The best place to shop for those t-shirts and magnets is in Oranjestad. On the waterside you'll find plenty of open market stalls with vendors selling all kinds of souvenirs. You really won't find much in the way of local handicrafts or local goods at all - actually most items have little to do with Aruba other than having "Aruba" stamped on the item, but if you're looking for that Aruba trinket, you'll find it here. Prices are decent. All the shopping in Oranjestad is within walking distance of where cruise ships dock. Happy Shopping!
The Royal Plaza Mall is located along the waterfront in Oranjestad. There are over 60 stores with retailers of apparel, footwear, leather, perfumes, cigars, gifts, etc., etc. It's chock full of well-known designer names stores for all your duty-free shopping. From Ralph Lauren to Gucci to Cartier, they're all there!
The mall complex has a casino, restaurants/cafes, a cybercafe, and even a post office (open weekdays from 8 to 3:30).
Stores are open from Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Think the place is near the Hilton? but while we were having a drink at one of the beach bars Kim spotted a smoke shop a few feet away from the bar. I hear you can bring about 5 Cubans into the US without having to take the labels and avoid issues with US Customs.
At Duty Free at the airport all they had was Dominican or Nicaraguan leaf so buy it here.
What to buy: Cigars sweetheart..cigars I tell you.
What to pay: Kim paid $20 for one which was probably doo much but it was a gift for her dad and we both no nothing about cigars
We stopped here on Sunday but they were closing up right before 2 pm so we made a return visit on Monday when they stayed open later.
We didn't come across the big grocery store in Aruba, Ling & Sons, which is located at Schotlandstraat 41 in Oranjestad which also appears to be outside of the downtown area.
What to buy: This supermarket is Dutch oriented, you'll find a lot of Dutch cookies, candy and baked goods, and a pretty wide selection of cheese in addition to the usual grocery items. We bought a couple of bottles of Ponche cream, an Aruban liquor that's kind of like an eggnog milkshake, some Dutch apple pie cookies, stroop wafels, a dense wafer and caramel cookie; and some Diet Coke to get me through the rest of the week as it's cheaper here than at the resort.
There was also an Asian influenced supermarket next to Super Food which I can't recall the name of but it was Sunday and they were also closing so we just grabbed some drinks.
There are several shopping malls and shops around and a shopping street "the main street" and a small market right in the marina for tourists visiting from cruise ships...
There are mainly souvenirs in this market but also some clothes and the fmous car plates are sold here.
This is only an example of these cute houses/shops around Oranjestad.
What to buy: People buy souvenirs as "one happy island" -car plates, handicrafts, paintings and ceramics, t-shirts or local rum...
I found some nice surf shops in Oranjestad and bought myself some bikinis and other beach wear...
If you are in Aruba on either a Saturday or Sunday, please wait for all your gift purchases from a weekly local market that takes place in the parking lot of where the main Large supermarkets are. It is located on the same road that connects the "High Rise" hotel area with Oranjestad. If you ask around how to get to "Supermarket" or "IGA" you will see this market. It is held every saturday and sunday 12-5pm and I could not believe the bargains I got in contrast to the other gift shops located by the port or by the hotel area. It is well worth it.
What to buy: Any type of "Aruba" souvenir you can think of is located in this market.
What to pay: Unlike other tourist areas where you have to haggle for prices, most items have a price listed and I found you can haggle up to 20% below that listed price
Do not buy anything from the minimarkets or from the gas station....you will pass a complex of stores....many grocery stores are here such as an IGA and 'super foods'...prices are much better. I will not say prices here are cheap, but not as bad as i expected.
What to buy: snacks, water, liquer, beer, fruit, sunscreen!!!!
The Royal Plaza has been described as a confection, so pretty is it, and is situated right in the heart of Oranjestad. It is one of the two main shopping centres in the town and you'd just stand and look at it as it's so gorgeous. It's an intricate and delightful building, painted a candy pink with turquoise awnings over white balconies.
It houses such premium shops as Tommy Hillfiger and also the infamous Iguana Joe's restaurant.
Even if you don't want to shop, come for a look.
The capital city, located on the southern coast near the western end of the island, is extremely picturesque with its Dutch colonial architecture in pastel colors. Along the wharf, merchants come to sell fresh fish and produce right off the boats every morning. The downtown area with shopping malls surrounding it is the primary shopping area on the island.
In this tip I will outline some of the places to shop, what to buy in Aruba and hours of shopping.
What to Buy:
Perfume, liquor, linens, jewellery. watches, cameras, designer fashions, crystal and china are among the well-priced luxury items. Local handicrafts such as paintings, clay pottery, woodcraft and leather goods are also popular buys. Duty-free shoppping is available at the airport or at specified duty-free establishments.
Where to Shop:
Seaport Village in Oranjestad is the main shopping strip.
Renaissance Mall & Marketplace - Over 60 stores & restaurants- top brand name boutiques - Aruba's only indoor shopping center ( for information call 523-6091 / www.shoparubarenaissance.com).
Hours of Shopping:
Shops on the main street open Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Most shops close for lunch between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.. In malls and shopping centers, shops are open 9:30 to 6:00 p.m. Some stores are open on Sundays and holidays when cruise ships are in port.
The Aruba Aloe Factory, which I believe opened in 2002, gives you a first-hand look at how the famous Aruba Aloe lotions and sunscreens are made (great stuff!). Starting with an introduction to the plant itself (the factory is set in the middle of the aloe vera fields), you move on to the history of how aloe has been used for various purposes and then into the factory area. Last stop is the gift shop, which is well-stocked and reasonably priced. Splurge on the gift baskets and you'll have your Christmas shopping done for the whole family!
I like the building itself because it's bright pink and blue. It matches really well. It's like a mall with a plaza where you can find souvenir carts selling beautiful things. At Royal plaza you can find beach wear, aruban/ dutch artifacts and souvenirs, cafes, restaurant/bars, jewellery stores and cologne shops. all of them are from high quality so you should expect the prices to be high. It's really nice to walk there at evenings and to sit in a restaurant on the second floor and enjoy the view. Iguana Joe's a must.
What to buy: Well, as I already said they sell anything that tourists might be interested in. Just a pity that the prices are high. But you sure will find something worth paying for.
What to pay: I can't really say that because it depends on the store that you're buying and what you're buying. But all items are at tax-free prices, that doesn't mean though that everything is cheap
LG Smith Boulevard 55-B, Oranjestad, Aruba, 1347, Caribbean
Good for: Business
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Palm Beach Road, Noord 43E, Noord, Caribbean
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