When is the Best Time to Visit Aruba?

Learn about the high and low seasons and you might find that anytime is a good time to visit Aruba

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When to Visit Aruba
 

Rainy days are extremely rare on Aruba, and the weather remains mild and comfortable throughout the year. Regardless of when you choose to visit the island, you will find perfect conditions for sailing, scuba-diving, and swimming are almost always in the forecast.

High Season

Aruba Natural Attractions

Although Aruba's weather is almost always conducive with the idea of paradise, there is still a peak season for tourism on the island. Most visitors arrive between January and March, when the temperature does not stray beyond 76 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

The rates of hotels and resorts rise during Aruba's high season. Reservations for rooms with optimal views of the beach are made months in advance, which can be limiting to last minute planners. Statistically, the majority of visitors to the island during the high season tend to be upper-middle-class, older North Americans.

...observe Aruban versions of holidays...

During this time, Carnival takes place throughout the Caribbean. The two-month festivities precede the island's observance of Lent (which is in February). The climax of Carnival comes in late February with the Grand Carnival Parade. It is also nice to observe Aruban versions of holidays that are celebrated around the world, such as New Year's Day and Flag Day. Jan. 25 happens to be the birthday of Betico Croes, who is the father of Aruba's independence.

Low Season

If you prefer smaller crowds and a quieter mood, try Aruba during the off-season. However, keep in mind that though between mid-April and mid-December is considered the low-season, that doesn't mean the island will be completely deserted. This is because Aruba is not plagued by the same weather as other Caribbean islands. The temperatures do not fluctuate greatly from high season temperatures, and range between 79 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the summer, European travelers vacation and South Americans experience winter. This makes Aruba's tourist population more diverse than in the high season. There are more European and South American visitors, particularly of Dutch origin. Even though Americans still make up the majority of travelers in the summertime, there is a more budget-conscious crowd with an emphasis on families, but singles are also likely to visit Aruba during this time.

Although Aruba still remains relatively busy during the off-season, resorts often slash their prices to between 20 and 50 percent off. Despite this advantage, there are a few disadvantages. Owners skim the availability of certain attractions and tourist services during the off-season, restaurants could close earlier, and tour operators may guide a smaller number of tours. Many hotels also use this time to renovate and reconstruct their grounds. It is always a smart idea to call ahead to find out if this will be true of your lodgings.

Aruba Events and Festivals

Festivals that take place during the summer and fall months in Aruba are often centered on entertainment. For instance, there are numerous music festivals, like the five-day Soul Beach Music Festival which occurs in the last week of May, and the Jazz and Latin Music Festival in June. Another June event is the Aruba International Film Festival, and in November guests can enjoy the Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta.

"Medium" Season

There is some debate over when the high season is active. Some may consider high season active in Aruba from as early as September - some as late as December. But there is debate over whether there is a third "medium" season. Tourists flock to Aruba during the winter months to escape the cold. This season is somewhat disputable, so rates depend on the particular hotel. Travelers should contact hotels of interest before reserving.

So, when should you go to Aruba? Arubans will tell you any season is a good season.

 

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