Is Aruba the Next Big Caribbean Getaway?

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The world is finally opening up again. It’s like we’re all emerging from a long hibernation, itching to get back out and traveling someplace new. We’re craving new experiences and new destinations…preferably somewhere comfortable.

That’s why so many of us have set our sights to the Caribbean. Sun, fun, and zero responsibility? It’s no wonder we’re pining away for places like Aruba. Here’s why it’s likely the next big Caribbean getaway.

You Deserve a Luxury Beach Vacation

It seems to go against the grain that so many travelers want a relaxed beach vacation after a year of doing not much of anything. But the stress of lockdowns, illness, and other pandemic-related woes has taken a toll on us all. That’s why we keep dreaming of tropical places like Aruba, and a stay at the Barceló Aruba, where the biggest decision you’ll have to make is literally, what will I order at the swim-up bar? 

Bonus: beach vacations are considered pretty safe travel options.

Have you ever plopped down in the pristine sand of a place like Sunset Beach with a mojito in hand, watching an epic sunset, and just drank in the moment? 

There’s truly something magic about a trip devoted purely to relaxation, and that’s why luxury resort trips are worth your time. You deserve some all-inclusive poolside lounging and elaborate à la carte dinners like the kind offered at Barceló.  

Aruba Has Lots to Do

But if you really are the adventurous, can’t-sit-still type, you’ll be happy to know that Aruba has lots of other great reasons to visit outside of luxury hotels.

Noord, near Sunset Beach, is home to the stunning California Lighthouse (named for the SS California that wrecked here in 1891). You can stroll around the lighthouse with views over the coast, or even tour inside. Nord itself is a charming small town with lots of international restaurants, boutique shops, and plazas.

For some artistic city vibes, head to San Nicolas to soak up the street art murals. San Nicolas is slightly smaller than Noord but still has tons of great Caribbean dining options and entertainment venues.

If you’d prefer big nature, you can visit Arikok National Park and see the unique Ayo Rock formations there. On a Jeep or ATV tour you’ll get to visit more off-grid locations, like the Guadirikiri Cave. 

And that’s not including all the watersports and day-trip options available, including everything from surfing to sailing (and plenty in between). If you’re staying at Barceló Sunset Beach, the concierge will hook you up.

Aruba Has Handled the Pandemic Extremely Well 

Somehow throughout the entire pandemic, Aruba has handled their caseload incredibly well. In fact, just a few months after shutting down entirely, they safely reopened to international travel. 

That’s probably because they have strict rules in place about visiting, including taking a COVID test four hours before departure and also within 72 hours upon arrival. Authorities have really taken the virus seriously, and hospitality folks take all the right precautions.

That level of well-being and safety extends beyond the pandemic. Surely most of us have a bit of anxiety about rejoining the normal world, and it helps to know that places like Aruba have our backs.

So, maybe we’ll see you at Sunset Beach?

Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster is an adventure-junkie, gear expert and travel photographer based in Southern California. Previously nomadic, he’s been to ~50 countries and loves spending time outdoors. You can usually find him on the trail, on the road, jumping from bridges or hustling on his laptop working to produce the best travel and outdoors content today. You can read more about Jeremy at his bio.

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