Shopping in Aruba
Shop 'til you drop! Aruba is the perfect shopping island.
Not only can you find the best deals here, but you also have a variety of shopping districts to browse and compare prices.
Shopping in Aruba is most known for its various selections. Shoppers often visit Aruba for its shops devoted to jewelry, table linens, perfumes, leather goods, designer fashions, electronics, locally made handicrafts, Cuban cigars, Dutch Delft, Dutch Cheeses, and many more superior and favorably priced goods.
Aruba Shopping in Hotels
Almost every hotel in Aruba - both low rise and high rise - have gift shops and specialty stores of their own. What you don't find in your own hotel you will most likely find next door or down the road at another resort.
Not only do these shops contain all the Aruba shopping essentials like beach towels, sun block, and aloe vera, but you can also buy your souvenirs and gifts for family and friends back home. Aruba has many fine artists and craftsmen who make a number of different collectibles.
For those who prefer to shop outside of their hotel, but still close by, there are a assortment of store branches in nearby shopping arcades and The Alhambra Shopping Bazaar located in the vicinity of the low-rise hotels.
Oranjestad, Aruba Shopping
If you are serious about shopping in Aruba, then take the trip to downtown Oranjestad. As the capital of Aruba, shopping in Oranjestad is top notch.
If you arrive by cruise ship, you will have no problem finding the shopping district as L.G. Smith Boulevard runs right through it. The shopping area is also only a few minutes walk from the sea port. And if you are staying in a hotel further from downtown, then you can make your way there by taxi, bus or rental car. There is suitable parking, but do expect a little traffic as Oranjestad does get busy.
Also a recent addition is the trolley or streetcar at the cruise port, which offer free transportation to and from the main street downtown area. See the details here
Shopping in Oranjestad, Aruba is often turned into a grand event. Occasionally the main street is made car-free, and on those days more than others, it's great time to stroll and check out the many clothing and jewelry stores.
If you don't find what you are looking for at your hotel or in Oranjestad, there are other shopping areas throughout Aruba. Many stores are located on Caya G.F. (Betico) Croes or in nearby streets. Others can be found in the Renaissance Mall, Renaissance Market Place, the Royal Plaza, Port of Call Market Place, Aventura Mall, the Holland Aruba Mall, the Sun Plaza and the Atrium Mall.
Aruba traveling tip: Some stores close between noon and 2pm, and many shops and malls close by 6pm. If you plan to make a special trip, call ahead to be sure the stores you want to visit are open.