Aruba is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, famous for its gorgeous coral reefs, soft white sands, bright blue waters, fun-filled watersports, and delicious seafood, it’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for a dreamy honeymoon destination, or attractive vacation spot for a special getaway.
If you’re planning on a romantic couples’ vacation or honeymoon to this beautiful little country, one of the first questions you’ll need to answer is what is the best time of year to visit Aruba?
In short, the best time to visit Aruba will depend on your budget, how particular you are about the weather, and what you’re hoping to experience. In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Aruba year-round, and the best times to visit if you’re traveling on a budget or hoping to experience certain activities, so you can pick the perfect time to enjoy this breathtaking vacation spot.
When is Peak Season in Aruba?
You’ll be pleased to know that the weather in Aruba is typically pleasant all year round. Because of this, the peak season is more a reflection of the climates in the USA and Canada, with tourists wanting to escape the colder climate of their home countries.
Therefore, the peak season in Aruba typically runs from around mid-December to mid-April.
This means that if you’re looking to travel during this period, hotels will be more expensive, and far more sought-after, so if you have a particular resort in mind, you’ll want to get it booked as far in advance as possible!
When is the Shoulder Season in Aruba?
The shoulder season in Aruba typically runs from mid-April through to August, and during this period, the island attracts a diverse crowd. Young and old, honeymooners and families and groups of friends all flock here during this period to take advantage of some of the lower prices and enjoyable weather.
When is the Low Season in Aruba?
September through to mid-December is typically the low season in Aruba. This time of year is ideal for those traveling on a budget, as due to the windy weather keeping the climate a little cooler, fewer tourists are looking for an opportunity to soak up the summer sun.
Because of this, you’re able to find great deals when it comes to resorts, hotels, and accommodations in Aruba. Even if you’re looking for a dreamy all-inclusive Caribbean getaway, there’s a chance you’ll be able to score an unbelievable discount at some select resorts, with some hotels and resorts dropping their prices by up to 50%.
Thankfully, as we mentioned before, Aruba typically enjoys great weather all year round, so if you’re looking for a budget getaway, visiting during the low season is your best course of action. That said, there’s a higher chance of rain at this time of year, so you’ll want to keep that in mind if you’re hoping to catch a tan!
One downside to traveling during this period, however, is that tour operators typically reduce their number of outings per week. If you’re the kind of person who’s looking to be out on a new and exciting excursion every day, you may want to visit during the shoulder season instead.
When is the Rainy Season in Aruba?
The rainy season in Aruba really isn’t one to be too concerned about. Typically, rainfall tends to be in brief bursts here, instead of long downpours, meaning that a brief shower or two won’t keep you out of the sun for very long.
More rain is generally seen during the low season, with the wet season beginning in September, peaking with most showers in November, and rounding off again by early January.
Does Aruba Have a Hurricane Season?
Whilst many Caribbean islands have a hurricane season visitors need to plan around, you’ll be pleased to know that if you’re planning a trip to Aruba, this won’t be of much concern!
Located just south of the Hurricane belt, guests can rest assured that large storms are unlikely to affect their vacation.
That said, there have been instances of hurricanes passing close by the island, particularly during the wet/low season, and these can cause some strong winds that make the weather feel a lot cooler than it actually is.
When is the Best Time to Visit Aruba for Water Activities?
Unlike simply relaxing on the beach, or sitting in a bar sipping on cocktails (two things which can easily be done without much concern for the weather), when it comes to water activities, you’ll need perfect conditions to be able to enjoy them fully.
If you prefer warm ocean temperatures, June to November is the best time for you to visit, as sea temperatures generally sit between 81 and 84 degrees, with October offering the warmest water temperatures all year round. If you prefer cooler temperatures, you’ll be able to enjoy an average temperature of 79 degrees in the waters between January and March.
June is the month that offers the most wind in this area, so if you’re a windsurfing fanatic, this is definitely the best time of the year to visit.
When is the Best Time to Visit Aruba for Snorkelling and Scuba Diving?
Whether you’re a newbie at snorkeling or an experienced scuba diver, Aruba is a great place to get in the waters and explore the surrounding coral reefs.
If you’re interested in making this a regular activity during your vacation, you’ll want to visit somewhere between September and November.
At this time of year, the conditions for snorkeling and scuba diving are perfect, with calm winds and waters, and warm temperatures.
To experience the calmest, clearest waters, it’s best to snorkel early in the morning, hitting the waters at around 9 a.m. After midday, the water clarity is lower as the sand is stirred up by winds, waves, and other people visiting the beach.
When is the Best Time to Visit Aruba for Events and Festivals?
As with any Caribbean Island, many people come to Aruba looking for a good time and great drinks.
If this sounds like the type of vacation you’re looking for, it’s worth making plans to visit the Island whilst there are festivals, events, or holidays in full swing, so you can really make the most of your trip.
One of the biggest annual events on the island is the Aruba Carnival, which starts officially in November. Most of the carnival’s events take place in January and February though, so if you’re looking to experience great music, fun parades, and exciting costumes, this is the best time to visit.
Another unmissable event on the island is the Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival, a five-day event around Memorial Day Weekend, where many big-name DJs, musicians, and even comedians perform. So if you’re looking for beach parties during the day, and even more partying at night, you know when to visit!
Planning a trip during May? Don’t worry, you won’t be missing out. During this month, visitors can enjoy the annual Aruba Hi-Winds kitesurfing and windsurfing tournament. Even if you have no desire to compete, it’s well worth a visit to come along and watch the contest. During the competition, beaches are lined with music and parties, so everyone coming to spectate is promised a great time too.
If you’re planning a trip to Aruba, when would you like to visit? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below! If you would like any extra advice or help planning your trip, head on over to our travel planning page to get in touch with one of our trusted travel advisors.