Aruba Shopping

Shopping can be good on Aruba. Although stores on the island often use the tagline "duty-free," the word "prices" is usually printed underneath in much smaller letters. The only real duty-free shopping is in the departure area of the airport. (Passengers bound for the United States should be sure to shop before proceeding through U.S. customs in Aruba.) Downtown stores do have very low sales

tax, though, and some excellent bargains on high-end luxury items like gold, silver, gems, and high-end watches. Major credit cards are welcome everywhere, as are U.S. dollars. Aruba's souvenir and crafts stores are full of Dutch porcelains and figurines, as befits the island's heritage. Dutch cheese is a good buy, as are hand-embroidered linens and any products made from the native aloe vera plant—sunburn cream, face masks, or skin refreshers. Local arts and crafts run toward wood carvings and earthenware emblazoned with "Aruba: One Happy Island" and the like, but there are many shops with unique Aruban items like designer wear and fancy flip-flops and artwork if you know where to look. Don't try to bargain unless you are at a flea market or stall type of deal. Arubans consider it rude to haggle, despite what you may hear to the contrary.

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Royal Plaza Mall

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It’s impossible to miss this gorgeous colonial-style, cotton-candy colored building with the big gold dome gracing the front street...

Super Food Plaza

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So much more than simply a grocery store, this massive emporium of food and services rivals many big-city super-centers. Everything from...

T.H. Palm & Company

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With an eclectic collection of upscale and exclusive items curated from all over the world by the owner, this unique boutique offers...

The Coconut Trading Co.

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The ultimate gift shop features handcrafted treasures by local artisans, including sterling jewelry, precious gems, sea glass, turquoise,...

The Juggling Fish

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The sign outside says “Distinctive Swimwear and Unique Souvenirs,” and this whimsical shop just off the sand on Palm Beach at Playa...

The Mask

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This shop specializes in original masks and crafty items called Mopa-Mopa Art. Originating with the Quillacingas Indians of Ecuador and...

The Ritz-Carlton Spa

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Natural elements are the main theme at this upscale new spa with signature treatments revolving around earth, sky, fire, and water. Local...

Tommy Hilfiger

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The activewear sold at Tommy Hilfiger makes this a great stop for a vacation wardrobe. A Tommy Jeans store is also here. They have also...

Wulfsen & Wulfsen

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In business for over 50 years, this sophisticated shop offers elegant European fashions for both women and men, and footwear for men...

ZoiA Spa

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It's all about indulgence at the Hyatt's upscale spa named after the Papiamento word for balance. Gentle music and the scent of botanicals...