Things to keep in mind.
- Temperature is al year long between 28-32 degrees. It is normally not affected by hurricanes due to their geographical location, but October and November are normally the months it can rain quite a bit. However, temperature stays around 30. There is always a seabreeze, which makes it quite pleasant.
Things not to miss.
Aruba is well known for snorkling and diving, and with the clear waters and decent underwater world it is absolute a thing to consider.
There are quite some different views on safety in Aruba. We did not feel unsafe at all and went quite some times out of the hotel to visit local places.
It is true that there is quite a drugs scene, and you can be offered all kind of stuff directly on the beach. However, just make them clear you are not into this kind of stuff, and they will leave you alone.
At night, outside the strip with the high rise hotels, it is better to use a taxi. The question is where you want to at night outside the hotel strip. Nightlife is concentrated in this area.
Aruba has an ideal climate, with small differences in temperature between summer and winter. There is also no rainy season which makes it an ideal location for the autumn months, as in this period other destinations like Cancun beach or Playa del Carmen can be rainy. Or even worse, a hurricane. Hurricanes is also something you don`t need to worry about in Aruba.
As temperatures are not getting extreme and stay around a maximum of 32 ºC (like 90 ºF), and there is always a sea breeze which makes it a pleasant climate.
All big brands are represented on the strip. However, prices are pretty steep. Hotels like Hyatt and Marriot you will not find below 250€ during low season, going to up to like 700-800€ during high season.
We stayed during October at the Riu Palace Aruba. We payed around 250€ a night for the all inclusive package.
Compared to other Riu Palace hotels where we staid, this was for sure not the best one.
Standard rooms have no balcony, and the hotel is very noisy. Also the outside space around the pools is quite crowded. It is a beachfront property, and the beach is perfect.
Food and drinks are what you might expect from Riu Palace, plenty to choose from and good standards.
Food & drinks.
Around the strip there are plenty of places to go for a meal or to have some drinks. Also all the hotels have restaurants and bars. Prices are equal to European standards or slightly higher.
We stayed on all-inclusive basis in the Riu Palace, so did not eat out to much.