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    What month has the most tourists?

    We have been to Aruba 18 times now. Most of our trips have been in May or September. We have gone twice in June, once in April, once in October and once in November. It has never seemed crowded when we have been there. Which months have the highest number of tourists? We were thinking about going in February this year but looking at condo prices this might be a busy time.

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    my guess is march is the busiest month

    http://www.onecaribbean.org/statisti...istics-tables/
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    check out the link that i posted

    i would say though that christmas "week" is the busiest week., followed by carnival grand parade week (which is the week with ash wednesday)

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    I have been once in February during Carnival time. It was very busy, I could not rent at my usual apartment complex as they were already booked out way in advance as many people from the surrounding areas come to Aruba! I got lucky with my rental car but again, many are booked out as well.

    I arrived on a Saturday, there was the Tivoli Lightening Parade at night, therefore, I was able to drive from the airport to the place I had been renting (Palm Beach area). However, when I had to return a week later on a Sunday, the Grand Parade took place and many streets downtown were blocked for traffic. A friend picked me up and I was able to follow her in my rental car, driving the back way which I would have never known even existed.

    In between, there were some smaller parades, some in San Nicolas. It seemed to me the whole island was very busy and in celebration mood.

    The Grand Carnival Parade for next year:

    February 7th, 2016

    The largest carnival parade is the Grand Parade through Oranjestad, held on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. This parade is filled with music and luxurious floats and costumes in various designs and decorated with a wide variety of colorful stones and feathers, creating a unique display. Aruba’s main event starts at 12:00 noon in Oranjestad and continues into the evening hours.

    http://www.aruba.com/things-to-do/arubas-grand-carnival-parade

    ETA:

    Carnival is a month long celebration. Here is a link to this year's schedule and events, just to give you an idea:

    http://www.arubatourism.com/about/carnival.html
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    What Andrea said. Christmas week- December 26 to what ever date is the Sunday AFTER January 1, Grand Carnival and I will add President's week into the mix.

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    School vacation weeks in the northeast are very popular weeks too. I think these usually fall mid March to early April.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    I also usually go May Or September. I went for Thanks Giving week once and it was crowded over the weekend by the high rise on a Sat & Sunday. Then I went during the week, and it was empty. Someone told me a lot of people from nearby islands and countries like Venezuela go for a long weekend during November & December.

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    Given Aruba's weather, I would expect the coldest months to generate the most business. We go weeks #4 and #5 - Jan.-Feb. It's usually quite busy. Car rental places are sold out, restaurants are busy and Palm Beach is crowded when we go there. We stay at Paradise Beach Villas and it's almost always crowded.

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    I think that where you stay and what you do need to be taken into consideration when thinking about how busy the island is. If you are not into the night life of Palm Beach and stay in the Eagle Beach area you may think it's not busy at all!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    We go for the month of January and stay at Costa Linda.Had stayed at the Marriott Surf Club before that .It is always crowded.Car rental is a big problem along with the resturants
    From Marblehead ma.Every Jan stay at Costa Linda.For last 20 years.

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