Best places to stay in Aruba
Palm Beach High Rise Hotels
The Aruba High Rise Hotels are sometimes called Palm Beach Aruba Hotels, because of their location on the most popular beach on the island, Palm Beach. Palm Beach is one of the most exotic touristic districts in all of Aruba. With miles of clean shores, tranquil azure waters and picture-perfect Caribbean like weather year-round, this area is complete with Aruba’s most prime property.
Here, visitors will find Aruba’s largest and most sophisticated hotels and resorts including multi-story properties with the latest amenities. A prime tourist destination, Palm Beach is complete with several shopping options including malls, boutiques, shopping centers, small specialty shops and multiplex cinemas. On the dining scene, several gourmet restaurants may be found here, featuring fare from Aruba and by extension all over the world. As the island’s hip-strip, there are several casinos and clubs that dominate nightlife here. The best part is that all these amazing places are within easy walking distance of most accommodation options.
The Palm Beach area further boasts the allure as being a major water sports destination. Here snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and other sporting adventures are enjoyed on the tranquil waters of the Caribbean Sea-including smaller beaches such as Arashi Beach and Catalina Cove. The only exception to Palm Beach is that it’s not well suited to persons looking for quiet getaways. While it’s great for thrill seekers, for the more serene traveler, the large crowds may be quite a turnoff especially during the high season when there is constant hustle and bustle of activity.
Low-rise Hotel District
For a more private and intimate vacation, accommodation within Aruba’s low rise hotel district is a better option. This district sits just north of Oranjestad and mainly offers accommodations in one- and two-story beachfront rooms and villas. In addition, small independent resorts, four-star, couples-only beachfront suites as well as all-inclusive properties with plenty of repeat timeshare owners. Most accommodation options here opt for the cozy and intimate experience, great for romantics as well as older and special needs travelers. There is one caveat-the area tends to be adult-only; this includes certain resorts and even some attractions.
However, these establishments aren’t as grand as those in the high rise area, and experiencing everything that a massive resort has to offer may mean spending time at several such resorts. Indeed, these resorts aren’t about spectacular sophistication, but simply something quiet and relaxing, away from the crowds.
Better yet, if you ever need a quick joust of energy as a break for the quiet seclusion, Oranjestad is just a quick bus or cab ride away. While there is a cluster of supermarkets nearby, finding good shopping options and excellent gourmet restaurants will require at least a short drive, in most cases.
In addition, the beaches here are larger, less commercial, much less crowded and feature far more chickee huts (palapas) than the high-rise area. As expected, there are fewer shops and restaurants here.
Downtown Oranjestad offers a few major hotel accommodations. The beauty is that these options are situated at prime locations; as such, the town’s main offerings, including multiple restaurants, specialty shops, shopping malls and casinos are simply a walk away. While these hotels are expensive at first glance, they do offer discount prices and payment plans. Still, the higher prices here are justified based on their location in the heart of the city as well as the tropical elegance and an abundance of recreation options that these establishments boast.
Eagle Beach is one of the most breathtaking beaches on the island of Aruba. Famous for its pristine and soft white appeal, Eagle Beach is the widest beach in Aruba. Imagine the clear, sparkling azure waters washing up on a powdery white Caribbean coast, and you have the image of Eagle Beach.
At Eagle Beach, you will find various smaller hotels catering to the simple, yet sophisticated visitor. Most of these properties are located on or across the road from the beach and are in relatively close proximity to a few standard amenities including shops, cafes and restaurants only walking or short driving distance away.
While not as hip as the hotels and resorts in Palm Beach, this options offer sandy solitude mixed with exciting ocean activities. All this to be enjoyed in an uncrowded and easy going atmosphere. This beach is also great for turtle enthusiasts as it’s dotted with turtle nesting spots. Watching the hatchlings find their way to the ocean by carefully maneuvering and conquering the sand and waves is a popular pastime here.
With its glitzy 4 star deluxe hotels, Aruba is generally considered a destination for the rich. However, as an island complete with spectacular scenery, secluded beaches, and laid back personality, there has long been a wealth of accommodation options here. Even more so varied today is the wealth of options that lace the major lodgings areas from warm, cozy and inviting boutique apartments to stately hotels with exquisite antiques and splendid interiors.
For most people, a great option is to stay at one of the high side hotels/resorts for a few days, enjoying the glitz and glamour that comes with same. From there, they then move to the low rise area to enjoy the seclusion of a more private hideaway.