Does Aruba have a low season??.... I just tried to booking serveral hotels and they are booked solid for late Nov/ Dec... and the prices are outrageous!
Pretty sure you're getting into high season. Low season would be MAYish to October?
Try vrbo or Airbnb.
My sister-in-law has traveled to Aruba several times in November at what she feels were good prices. This year she tells us it is more expensive. Probably due to many new visitors to the island due to hurricane damage at other islands. Count my husband and me as two of the newbies. We went in April for the first time and liked it so much we are returning in November. We are paying close to what we paid in April.
The low season in Aruba is generally in September through the early part of December. We go in the Fall to gt better rates, however the prices are really going up. Aruba has become very popular. There was a bad hurrican in the Caribbean last year so people are not rushing back to St Maarten, St Thomas, St John and Puerto Rico. Since there is more demand for Aruba the prices are high.
Rates in late November at up about $800 for a ten day trip out of NYC area. Flights at this point for economy are up about $200, the rest is increased room rates. Plenty of options are close to fully booked too. Last year I was able to switch things around a week before my trip. This year I'm relieved I did already.
I blame increased demand from displaced travelers from hurricane affected islands and perhaps even the sargassum seaweed problem.
By the way, here's a cool bargain I stumbled upon. Was at Sam's Club last month, they were selling $100 Hotels.com gift cards for about $88 including tax. I bought a dozen of them. You can combine them online. It was a pain in the butt to enter the numbers but still. Saved an easy $150 on my booking.
We have booked in September the past two years and have found it to be reasonable.
How crowded was the island in September, we have always gone in March but this year we booked for September.
After Labor Day (first Monday in September) in the U.S., most schools have started back. We observed there were still a large number of families, mostly from Central and South America. That said, its nothing like June.
Weather wise, Aruba is great in September.
Low season is April 15 to December 15 however there are highs and lows within that time frame, Thanksgiving week for example is very busy and costly..