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Find the best place to stay — Santa Cruz

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Destination guide

Santa Cruz: your little island retreat

While most people come to Aruba for the beaches, those looking to escape the throngs of crowds should consider bagging a Santa Cruz vacation rental in the heart of the island. That's not to say you can't enjoy everything that Aruba has to offer. If you have a rental car, you can be stretched out on the beach, or sipping on a coffee in Oranjestad, in under 10 minutes and at the end of the day, you can retreat back to your little oasis. Love hiking? Want to spot wildlife? You're just a hop, skip and a jump from the spectacular Arikok National Park.

Things to do

Discover Santa Cruz's colorful history

You're not going to find many attractions within walking distance of your Santa Cruz vacation rental. Fear not. With the help of your trusty rental car, every corner of this small Caribbean island is easily accessible. If you make a beeline for Oranjestad, you can wander past some colorful Dutch architecture, some of the finest in the Caribbean. The island has a long human history, something you can discover at the National Archeological Museum, which features artifacts that date back 1000's of years. If you're in town on a Tuesday, be sure to head up to Fort Zoutman to immerse yourself in the colorful Bon Bini dance festival.

Activities

The beach is never far away in Santa Cruz

It's the Caribbean, so it's not surprising that Aruba's activities are centered around the coast and sea. You can take your pick when it comes to water sports. Whether you're after full-throttle activities like jet skiing, or more sedate afternoons paddling along the calm sea on kayaks, Aruba's got your covered. The Caribbean is world-renowned for its deep-sea fishing, and this tiny island doesn't let the side down. Here, you can bundle the whole family onto a private charter and head out to sea to reel in a tuna or sailfish and whatever you catch, you can bring back to your Santa Cruz vacation rental for dinner.

Weather

No hurricane season in Santa Cruz

Unlike most of the Caribbean, Aruba sits well off the path of the annual hurricanes, making it a year-round spot to vacation. That said, the biggest influx of travelers is during the winter, when folks take a break from the cold and jet over to stay in Santa Cruz vacation rentals. This busy season pushes the prices up but if you're looking to save a few bucks and skip the crowds on the beach, pick up a bargain between April and August. Aruba gets more sunny days than any other island in the Caribbean, with a year-round temperature that hovers in the 80s. You're almost guaranteed perfect weather.

Natural features

Critters on land and sea in Santa Cruz

You're almost within rolling distance of the Arikok National Park, so there's no excuse not to swing by and spend at least an afternoon spotting wildlife with the park rangers. There's an impressive list of species to tick off, including whiptail lizards, Aruban parakeets and burrowing owls. It would also be criminal to forgo a day snorkeling or diving and miss out getting up close to some fascinating marine creatures. If you attach a mask and bob on the water, you can look down at colorful coral, whose residents include octopuses, turtles and graceful manta rays.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Santa Cruz

The nearest airport is in Oranjestad (AUA-Queen Beatrix Intl.), located 3.6 mi (5.7 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Santa Cruz, AW?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,469 vacation rentals around Santa Cruz. From 324 villa rentals to 232 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Santa Cruz?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santa Cruz:

  • De Bruynewijk: 22 vacation rentals
  • San Miguel: 304 vacation rentals
  • Boegoeroei: 138 vacation rentals
  • Kamay: 472 vacation rentals
  • Sabana Liber: 85 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Santa Cruz?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Santa Cruz. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Blue Parrotfish Water Park: 1,597 vacation rentals
  • De Palm Island: 1,597 vacation rentals
  • Balashi Gold Smelter Ruins: 1,597 vacation rentals
  • Donkey Sanctuary: 1,597 vacation rentals
  • Conchi Natural Pool: 1,597 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Cruz listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Santa Cruz?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 324 Villas in Santa Cruz. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Cruz include:

  • Houses: 232 rentals available
  • Resorts: 110 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 587 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Santa Cruz?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,205 vacation rentals with pool available in Santa Cruz. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.