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Aruba's annual average temperature of 82 degrees and its cooling trade winds make it a popular destination year-round. However, springtime brings fewer visitors and plenty of bargains for travelers in the know.

I compared airfare-and-hotel vacation packages during off-peak and peak seasons, and found savings of up to $419.

Route Off-Peak Rate Peak Rate
New York City to Aruba $765 $1,156
Dallas to Aruba $820 $1,239
San Diego $1,010 $1,357

Off-peak rates are based on travel from March 22 through 29; peak travel prices are based on travel from January 3 through 10. All fares were found using Travelocity and include taxes and fees.

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Off-peak festivals in Aruba include the Soul Beach Music Festival in May, and the Second Annual Aruba International Film Festival and Aruba Food & Wine Festival in early June, while hotels across the island are offering numerous packages and incentives. The Bucuti Beach Resort has an Experience Aruba Green Vacation Package that includes a guided hike in Arikok National Park, a tour of the Aruba Aloe Factory, dinner, and daily breakfast from $1,575 per couple (more than $600 less than peak winter rates) for five nights beginning April 24. Incentives at the Radisson Aruba's Super Sale include a $25 spa credit and at least $75 in beverage credits for stays of five or more nights, in addition to 25 to 40 percent off room rates.

Good weather is guaranteed at the Marriott Aruba through April 30, with rates up to 40 percent off, plus a gift certificate worth a free stay for each day that falls below 70 degrees. And at the Westin Aruba, families can find the Happily Ever After package available through April 30 with guaranteed connecting rooms, $100 resort credit, and free meals for kids 12 and under.

To learn more about Aruba, visit our Aruba Travel Guide.

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