Where to Stay ?
Cruise ship passengers to Aruba who arrive at the port terminal and would like to stay for a night or two have plenty of choices in hotels near the port. There are usually excellent deals on offer, since the city is home to a wide range of properties and has different accommodation options.
You can stay at a high-end resort like Hyatt or Marriot just as well as at a small family-owned guest house or hotel if you’re on a budget. The majority of accommodation options are around the town center, in the south-west of the island and near the Queen Beatrix International Airport. Hotels closest to the town center will be a few minutes away, reachable from the bus terminus or via the streetcar, cab or a bike ride. These are most convenient for cruise ship passengers only staying in town pre or post cruise for a day.
A few lodgings are located near Renaissance Beach and Surfside Beach, so that you can enjoy water and beach activities. Very popular are Eagle Beach and Palm Beach, white sandy beaches lined with luxury establishments and resorts. Both beaches are approximately 10 to 15 minutes away from the cruise pier by taxi or bus.
There are plenty of other accommodation options in the western parts of the island, particularly around the beaches of Hardicurari, Malmok, Eagle, Divi, Drulf and Manchebo as well. You can find hotels and vacation rentals in these areas by searching online, and get great deals as low as $50 a night.