Shopping in Aruba

From luxury to local, Aruba shopping has got the goods

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Aruba is frequently called a "shopper's paradise," with a wide variety of goods to whet the appetite of any seasoned shopper. Aruba sells both local goods and luxury imports at great prices. Depending on your shopping attitude, you can hit the local stores or find your favorite brands in one of Aruba's many modern shopping malls. As an additional bonus, most Aruban retailers accept credit cards and travelers checks with no hassle.

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There are several important things to keep in mind when spending your money in Aruba. First, unlike other Caribbean locations, haggling is not customary in Aruba and is considered to be quite rude for the most part. There is no sales tax on goods, so the price tag represents the final price. Also remember that bringing Cuban cigars into the U.S. is strictly prohibited, and you can face serious trouble when coming through U.S. Customs if you attempt to carry them into the States. Last but not least, keep in mind the duty-free exemption maximums. For U.S. Citizens, this is $600 per person, and can be pooled for families traveling together; for Canadian citizens, the limit is Canadian $500, but may vary with the length of the visit.

Gifts and Souvenirs

The variety of Aruba's local goods make for an amazing shopping experience. Local arts, crafts, pottery, embroidered linens, aloe products, Dutch cheese, and souvenirs are all available at great prices across Aruba.

For the best in local art and artists, check out stores local stores found throughout the island. The Tuesday evening Bon bini festival showcases local artists and craftsmen. Artistic Boutique and Art and Tradition Handcrafts both offer great Aruban art at amazing prices. Additionally, handicrafts vendors set up shop along streets and beaches, and are frequently working while selling!

...aloe vera is native to the island...

 

Because aloe vera is native to the island, Aruba is the number-one spot for top-notch beauty products. From face masks to sunburn cream to moisturizing lotions, aloe products are refreshing and soothing - for both your skin and your pocketbook.

Last but not least, souvenir t-shirts, key rings, and other items are available at reasonable prices across the island. Merchandise frequently bears Dutch iconography such as windmills and wooden shoes due to Aruba's historical roots with Holland.

If you're looking for some gifts or souvenirs you might enjoy visiting Kok Optica Wilhelminastraat, which is located in downtown Oranjestad. Kok Optica was founded in 1996; it now has the latest fashion in eye wear from all over the world. They use the latest technology for eye examinations so that their customers can speedily obtain prescription eye wear, sunglasses and contact lenses. If you have questions, call them at (297) 583-7237.

A second possibility is Hot Look Sunglasses, which is located 3.8 mi. (6.2 km) away from Kok Optica Wilhelminastraat. HotLook Sunglasses' sleek store, right near Palm Beach, houses a large collection of stylish eye wear to protect you from that Aruba sun. If you are looking for something specific and want to call before you go, you can do so at (297) 586-1830.

Many gift and souvenir shops in Aruba are listed directly below.

Gifts and Souvenirs On Aruba
Name Type Phone Location
Amazonas Souvenirs Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 586-6628 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Ely's Souvenirs Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 588-6391 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Hot Look Sunglasses Sunglasses Shop (297) 586-1830 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
Kok Optica Wilhelminastraat Sunglasses Shop (297) 583-7237 Downtown Oranjestad
Kok Optical Paseo Herencia Mall Sunglasses Shop (297) 583-7237 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Lian Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 582-6878 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Marjorie Souvernir Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 582-7901 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Noel's Gifts & Home Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 582-5906 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Shar's Gift & Flowershop Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 583-2029 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Sun Specs Sunglass Boutique Aventura Mall Sunglasses Shop (297) 582-0105 Downtown Oranjestad
Sun Specs Sunglass Boutique Palm Beach Mall Sunglasses Shop (297) 586-1830 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Tamarijn Giftshop Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 583-7849 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
The Mask Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 586-2900 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
The Pearl Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 582-8918 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad

Specialty Shops

Airport departure lounge shops are probably the best place to look for discounted luxury items, although other locations on the island offer discounts of up to 25 percent. It is wise to do some research if you plan to make any big purchases, but Aruba generally offers enough of a discount on luxury items to make shopping there worthwhile.

