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Aruba in August: Weather, Tourism and Events

Aruba windsurfing
Aruba windsurfing. Copyright Aruba Tourism Authority.
Aruba in August is almost as hot with the weather as it is with the tourists.

Anyone who knows Aruba may wonder why that's different than any other time of the year.

August is one of the most popular times of the year to visit this arid island off the coast of Venezuela. It's also one of the hottest times of the year.

Average Temperatures

The Aruba Meteorological Department has data over a recent 20-year history showing that the island has an average high temperature of about 90 degrees Fahrenheit or nearly 33 degrees Celsius.

The island gets hot enough that beach sand can be painful on the feet. Interior excursions may be uncomfortable. But the water will be warm, balmy and pleasant.

The average high temperature is consistent with the rest of the year, which sees the average range from 86 degrees in January to 90 for most of June through November.

Average Rainfall: Barely Any

It's not just the warm temperatures that make Aruba one of the most popular islands to visit in the Caribbean. It's also the lack of rain.

The island averages only about one inch of rain in August, which is the same for September and every prior month going back to January.

It's only during the peak months of the Caribbean hurricane season that the average rainfall climbs to three inches -- from October through December.

Cloud cover averages about 46 percent and wind speed is eight meters per second.

Tourism: A Popular Time to Go

The weather in Aruba is consistent throughout the year, but tourism is not nearly so consistent.

August is the second most popular time of the year for tourists after December.

The island averages more than 1 million stayover visitors a year. Nearly 600,000 more visit by cruise. August and December are the only months when the total exceeds 100,000 people.

Anyone planning a vacation to Aruba who wants fewer crowds should consider going in May, which is the low point for tourism during the year. February and June are two other low points.

Major Events

Three major events take place during August for visitors who want to mix up time on the beach with other things to do.

The Aruba International Regatta takes place in mid August. During the day, this sailing event has competitions for international yachts, Sunfish, catamarans, and windsurfers. At night, the event offers music, parties, and dinners.

In late August, professional and amateur golfers alike can team up at the annual Aruba International Pro-Am Golf Tournament. The 36-hole tournament at the Tierra Del Sol Golf Club has prizes, gifts and special events.

Palo Marga International Raceway Park in San Nicolas has an international drag race in late August. The park draws about 30,000 annual visitors and 4,500 participants to monthly races over 1/4 and 1/8 mile courses.

Price Tips: Flights, Cruises, Hotels

Airline tickets to Aruba in August and throughout the year are almost as consistent as the weather.

As always, buy airline tickets in advance to avoid last-minute price hikes.

An informal review of cruise prices shows that a southern Caribbean cruise in August to Aruba has lower prices than May through July.

Hotel prices are usually higher in August than July or September because of the higher demand during August.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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August 06, 2015
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