The reason that owning an Aruba time share make sense to
many visitors is because once you visit this island, you will fall in love
with it. Just like we did. And you will want to come back, over and over again.
People tend to vacation here year after year, and also tend to stay longer when they do.
Aruba time share resorts (and timeshare properties in general) usually offer amenities needed for longer stays, such as kitchens and cooking utensils, larger separate living and sleeping areas, washer/dryers on the property.
Short stays of a few nights are discouraged. Rooms or suites are usually only available in weekly chunks of time.
Vacationing at an Aruba time share property is usually more like having
your own luxury beachfront apartment where you spend your vacations every year.
Aruba has one of the highest return visitor rates in the Caribbean. People return to Aruba year after year making it the most popular timeshare destinations in the world.
The timeshares are nestled in with the other beach front resorts on the island. And like the hotels, are mainly divided between Palm Beach and Eagle Beach.
Listed below are our picks for the best timeshares in Aruba, most of which are located on Palm Beach, the most popular beach of the island.
Marriott's Aruba Surf Club
103 LG Smith
Palm Beach, Aruba
My parents own several weeks at the Surf Club, and had arranged it so that one of their weeks coincided with our wedding. It was a HUGE 2 bedroom suite, so two of my brothers and my sister-in-law also stayed with them. (My youngest, unmarried brother didn't really mind that he got the pull-out sofa bed in the living room.)
My maid-of-honor, my mom, and I used the master bedroom/bathroom to dress for the wedding, while "the guys" used the smaller adjoining bedroom.
The "Lazy River" pool is incredibly relaxing and it is one of the most popular amenities too, but you must be a guest at any of the three Marriott properties (or be visiting a guest) to use it.
Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club
99 LG Smith
Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort
The Divi Aruba Phoenix on Palm Beach at the bend where it meets Eagle Beach.
The Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino
(Formerly the Tropicana Aruba)
J.E. Irausquin Blvd. #248
The definition of a timeshare is a type of vacation ownership in which multiple individuals share rights to use the property, for a specific allotted time frame, usually a fixed week number each year. Weeks are almost always numbered starting with the first full week of January. It also depends on the day of the week. For example if your resort assigns weeks from Saturday to Friday, and January 1 is on a Wednesday, Week 1 would not start until Saturday, January 4th.
One week per year (annual usage) is the most commonly owned, but you can also own a week every other year (biennial) or even twice a year (biannual).
The term "timeshare" has become an all-encompassing term in the travel industry for any vacation ownership including fractionals, vacation clubs, travel clubs, and even exchange companies.
Most of Aruba time share resorts are deeded ownership, meaning you own your week or points, and it can be willed to your heirs. A Right to Use (RTU), is not a deeded title, and has an expiration date. Of course, there are exceptions to these rules, so make sure you understand the legal terms before purchasing.
There are mainly two common ways of assigning the property owner "time" – weeks and points.
A week is when the owner has purchased a specific week, in a specific unit, at a specific resort. (Sometimes a week can be a "floating" week.) Weeks can be exchanged for a different week during the year, another location owned by the resort, or exchanged for a different resort and destination altogether though an exchange program.
Owning timeshare points programs, you can exchange your points for weeks with that resort, or the resorts exchange program. Points are a little more flexible to exchange, but you do not have a guaranteed week, so it is best to make your reservations well in advance. Sometimes you can use your points for other vacation amenities like airfare and car rentals. All this info should be explained to you in your purchase agreement.
When you own a timeshare, you usually have options to "bank" your week and save it for a later time or use it at another resort. But, what do you do if you choose not to take a vacation that year? Or maybe you just can't get the time off work. Instead of letting your week go unused, you can rent out your time share. Some owners promote their week for rent themselves, but this can be a lot of work.
Enlisting the help of a time share rental agencies can be a very good idea. They know the ins and out of times share rental, and can list your week for rent similar to a real estate agent renting out an apartment or condo. They can also help if you wish to sell your vacation time.