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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Artistic Boutique

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

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 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...

Larimar Spa and Salon

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Larimar is a large and soul-soothing full-service spa with tropical Caribbean inspired accents. Specializing in the use ESPA’s natural...


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The flagship Maggy’s is in downtown Oranjestad, but there are four more stores and two salons on the island. They are Aruba’s premier...

Mandara Spa

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The Aruba Marriott's Mandara Spa was created along a Balinese theme and offers some signature Balinese specialties like the boreh —a...

Nafanny Spa

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Massage therapist Fanny Lampe's home and yard in Alto Vista provide a peaceful and picturesque backdrop for the pure relaxation to come.


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The ocean provides the backdrop for this spa in the Renaissance, which has its own massage cove that seems a world apart from the rest...

Palm Beach Plaza

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Aruba’s most modern multi-story mall has three floors of shops offering fashion, tech, electronics, jewelry, souvenirs, and more. Entertainment...

Paseo Herencia

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A gorgeous old-fashioned colonial style courtyard and clock tower encases souvenir and specialty shops, cinemas, dining spots, cafes,...