.1 Snorkel with Turtles at Tres Trapi or Boca Catalina

Dive into Aruba's underwater delights by snorkeling with turtles in Tres Trapi or Boca Catalina. These tranquil areas provide an opportunity to see the island's marine life in its natural habitat.


10.2 Visit Baby Beach

Escape to the serenity of Baby Beach, a tiny lagoon with quiet seas. This beach is ideal for swimming and relaxing, providing a leisurely day of sun-soaked enjoyment.

10.3 California Lighthouse: View and Climb the Lighthouse

The California Lighthouse offers stunning panoramas of the island. Climb to the top for a breathtaking view, capturing the beauty of Aruba's landscapes and seascapes.

11. Entertainment Extravaganza: Aruba Ray Comedy Show

If you're visiting Aruba during the comedy show season, don't miss the Aruba Ray Comedy Show. This fascinating evening promises laughter and fun, making for a one-of-a-kind and delightful experience.

12. Glass Tour with Aruba Hands by Gaby: Crafting Memories

Begin a creative adventure with Aruba Hands by Gaby, where artistry meets the charm of Aruba's beaches. Gaby's artistic touch combines Murano Glass Handmade beads and Aruba Sea Glasses into stunning pieces of art jewelry and accessories. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece created specifically for you.

These handcrafted creations, inspired by Aruba's beauty and a deep love of the sea and beach, capture the essence of the island. The combination of Murano Glass and Sea Glasses encapsulates the beauty of the Caribbean, making each accessory a wearable reminder of your visit in this tropical paradise. You're not simply buying jewelry; you're bringing home a piece of Aruba's heart.

Visit Aruba Hands by Gaby to discover and purchase these stunning works. Gaby's designs are more than just keepsakes; they represent the skill and warmth that make Aruba unique.

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13. Local Recommendations: Unveiling Aruba's Gems

13.1  Charlie's Bar - A Unique Dive Bar Experience:

Charlie's Bar in San Nicolas offers a distinct and relaxed atmosphere. This unique dive pub is decorated with diverse antiques and has a local atmosphere, making it a great place to get a refreshing drink.

13.2  Zeerovers - Seafood Delight:

Zeerovers, a small fish eatery in Savaneta, serves the freshest catch. This restaurant provides great seafood in a relaxed environment, giving customers a real experience of Aruba.

13.3  Aruba Aloe Factory Tour:

A tour of the Aruba Aloe Factory in Hato reveals the secrets of the island's aloe business. Learn about the cultivation and processing of aloe products, and don't forget to bring home some skincare keepsakes.

13.4 Explore San Nicolas Street Art:

Visit San Nicolas to see bright street art that portrays the tale of Aruba's culture and history. Take a leisurely stroll through the streets and alleyways to see these vibrant paintings.

13.5 Kukoo Kunuku Party Bus:

Take the Kukoo Kunuku Party Bus for a fun-filled night. This bright, colorful bus will take you on a tour of Aruba's nightlife, stopping at local pubs and providing a unique way to enjoy the island's nighttime festivities.

Aruba's treasures extend beyond the tourist sites, so spend some time discovering these hidden jewels for a real Aruban journey.

The Grand Finale: A Farewell to Aruba

As your Aruban journey draws to an end, treasure the memories of pristine beaches, colorful culture, and the shine of magnificent jewelry. Aruba's diversified offers guarantee that each guest finds their own piece of paradise in this Caribbean treasure. Pack your luggage, go with a heart full of memories, and leave with the promise to return. 

May the spirit of Aruba remain with you, echoing the laughter of the Aruba Ray Comedy Show, the taste of great cuisine at La Mer, and the peace of Baby Beach. Until we meet again, pleasant travels, and may your trip take you back to the wonders of Aruba. Bon voyage and may your stay in this Caribbean paradise be as lovely as the island itself!

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Sofia Handal
Sofia Handal

Kay's Fine Jewelry is a family-owned business founded by two brothers, Dan and Raj Chugani, who had a dream to create a jeweler unlike any other in the Caribbean islands. We make it our business to treat every customer like a member of our extended family. Kay's Fine Jewelry is celebrating 35 years serving our extended family, with stores in Aruba, Nassau, Grand Cayman, St. Kitts. St Maarten and St. Thomas.