Everything you need to know about shopping in Aruba
By Hannah Barnard on 18th May, 2020
Shopping in Aruba is a total experience. Complemented by entertainment, music, ambiance, culture, kids’ fun, food and drink, retail is something even the non-shoppers will enjoy (you know who you are!). And as far as what to buy, the shopping universe is infinite with everything from locally made crafts to international brands.
Shopping in Oranjestad
Downtown Oranjestad is a must-visit shopping area, and definitely not just for cruise ship passengers. The streets are lined with gold and diamonds – filling the mesmerizing showcases at an array of dazzling exclusive jewelers.
The sparkling new Oranjestad city center is at the heart of town. If you prefer not to walk, hop on the tram that begins at the cruise ship terminal and loops through the Main Street, a totally transformed pedestrian mall. Shop for such items as jewelry, fragrances, and fashions, as well as Aruba aloe products and pastechis (the island’s favorite snack).
Throughout the downtown area, small malls with Dutch Caribbean façades also hold treasures awaiting discovery. Royal Plaza is the three-storied pink-and-white building opposite the harbor with everything from exclusive jewelry and souvenirs to surf shops, bars, and eateries. Renaissance Mall (shops open until 8 pm) is home to simply fabulous retailers, a luxury shopping destination for fashionistas and socialites. A-list designer stores feature apparel, footwear, fragrances, watches, jewelry, and much more.
Nestled between the marina and Queen Wilhelmina Park, the Renaissance Marketplace offers eyewear, fashions, jewelry, and a selection of one-of-a-kind boutiques – as well as restaurants, cafés, a movie theatre, live entertainment, coffee shops, lounges and bars, and holiday celebrations.
Switch gears and head back to the hotels. There’s something to do seven days a week at Alhambra Casino & Shops – a convenient one-stop spot for gaming, shopping, and dining. Coffee houses, art galleries, markets, boutiques, bars, and restaurants complement the eclectic shops.
Along the high-rise hotel strip, developers have pulled out all the stops to create an entertaining ambiance for shopping and dining.
The best stores near Palm Beach
Paseo Herencia (shops open until 10 pm) is an old village style plaza surrounded by all kinds of trendy shops. There’s something going on every night – from liquid fireworks to live entertainment and cultural events. Next door, Palm Beach Mall features an array of stores, restaurants and cafés, spa, movie theatres, entertainment,
and a neon bowling alley. Shop for jewelry, fashions, fragrances, beachwear, accessories, shoes, and eyewear.
The Cove has recently opened right across the way, with shops, bars and international eateries, as well as a pharmacy and walk-in clinic. The Village across from the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort boasts restaurants and nightspots, as well as an outdoor market and interesting one-of-a-knd shops.
Relax at a trendy bar or cafe, enjoy your perfect dinner and explore the outdoor market at the South Beach Mall. Arawak Garden across the way is not only lined with restaurants and bars but also has some interesting kiosks to explore.
Every resort has its own special shops and mini markets for vacation needs and beyond – featuring books, sundries, souvenirs, accessories, and apparel.
Do visit Cosecha in Oranjestad and San Nicolas to shop for an authentic piece of Aruba to take home. You’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces made by the island’s own artists and craftsmen.
Whether you splurge on the luxury brand you love, buy a dazzling piece of gold jewelry, or take home a creation made in Aruba, you will thoroughly enjoy the experience!
Read more: The Ultimate Aruba Guide by Enrique Balestrini