Solo travel in Aruba

Solo Travel in Aruba

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Is Aruba safe to travel alone? Aruba is one of the safest Caribbean islands and travelling solo in Aruba is so easy for women. That's why we've given it 5 out of 5 stars. Not only is the country open-minded and extremely tolerant but they are also very supportive of women. They have dedicated events for ladies including golf lessons and wine seminars and even going out alone at night is perfectly safe here with dinner shows, bars, live music, party cruises and party buses. You will never be alone here, unless you really want to be of course.

If you are planning to solo travel Aruba, below is our guide on how to plan a solo trip to Aruba including where to stay, things to see and do in Aruba and how to get around. Find out how to get from the airports and what to do in each place. All companies included have been recommended by solo female travellers and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. Just choose the relevant section or read the full article.

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About Aruba

Aruba is by far one of our favourite Caribbean islands because it truly has everything that you need. There are so many reasons that it’s one of the most popular countries and attracts many visitors from Europe and the U.S. Although Aruba still has ties with the Netherlands, it remains its own country and is culturally diverse with 96 different nationalities.

Its vegetation isn’t what you would expect from the Caribbean although it still has miles of pristine white sand, it also has rolling landscapes and a rugged coastline. Being so close to the Equator means that Aruba is always hot with constant trade winds which create a year-round breeze. Most of the population are multilingual and you’ll find a Latin American flair and warm hospitality on Aruba. Backpacking here isn't that common but you can still meet others. What is there to do in Aruba for solo females? Lots! We've included our favourite areas and best things to do in Aruba below.

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solo travel in Aruba

Oranjestad is the capital and this is the best place for shopping in Aruba. You'll find restaurants, casinos, trendy clubs, and glittering shows. The downtown is cute with colourful buildings and a free tram that takes you around. Things to do in Oranjestad is mooch around art galleries with Aruban crafts and local musicians playing at night. It’s a sociable area to meet others with evening entertainment which draws crowds to the area at night.

Take a tour of the Balashi Brewery – Aruba’s national beer or the Aruba Aloe Factory and Museum. For museum buffs visit the Historical Museum or the Archaeological Museum showing the cultural and religious practices of the Amerindians.

Aruba has some of the best shopping in the Caribbean with high-end international labels and local handcrafted gifts. Most of the malls have restaurants and bars too so you can spend hours in one. But shops aren’t open past 6pm here so keep your splurging to the daylight hours.

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If you’re an adventurous solo there are plenty of Aruba attractions to keep you busy, whether you want to jump behind the wheel of an ATV and drive along the rugged coastline or get flung around in a giant yellow jeep (one of the fun things to do in Aruba and definitely recommended). Aruba is the perfect Caribbean island to keep your inner child entertained, and any activity you can think of here you can do. From horse riding to just watching a sunset on top of a hill, Aruba has many rugged trails to hike. Hooiberg is one of Aruba’s highest peaks with 500 steps to climb.

Arikok National Park covers nearly one-fifth of the island and is an Aruba must see for the wildlife Girl about the Globe. The area is just so spectacular with different landscapes such as limestone cliffs and sand dunes. This is where you’ll find donkeys, goats, lizards and the local rattlesnakes amongst the many cactus plants. Explore the cave systems to see the protected bats as well as drawings by the Amerindians thought to be more than 1000 years old.

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For animal lovers traveling in Aruba, head to the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba which has more than 138 endangered donkeys. You can feed them and even adopt one! Then cruise onto the Ostrich Farm to feed one of these huge birds. If you prefer to see birds in the wild, Bubali Bird Sanctuary is a freshwater lagoon and nesting site or visit the Butterfly Farm instead.

Aruba has a lot of history such as the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, an abandoned gold mill from the 19th century gold rush. Then there’s Frenchman’s Pass with the legend of a ghostly Indian tribe, from the invasion by French pirates in the seventeenth-century. Alto Vista Chapel, is a bright yellow chapel built in 1750 and the island’s first Roman Catholic Church or visit Santa Ana Church constructed in 1776 with a Neo-Gothic altar.

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There is so much nature here too. One of Aruba’s biggest highlights is the Baby Natural Bridge, or explore the Triplet Natural Bridge as you drive past the biggest rock formations on the island. Watch the sunrise on the north of island sits the California Lighthouse named after a an American steamship which was shipwrecked off the shore in the 1800s.

