NOTE ON DUTY-FREE SHOPPING IN ARUBA
NOTE ON DUTY-FREE SHOPPING IN ARUBA:
Aruba is a virtual paradise for shopping visitors, with a wider selection of international brand name products than anywhere else in the Caribbean or South America, at pricing 10% – 35% lower than in the USA. South Americans may save even more, and European brands are usually better-priced here than in Europe.
Aruba’s duty-free pricing means that shoppers don’t pay import duties or taxes, since prices are set by the manufacturer, and any additional costs are absorbed by the retailer. Passengers returning to the USA are entitled to a duty-free tax exemption of $800.00 per person. Aruba offers a bountiful selection of newly constructed shopping/entertainment centers in the high-rise resort area and downtown store-lined streets and upscale malls, as well as a potpourri of unique boutiques and emporiums. Gleaming shops are brimming with diamonds, gold and silver jewelry, timepieces, perfumes and cosmetics, state-of-the-art electronics, beach and resort wear, designer apparel and accessories, lingerie, fine linens and china, collectables, handicrafts and souvenirs
With a modern bus station, sparkling new shops, prestigious international brands, and restored historic buildings, downtown Oranjestad has a fresh face. A few miles away, the high-rise hotel area has recently added three new and exciting shopping centers complemented by restaurants, movie theatres and nightly entertainment to the jumping, bustling strip.