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Shopping in Aruba

Crafts are few, and most are imported from South America. Kids will find some inexpensive craft items at the mall and also at a small market (filled with picturesque displays of tropical fruit) near the cruise dock in Oranjestad. Here you can also find a true souvenir of the island: an Aruba license plate for US $4.

Aruba definitely ranks as a top Caribbean shopping destination. International goods — perfumes, china, crystal, jewelry, cameras, and clothing—are best buys. Unlike the practice of many islands, bargaining is not customary in Aruba.

Stores are open 8am to 6:30pm, Monday through Saturday, and usually close for two hours during lunch. If a cruise ship is in port, you may find some shops open on Sunday.

The primary shopping district stretches along Oranjestad’s waterfront. Malls as colorful as sherbet line this route, tempting shoppers with goods that range from T-shirts and Delft Blue salt and pepper shakers to European tres chic designer outfits and fine jewelry.

Seaport Mall and Seaport Marketplace have the lion’s share of the mall business. The Mall is located adjacent to Renaissance Resort and includes high-priced shops on its lowest level. Upstairs, boutiques offer moderately priced resort wear, jewelry, china, and more for a total of over 65 shops.

If you forget someone special on your list, you’ll also find shops at the Queen Beatrix International Airport.

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