Thinking of how to move to Aruba? Here’s what you need to know about moving to the “One Happy Island” of the Caribbean.

How to Move to Aruba – The 7th Heaven Properties Guide

Have the events of the last year caused you to reevaluate your life choices? Does the idea of a laid back lifestyle on an idyllic Caribbean island call to you? We put together this handy guide for anyone who is considering how to move to Aruba.

This relatively small island tucked away in the southern Caribbean is among the most sought after relocation destinations in the Caribbean. For many, moving to Aruba is just a dream, but it could be a reality for you.

Our guide will walk you through everything that you should consider from why you should choose Aruba to how to move and the best locations to consider living in.

Find out how to move to Aruba in our relocation guide

Find out how to move to Aruba in our relocation guide


Relocating – Is Aruba a Good Place to Live?
Visas & Residency – Can I Move to Aruba?
Finding a Place to Live in Aruba – Where are the Best Places to Buy Property?
Find Out More About Moving to Aruba

Relocating – Is Aruba a Good Place to Live?

The island of Aruba is blessed with more sunny days than any other Caribbean island, and if that isn’t reason enough to consider moving there then there are plenty of others.

Aruba has some world-class beaches, excellent conditions for windsurfing, kite surfing, diving and snorkeling and, if you venture away from the beaches, you will find all kinds of dining, entertainment and shopping options to discover. The island is small, safe and very modern, offering a completely immersive cultural experience. Aruba’s friendly and welcoming people 4 languages, so communication will be no issue at all.

At just 32 km long and 10km wide, the island which is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, has all the amenities that you could want from a location you might be considering for relocation. From spas to golf courses, art galleries to bustling shopping areas, there really is something for everyone in Aruba.

The island has a thriving tourist industry and, as such, there is a wide range of high quality apartments and villas, as well as a well equipped hospital on the island.

Aruba offers everything you could want from a place to live.

Visas & Residency – Can I Move to Aruba?

Visitors to Aruba can stay on the island for 30 days as a tourist. A tourist visa can be extended while on island for up to 180 days. So if you plan on staying less than 3 months in Aruba a tourist visa should be sufficient.

If you would like to stay longer and you plan to move to Aruba, citizens of most countries will need to apply for a residency permit – except for citizens of the Netherlands, Curacao, Bonaire, St Maarten, St Eustatius and Saba who can apply for a declaration exempting them from the requirement for a permit.

Residency permits are valid for a period of 1 year and are renewable annually thereafter.

Applicants should apply to the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services of Aruba (DIMAS).

To qualify for residency an applicant must meet certain criteria such as having family links to Aruba.

Buying property in Aruba may make you eligible for a Residence Permit which is valid for a period of 1 year and is renewable annually thereafter.

Applicants aged 55 and over with a guaranteed pension income can apply for residency on the basis of being “retired with guaranteed income”, while individuals aged 18 and over with a demonstrable income of at least AFL 100,000 per year from an asset, a bank balance or investments can apply for residency on the basis of being “retired or interest-rate earner without guaranteed income”. Find out more in our guide: Retire in Aruba.

Finding a Place to Live in Aruba – Where are the Best Places to Buy Property?

Aruba is a stunning and vibrant island destination offering some particularly special places to live.


The most popular area for overseas buyers looking to invest in Aruba is Noord, an area just north of the vibrant capital Oranjestad. Noord encompasses some of Aruba’s best beaches such as Eagle Beach and Palm Beach, the island’s most sought after resort communities such as Tierra del Sol in Malmok and Gold Coast Residences and its most popular hotels, restaurants and shops, making it a vibrant place to live. Here, buyers will find all kinds of condos, family homes and villas set in stunning surroundings overlooking the beaches or golf courses.


For those individuals looking for urban buzz, the capital Oranjestad offers some fabulous new apartments ideally located for accessing all the amenities of this thriving waterfront city. Oranjestad is filled with restaurants, cafes, clubs, lounges, bars and casinos – ideal for enjoying the best of both the city and the beach.

San Nicolas

San Nicolas on the southern tip of Aruba 12 miles southeast of Oranjestad is a quiet coastal town and a stark contrast to the buzz of Palm Beach. Known as Sunshine City, San Nicolas offers comparatively quiet beaches such as Baby Beach, Rodger’s Beach and Boca Grandi and several new condos perfect for a relaxing in tranquility in Aruba.


For buyers in search of beachfront homes for sale in Aruba away from the hustle and bustle of the capital and the Palm Beach area, take a look at quieter, tranquil areas Savaneta. Located on the southwestern coast of the island, Savaneta offers authentic local charm.

Find Out More About Moving to Aruba

Would you like to find out more about moving to Aruba? Would you like to browse property for sale which would be ideal for living in this stunning destination?

We would be delighted to help. Explore Aruba real estate on our website.

Alternatively, contact 7th Heaven Properties, the Luxury Caribbean Property Specialist, to begin your property search and to discuss your options in more detail.