Aruba

Known as “One Happy Island,” it is indeed such; its warmth and welcoming spirit extends with open arms to the LGBT community. Aruba takes pride in its diversity, from its residents to its visitors, and its list of things to do is a clear reflection of that. Gay, straight, and everyone in between gather at upscale, lesbian-owned Karma Lounge dance club after midnight, and popular, trendy gay bar Jimmy’s Place is legendary. An expansive outdoor patio where a DJ spins every Thursday add to the casual party atmosphere, and liven up the carefree nights that complement an average of 364 sunny days a year.

Those well-lit hours are well-spent with toes dug in the sands of Palm Beach or Eagle Beach, the widest stretch on the island and nesting grounds for four types of adorable sea turtles. Seasonally, watch hatchlings scuttle into the sea for a truly touching experience, or get into the water yourself any time of the year—there are infinite water sports to choose from. Land activities also run the gamut, with Arikok National Park stealing the spotlight with 20% of the island’s acreage and trails to criss-cross it all.

Good to Know

  • Gay weddings may be hosted in Aruba
  • No overt gay scene, but several venues
  • Nonjudgmental culture; homophobia is unknown
  • Popular honeymoon destination for all types of couples

Featured Resorts:

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino

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From it's sparkling beach to it's vibrant casino, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino is one of the island's premier retreats. The resort offers an elegant yet casual vacation experience authentically capturing the Caribbean ambiance and the unique Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish heritage of the island. This luxurious resort situated on Palm Beach, has 360 guestrooms, five distinctive restaurants and six bars offering breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea, the exciting 11,4 ...

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

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The H2Oasis adult exclusive pool, sets the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino apart as the ideal choice for the ultimate Aruba vacation. Enjoy the Aruba accommodations, resort and adult pools, and the exclusive Tradewinds Club (an upscale hotel-within-a-hotel concept on the top floor of this Aruba resort). At the Tradewinds Club guests (that book these accommodations) may indulge in upgraded amenities, five daily dining presentations in the private lounge, a member- ...

Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

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Located on Aruba's widest beach, boutique hotel Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa has always been a favorite hideaway for those looking for a peaceful beach vacation. 72 fully- appointed deluxe rooms are cool and comfortable with soft linens, bathroom with waterfall shower and a host of thoughtful amenities. The intimate resort features three a-la-carte restaurants and a premium all-inclusive program is available. Other amenities for guests to enjoy are free Wi-Fi and internet ...

Additional Resorts:

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
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At Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, they live life to discover. In the heart of Oranjestad, at the epicenter of excitement is a world of discoveries that will inspire your inner artist, audiophile, gourmand, sophisticate, and pleasure-seeker.

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