Aruba is an island country, part of the ABC islands, along with Bonaire and Curaçao in the Southern Caribbean. It is also part of Kingdom of the Netherlands, located 29 kilometers (18 miles) north of the coast of Venezuela. The island is about 32 kilometers (20 miles) in length, and 10 kilometers (6 miles) wide. Aruba is south of the hurricane path/belt, so most of the time, it is protected from getting devastated by major hurricanes. Aruba is 193 square kilometers (75 square miles) in size, and there are over 100,000 people who call this beautiful island, home! Rugged lava & cactus landscapes, turquoise lagoons, abundance of seashells and sea glass, colorful town of Oranjestad, cooling trade winds, amazing shipwrecks, relaxing with flamingos and donkeys, admiring gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, are all reasons why I loved Aruba!
Best Time to Visit & Climate Temperatures range from a high of 30-33°C (86-91°F), and a low around 24-26°C (76-81°F), year round.
Dry Season (peak season): January to March, the prices are at their highest.
Rainy Season (low season): September to December, the rates are at their lowest. Trade winds will die down, but there will be some rainy days, though seldom.
Shoulder Season: April through August, prices are still lower just before the rainy season begins. Trade winds start to pick up, giving you a nice breeze to cool down on a hot day.
I traveled to Aruba at the end of July/beginning of August, and the weather was just beautiful. I had no rain, warm waters, and some pretty wicked skies!
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa Aruba has so much to offer, especially when it comes to accommodations. I’m not really into the hustle and bustle kind of places, when it comes to where I stay. I wanted a smaller, boutique hotel with a more romantic, private setting. So, I chose to stay at the wonderful Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa. This beautiful boutique resort is located at the southern end of Eagle Beach, making it much more remote. It's exotic, Caribbean charm really impressed me! I stayed in Deluxe Ocean View #10, and it was just perfect! The restaurants we dined at, throughout the resort (The Chophouse, Ike’s Bistro & Lounge, Pega-Pega Café Beach Bar) were so elegant, with such delicious food, and great service. I just loved everything about this resort, and would absolutely stay here, again and again.
Exploring Aruba There is so much to see around this incredible island! I rented a car with Econo Aruba, and explored all around the island! The area of Oranjestad is the most populated, as that is where the ports are for the cruise ships. Otherwise, the rest of the island is pretty desolate. Some of my favorite spots around the island are Hadicurari Beach, Rodgers Beach, Druif Beach, Manchebo Beach, and Mangel Halto. The beaches are stunning, the people are kind, and the wild donkeys and goats are a fun plus!
Renaissance Island One of the top reasons I traveled to Aruba, was to explore the iconic Renaissance Island, and relax with the flamingos! After a ten minute boat ride to the private island, we arrived at the dock. One side of the island is family friendly, with baby flamingos, which are very light pink in color. The other side of the island is for adults only, and that is where you can find the adult flamingos, which are vivid hot pink/coral in color. The crowds around the flamingos were unreal, but did not take away from the beauty of the overall experience. There is also a path that you can take, though the woods, which leads you to the end of the island. Just in the distance, there was a little uninhabited island, with not a soul on it. So I made my way through the water, and my boyfriend and I had the entire island to ourselves. It’s a great little place to just get away from the crowd, and the perfect spot for shelling! Make sure while you are on Renaissance Island, to make your way through the woods to this beautiful little “C-shaped” island! Overall, Renaissance Island was beautiful, fun, and a great adventure!