Resort Alternatives in Aruba

When you think of vacationing in Aruba, the first thing that pops into your mind is probably a beachfront resort. With Caribbean advertising promoting mostly this specific accommodation type, you can be easily misled into believing that a resort is your only option. This can’t be farther from the truth. Aruba’s lodging market is extremely diverse, and offers accommodations for every budget, family size, and length of stay.

Small Hotels

Staying on a beachfront can be pricey, but these are not the only options as Aruba offers accommodations for almost every price range. Small hotels are extremely popular among price sensitive vacationers. Many of these hotels are a short walk or drive away from the beaches, and most have their own private swimming pools. With most of the amenities offered at beachfront hotels, small hotels will grant you an enjoyable stay.

In addition to price, small hotels have their charm when it comes to personalized attention. Fewer rooms often means that the staff will be able to focus on each guest’s specific needs. Not being part of a corporate hotel chain also gives each hotel it’s own unique personality. A bottle of champagne in your room or a complimentary drink with the owners and guests, are a few of the unique touches that give small hotels their appeal.


Apartments and apartment resorts are another popular option for daily and weekly stays, giving you a small home on the island. Apartments are also an attractive accommodation type for people who prefer having more space, or want to save money. There are a variety of apartment styles including one or two bedroom apartments, and studio apartments.

Apartments generally come with fully-equipped kitchenettes, giving you the option to prepare your own meals while you’re on the island. From luxury to comfortable vacation apartments, this accommodation sector is very broad. Some apartment complexes operate like small hotels offering daily housekeeping services, while others operate more like vacation rentals giving you complete privacy during your stay.

Vacation Rental Homes & Villas

If you are planning to travel with a large family or group of friends, you might consider renting a villa for your stay. Home rentals are also great for stays longer than one week. They offer the complete comfort of a full home with a kitchen, fully furnished rooms and swimming pool, while granting you complete privacy from other tourists. Visitors who prefer the at-home atmosphere are encouraged to stay at a vacation rental home.

This accommodation style will also give you a taste of the local experience, and what it’s like to live in Aruba. There are a variety of villas walking distance from the beach, while others are more inland. If you decide a vacation rental is right for you, it is recommended that you rent a car to get around the island more easily.

Choosing the Right Place for You

There are many factors determining the price of your accommodation rental including size, amenities, services offered, and location. Usually the rule of thumb is: The closer you are to the beach, the higher the rate will be. The good news is that Aruba is very small, and you can easily and quickly get around the island with a rental car, taxi, or bus.

With a better understanding of alternatives available to you, you can now easily browse all accommodations by type and select small hotels, apartments, and vacation rentals, to learn more about each one. Book online and continue planning your dream vacation with!