Aruba Travel Guide
Aruba is a tiny island just 20 mile from Venezuela, a sun seekers paradise with consistently good weather. The island is like a dry desert landscape with cacti and iguanas, the humidity is low and it hardly ever rains. There is no hurricane season in Aruba, as is miles south of the tropical-storm belt, making it a popular destination all year round. Dutch is the official language, but practically everyone speaks English, as well as Spanish and Papiamento.
Aruba’s got some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. It really is like the picture in the brochure, miles of white soft sand and glorious turquoise waters. There are plenty of water sports for the more active holidaymaker, including scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing. On land there is horse riding, hiking and exploring the rugged terrain, as well as the National park, which is a haven for eco tourists.
Visit some of the Aruba’s landmarks and attractions, from the California Lighthouse on the northern tip of the island to famous Baby Beach, a sheltered lagoon in Seroe Colorado on the southeastern coast, a popular location for snorkelling and many weddings are also held on the beach.
Spend a day in the iconic pastel coloured capital Oranjestad and go on a shopping spree in the duty-free shops on Caya G. F. Betico Croes, the main shopping strip in the city. Dutch porcelain, Dutch cheese, hand-embroidered linens, and skin creams made from the native aloe vera plant are all good buys.
Accommodation in Aruba suits all budgets. Oranjestad is Aruba’s capital, and most visitors, stay in either the Low-Rise hotel area along Eagle Beach, or the High-Rise hotel area on Palm Beach. There are luxury resorts, all-inclusive hotels, chic boutique hotels, and budget inns. Aruba is almost crime free, and extremely friendly. There is always a party or celebration somewhere. After a long day at the beach, there is a busy nightlife scene, the island offers casinos, bars and clubs, and you can sample Aruba’s very own beer, Balashi.