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    When Do You Go To Aruba and Why That Time of Year

    Hi Everyone:

    I would like to know from the 'regulars' what time of year do you generally visit Aruba and why that time of year?

    We tend to be on island in November (a good time to break between summer and winter) and February (because it's the dead of winter in Canada!).

    But I'd like to hear from other people on their favourite time(s) to visit and the drivers behind selecting that time of year.

    Thanks

    Stephen

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    in years past when our son was young, we were locked into summer breaks and other school breaks for aruba visits.
    he is now almost 30 and for the past number of years we have been able to mix it up a bit and get to aruba in may and november.
    we like the less busy times.
    ideally (although busier) we would love to go in december or january instead of november, but we live in florida and december, january and february we tend to have a revolving door here with houseguests.
    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Hi Everyone:

    I would like to know from the 'regulars' what time of year do you generally visit Aruba and why that time of year?

    We tend to be on island in November (a good time to break between summer and winter) and February (because it's the dead of winter in Canada!).

    But I'd like to hear from other people on their favourite time(s) to visit and the drivers behind selecting that time of year.

    Thanks

    Stephen

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    Thanks, Andrea - why would you prefer to go in December/January? Coldest months? Christmas in Aruba...? Having spent A LOT of time in Florida over the years (my grandparents bought in Fort Lauderdale in 1973 so we were down there on family vacation about 3-4 times a year) I can certainly understand needing heat in January... even in Florida!

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    We actually arrive on Thanksgiving Day each year. A few reasons why: my husband has the day after turkey day off so he only uses 1 week vacation, same with me when I had a job! Actually have an interview in a couple of hrs, fingers crossed!!! Hopefully if I ever get a job I will still be able to go this time of year (including this year as it is already booked)

    Second reason, on the actual holiday the airports are usually pretty quiet as everyone travels the day(s) before and the day(s) after.

    Third, it is a pretty nice time of the year don't usually have to worry about snow storms (although in N.E. it is not out of the question and has actually happened before) and it is just starting to get cold.

    4th, we meet up with all our old friends we have met over the year at Divi AI over the years. It would be a huge disappointment to miss out seeing them.

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    Thanks, DiviDiviFan... good point about the weather when flying out... I've been sitting in planes on the tarmac, in the dead of winter, wanting to jump up and scream, "GET THIS PLANE TO ORANJESTAD!!!"

    LOL

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    My kids are still on the young side (21, 12 & 10) so we are bound to school vacations. We usually travel to Aruba in July or early August and I love it. I don't find it too busy, don't have to worry much about restaurant reservations and there are usually tons of families travelling at that time so my kids have many friends to make
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Thanks, Jacki... good point ESPECIALLY about the restaurants... it would be nice to wander in on a whim sometimes. I've gotten into the habit of putting reminders in my calendar about booking restaurant reservations 3-4 months out from our arrival on island.

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    Early July..... generally the first 10 days.... DW is a teacher and wants to be done with the school year before vacation. It also works for me, as I have flexibility to travel mid week for lower airfairs.

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    We really enjoy Thanksgiving week. It's a quieter time of year and there aren't any issues with walking into a restaurant without a reservation. Plus you get to see the Christmas lights starting to go up. We then go again sometime between March and May because we're just longing for the beach by then

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    Thanks cpjones and pegmeister. A number of our local friends have mentioned New Year's Eve as well... apparently the fireworks are spectacular and you can see them from anywhere on the island. We've definitely noticed a difference between November and February - even the traffic seems lighter in November - the dubiously alleged rainy season (ha!)... If that's the "rainy" season, I'll take it any time.

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