• ARUBA

WELCOME TO ARUBA

Aruba may only have a total area of 70 square miles, but that doesn’t mean that the island nation isn’t jammed packed with adventure. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the miles of beaches, some of which have been named the best in the world, or explore the unique history of this island, there is plenty to do in this little Dutch outpost. While the island still belongs to the Dutch, there is a culture here that is purely Caribbean. With the island’s unusually dry climate, you won’t have to worry about any tropical weather getting in the way of you enjoying a day at the beach or a day about town. With so much to explore, experience, and enjoy, the unique island of Aruba beckons one and all to come ashore and see for themselves. Welkom!

ATTRACTIONS

If you want to feel like you’re at the end of the world, head to the northern reaches of the island and head up to the California Lighthouse. You’ll get stunning pictures of this giant, well-preserved lighthouse. If you’re lucky, the inside will be open to visitors, and you can climb all the way to the top for a truly panoramic view! It is believed to be one of Aruba’s most photographed landmarks.

For a quick family outing, a visit to The Butterfly Farm in Oranjestad is a fun way to spend part of the day. With hundreds of butterflies kept inside a protected habitat, you can take a tour through the facility and learn more about butterflies than you could ever imagine. If you’re lucky, you may even get to hold one!

Adventurers seeking out something unique should head underwater to The Antilla. You can join a SCUBA or snorkeling tour to explore this World War II German freighter that now rests on the ocean floor near Eagle Beach. Mother Nature has reclaimed this sight and so you may just catch a glimpse at some tropical fish, a turtle, or even an eagle ray.

ENTERTAINMENT

For those of you looking for a night out on the town, some of the best options are in Palm Beach, located on the northern coast. With karaoke bars, nightclubs, and bars galore, this fun resort area has everything to dance the night away. Try and find a club or bar with a rooftop terrace to enjoy all of the sights and sounds that the island has to offer.

Aruba is a land of music, rhythm, and dance, so it’s no surprise that the island is home to music festival after music festival in the summer season. May, June, and July seemingly come alive as soul, jazz, and salsa music fill the air and locals and tourists alike take to the street to dance and enjoy life. Some popular festivals are the Soul Beach Music Festival and the Aruba Summer Music Festival.

With its prime location, it is not a surprise that Aruba is a popular water sports destination. Specifically, athletes flock to the island to partake in windsurfing and kitesurfing. With tournaments held throughout the year, you just might get to catch one. If not, you can learn a new skill and hit the waves at the various water sports centers around the island.

GETTING THERE

Tourists arriving on a flight to Aruba will land at Reina Beatrix International Airport. The Aruban airport welcomes over 150 flights every week from various cities in the USA such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, and New York. Aruba is also accessible from several local and international airlines, making flying to Aruba a breeze.

Instead of dealing with the stress of an airport, you can enjoy the luxurious cruise life at sea by booking a cruise to Aruba, instead. You’ll port at Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, for plenty of sun and fun in this Caribbean gem.

GETTING AROUND

If you want to get around like a local, you can hop aboard one of the government owned and operated buses. You can get around the local areas with ease, and maybe see some interesting stops along the way!

If you’d rather guide your own trip through Aruba, you can rent a car from a local car rental facility. You’ll be able to pick up and drop off your car from Reina Beatrix International Airport with ease!

WILDLIFE AND NATURE

To get a true sense of the beauty of the island, plan to spend da day at Arikok National Park. Covering about 20% of the island, the Arikok strives to maintain the natural ecosystems of the island for future generations to enjoy. You can explore the rugged deserts (very unique to the region!), learn about the local plants and animals, and explore the park on your own or join a guided hike. If you’re lucky, your travel plans may line up with some fun events!

If you want to learn more about the animals of the island, but don’t enjoying hiking, then take a trip to Philip’s Animal Garden in Noord. Here, you can see local animals up close, such as the Aruban rattlesnake, caymans, and some local farm animals. Philip’s Animal Gardens is also home to animals from across the region and around the world!

NATIONAL HEROES AND MUSEUMS

Jossy Mehsen Mansur: Mansur is arguably one of the reasons the Papiamento language is as prevalent as it is today. Mansur is credited with writing two dictionaries of the Creole language for preservation, a translation guide, one of the premier books on the history of Aruba, and starting Diario, the local Papiamento newspaper.

Baseball: Even through Aruba is known for its various watersports, the country has made several prominent baseball players who have gone on to play for the U.S.A.’s Major League Baseball (MLB). Aruba has sent players to the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, and many others. Famed baseball players include Sidney Ponson and Xander Bogaerts.

Lovers of history will enjoy some time spent at the National Archaeological Museum Aruba. Located in Oranjestad in a series of historic buildings, the museum focuses on the indigenous cultures, Dutch colonial history empire-wide, and the natural history of the island and region. Be sure to check out their website to see if there are any exciting events happening during your travels.

If you want to experience something a little different, then plan a visit to the Aruba Aloe Factory and Museum. Here, you can learn all about aloe production, the history of this unique crop, and even see how aloe is processed for sale.

ECO-TOURISM

For those who want to enjoy the beach, but want to experience something a little more unique, head to Renaissance Island. This little private island is welcome to all…literally. Rather than removing the animals that call the island home, the developers built up the amenities with the “locals” in mind. As you enjoy a dip in the crystal blue waters or relaxing in a cabana, you’re likely to see some iguanas and flamingoes strolling around. The animals are used to people and you can even feed them, with staff supervision.