You simply can’t come to Aruba and not experience the beach. The beaches here are free and the seven-mile strip along the west coast is busy with resorts and more Aruba activities than you’ll have time to do. For more secluded beaches head to the Windward Coast to see the limestone coves and craggy terrain, but with strong undercurrents it’s not advised to swim here.  Boca Prins is on the northeast coast and is a great spot to sunbathe, or there's Eagle Beach Aruba in Oranjestad with its wide public beach. Enjoy some rays at Manchebo Beach; a private beach or windsurf and kitesurf on Hadicurari Beach.

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Some of them are only accessible on a 4×4 such as Andy Curry Beach (yes it really is called that) so you’ll have to take a tour to reach them. Baby Beach is one of the snorkel spots and is a shallow cove protected by a natural barrier. Or just watch local fishermen anchor their colourful boats at Rodgers Beach.

The visibility in the sea here is so clear that you don’t even need to snorkel but if you do you could power snorkel or try Snuba; a cross between diving and snorkeling (a must do in Aruba if you've never tried it before), or even Sea Trek in a diving helmet on a 375-foot walkway. In fact, there are so many ways to explore the sea here that you won’t know which one to pick. Head to the west or east side of the island to find the best beach in Aruba for snorkeling.

Then there’s the decision between the water sports activities above the water too: sailing, JetLev, parasailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, birding, skydiving and SUP yoga on a stand up paddle board.

solo travel in Aruba

Or if getting wet isn’t really your style, how about getting an underwater view in a semi-submarine instead. At night a sunset sail on a catamaran with an open bar is a great way to see the coastline and meet others. For the big kids in us, catch the bus to De Palm Island – one of the top attractions in Aruba but be prepared to be sharing the island with families.

Being solo in Aruba in the evenings is no problem either. With the island being so safe, there’s no need to worry about going out alone and Aruba nightlife is geared up for solos. Choose to mingle with the other tourists in bars such as Senor Frogs or Gusto or just wander along the casual beach bars at Oranjestad. You’ll soon get to know the people and bartenders. You’re guaranteed to find a happy hour somewhere, a cocktail party or a sunset cruise. There are plenty of casinos if you fancy a flutter and at Alhambra Casino they even teach you how to play.

Or just choose to watch the colourful fountain lights at Paseo Herencia or one of the themed performances held at the amphitheatre. On a Thursday, head to the Carubians Festivals for a steel band performance.

I hope that this guide has helped you discover the best thing to do in Aruba for any type of Aruba sightseeing. Travel to Aruba for great service, outstanding cuisine and some of the happiest people in the Caribbean. Plus you may pick up a few phrases of Papiamento whilst you’re here. It’s not called One Happy Island for nothing. Bom bini to Aruba…

starAruba is on the itinerary of most cruise lines in the Caribbean so expect more tourists if you visit between October to April.

caution Be careful of crashing waves on the Windward Side of the island if you are planning any water activities in Aruba.

Aruba tours

Aruba Tours

Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated activities and day tours in worldwide destinations including Aruba. Choose from a natural pool ATV tour quad biking around the island, an afternoon sailing trip with snorkelling and an open bar, an Aruba sunset cruise, or an Arikok National Park and beach horse riding private tour. There are many Aruba excursions to choose from including Aruba jeep tours and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online.

* Check all tours, prices and availability for Get Your Guide Aruba tours

Viator Aruba – Viator is another platform that offers things to see in Aruba and the best places to go in Aruba on a group day tour. Choose from an island ultimate jeep safari, an Aruba champagne breakfast and lunch cruise with snorkeling, an Aruba half day island tour and many others whether you prefer land or sea. There is also a dinner and nightlife tour where you visit 3 local bars and enjoy a starlight dinner; great for solos to meet others!

* Check all tours, prices and availability for Viator Aruba tours

Accommodation in Aruba

There are plenty of places to stay in Aruba solo. If you’re travelling on a budget and backpacking Aruba, choose a self-catering apartment where you can cook your own meals or stay in Monserat, a more local area which won’t cost you as much as the beach hotels.

Palm Beach is one of the best beaches in Aruba and one of the best places to stay if you want to be near the ocean. The beachfront is lined with luxury and all inclusive Aruba hotels. I stayed at the Divi Phoenix Beach Resort which was amazing. Read my review here. 

If you prefer to stay on a private island, choose Renaissance Island Aruba Resort and Casino. This island has Aruba's only private beaches and is reachable from Oranjestad. Hike the nature trail and see flamingos at the famous Flamingo Beach. If you are a flamingo lover, this is a must see in Aruba. * Check dates and prices for Renaissance Island Aruba Resort 

For all other accommodation in Aruba whatever your budget, click on the link below.

* To book, check prices or availability for all accommodation in Aruba

solo travel in Aruba

Getting Around Aruba

To take a taxi in Aruba, you need to call ahead instead of trying one flag down on the road. Taxis here don’t have metres and you pay a fixed rate based on distance. On Sundays, holidays and also between 23:00 and 7:00am each day Aruba taxi rates have a U.S. $3 surcharge.

