There are three main areas on the western side of the island where all of the "action" is located. The oldest "tourist" area is in the capital city, Oranjestad, near the marina where the cruise ships dock. The second area just to the north is called the low-rise hotel area which is located on Eagle Beach. The newest area is the high-rise hotel area on Palm Beach, to the north of Eagle Beach. To go between these areas, you should take a taxi, which are plentiful and inexpensive. There is a safe bus system that tourists use, but the bus stops everywhere making the journey long and tedious. However, once you are in one of the tourist areas, everything is in waking distance. And every area has a full selection of everything you need - restaurants, shopping, entertainment, casinos, night clubs, recreation opportunities, water sports, land tours, grocery shopping (and even Wendy's and McDonald's) - everything you need for a family vacation or a romantic get-away.
All-in-all, Aruba was everything that people say that it is...a great vacation spot...guaranteed.