We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Sylvia, a member of the Solo Travel Society . Sylvia lives in Canada, and submitted the following report about Aruba. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a photo or two, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Dutch, Papiamento, English.
Reasons to go: Aruba is quite safe for solo travelers as long as, as with anywhere, you use common sense. Unlike most other Caribbean islands, Aruba’s climate is quite dry, with very little rain. The island is home to approximately 120,000 people.
Oranjestad is the capital of Aruba, with a population of just over 30,000. There is plenty of shopping, if that’s your thing, and interesting Dutch Caribbean architecture to explore. The oldest building in the city is Fort Zoutman. Built in 1796, it now houses a small museum dedicated to the history of Aruba.
You can take a bus from town, simply called “Hotel Area,” which will deliver you to some of the beaches. Eagle Beach, about a 15 minute ride away, is a lovely, quiet place to spend some time. Unlike Palm Beach, with big hotel resorts lined along the beautiful white sandy beach, Eagle has low-rise accommodation across the street. You can while away an afternoon swimming, people watching or relaxing in the shade, then head over to Passions Beach Bar for a cool juice drink or the local Balashi beer.
The official languages of Aruba are Dutch and Papiamento, but most people also speak English and Spanish.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety - 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language - 1 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)