Here’s 10 reasons why a solo trip to Aruba should be on your radar for a future vacation

Aruba has a long history of welcoming visitors to its sunny shores and long stretched white sand beaches. Nicknamed One happy island there is so much to do for everyone, and Aruba seems to be doing a great job at keeping its visitors happy as this island has the highest repeat visitor rate in the entire Caribbean region. While its dreamy sunsets and cozy coves might give you the impression that Aruba is only for couples, romance seekers and honeymooners and that its calm and shallow waters are the perfect match for families with young children, you can rest assured: the island has so much to offer for adventurous explorers and solo travelers as well.

Are you looking for a solo trip getaway? In need of a change of scenery that is foreign enough to get you out of your comfort zone, yet accessible and safe enough to remain comfortable during your solo explorations? We collected feedback from our own guests, especially solo travelers who have stayed with us, and here’s what they told us when we asked them what they liked about Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba as their place of choice for a solo trip. Keep on reading as below we’ll dive deeper into each one of them.

10 reasons why solo travel to Aruba is a great idea

  1. Safety
  2. Workation destination
  3. Privacy
  4. Great weather
  5. Easy to navigate
  6. Excellent food
  7. Multilingual and multicultural
  8. Great connectivity
  9. Secluded oasis
  10. Happiness-central

Safest island in the Caribbean

Aruba is considered one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean region and in general a safe place for males and females, during the day and at night. Of course, you need to adhere to the exact same rules as everywhere else in the world and properly look after your belongings, lock doors and windows of your car and accommodation and use common sense. While the island itself is considered very safe, you’ll even experience an extra level of comfort and safety inside the fully gated property of Boardwalk Boutique Hotel. Set up as a small-scale Caribbean village with 46 colorful casitas you will feel safe and secure in a very tranquil environment.

Plug and play

While some come on vacation to unplug and totally disconnect from their day-to-day and busy work life, others have embraced the workation trend of recent years and happily plug in and continue with their work routine from remote locations. As one of the early adaptors to workation needs, Boardwalk Boutique Hotel offers the perfect amenities for travelers that are looking for a place to concentrate and get their work done.

Whether you are on a solo trip trying to write a book, or on a demanding schedule with work calls, you can set up ‘shop’ within the privacy of your own casita with ample indoor air-conditioned workspace, or outside on your private patio. In addition, Boardwalk’s tranquil public areas around our two pools, the spacious Lobby and various seating areas in our lush gardens, all providing high speed internet connection, make for excellent work locations as well. Upon request, office supplies as desk and screen are available.

Privacy please

Some solo travelers love to connect with others and make new friends as they roam the globe, while others venture out on a solo trip to do just that: be alone and enjoy the calm and quiet, and the luxury of planning and making decisions for one instead of pleasing a whole bunch of others. There are plenty of secluded areas and beaches where you won’t encounter masses and at some hours of the day will have the whole place to yourself, ask our front desk for tips, such as an early morning swim at Malmok Beach or a sunset meditation in the nearby California sand dunes.

Privacy is one of the key components we deliver as part of the Boardwalk experience. All casitas are designed in a way that they provide ultimate privacy for our guests. Some casitas come with a fully secluded or even enclosed private garden, and access to a private plunge pool or outdoor private shower, while all casitas offer a private patio or wrap-around terrace. Set amidst lush, tropical gardens in a very calm and soothing environment, the sense of privacy at Boardwalk is one of the best perks of this tranquil boutique hotel. You’ll never want to leave; don’t say we didn’t warn you in advance when you find yourself dreading at check-out.

Sunny side up

Although we are not the weatherman, we can say Aruba’s weather is spectacularly beautiful and consistent. For starters, Aruba is home to the most sunny days in the Caribbean. With a desert climate, average temperatures of 82 F (28 C), and ocean temperatures not far below those numbers, Aruba is both literally as well as figuratively speaking a warm bath.

Aruba’s constant trade winds are a soothing companion on hot days in mid-summer, and make for excellent wind and kite surfing conditions, while November till April tends to offer the most pleasant temperatures. Recent climate change effects have also reached Aruba and there is more rainfall nowadays than for instance a decade ago, but you can rest assured: the sunny days outnumber the rainy days by far, and temperatures are rarely below 74 F or above 93 F.

Easy does it

With its 179 square km Aruba has about the size of a peanut. To compare: Aruba is 0.06 times the size of Rhode Island, or 107 times smaller than New Jersey. Therefore, it is very easy to navigate this small island. One road (Sasaki) connects the hotels in the low and high rise areas of Eagle Beach and Palm Beach the northern part of the island to downtown Oranjestad and all the way to the south where you find second capital San Nicolas and famous Baby Beach. It’s very hard to get lost.

