Aruba is one of the best island destinations for a relaxing, scenic getaway. But what’s the best time to visit Aruba to make your stay as comfortable, affordable, and secluded as you’d like?
Find out the best time to visit Aruba for incredible weather, cheaper accommodations, and fewer crowds in our travel guide. We’ll also show you the worst time to visit Aruba and a few activities and sights you’ll want to check out while you’re there.
From stunning sugar sand beaches and natural pools to a thriving nightlife scene and incredible eats, if you’re thinking Aruba is your next destination, you’re on the right track.
Why You Should Visit Aruba
If you’re looking for a gorgeous island for a relaxing getaway, Aruba deserves your attention. This small 70-square mile island in the Caribbean Sea is packed with natural beauty and fun things to do for the entire family – or a secluded, romantic getaway.
It’s definitely earned the nickname “One Happy Island.” Just off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is known for its stunning white-sand beaches, interesting natural rock formations, vibrant architecture, and a thriving art and nightlife scene.
It’s truly unique scenery -you get equal parts tropical island and desert landscapes on the island. But Aruba is perhaps best known for its idyllic climate. The temperature is a comfortable, mild 82°F year-round!
Since the island is situated below the hurricane belt in the Caribbean, severe storms are rare and won’t interfere with your travel plans.Most of the accommodations, shops, and nightlife is located on Aruba’s Eagle Beach and Palm Beach.
But if you venture beyond these busy tourist areas, you’ll have the chance to see Aruba in all its natural splendor. Tour the scenic island off-road on horseback, ATV, or Jeep to get a taste of the “real” Aruba.
You’ll see picturesque Arikok National Park, Aruba’s natural pool (Conchi), natural bridges and rock formations, gold mill ruins, and more. Be sure to set aside a full day to make the most of your off-road tour!
For hands-on experiences that will entertain the whole family, check out the Aruba Ostrich Farm, the Donkey Sanctuary, the Aruba Aloe Factory and Store, and The Butterfly Farm.
Exploring the island’s abundant caves is a perfect way to spend a few hours out of the sun! Don’t forget to take a ride on the convenient Downtown Trolley.
If you’d rather hit the pavement for a little exercise, walking tours around downtown Oranjestad will take you through 30 historic and cultural sites. Afterward, swing by Fort Zoutman Historic Museum to learn all about this culturally rich island!
Next up: See the best time to visit Aruba for your specific trip goals.
We cover the overall best time to visit, the cheapest time to go, the least busy season, and the worst time to visit Aruba below. Stick around for travel tips that will help you make the most of your stay!
Overall Best Time to Visit Aruba
The overall best time to visit Aruba is generally January through mid-April. This is a wide range, but that’s because Aruba’s climate and weather is just so ideal year-round.
January through mid-April covers Aruba’s peak tourism season, when the largest numbers of travelers arrive to enjoy the island’s sunny skies, warm weather, and outdoor activities.
You’ll experience very little rainfall (less than 2 inches/month) when you visit during the peak season, and the temperature hangs in the mid 70s and upper 80s. That’s one of the reasons so many flock to Aruba during this time!
Avoid booking during March (when Spring Breakers descend on the island) to net slightly cheaper prices and better hotel availability. But since the weather is perfect and the island is most popular to visit during January to mid-April, crowds are unavoidable.
Prices rise as hotels, resorts, and flights fill up with swells of sun-seeking tourists. If you’re really after the perfect Aruba vacation, though, visiting between January and mid-April is truly the best time and worth paying a little extra.
Cheapest Time to Visit Aruba
If your Aruba trip hinges on a tight budget, you’ll definitely want to skip the peak tourism season (January through mid-April) when prices can soar to $1,000/night in the most exclusive resorts.
The cheapest time to visit Aruba is during the months of September through early December. This is when hotel prices take a major dip (as much as 50%) due to reduced visitor volume.
The weather here is always pretty perfect, but a little hotter at this time of year. The refreshing island breezes (trade winds) that usually keep Aruba’s climate comfortable slow to halt in September, so the temperature outside feels warmer even though the thermometer still reads around 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
While the trade winds are still, snorkeling is at its best on the island. The ocean’s surface is much calmer and perfect for swimming and spotting some of Aruba’s unique fish and ocean life!
And if you can handle the heat, Aruba’s many tours and outdoor activities are still operating (though at a lower capacity than peak season). Hello, short lines and smaller tour crowds!
A close second for the best time to visit Aruba on a budget is the month of May – right at the end of peak season. This is a time when hotel prices are nearly as low as autumn through early winter!
Least Busy Time to Visit Aruba
If avoiding big crowds is the most important thing on your trip itinerary, you should go during the least busy time to visit Aruba. The best time to visit Aruba with fewer crowds is September through November.
There’s a very slight increase in visitors during the month of October – when many schools are on Fall Break – but it’s nothing close to the peak season. September, October, and November see fewer visitors and less crowding for a few reasons.
First, without the cooling breeze from the island’s usual trade winds during the latter half of the year, it feels a lot hotter in Aruba.
Second, with the exception of Fall Break in October and Thanksgiving Break in November, most kids are in school and fewer families are taking vacations.
Third, the island receives more rain than usual during this “rainy” season, but it’s not a lot of rain. In September, Aruba averages around 1.79 inches of rain per month. In October, that jumps to 3.06 inches/month and in November, it’s 3.7 inches/month.
