Last stop in Aruba came on Thanksgiving this past year. Having been there before ,my wife had her sights set on some very specific shopping which we did early in the morning. Back to the ship,to stash the loot and quickly out again. You can't go wrong with the beaches, but this tip involves something a bit different. The Sonesta Hotels in Orangestad operate their own private beach on a island just outside the main harbor. Go to the
desk at the hotel and get a day pass for $25.00. This is what it includes a) a boat ride from the hotel lobby to the island,b) full use of the island facilities once there (beach, chairs, umbrellas, showers etc).c)lunch (anything on the menu) at the cafe on the island d) a drink with lunch. There is a nice little gift shop and there were changing facilities and tennis courts (we did not use these). There are resident iguanas all over the island (quite tame) and pelicans resident in the trees. At the end of your day a quick boat ride puts you right back at the Sonesta in the center of town just a short walk back to the ship.
You'll spend that much or more at any beach between transportation, chair rental, food etc and nothing is as convenient or luxurious.