Aruba's consistently clement weather finds an ideal companion in its refreshing tradewinds, a partnership that has unified people from across the globe into an eclectic community of welcoming locals. Classically Caribbean white-blue-green hues flush the landscapes, but it's the warm smiles and zesty hospitality that distinguish Aruba from its sister islands. Aruba is the Caribbean you know, but executed with a flawless finesse distinct to the island.
- Flight time: Approx 9.5 hours
- Passport & Visa: No Visa required
- Currency: Aruban Florin
- Time Zone: GMT-4
- Language: Dutch and the local language of Papiamento
Aruba is home to 80 nationalities, a tribute to its complex multi-cultural heritage. Amerindian, Latin and European influences are found in every aspect of life: street names, restaurant menus, architectural details, art, music and everything in between. Dutch and the local language of Papiamento are the official languages of Aruba, but many Arubans speak a minimum of four languages including English and Spanish.
Abundant full-flavoured cuisines prepared by world-class chefs distinguishes the foodie culture of Aruba from its Caribbean sister islands. Fine international wines paired with elegant al fresco dining produces special dining experiences. Aruba is replete with restaurants, solidifying the island as a gastronaut's paradise.
Fringing turquoise Caribbean waters and cooled by constant trade winds, Aruba's beaches come in many sizes: shaded expanses, quiet retreats and bustling meccas for sunbathing and water sports. Much of the seven-mile strip along the west coast is lined with resorts and packed with activity. All beaches are open to the public, and beach-bound activities include snorkelling, kitesurfing, water-skiing, tubing, parasailing, banana-boating and classically romantic walks.
Things to do
Natural and cultural beauty are commonplace in Aruba. Discover Arikok National Park, the Casibari and Ayo rock formations and Indian Caves. Walk through history at the Bushiribana gold mill, Alto Vista Chapel and the museums in downtown Oranjestad. More off-beat curiosities include art galleries, a butterfly farm, an ostrich farm and a donkey sanctuary. Shoppers are treated to an extensive retail repertoire, with brand name products at exceptional prices.