Both The Royal Plaza Mall and Seaport Village Mall offer excellent selections of jewelry, crystals, perfumes and colognes, cosmetic goods, leather products and accessories, and other boutique items, in addition to Aruban souvenirs.

European designer brands, along with unique local designers like Agatha Brown of Les Accessories, are available throughout Aruba. The local jeweler Gandleman's is one of the most trusted retailers on the island. Electronics are also available at good discounts across the island. If you are looking for specific items, ask your hotel concierge for inside tips on the week's best buy.

One of the more popular speciality shops in this area is African Art Boutique. This store is located in Bushiribana, in central Aruba. You can't leave {% link_to 871112 %} without first stopping in their gift shop. Here, they shine a light on the culture and arts of Africa, displaying many different types and styles of crafts in an appealing manner. For customers who want to call in advance, you can do so at (297) 585-9630.

A second option is Aqua Windies Dive Shop, which is found five and a half miles (eight and a half kilometers) to the west of African Art Boutique. Boat diving is available Tuesday through Sunday on the west and south sides of the island, while shore diving is possible any day of the week on the south side of the island. They also have PADI scuba courses ranging from Discover Scuba Diving through Dive Master. They're at 4 Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Boulevard.

Aqua Windies: If you are interested in exploring the ocean from within, they have the gear to get you there. You can rent dive and snorkel equipment, tank fills, tank rentals, and more. Visitors can call them at (297) 583-5669.

Several of the specialty shops in Aruba are summarized in the following table.

Specialty Shops On Aruba
Name Type Phone Location
African Art Boutique Art Gallery (297) 585-9630 Bushiribana, Central Aruba
Aqua Windies Watersports Equipment Shop (297) 583-5669 2.8 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Aqua Windies Dive Shop Dive Shop (297) 583-5669 2.8 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Cartier Jewelry Store (297) 529-9984 Downtown Oranjestad
Chopard Jewelry Store (297) 583-2567 Downtown Oranjestad
Christofle Jewelry Store (297) 586-5580 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
David Yurman Jewelry Store (297) 529-9900 Downtown Oranjestad
Diamonds International Jewelry Store (297) 588-0443 3.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Diamonds International Jewelry Store -- Downtown Oranjestad
Gandelman Jewelers Marriot Jewelry Store (297) 529-9920 4.5 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Gemani Jewelers Jewelry Store (297) 588-4242 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Kay's Fine Jewelry Jewelry Store (297) 588-3314 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Louis XV Antiques and Used Merchandise Dealer (297) 741-5640 1.7 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad
Mont Blanc Watch Store (297) 586-2072 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Noble Jewelers Jewelry Store (297) 582-8303 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
R-Glass Jewelry Store -- 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Royal Jewelers Jewelry Store (297) 586-8696 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Shiva's Gold & Gems Oranjestad Jewelry Store (297) 583-4077 Downtown Oranjestad
Swarovski Boutique Palm Beach Jewelry Store (297) 586-2526 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Tous Jewelry Store (297) 586-7259 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad

Clothing and Apparel

Enjoy looking for interesting clothing? Consider dropping by Vilebrequin Paseo Herencia -- which is found within Palm Beach, in northwestern Aruba. Luxury, high quality swimwear for men, boys and women and soon also for girls, Vilebrequin is your top choice for preppy swim wear that will last.

Another place to consider is Loft -- which is located less than a mile to the south of Vilebrequin Paseo Herencia. Right on the first floor of the mall you'll find LOFT, a popular boutique selling high quality, high fashion women's clothing at more affordable prices. If you are looking to call before booking a room, you can do so at (297) 586-7466.

A third apparel shop you might enjoy is Vilebrequin Renaissance Mall. Featuring a collection of high quality and colorful resort wear for men, women, and boys, most of the clothing in this collection is reminiscent of something you'd imagine wearing while sailing on a yacht. Soon they will be offering a line for young girls as well. They can be found

The table directly below lists more details concerning the apparel shops in Aruba.

