To those looking for a soulful travel experience to Aruba: The Soul Beach Music Festival (SBMF) during Memorial Day week is a great time. The One Big Happy Island is beautiful and very welcoming. I highly recommend exploring beyond the parties and concerts. This is all the information you will need to create a memorable experience. *I am not affiliated with the Soul Beach Music Festival.*
The 2018 Soul Beach Music Festival has a great lineup of Alicia Keys, Maxwell, the Roots, Guy, Marlon Wayans, and many others. DJ Jazzy Jeff will be in Aruba with guests! The Comedy Show and Concerts are scheduled for Friday-Sunday, May 25-27, 2018. There is an official Aruba Welcome Celebration on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. The Day Parties are held at Moomba Beach (Palm Beach) from Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26, 2018, and on Baby Beach (San Nicolas) on Sunday, May 27, 2018. The Soul Beach All White Party will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Night Parties are held daily and there’s a Memorial Day “Cool Down” BBQ on Monday, May 28, 2018.
For the concert lineup, schedule of events, and tickets to the official Soul Beach Music Festival events visit here: SBMF18
The #MingleFlag Over Aruba events are a great option for fun! There’s multiple events planned to include: The Old School Welcome Party, Chucks and Tee’s Cruise, Toga All-White Cruise, Polo’s and Stiletto’s Party featuring The Vybe Band and the Wakanda on the Sea All Black Snorkel Jam. For tickets and more information about the #MingleFlag events please visit here:
Aruba Hotel and Beach Map Locations: http://www.aruba-travelguide.com/accommodations/hotels-resorts/map.html
Many SBMF attendees stay at the Holiday Inn or surrounding hotels near Moomba Beach (Palm Beach) where the daily Day Party is held. Attendees also choose to stay in the local Villas. See below. If you do reserve a Villa you have the option of renting a solo room or inviting a group of friends to join and rent the whole house.
Private Home/Villa/Condo/Townhome Rental Companies (book your accommodations early!):
Here is other important information that you will need to plan your trip!
Aruba Airport Info and Schedule of Arrivals and Departures: Aruba Airport Info
Shuttle Transportation from the Airport:
Car Rentals: Aruba Car Rentals
Suggested Airline Flight Searches:
Google Flights: Set Google Flight alerts for your desired travel dates to get the best prices!
Southwest (Check for the Aruba flights using your desktop browser.):
JustFly.com is a great app to help you book cheap flights and compare travel dates: JustFly.com
Hopper is the perfect app to help you compare flights and tells you when is the best time to book your flights: Hopper
Need a Passport? Visit here: www.travel.state.gov
*Allow yourself at least 90 days to obtain your passport. Verify that your passport is current. There is an option to expedite your passport if you are traveling at the last minute but it is costly. It is highly suggested that you copy your passport and travel documents and give to someone you trust.*
To apply for your Global Entry and skip the long airport security screening and customs lines!:
What to Pack for Aruba: Aruba Packing List
Cell Phone Service. Make sure you verify your coverage with your provider prior to traveling. Here’s a great guide about cell phone coverage: Cell Phone Coverage in Aruba
Where to Dine in Aruba: Aruba Restaurants
Where to Shop in Aruba: Shopping in Aruba
Aruba Beaches: 10 Best Beaches in Aruba
Aruba’s Best Bars:10 Best Bars in Aruba
Aruba Bars and Lounges: Aruba Bars and Lounges
Where to Party in Aruba: Aruba Night Life
Kukoo Kunuku Party Bus: Kukoo Kunuku Party Bus
Excursions and Tour Guides:
Bus Schedules: Aruba Bus Schedule
ATV Tours and Rentals: ATV Tours and Rentals
I hope this information helps you! I am not affiliated with the Soul Beach Music Festival, any Travel Agencies or Event Companies. If you have any additional tips that you think should be included please let me know. Enjoy your vacation to the One Big Happy Island!