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 souvenirs or gifts 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. You can call them at (297) 583-7237.

Take a look at this table if you want more information.

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
Arashi Souvenir Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 588-4088 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Berendz Food Candy & Giftshop Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 588-7871 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Betty's Pottery & Souvenier Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 584-1333 5.1 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad
King-Palace Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 582-7384 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
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
Lee Souvenir Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 584-7441 1.1 mi. West of Central Brasil
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
Ocean Blue Gift & Souvenirs Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 582-2678 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Payless Gift & Souvenirs Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 588-0159 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Sety Boutique And Gifts Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 585-6525 Macurima, Central Aruba
South Side Souvenir Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (297) 587-0528 2.6 mi. North-Northwest 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
Sun Specs Sunglass Boutique Renaissance Marketplace Sunglasses Shop (297) 583-1820 Downtown 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

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 area's more interesting specialty retailers is African Art Boutique. This store is located in Bushiribana, in central Aruba. Browse this unique shop daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you have questions, try calling them at (297) 585-9630.

A second option is Gandelman Jewelers Marriot, which is found five miles (eight kilometers) to the west-northwest of African Art Boutique. Not only is Gandelman the official Rolex retailer in Aruba, but they also sell pieces by Brera, Victorinox Swiss Army, Pomellato, Mimi, TechnoMarine, and Cartier. Visitors will find them at 101 L. G. Smith Boulevard.

Royal Jewelers: If it is unique and unusual you are after, head to Royal Jewelers, where not only are there one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry available, but the helpful service is exemplary. If you want to call in advance, you can do so at (297) 586-8696.

The chart below lists more details on the 20 specialty shops in Aruba.

Specialty Shops On Aruba
Name Type Phone Location
African Art Boutique Art Gallery (297) 585-9630 Bushiribana, Central Aruba
Aqua Windies Dive Shop Dive Shop (297) 583-5669 2.8 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Art Studio Insight Art Gallery (297) 582-5882 2.2 mi. Northeast 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
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
Mademoiselle Jewelry Jewelry Store (297) 588-1524 0.4 mi. North of Downtown 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
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
The World Of Toys Toy and Game Store (297) 587-9311 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Tous Jewelry Store (297) 586-7259 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad

Clothing and Apparel

Hoping to find some new clothing during your vacation? You might enjoy a visit to Vilebrequin Renaissance Mall -- which is located in downtown Oranjestad. This locale is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. They can be found

Another shop to consider is Eva Boutique -- which is found just next door to Vilebrequin Renaissance Mall. The racks are crowded with up-to-the minute fashions for young women, and accessories are available as well. Call them at (297) 582-3199.

A third apparel shop you might enjoy is OndadeMar. A popular international swim shop, this location specializes in designs that bring Colombian and bohemian sensibilities together to create sophisticated and fashionable swimwear. If you want to call before booking a room, do so at (297) 586-7412.

The table directly below offers more information about 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
Eva Boutique Boutique (297) 582-3199 Downtown Oranjestad
Hunkemoller Lingerie Store (297) 586-6600 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
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
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 Oranjestad Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (297) 582-0860 Downtown 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
Sun Specs Sunglass Boutique Renaissance Marketplace Sunglasses Shop (297) 583-1820 Downtown Oranjestad
Swarovski Boutique Oranjestad Boutique (297) 582-6399 Downtown 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

Hungry? Bright Bakery is found within Piedra Plat, in central Aruba. Bright Bakery is open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitors can call them at (297) 585-9031.

A second place to consider is Huchada, which is found 3.8 mi. (6.2 km) away from Bright Bakery. This tiny restaurant offers some of the freshest food and a family-friendly service. If you want to call in advance, do so at (297) 588-5854.

Bread Boutique: Bread Boutique is open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Guests will find them at 160 L G Smith Boulevard.

Glance through the following table for more information.

Food and Grocery Stores On Aruba
Name Type Phone Location
Al-Baraka Arab Bakery & Pastry Bakery (297) 582-2626 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Barrel Bay Mini Market Grocery Store (297) 586-7468 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Brazil Rum Shop Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (297) 584-1850 0.1 mi. Northwest of Central Brasil
Bread Boutique Bakery (297) 588-0490 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Bright Bakery Bakery (297) 585-9031 Piedra Plat, Central Aruba
Chocolaterie Taste of Belgium Confectionery and Nut Store (297) 583-7316 Downtown 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
La Ronda Rumshop Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (297) 583-4450 0.4 mi. North of 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
Pan-Pastelria El Molino Bakery (297) 584-9090 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Brasil
Super Food Grocery Store (297) 583-8355 1.2 mi. Northwest of Downtown Oranjestad
Tat Fat Oriental Foodmart Grocery Store (297) 583-2827 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
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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