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Aruba Weather in December: Rain, Temperatures

Average high temperatures and rainfall for Aruba weather in December.
Average high temperatures and rainfall for Aruba weather in December. © 2018 Scott S. Bateman
The water temperature alone is a reason to love Aruba weather in December.

This arid southern Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela is popular most months of the year because it has the least amount of rainfall of any major destination in the region.

Its beaches are among the best in the Caribbean, especially Palm Beach. The island is small and easy to tour. Nightlife is quite active. It is a big draw for people who like snorkeling and scuba diving.

December may be the first month of winter, but it doesn’t feel that way in Aruba.

The following statistics come from a 30-year history from the Meteorological Department of Aruba and will vary somewhat from year to year.


December Weather Stats

Avg. High
87 degrees F
Avg. Low
79 degrees F
Rain Inches
Aruba temperatures are warm year round including the winter months because the island is one of the most southern Caribbean islands and close to the equator.

Even the water temperatures stay warm in December -- an average of 81 degrees Fahrenheit.

That 81 degrees is right in the middle of the range for the year, which reaches a low of 79 degrees in January through March and a high of 83 degrees from September through November.

The air temperatures stay warm as well with an average high of 87 degrees and an average low of 79 during the month.

These air temperature averages are near the lows for the entire year. But it’s hard to argue with an average high of 87.

December Rainfall

It rains more than usual in Aruba during December, but it still doesn’t rain that much compared to other destinations.

The average total rainfall is about three inches, which is similar to the total in October and November.

For the rest of the year, it rains only about one inch per month or less.

Whether to Go

Despite the slight drop in temperatures and a higher risk of rain, December is the most popular month of the year to visit Aruba.

The fact that it remains so warm during the first month of winter is one reason to go in December.

But with its popularity that month come higher prices. So plan to go if lying on a tropical beach in 87 degree weather during December has some appeal.

Consider another month of the year if prices are a factor in the decision.

Either way, Aruba’s weather is a major reason to go to this tropical island any time of the year.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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November 29, 2018
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