Destination guide

Seaside escape at Aruba vacation home rentals

The island of Aruba welcomes sun-seekers to its pristine white-sand beaches in the southern Caribbean, where palm trees sway in the trade winds and sparkling, clear waters welcome snorkeling adventures. Days here are spent hopping around historic sites that pay tribute to the island's Dutch heritage, checking out the action at local casinos and shopping districts or stretching out on the warm shoreline, admiring the turquoise sea and building castles in the sand. Once you've selected the perfect Aruba vacation rental, perhaps with an ocean view, it's off for sightseeing tours on buses or all-terrain vehicles to uncover the highlights of the 110-square-kilometer island.


Historic sites near Aruba vacation rentals

History buffs can enjoy a diverse mix of heritage sites in Aruba. Vacation rentals are available near places like California Lighthouse, an iconic, century-old lighthouse with panoramic views and guided tours, and Museo Historico Aruba, a restored military fort and history museum with a courtyard and dramatic tower. You could also visit Bushiribana Ruins, the remnants of a 19th-century gold mill with spectacular views.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Aruba vacation rentals

Though some of the prettiest sights in Aruba are under the sea and along the shore, the island also has a number of amusements away from the sand, from casinos and golf courses to family-friendly attractions. At the butterfly garden here, you can join guided tours to learn about the life cycle of the colorful insects, while the Donkey Sanctuary allows visitors to help with the feeding and care of the animals that have lived on the island for 500 years. Some of the notable historic sites you can check out include churches dating back to the 1700s, an old Dutch windmill and a 100-year-old lighthouse.


Things to do near Aruba vacation homes

The turquoise waters around Aruba beckon vacationers to take the plunge and swim with the colorful marine life or head off on boat tours out to sea. Several companies offer sailing excursions that include special experiences like lunch or dinner out on the waves, or sunset cruises to watch the sky display its gorgeous pinks and yellows over the ocean. Many outings offer the chance to splash around in the water, donning snorkel gear to peek under the waves. Divers will want to head to the SS Pedernales and Antilla wreck sites to swim alongside a sunken lake tanker and a German freighter from World War II.


Best time to travel to Aruba vacation rentals

There's nothing better than spending dry, sunny days on the shores of Aruba, soaking up the rays and running out for dips in the ocean to cool off. Luckily, the warm weather lasts year-round, with average highs in the 80s and lows in 70s, even in the winter months. Winter is the busiest season, though, so if you plan to escape to paradise during this time, you'll want to book your Aruba vacation rental early. Since the island lies outside of the hurricane belt, summer is an excellent time to visit without the threat of the storms that plague some other Caribbean spots.

Natural features

From the beaches to the hills of Aruba

From beaches to intriguing rock formations, the natural features of this Dutch-Caribbean island invite long days spent outdoors. Eagle and Palm beaches are a couple of the most popular sandy spots and between them lies the Bubali Bird Sanctuary, a wetland preserve where you can look for herons, egrets and grebes from atop an observation tower. Pay a visit to Arikok National Park to discover some of the local flora, fauna and landscapes, including desert hills, caves and a natural pool. No matter which part of the 32-kilometer-long island you select for your Aruba vacation rental, you'll find an array of breathtaking scenes in easy reach.


Top beaches near Aruba vacation homes

Aruba is filled with gorgeous beaches for sun and fun. Vacation homes can be found near places like Eagle Beach, a spacious white-sand beach with nearby restaurants and opportunities for watersports, and Baby Beach, a shallow, sheltered lagoon with calm waters and soft sand. You'll also like Arashi Beach, a popular beach with scenic surrounds and clear waters for swimming and snorkeling.

Where to stay around Aruba?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,557 vacation rentals near Aruba. From 269 Houses to 370 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Aruba for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Aruba?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Aruba. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Palm Beach: 920 vacation rentals
  • Eagle Beach: 1,520 vacation rentals
  • Marriott's Aruba Surf Club: 117 vacation rentals
  • Malmok: 633 vacation rentals
  • Oranjestad-West: 476 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Aruba! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Aruba?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Aruba:

  • Noord: 1,539 rentals
  • Oranjestad: 1,540 rentals
  • Savaneta: 1,373 rentals
  • Santa Cruz: 1,551 rentals
  • San Nicolas: 189 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Aruba?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Aruba. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Aruba Golf Club: 1,552 rentals
  • Aruba Town Hall: 1,552 rentals
  • Links at Divi Aruba: 1,551 rentals
  • Saint Franciscus Church: 1,551 rentals
  • San Nicolas: 1,551 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Aruba listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.