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 want to check out Kok Optica Wilhelminastraat, which is located within 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. Customers can reach them at (297) 583-7237.

A second place to consider is Hot Look Sunglasses, which is located approximately four miles (approximately six kilometers) to the north of Kok Optica Wilhelminastraat. Monday through Saturday, you can get your hands on a pair anytime between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. If you are looking to call before you go, do so at (297) 586-1830.

The chart below summarizes some details concerning 18 of the gift and souvenir shops located in Aruba.

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
Happy Monkey Gift and Souvenir Shops -- 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Hot Look Sunglasses Sunglasses Shop (297) 586-1830 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
Huellas Aruba Gift and Souvenir Shops -- 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
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
Ram's Duty Free Shop Duty Free Store (297) 586-7115 2.9 mi. North of Central 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
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
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 area's interesting speciality shops 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 want to be sure they're open , call them at (297) 585-9630.

Another good option is Gandelman Jewelers Marriot, which is found 5.0 mi. (8.0 km) 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. You can find them at 101 L. G. Smith Boulevard.

Royal Jewelers: Royal Jewelers is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can reach them at (297) 586-8696.

The chart directly below enables you to get some key facts regarding 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 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
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
Pearl Gems Jewelry Store (297) 588-4927 4.1 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

Hoping to find some new clothing during your vacation? Perhaps you would enjoy Vilebrequin Renaissance Mall -- it's located within downtown Oranjestad. This locale is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. They can be found

Another place to consider is Eva Boutique -- which is found just a few steps away from Vilebrequin Renaissance Mall. The racks are crowded with up-to-the minute fashions for young women, and accessories are available as well. To contact them, call (297) 582-3199.

A third option for clothing is Loft. 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 want to call before you go, you can do so at (297) 586-7466.

The chart right below lists a few details regarding the 20 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
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
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
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. If you're looking for something specific, call them at (297) 585-9031.

Another possibility is Huchada, which is found 3.8 mi. (6.2 km) to the west of Bright Bakery. This tiny restaurant offers some of the freshest food and a family-friendly service. If you want to call before you go, do so at (297) 588-5854.

Bread Boutique: Yummy and satisfying food on a budget is what you'll find at Bread Boutique. Newspapers, diners, and reviewers alike have been giving this spot rave reviews since it opened, which means tourists won't want to miss it for breakfast or lunch during their trip. You will be able to find them at 160 L G Smith Boulevard.

Glance through the following chart to learn more.

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) 522-2000 1.5 mi. South West of Central Noord
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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