Is a day trip from Aruba to Curaçao worth doing?
A day trip from Aruba to Curaçao is a fun thing to do if your holiday in Aruba is long enough. Several airlines operate multiple flights from Aruba to Curaçao daily. It’s only a 30-minute flight. Because of the short distance by air a day trip from Aruba to Curaçao can easily make your Caribbean vacation even more satisfying.
As Aruba generally is known for its high- and low-rise resorts, pristine Caribbean beaches, shopping opportunities and a vibrant nightlife, Curaçao is best known for being a snorkeler’s and diver’s paradise with more than 35 captivating beaches and over 60 diving spots. The island’s capital, Willemstad, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and features iconic European architecture. The heart of Willemstad offers a handful of museums, monuments, restaurants and shopping malls and promenades. On Curaçao however, things just seem to move a bit more relaxed, as the island is less ‘Americanized’. On average 3000 people go on a day trip to Curaçao every month.
Where is Curaçao Located?
Curaçao is located approximately 70 miles east of Aruba and 50 miles north of the mainlands of Venezuela. Curaçao lies in between Aruba located to the West and Bonaire situated to the East.
Aruba vs. Curaçao
The landscapes of both Caribbean islands are very similar: a bit dry and dusty, with plenty of cactuses and iguanas! Curaçao is roughly twice as large as Aruba. It is about 10 miles wide at its widest point, and has a total area of about 170 square miles, making it the largest island of the Dutch Caribbean islands. Overall, the beaches of Curaçao are smaller and less crowded. Just like in Aruba and Bonaire, the weather is good all year round with comfortable average temperatures when you compare the seasons.
How to Get from Aruba to Curaçao
The best way to get from Aruba to Curaçao is by taking an airplane. It’s also the cheapest way to go. Flying from Beatrix International Airport Aruba to Willemstad Hato International Airport (also known as Curaçao International Airport) should take no more than 30 to 35 minutes. As there currently are no ferry services between the ABC islands, the other options would be to book a private jet or to go by cruise ship, but that would either be very costly or too time-consuming.
What Kind of Accommodation Does Curaçao Offer?
There are hotels, resorts, apartments, villas, guesthouses, vacation homes and resort villages to choose from among other possibilities. Many accommodations offer ocean view rooms or are oceanfront properties with spectacular views, splendid amenities, white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and, most of the time, beautiful sunsets. Most accommodation is situated in the southern part of the island and close to Willemstad. Certainly, you will be able to find your perfect accommodation to enjoy your stay on your day trip from Aruba to Curaçao. Are you looking for accommodation in the Pietermaai District? Have a look at this handy page or at the right side of your screen for special Curaçao Deals when you are looking for other accommodation that suits you most! Perfect accommodation for day trippers can also be found in the Jan Thiel area. Check out this page when the Jan Thiel area would be your preferred choice of stay!
Flights from Aruba to Curaçao
Flights from Aruba to Curaçao are operated by two airlines: Tiara Air and Insel Air. Both airlines operate morning, afternoon and night flights between Aruba and Curaçao. Flight schedules often vary depending on the season and are often subject to change.
Insel Air, a partner airline of Air Berlin and KLM/Air France among others, is a Dutch Caribbean carrier and is also the national airline of Curaçao. Its headquarters are in Maduro Plaza, Willemstad. With 55 daily flights, Insel Air currently flies to 24 destinations throughout the Caribbean, South America, and North America. Insel Air operates around 20 flights between Aruba and Curaçao daily, from 8 AM to 11 PM. Insel Air’s fleet consists of McDonnell Douglas airplanes, Fokker 70’s, Fokker 50’s and twin-turboprop Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante aircraft’s.
- Insel Air telephone number : +599 9 737 0444
- For more information about times for direct flights from Aruba to Curaçao, see this timetable. All times are shown in the local time zone. There is no time difference between Aruba and Curaçao.
- Find great deals on flights to Curaçao at CheapAir.com. All major credit cards are accepted. Prices include all taxes and fees, and are in U.S. dollars.
Tiara Air began its operations back in 2006. The airline operates flights to Bonaire, Colombia, Curaçao, the United States (Miami and Florida) and Venezuela (Las Piedras and Maracaibo, the second largest city of the country). Tiara Air’s fleet consists of the 36-seater Shorts 360 (some of which were replaced in 2008 with Saab 340A’s with much greater range) and Boeing 737 aircraft and a Learjet for private jet services.
- Tiara Air telephone number : +297 528 4272
- For more information, see the Tiara Air timetable at the Tiara Air website. Unfortunately, booking a ticket online is not yet possible on the website.
- Find great deals on flights to Curaçao at CheapAir.com. Prices include all taxes and fees, and are in U.S. dollars. All major credit cards are accepted.
Once you’ve decided to go on a day trip from Aruba to Curaçao, note that you will have to pay taxes at the Hato International Airport. As per 2015, this amounts to USD $32.00. When you fly back to Aruba, you’ll have to pay USD $20.00 at Beatrix International Airport as well. It’s also important to note that airport taxes usually are not included in ticket prices.
You can watch and track flights from Aruba to Curaçao live, courtesy of FlightRadar24.
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