Aruba

Aruba

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One Happy Island Aruba is a six miles scenic Dutch island. To the south and west, Aruba is alive with resorts, shopping, and nightlife. To the north, waves and wind sculpt rugged coastlines and limestone cliffs. In the center is the national Park with nature conserved species, flora, and fauna to explore. Need not to mention water activities and the stunning beaches brings all its charm to the happy island.

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Entertainment or Unique Tours

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.

Culture/Events

It’s tagline is “One Happy Island”. Multicultural – representing more than 90 different nationalities generally of mixed ancestry, claiming Caquetio Indian, African, and European roots. Inhabitants are hospitable and the island has one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean

Aruba’s Carnival season officially launches annually on November 11 at 11:11am and culminates the following year on Shrove Tuesday.

Highlights include the Lighting Parade, Children’s Parades, the Jouvert Morning Pajama Party, the Grand Carnival Parade in San Nicolas, and the Grand Carnival Parade in Oranjestad.

The midnight burning of King Momo, a life-size effigy, signals the end of the Aruba Carnival season on Shrove Tuesday (Day before Ash Wednesday).

Shopping

Shop till you drop! Whatever you are looking for Aruba’s got it. With so much variety to choose from you can’t go wrong. Specialty shops, duty free, arts & craft to shopping centers, you’ll find it here. Be sure to check out the  Renaissance Mall & Marketplace, Palm Beach Plaza Mall or Royal Plaza Mall for everything your hearts desires

Water Activities

There are several local providers which offer water activities such as snorkeling, kite surfing, windsurfing and scuba diving. Some of these are:

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California Lighthouse

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.

The Butterfly Farm

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!

The Antilla Wreck

Adventurers seeking out something unique should head underwater to The Antilla Wreck. 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.

Car Rentals:

Several car rental options available

Bike & Scooter Rentals:

Motorcycles and scooters can be rented from Aruba Motorcycle Tours or George’s Cycle Co.  Bike rentals are available from Aruba E-bike Tours or TRI-BIKE ARUBA

Taxis:

Taxis in Aruba do not have meters; rates are fixed and should be checked in advance. Taxi Rates are in Aruban florins (Afl.) as well as in US dollars (US$)

Cruises

  • Holland america line
  •  Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises
  • Carnival cruises
  • Silversea Cruises

Public Transportation:

Bus service to and from downtown Oranjestad and the resort areas is reliable and inexpensive.

Accessibility:

Aruba gladly offers a variety of accommodations and equipment for visitors with special needs.

Resorts which offer special facilities and amenities for the disabled include:

  • Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
  • Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino
  • Divi Village
  • Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

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.

Capital:

Oranjestad

Population:

104,822

Currency:

Aruban Florin

Religion:

Catholic

Language:

Dutch, Papiamento

History:

Aruba has a total area of 70 square miles. In 1986 the island attained separate county status within the Dutch Kingdom. While the island is Dutch, there is a culture here that is purely Caribbean.

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.

National Heroes:

The Papiamento language is engrained in this island’s history. 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.

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