Year-round warm weather with constant cooling trade winds and a location below the hurricane belt make every season a good time to visit Aruba. The most popular time to go is from December to mid-April, when people from the north come to escape cold winters.
- high season: December to mid-April
- low season: June to August
- shoulder season: mid-April to May, September to November
Aruba's year-round temperatures average 82 degrees with cooling trade winds. Aruba lies outside the hurricane belt and rainfall is very moderate, averaging less than 20 inches per year. The warmest months are August and September.
Periods of high occupancy include key events and holidays such as the main Carnival event in February, the Soul Beach Music Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, and the Columbus Day weekend music festival, along with the period between Christmas and New Year's.
In the last few years, low-season rates have attracted so many people that visitor numbers are actually fairly steady throughout the year.
There are no set times that any sites close annually. Most sites do minor renovations for upkeep during the off-season, but remain open throughout the year.
Most retail stores are closed on Sundays. Some restaurants close on Sundays or Mondays.
When to Save
During the summer season prices are generally lower, and vacation packages tend to come with value-added programs.
When to Book
Typically, visitors to Aruba, especially those who have timeshare units, book about six to eight weeks in advance. However, last-minute offers are often available. Availability is tight during the high season and prior to key events.
During high season, book three months in advance for stays at beachfront hotels and resorts. For stays at small, boutique properties, it's advisable to book farther in advance as many people book their next stay up to a year ahead of time.
Information provided by Aruba Tourism Authority.