Aruba – Not only can you plan the perfect golf vacation in Aruba, you can plan the perfect shopping vacation, too. Aruba is the perfect destination for the whole family because there really is something for everyone, from the thrill-seeking adventurer to the sportsman to the sophisticated shopper.

Beautiful beach villas in Aruba abound, giving visitors the perfect home base to begin their shopping tour of the island. Those in the know come to the island for its shops dedicated to unique jewelry, table linens, leather goods, locally made handicrafts and much more.

“Our visitors are always pleased to discover the incredible shopping that is more than plentiful here,” says Matthew Smillie, owner of Aruba Villa Vacation Homes, offering luxury vacation rentals and travel planning services. “When our guests arrive, we can equip them with everything they need for their stay, including how to find the best shopping locations.”

Shopping in the capital city of Oranjestad is some of the best to be found in Aruba. Serious shoppers come to the city for its shopping district on L.G. Smith Boulevard. It is conveniently located just a short walk from the sea port, so it is easy to get to from cruise ship, or by taxi bus or car for visitors staying away from downtown. Visitors can stroll through the streets, visiting the wonderful clothing and jewelry stores that dot the area.

Renaissance Mall offers more than 60 stores inside in a climate-controlled environment, so shoppers can enjoy browsing while escaping the warm sun. High-end retailers, such as Louis Vuitton and Cartier, abound in this shopping plaza.

Renaissance Marketplace offers a variety of eateries and shops that provide something for everyone. Dining options range from fast food to gourmet. Shoppers can find everything from souvenirs to sunglasses, clothing, jewelry and gifts. There is also a movie theatre, nightlife options and a casino. And because the marketplace opens early and closes late, it can be a whole day destination for the entire family.

“The Paseo Herencia Mall is an old village-style plaza,” says Smillie, whose Aruba Villas offer visitors all the comforts of home during their stay. “Great shopping and dining abound here, as well as other entertainment, such as fireworks shows and musical performances. And it is all against the backdrop of beautiful Aruban architecture and heritage.”

One tip to keep in mind is that most stores will be closed between noon and two. Most open early, and after they reopen they stay open until six p.m. or so. Some shopping areas may stay open much later. The experts at Aruba Villa Vacation Homes can provide opening and closing times for all of the shops so travelers will know when they should begin their shopping excursions.

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Posted on Jul 15, 2013.