Compared to rainy locales like Hawaii (4.8 inches/month), it’s really not all that rainy during Aruba’s rainy season. So take advantage of the dwindling tourist numbers during September – November and enjoy all of what Aruba has to offer!
Worst Time to Visit Aruba
It’s a good idea to not only look at the best time to visit Aruba, but also the worst time to go. Since this is a tropical savannah island, the weather is nearly perfect year-round.
But it does have periods when it feels much hotter than usual (October and November) and seasons when the prices rise beyond affordability for many. These are generally the worst times to go to Aruba.
If ideal weather is important for your stay, the worst time to visit is September through November. It rains more and feels hotter during these months, That’s due to slowed trade winds that typically cool the island and make it feel more mild.
Temperatures rise to the low 90s, and without refreshing breezes, that temperature can “feel like” 113 degrees! Sticking with water-based activities, staying hydrated, and taking breaks indoors can still make this time period enjoyable.
If prices and crowds are your main concern, the worst time to visit is January through mid-April, especially the month of February. This is the high season with the best weather, so tourists arrive in droves and prices on the island skyrocket.
Flights, hotels, and rentals are priced highest due to the increased demand from bigger crowds. You may run into packed hotels with little to no availability during this time, so if this is when you plan to go, book early!
More Things to Consider
Planning the ideal trip to this uniquely vibrant island goes beyond knowing the best time to visit Aruba. Here are a few more things to consider – all the stuff you wouldn’t think to ask!
- No need to learn Dutch or Papiamento. Aruba is actually a Dutch island, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. But while the languages are Dutch and Papiamento (a local Creole language), most locals speak English fluently – no need to brush up on a new tongue to communicate well during your stay!
- Explore the quieter northern side. Aruba’s northern side is much quieter and home to so many unique natural formations and scenery. It’s about a 30-minute drive from the more popular Eagle and Palm beaches, but so worth it. Off-shore island snorkeling expeditions, caving, off-road tours, national parks, and natural rock formations and swimming holes make this side of the island so magical.
- Don’t bother converting your cash. Aruba uses florin (Afl) currency, but American dollars are accepted at most resorts, hotels, shops, and restaurants around the island. So don’t bother converting currency when you go. In fact, you’ll find that most prices are listed in American dollars to make transactions simple!
- Ask locals for food recommendations. Aruba is packed with restaurants that range from casual local cuisine to upscale fine dining, but to get the best Aruban food experience, ask the locals for their recommendations. You’ll probably hear about Zeerovers from a few. It’s a waterfront seafood shack with fresh catch of the day dishes, tropical favorites, local beers, and to-die-for fried cornbread. You’ll sit at colorful picnic tables and overlook the Caribbean for a perfect low-key dining experience on the water.
- Pack the right stuff. Swimsuits, shorts, lightweight tees and tanks, and sandals/comfy tennis shoes are all you’ll need to enjoy yourself. Aruba is a laid-back place where the dress code is almost universally casual. If you plan on dining at an upscale restaurant, “resort casual” is the dress code. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, sunglasses, and a cooler to make the most of your stay.
- Consider an all-inclusive resort. To make your vacation simpler (and potentially cheaper), consider staying at an all-inclusive resort. Your room, food, drinks (even alcoholic), and activities are included in the cost of your stay. Everything’s on the resort property, so you won’t need to rent a car! If you plan on staying close to your hotel and don’t plan to try a lot of local restaurants, an all-inclusive resort could be the most cost-effective option for you.
So, What’s the Best Time to Visit Aruba?
With all things considered, the overall best time to visit Aruba during the high season – January through mid-April. The weather is absolutely gorgeous and moderate, with lows in the upper 70s and highs in the mid 80s.
There’s very little rainfall to ruin your plans, a cool breeze consistently blows across the island, and all activities are in full swing.
Do note that this time of year sees the most visitors and highest prices. But if you’re planning a once in a lifetime island vacation, you’ll find that it’s worth it to splurge and go at this time of year.
Budget-minded folks should opt to travel to Aruba during September through early December. This is the low “rainy” season in Aruba and without as many tourists booking stays, prices take a major dip.
You’ll net big discounts – up to 50% – on resort packages, hotels, flights, rental cars, and even restaurant food. It’s also perfect for procrastinators who wait until the last minute to book – there’s a lot more hotel availability at this time of year.
But September through mid-December aren’t quite as perfect weather-wise as the high season. Temperatures shoot up to the 90s and can feel like 110+ degrees without the cooling breeze from the trade winds that blow earlier in the year.
There’s also more rainfall during this part of the year, but not enough to ruin outdoor plans. Those who want to avoid big crowds on their Aruba getaway should visit sometime between September and November.
These are the months with the lowest number of visitors and can make for an ultra-relaxing, secluded feel for your stay.
This is part of the low season for Aruba, so it’s ideal for nabbing great rooms with views at your resort or hotel. Prices are also cheaper and help make the hotter temperatures and increased rainfall less of an issue.
Perfect, sunny weather around 86 degrees year round. Tons of activities to do and sights to see. Equal parts tropical beach and desert savannah. What’s not to love about Aruba?
Now that you know the best time to visit Aruba, take the next step in planning your trip to Aruba with this quick guide next: Where to Stay in Aruba. Or check out another popular tropical destination for your upcoming trip: Map of the Hawaiian Islands!