In addition, Boardwalk Boutique Hotel is centrally located and right across from main beaches like Palm Beach and Fisherman’s Huts, while on a short walk or ride to Malmok Beach and Arashi. The Palm Beach area is filled with all kinds of water sports, shops, malls, cinemas, casinos, restaurants, bars and nightlife and in short walking distance of Boardwalk, so you’ll have the best of the island at your fingertips without having to drive a mile.

Bon Apetit!

Aruba is known for its gastronomic quality and excellence and has put itself on the map as a culinary destination. Whether you crave street food from a food truck, or an exquisite 8-course meal prepared by high-end chefs trained in Michelin-star kitchens worldwide, you will find it in Aruba. There are about 250 restaurants and eateries to choose from and to help you make your dinner reservations and point you in the direction of some of our favorites, make sure to make a stop at our Front Desk and Concierge staff.

And there is more good news: the quality of the (tap) water in Aruba is one of the highest in the world, so it’s totally safe to drink it and no need to buy (plastic) water bottles, just refill your own durable bottle with tap water and you are all set. As Aruba is a small and dry island, most food is imported, but a variety of restaurants in Aruba offer fresh catches of the day and some work with local farmers and produce. Like The Coco Café, Boardwalk’s very own bar and restaurant prides itself for using as much fresh and healthy, locally sourced produce

Encounter the world in Aruba

Although it is hard to believe given the small size of Aruba, there are people of 100 different cultural backgrounds and countries living here. Even in our small Boardwalk team, we represent 10 different nationalities and cultures, ranging from Belgian, Aruban and Dutch to Colombian, Venezuelan and Slavic. While the largest communities in Aruba have their roots in Colombia, Venezuela and The Netherlands, you will have the chance to encounter people from literally all over the world and will find that the current generation of Arubans is a blend of a wide variety of nationalities and cultures.

This colorful melting pot also makes for a very diverse local cuisine, as you will be able to eat yourself around the globe on an island that’s six miles across at its widest point. We kid you not. Go out, explore and taste it yourself. There is even a Fusion of the World Food Tour, in case you’re fascinated by this fact. In addition to all these people from so many different countries living in Aruba, four languages are widely spoken by locals: English, Dutch, Spanish

Well connected

Consider Aruba your best-connected friend with an amazing network, as this tiny island is home to the Aruba International Airport with 28 direct flights to destinations all over the United States, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean. Although the sunny island with soothing breezes feels like a world away from the moment you arrive in Aruba, it doesn’t have to take a complicated world trip with multiple connecting flights to get there.

Whether it is from Toronto, Bogota, New York City, London, Miami, Amsterdam or Atlanta, you’ll be in Aruba on just one direct flight and in a matter of hours. Aruba receives service from 26 airlines, including major players like American, United, JetBlue, Delta, Southwest, TUI, Copa, Wingo, Avianca, KLM, Westjet, British Airways and many more, so chances are your preferred airline can take you here.

Meet me in the jungle

Boardwalk Boutique Hotel is known for a few things. We already mentioned one of our key values, privacy. Hand in hand with that goes our hotel’s unique setting in the tropical and secluded oasis. Our gardens are often lovingly referred to as a ‘jungle’ and the lush greenery is a remnant of the property’s history as a coco plantation. Inside our gated property and surrounded by blooming flowers, swaying palm trees and colorful Caribbean-style casitas you will feel safe, secluded and right at home.

To keep Boardwalk a secluded oasis and remain its calm and tranquil ambiance, our hotel is only accessible for guests of 12 years and older. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Especially our Coco Casitas, optional with or without outdoor shower and a hand painted mural in the room, are an ideal choice for single occupancy and solo travel, while our spacious One Bedroom Casita is an excellent choice for a workation.

You had me at happy

Aruba takes happiness to a whole new level and lives up to its island slogan One happy island, that you’ll even find advertised on all license plates. And there is much to be happy about in Aruba; the abundant sunshine, beautiful beaches and spectacular nature, the unparalleled paradise environment while at the same time all the perks and luxury of civilization at your fingertips. No wonder the people of Aruba are scoring so high on the worldwide Happiness Index. It is mostly the friendliness of Aruba’s people, their smiling faces, genuine care and warm hospitality that keeps visitors of the island coming back for more. If you’ve made it to the end of this blog you might be convinced that Aruba is the next stop on your travel itinerary, either as a solo traveler, with a significant other or a friend. We hope to welcome you soon to the island where happiness lives and here at Boardwalk we can’t wait to provide you with a happy home away from home. Find inspiration for your stay here.

Boardwalk News!

Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba will be an Adults-Only property by the 1st of January 2025.

For those traveling with children ages 12-17, reservations with departure by December 31, 2024 will be accepted. Please contact [email protected] for more information.