11 Incredible Airbnbs in Aruba

Aruba is surrounded by turquoise Caribbean sea
Aruba is surrounded by turquoise Caribbean sea | © Agustavop / iStock
Photo of Chloe Byrne
19 June 2020

This gorgeous utopia just off the coast of Venezuela is an irresistible place to disconnect. Embrace the crushed-opal sea and white sands and experience the island from a local perspective in one of these paradisiacal Airbnbs.

Aruba provides escapism in its finest form. An island paradise famous for its pink flamingos and extraordinary diving experiences, it has quickly established itself as an idyllic getaway location. Whether it is searching the depths of the surrounding ocean or losing yourself in revelry at one of their renowned music festivals, an Airbnb is the perfect base to retreat to at the end of the day.

Peaceful Apartment With Pool a Five-Minute Walk From Palm Beach

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Courtesy of Airbnb / Fernando
Tucked away in Bakval Noord, only a short wander from the edge of the ocean, this tranquil beach apartment has all the elements for a relaxing stay. Within moments of arriving you can submerge yourself in the deep-blue plunge pool or recline in a gently swaying hammock. The pillowy-cushioned wicker garden furniture invites evenings spent sipping locally brewed Balashi beers as the sun goes down, while those itching to set their pulses racing will not be disappointed – the breath-stealing Skydive Aruba lies just round the corner.

Lush Tropical Getaway in Santa Cruz

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Courtesy of Airbnb / Myrthe
Wake up in a king-sized bed in this picturesque, periwinkle-blue studio on the fringes of Aruba’s wild Arikok National Park. Inside is all burnt-orange tiling, and tall glass doors flanked by hanging plants open onto meandering pathways that lead to a crystal-clear swimming pool surrounded by towering cacti. Guests can admire the stunning views – and spectacular sunsets – from the comfort of the deck, or get a taste of adventure hiking in the national park right outside. To make the most of the island, renting a car is advised, and will not be a wasted expense, when the opportunity to channel your inner John Wick sits at the Parkietenbos Paintball Field nearby.

Nature Lover’s Paradise in Santa Cruz

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Courtesy of Airbnb / Frederique
A spectrum of green tempts guests into the hidden depths of Aruba’s rugged central landscape. Perfect for hikers, bikers and animal lovers, nature is literally on your doorstep in this practical marble-floored apartment. Its uncomplicated interior makes for a homely base that doesn’t pull focus from the cinematic views you get from every window. A set of wheels is advisable so you can stock up on essentials and pave the way for more exploration, but the isolated location is the main reason to stay here. Heavily guarded by a sea of cactus and home to a variety of rescue animals, this blissful setting is straight from the pages of an old western.

Cunucu Terrace

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This gorgeous, one-bedroom sun trap is far from the hubbub of touristy areas and welcomes guests with its sunshine-yellow walls and palm-shaded pool. Inside, wooden floors and oak doors lead to bright spaces in a variety of sunset shades and off-white. The stunning shared outdoor space has plenty of seating and a picnic table perfect for romantic, home-cooked meals. Framed by sandy shores and woodland, the apartment is situated in Savaneta, a four-minute walk from Baby Beach and a stone’s throw from a range of seafood restaurants, including the highly recommended Zeerovers.

Beautiful Beachfront Home in The Colony

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The beach is your backyard in this brilliantly situated, sun-dappled villa. Done up in a fittingly coastal palette of blue and sandy browns, and accented with reams of contemporary art, it also offers a cavernous kitchen, snug lounge with 55in (140cm) smart TV and three bedrooms with king-sized beds. Dine alfresco on the huge terrace with the ocean as a backdrop, or rent a car and dine on the catch of the day with your feet in the sand at the Flying Fishbone, a 15-minute drive north.

Tropical Apartment Close to The Coast in Northeast Aruba

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Courtesy of Airbnb / Haiko
This immaculate, sun-soaked one-bed property sits snugly in nature, with a back garden that resembles a private tropicana, and a stunning open-air kitchen. Its contemporary interior sticks to neutral tones, while wooden furniture and pink pillows provide a pop of color. The large private pool is surrounded by greenery, as well as a comfy, shaded outdoor lounge area, with dining table and sun loungers where you can catch a few rays. Situated near the northeast coast a 15-minute drive from Palm Beach, Sero Corobori offers a variety of treasures to explore, such as rock paintings and unique land formations.

Aruba Escape Cottage

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Located a short walk from the shores of Boca Catalina Beach (a snorkeling hotspot) guests can spend their days exploring the technicolor jewels in its crystal depths before returning to this delightfully quaint cottage. The intimate property features one bedroom and bathroom, ideal for couples looking for a sunny escape. An abundance of natural materials such as bamboo make up the bulk of furniture, and soft white rooms are brought to life with bold splashes of royal blue and salmon, while air conditioning keeps the place at a comfortable temperature. Shutterbugs can capture magic by hiking up to the California Lighthouse for some spellbinding, scenic views.

Studio Perfect For Beach Lovers On a Budget

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Courtesy of Airbnb / Robert
This sunny studio apartment encapsulates the Caribbean vacation vibe, injecting its snug interior with a rainbow of deep reds, blues and oranges and loud flamingo-patterned furnishings. Suitable for two guests, hospitable host Robert ensures a memorable stay here, going above and beyond with a complimentary airport transfer and amenities such as bikes, snorkel gear and a grill. While kitchen supplies are limited, Palm Beach Plaza and Paseo Herencia are within walking distance and promise a dynamic selection of restaurants and bars. Cool off in the evenings with a stroll to nearby Carlito’s and bring in the sunset with a frozen margarita.

Unique Spot at Tres Trapi, Malmok

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Just moments from the beach, this two-bedroom apartment can sleep up to four and is perfect for a relaxing stay thanks to rustic wooden furniture, exposed beams and a shaded barbecue terrace. Guests will wake up to the soothing rustle of palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze, with morning coffee on the terrace. Your thoughtful hosts have also provided beach chairs and a cooler, a necessity when you are five minutes from the golden sands of Malmok Beach, a peaceful slice of heaven that has so far managed to avoid becoming a tourist hotspot.

Beach Front Apartment in Savaneta

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This stunning beachfront apartment has aptly aquatic decor with a striking combination of white and turquoise punctuated by fish-themed decor. As soon as you step outside, you’ll glimpse the vast ocean that lies at the end of its garden. Lounge on the sand, or head out on a kayak, snorkels in hand, to peer at nearby shipwrecks. Even home bodies will get the itch to explore the island further, and renting a car is the perfect way to take in the coastal sights, tucking into a melt-in-your-mouth Snickers cheesecake from Barefoot Restaurant along the way.

Your Baby Beach Home

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Courtesy of Airbnb / Arnold
This expansive four-bedroom apartment can sleep up to eight guests so great for families, and prettily decorated with sunflower-yellow walls. There is an open concept kitchen and dining room but the real highlight is the elevated deck – a great spot to take in incredible panoramic views and survey the domain of the secluded property with its abundance of flora. Baby Beach is a seven-minute walk away, leaving you at your leisure to spend days basking in the sun (or lazing in the shade of a complimentary beach hut) before returning to the plush coral comfort of the thatched gazebo sofas for a refreshing rum and Coke.
These recommendations were updated on June 19, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.