The best I can describe the islands is: Aruba is a beach destination, and lots more activity in the evening. Curacao is more historical, and little less activity at night time. I personally like both, but Love Aruba, and found the Arubians are much more friendlier.
Would like to do maybe a day trip to Curacao? Is that and option?
Great news on the airfare!
Let us know if you need help narrowing down the choice of resorts.
The three airlines flying from Aruba to Curaco are:
Dutch Antilles Express
As of June, De Palm Tours was running a day trip for $282 per person + tax. Hotel pick up was I believe at 6 a.m. with a late return.
Imo, if you are only in Aruba for 7 or 8 days, it takes a lot out of your vacation in Aruba. There are plenty of things to do and see in Aruba to keep you busy for that period of time. If you are going to be there for a couple of weeks, different story.