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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Alhambra Mall

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There’s an eclectic array of shops and dining in the Alhambra Mall with the casino as its focal point. Dotted with designer retail...

Artistic Boutique

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

The exclusive agents on the island for NAO by LLADRO collectible porcelain figurines and Aruba Lucky Stone, this little boutique also...

Aruba Trading Company

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Established in 1933, and located in the gorgeous Dutch colonial structure known as “La Casa Amarilla” (The Yellow House) in downtown...

Body & Soul Spa

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Tierra del Sol’s luxury villa and home rentals are typically the visiting celebrity choice, and their Robert Trent Jones II–designed...

Caribbean Clothing Co.

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This is the place to get stylishly outfitted for resort and vacation life right off the trolley stop in downtown Oranjestad. It has clothing...

Caribbean Queen

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At this unique boutique dedicated to the spirit of West Indian women, the jewelry, adornments, and fashionable accessories are mostly...

Caya G.F. Betico Croes

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Oranjestad’s original “Main Street” (behind the Renaissance Marina Resort) had been neglected since most cruise passengers preferred...

Cigar Emporium

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The Cubans come straight from the climate-controlled humidor at Cigar Emporium. Choose from Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Partagas,...

Colombian Emeralds

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A trusted international jewelry dealer specializing in emeralds, this outlet also has a top-notch selection of diamonds, sapphire, tanzanite...

Diamonds International

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One of the pioneer diamond retailers in the Caribbean with over 130 stores throughout the chain, the Aruba outlet has been operating...