Aruba is a small beautiful Caribbean Island located off the coast of Venezuela. The island is known for its year-round tropical weather, boasting more days of sunshine than any Caribbean Island. Aruba is also home to some of the Caribbean’s most stunning white sand beaches, preserved colonial architecture and a myriad of cultural and natural attractions to enjoy. The island provides memorable romantic getaways as well as amazing options for the entire family.
Additionally, the people of Aruba are some of the friendliest and most welcoming you will interact with throughout your travels. If you hear someone saying “Bonbini,” it’s their way of saying “welcome” in the local language, Papiamento. So, if you have never visited the endearing Island of Aruba or you want to go again, here are some guidelines that will ensure that you have the best possible experience when visiting Aruba!
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Getting to Aruba is a breeze, the Reina Beatrix International Airport (AUA) welcomes over 150 flights weekly from major gateways such as Boston, New York, Atlanta, Baltimore, Toronto, and Montreal. Major international airlines such as Delta, Jet Blue, American Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, and Air Canada. Therefore, you won’t have any issues getting a flight to this beautiful Island destination.
Aruba is blessed with a wide array of attractions that will keep you busy and entertained throughout your stay, whether you want an unspoiled beach, to visit a unique natural attraction, or to go snorkeling or sailing on the Azul Caribbean Sea, you will have more than enough to do!
If your interest is in beaches, some of the best beaches available to you include; Eagle Beach, Baby Beach, Arashi Beach, Boca Catalina Beach and Malmok Beach. Eagle Beach has constantly been rated as one of the best beaches in the world. It is located in the beautiful capital city of Oranjestad and the powdery white sand found on this beach is incomparable. Here you will also fine some of the best resorts on the Island, so you can choose to stay at a property located on this world-renowned beach. Eagle Beach is also the nesting ground for turtles, and you can engage in water sports activities such as snorkeling, sailing or scuba diving while visiting this alluring beach.
Baby Beach in the San Nicholas area of Aruba got its name from its shallow and calm waters that make it the perfect place for babies and reluctant swimmers to swim. Baby Beach is also home to a stunning lagoon that is sheltered by natural coral formation, making it the ideal place to snorkel in San Nicholas. This beach is one of the most popular on the island. Arashi Beach, Malmok Beach and Boca Catalina are all located on the northwest coast and are excellent options for a more secluded beach experience.
By and large, the beaches of Aruba are some of the best in the Caribbean, and the Island has received numerous accolades for its pristine beaches.
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If you want to enjoy some action on the waters of Aruba, a cruising or sailing trip is a perfect option! You can choose from tours such as; the Aruba Catamaran Sail and Snorkel, Aruba Sunset Cruise, Aruba Champagne Breakfast and Lunch Cruise, Aruba Palm Pleasure Adventure, Pirate Sail, and Snorkel Cruise or the Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine Cruise. These cruises capture the captivating beauty of the island of Aruba from the vantage point of the ocean.
Destination Aruba also offers the discerning traveler some unique attractions that help to enhance the overall visitor experience. Some of the recommended attractions that should not be missed are; Arikok National Park, The Aruba Natural Bridge, Fort Zoutman, The Aloe Museum, Philips Animal Garden, Palm Island, and the California Lighthouse. The Arikok National Park is a protected area on the east coast of Aruba that is perfect for hiking, exploring historic caves and providing magnificent views of the island. When you visit the Arikok National Park, be sure to visit Conchi natural pool, the Caquetio Indian rock paintings in the historic Fontein Cave, the Quadiriki Cave and the Arikok and Jamanota mountains. The Aruba Natural Bridge is a collapsed limestone bridge that is popular among nature lovers, it is one of the most picture perfect spots on the island and also great for relaxation and meditation.
Fort Zoutman is the oldest structure on the island of Aruba. Built in 1798 by the Dutch to fortify the town of Oranjestad, here you will get to visit The Historical Museum of Aruba. Another must-see is the Aloe Museum, which highlights the 160-year history of aloe production on the island.
Philips Animal Garden, Palm Island, and the California Lighthouse are excellent options for the entire family. The Philips Animal Farm allows visitors to interact with and feed the animals at the facility which is something kids will surely enjoy! Palm Island is located approximately five minutes off the coast of Aruba by ferry and is home to a fully equipped water park and a serene beach. If you are visiting Aruba with your kids, a trip to Palm Island should be high on your agenda. The California Lighthouse is also worth a visit to enjoy panoramic views of the island with your family by your side.
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Aruba transforms into a thrilling and pulsating wonderland at night with cool casinos, expansive beachfront lounges, lively nightclubs, and seaside bars. There is also a weekly carnival celebration at most of the dance clubs on the island.
Aruba, like all other Caribbean destinations, is a great option throughout the year due to the warm year-round tropical climate. The busiest season for visitors are the winter months of December to April; if you want to avoid the crowds, you can visit in the fall months of September to November. Aruba has more days of sunshine than any other Caribbean Island, so it is more likely that the sun will be out in Aruba than in any other destination in the Caribbean!