Getting around Aruba without a car does limit being able to see all of the island. The Aruba bus service runs daily between some of the hotel areas and larger districts. You’ll find the main bus station in downtown Oranjestad. You can also buy day passes: for U.S. $10 for unlimited transportation on the Arubus routes across the island. De Palm Tours can also arrange chartered transport for you.

When you're traveling to Aruba alone, car rentals are easy to organise and you don’t even have to fill up the tank. Just pull into a petrol station and an attendant will fill it up for you. You do need to be 25 years old for car rental Aruba and if you are looking to explore the north coast then you'll need an off-road vehicle. You can pick up vacation rentals from the airport when you arrive and drop it off before you fly home. * Check prices for all rentals Aruba here 

From The Airport

There is a bus which calls at the airport (except on Sundays) and costs $3 for the 15 minute ride to Oranjestad but a taxi is a much easier way to get from the airport. A taxi will cost approx US $30 to the Eagle Beach hotels which is a 15 minute drive and less if you are staying in the Oranjestad area ($20).

If you pay for a taxi you are only allowed one piece of luggage and will be charged U.S. $2 for any additional luggage. Hoppa operates a cheap airport shuttle that will take you to the city centre or your hotel.

How Long Do You Need?

When you're traveling to Aruba, you'll need at least a week whether you want to just lounge around and de-stress or experience all the activities that the country has to offer.

Where can I go from here? You can travel from Aruba to these destinations. The timings are based on how long it takes to fly there.

planelistCuracao – 40 mins

planelistBonaire – 45 mins

planelistColombia – 1 hr 50 mins

FAQs

  • Can I drink the water? Aruba has the world’s second largest seawater desalination plant so yes you can definitely drink the tap water here.
  • Is tipping expected? a tip is not expected but 15% is well received. A tip is shared between servers and the kitchen staff.
  • Fixed price or barter? Fixed Price.
  • Any ATMs? Yes lots and some in the hotels too.
  • Which side of the road do they drive? The right hand side.
  • Good for vegetarians? Yes and there are a few vegetarian restaurants.
  • Any seven wonders of the world? No.

Plan a Trip To Aruba

To help you plan your Aruba solo travel, here are some useful links for visa requirements, vaccinations needed and airlines which fly there.

Facts

Budget – £120 a day

Capital – Oranjestad

Population – 102,911

Language spoken – Dutch, Papiamento, English, Spanish.

Local Currency – The Florin but the US dollar is widely used.

Do I need a visa? 

Vaccinations Required

Flying time to Aruba – 9.5 hrs 

Useful Info

Airlines to Aruba

When to travel to Aruba – The best time to go is year round

Which Plug Do I Need? 

Events and Festivals in Aruba

Local Cost Guide 

Driving Distances

Local Customs & Etiquette

 

Lingo – Useful Papiamento Phrases

 

 

Did you know? Nearly everyone here speaks Papiamento, Dutch, Spanish and English.

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Day Tours

De Palm Tours

Rancho La Ponderosa horseback riding

Aruba Nature Sensitive Hiking & Jeep Tours

Eco Hotels

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort (no kids allowed)

Boardwalk Hotel Aruba

Volunteering

Help out at the Aruba Reef Care Project

Cultural Experiences

Watch the Bonbini Aruba Festival every Tuesday

Local Projects

The Donkey Sanctuary

Where to Stay

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Book your Hostels

Book your Hotels

Treat Yourself at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

Mind Body & Soul

Yoga retreats at Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

Yoga classes at Happy Buddha

Meditation workshops with Sahaja Yoga Meditation

Spa Treatments at Pure Indulgence

Issues in the Country

Boa constrictors are everywhere in Arikok National Park and are breeding so fast that park rangers have to hold National Snake Hunt days. Plus they can hitchhike in your car engine.

The hitchhiking snakes of the Caribbean

Weather in Aruba – Below is an annual weather chart for Aruba

Aruba weather

Map of Aruba

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2 thoughts on “Solo Travel in Aruba

  1. Rubby Peralta

    Hi.
    I am going alone the first week of November
    Have you got contacts that are going those dates?
    Or if you know the most sociable place bar hotel to meet ppl in aruba please.
    Appreciated

    Reply
    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Rubby, you could meet others at Senor Frogs? That’s always a fun bar or join the Jeep Tour where I made friends with others on the tour too. If you’re not a member of out Girls about the Globe Facebook community I recommend joining it to see if others will be in Aruba too x

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