Clothing and Apparel On Aruba
Name Type Phone Location
Agua Bendita Swimwear Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (297) 588-6159 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Aruba Trading Company Department Store (297) 582-3950 Downtown Oranjestad
Caribbean Queen Clothing Store (297) 586-8737 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Eva Boutique Boutique (297) 582-3199 Downtown Oranjestad
Hot Look Sunglasses Sunglasses Shop (297) 586-1830 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
Kok Optica Wilhelminastraat Sunglasses Shop (297) 583-7237 Downtown Oranjestad
Kok Optical Paseo Herencia Mall Sunglasses Shop (297) 583-7237 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
La Langosta Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (297) 586-1321 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Ladies Choice Clothing Accessory and Handbag Store (297) 588-0062 Downtown Oranjestad
Loft Boutique (297) 586-7466 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Monalisa Boutique (297) 588-9712 Downtown Oranjestad
OndadeMar Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (297) 586-7412 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Panache Palm Beach Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (297) 586-0045 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Runners Aruba Shoe Store (297) 583-9966 Downtown Oranjestad
Skechers Shoe Store (297) 586-1786 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Sun Specs Sunglass Boutique Aventura Mall Sunglasses Shop (297) 582-0105 Downtown Oranjestad
Sun Specs Sunglass Boutique Palm Beach Mall Sunglasses Shop (297) 586-1830 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Victoria's Secret Lingerie Store -- Downtown Oranjestad
Vilebrequin Paseo Herencia Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store -- 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
Vilebrequin Renaissance Mall Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store -- Downtown Oranjestad

Food and Grocery

Need to pick up some food supplies? Bright Bakery is found within Piedra Plat, in central Aruba. Everything at Bright Bakery is made fresh daily, including breads which include kipashi, vokoren, whole wheat, butter, potato, maize, pan carent, and pan bususchi. There also a few specialty items on the menu, like cheese balls, croissants, pizzas, pastechis, cakes, pastries, and other desserts. If you are looking for something specific and want to call before booking a room, do so at (297) 585-9031.

A second possibility is Huchada, which is located 3.8 mi. (6.2 km) away from Bright Bakery. This tiny restaurant offers some of the freshest food and a family-friendly service. Visitors can contact them at (297) 588-5854.

Bread Boutique: The menu at Bread Boutique is a delicious array of breakfast sandwiches, cold and hot sandwiches, wraps, tostis, soups, and salads. They are situated at 160 L G Smith Boulevard.

You can look through the table below to learn more.

Food and Grocery Stores On Aruba
Name Type Phone Location
Bread Boutique Bakery (297) 588-0490 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Bright Bakery Bakery (297) 585-9031 Piedra Plat, Central Aruba
Double Happy Supermarket Grocery Store (297) 584-3628 0.8 mi. East of Central San Nicolas
Flatstone Supermarket Grocery Store (297) 585-3809 Macurima, Central Aruba
Fung's Supermarket Grocery Store (297) 586-3460 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
House Of Cakes Bakery (297) 584-2323 1.1 mi. West of Central Brasil
Huchada Bakery (297) 588-5854 1.2 mi. Northwest of Downtown Oranjestad
Johnson's Supermarket Grocery Store (297) 584-1229 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Brasil
Kong Hing Supermarket Grocery Store (297) 588-9889 Downtown Oranjestad
Ling & Sons Iga Super Center Grocery Store (297) 583-2370 1.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Oranjestad
Liquor Lovers Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store -- 1.1 mi. Northwest of Downtown Oranjestad
Ng's Supermarket Grocery Store -- 1.4 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Oranjestad
S Chow Supermarket Grocery Store (297) 584-7319 1.1 mi. West of Central Brasil
Super Food Grocery Store (297) 522-2000 1.5 mi. South West of Central Noord
Weg Rooi Hundo Rumshop Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (297) 584-8547 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Brasil

Shopping in Aruba is a fun experience and is full of great goods for tourists. Make sure to leave room in your budget - and your suitcase - for these fantastic finds.

 

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