Shopping in Aruba
Shopping time is one of the most anticipated moments during the trip. Prices in Aruba are usually better than in Brazil, but it is always necessary to do a lot of research and convert them into reais to see if it is worth buying the product. There are times when the value is similar to that sold in Brazil and is not even advantageous.
The stores are mainly concentrated in Oranjestad, the capital, and in Palm Beach. In both regions there are shops on the streets and malls, which are the best places to buy. The perfume trade is the most prominent on the island, but there are good offers on clothes too. Check abbreviationfinder.org for abbreviations and acronyms related to Aruba.
In the center you can walk along the main street, Betico Croes, and see several stores of famous brands such as Mango and Victoria Secret’s, as well as the best Shopping in Aruba, the Renaissance Mall. In Palm Beach, Paseo Herencia and Palm Beach Mall, with international and local brands, concentrate a large part of the trade.
Guilders and dollars are usually accepted in stores, and the amount shown is usually in dollars. Use the most advantageous currency and remember that when buying with a card, IOF will be charged.
Oranjestad, in addition to having a bit of Dutch architecture, is a great place to shop. During the day, all the shops in the place are open so that tourists can walk around looking for offers. In the center there are stores of perfumes, clothes, electronics, handicrafts and others.
Be sure to walk along Betico Croes street, with several shops, which has been renovated to offer a new means of transport for tourists, making life easier for those who want to go shopping.
The center is not a good choice to go at night, as most establishments close at 6pm.
Palm Beach Plaza Mall
Palm Beach is one of the largest shopping malls in Aruba, with several types of stores. It is an excellent option for those who want to see a little bit of everything in the same place, as there is a mix of famous and local brand stores. Despite the number of stores, which include Benetton, Mont Blanc and Penha, the place is more worth it for the atmosphere and restaurants.
Paseo Herencia Mall
Paseo Herencia is like an open-air mall that is full of people during the nights. In the mall there are jewelry and perfume stores, as well as Lacoste, Maggy`s, Converse, and restaurants like Iguana Joe’s, Starbucks and TGI Fridays.
Be sure to walk around the place at night and watch the water show – free and interesting for people of all ages
The most modern mall in Aruba is the Renaissance Mall. It is located in the city center and, therefore, ends up being a mystery to many people, but it is certainly worth knowing, as it concentrates the best brands in the world and offers a great structure for those who want to have a meal.
Walking there you will find stores like Lacoste, Guess, Gucci, Diesel, Ralph Lauren, Bugari, Druffy etc.
The Royal Plaza is not the type of place that is full of shops or very coveted for shopping; it’s small, but worth a visit. Stop by the day you book to visit the center. The mall is open-air and has mainly perfume and souvenir shops.