For a slightly more rugged appreciation of Aruba’s beauty, head to the northern shores for the Natural Pool. True adventurers only, this untamed landscape requires some basic rock climbing. After a short hike, you can scurry over some rocks and look down to see a giant tidal pool, called “Conchi” by the locals. Fish galore call this pool home. You can scramble down into he warm waters and enjoy your own little grotto. It’s recommended that you wear water shoes with good grips so that you don’t slip.

DONATE

Located near the capital of Oranjestad, Casa Cuna Progreso is a children’s home dedicated to helping children who experience any kind of abuse or neglect. They also provide assistance to new families as well as foster parents and families to make sure all transitions are handled smoothly, healthily, and positively. You can donate to them to help them with this important job.

Animal Rights Aruba (A.R.A.) is a non-profit animal welfare center that extends its care to protect domestic species, farm animals, and wild species both on land and in the water. This multi-faceted organization strives to protect all animals while also protecting the environment and health of the island to insure that tourists continue to make Aruba a travel destination for generations.

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Capital: Oranjestad

Population: 104,822

Language: Dutch, Papiamento

Currency: Aruban Florin

Religion: Catholic

National Bird: Aruban Burrowing Owl

National Flower: Wanglo Flower

National dish: Keshi Yena, Fried Cheese Stuffed with Minced Meat

Motto: “One Happy Island”

The National Flag:
The flag consists of a red star with a white outline set against a sea-blue background with two parallel yellow stripes. … The red color of the star symbolizes love of country, the white outline on the star represents the white sandy beaches surrounding Aruba, and the blue denotes the color of the sea.

ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE

Aruba Carnival

January – February 25, 2020

You have not lived until you have experienced the spirit of Carnival as it is celebrated in Aruba!

View Aruba’s 2020 Carnival Schedule (66th Edition).

Carnival means weeks of events that bring you colorfully decorated floats, contagiously throbbing music, luxuriously costumed groups of celebrants of all ages, King & Queen elections, electrifying jump ups and torch light parades that wind their way through the streets at night, the Jouvert morning: the Children’s Parades and finally the Grand Parade.This has got to be the greatest party ever!

Aruba Ray’s Comedy Show 2020

January 09 – February 13, 2020

After rave reviews and packed crowds, some of the finest comedians from the United States will return to Aruba to perform at the the Holiday Inn Resort in the high rise hotel area, kicking off 2020 with some major laughs!

Live stand up comedy featuring America’s top comedians!

* No shows on Jan. 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 and Feb. 1, 2, 8 *

Time: Shows start at 8:30 pm (doors open at 8:00 pm)

Ticket Price: $39 in advance online only. They are $45 at the door (cash only).

 Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.ArubaComedy.com

Betico Day

January 25, 2020

This is an official holiday in memory of G.F. (Betico ) Croes, On January 25th every year the birthday of the late Aruban political leader, Gilberto François (Betico) Croes is commemorated.

He helped the island attain the “Status Aparte”. With its new status Aruba was given autonomy from the Netherlands Antilles, and was allowed to function as a commonwealth within the Dutch kingdom.

For Betico Day, a.k.a Dia di Betico Croes, weekend festivities include diverse things to do, specials, local food sales, sporting events and family-friendly activities.

TOURISM UPDATE

Aruba Airlines Launches New Flights to Colombia

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Aruba Airlines has launched a new nonstop service between Aruba and Barranquilla in Colombia.

The new service, which launched last week, will operate twice weekly, with flights on Mondays and Fridays, the company said.

It’s part of quietly strong tourism growth for Barranquilla, which has seen new flights and new hotel development in recent years, a trend across much of Colombia.

The new flights come as Aruba Airlines has launched several new routes in the second half of 2019, including service from Curacao to Miami and from Aruba to Medellin (the latter route is also operating twice each week).

The new Miami-Curacao flights, which launched at the end of November, marked a major step for the carrier’s growth.

Aruba Is Getting a New Secrets Resort

The Caribbean’s fastest-growing hotel company is making its debut on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.

Apple Leisure Group’s AMResorts company is bringing a Secrets-branded resort to Aruba’s Baby Beach.

The 600-key Secrets Baby Beach Aruba is slated for completion by the fourth quarter of 2021, according to a statement from the company.

It will be Apple Leisure Group’s first-ever resort in Aruba.

ATTRACTIONS

Baby Beach

De Palm Island

Eagle Beach

Palm Beach

Arashi Beach

Boca Catalina

California Lighthouse

Gold Mine Ruins At Bushiribana

Alto Vista Chapel

Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations

Natural  Pool

Aruba Natural Bridge (Baby Bridge)

SS Antilla Wreck

ABC Islands

Arikok National Park

HOTELS & RESORTS

Aruba 65th Carnival

March 3, 2019

It’s Carnival time! Aruba has been hard at work for months to prepare for Carnival, with smaller pageants and celebrations taking place. Now, it is time for the main event. You can let the senses run wild with the bright costumes, energetic music, and tantalizingly delicious foods. Come experience the joy and beauty that is Aruba.

You can get more information at https://www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/carnival/aruba-carnival-schedule/