Aruba is a Dutch island in the Caribbean and is one of the loveliest islands in the Caribbean. Situated 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela with a Dutch and Spanish influence. Easily reached from Europe through Amsterdam airport or by one of the charter services from London Gatwick and also via Miami in the United States of America.
The island is small in size but warm in it’s welcome and at the widest point is only 6 miles wide by 19.6 miles long. The main beach on the island is Palm beach which is 2 miles long and is the situation for most of the large hotels. Keep an eye out for the beautiful pink Flamingos that stroll along the beach.
There are 8 other beaches on the island to visit including the baby beach which is situated in the southeast of the island and is sandy half-moon bay with a beautiful calm shallow lagoon in which you can wade out into the sea.
Things to do in Aruba
If watersports are not your thing then you can visit some of the attractions on the island such as the Butterfly garden, Horseback riding, Cycling, Island Tours as well as Kite surfing, Parasailing, and golf.
If you are looking for deep-sea fishing in the Caribbean then Aruba is the perfect choice with many operators offering excellent deep-sea fishing trips. Shopping is another option on the island and is a popular stop-off for cruise ships cruising the Caribbean islands.
Golfing Holiday in Aruba
As small as the island is, it still has an 18 hole golf course situated in the Northwest of the island, designed by Robert Trent Jones called Tierra del Sol
The Caribbean eastern winds will bring an interesting aspect to your round of golf as the direction of the ball might not quite land where you plan. There is also the 9 hole golf course available to play at Divi Village.
Snorkeling in Aruba
Aruba is a great dive destination as well as excellent for snorkelling. A visit to the beach of Mangel Halto which is in the southeast of the island down from Spanish lagoon you will be able to wade out to the edge of the reef which drops to 110′ where you can see Octopus, Baracuda, and morays. At the edge of the reef, you can also see many different fish and anemones such as parrotfish, yellowtail snapper, and blue tangs.
Diving in Aruba
Due to the history of the island there are many excellent wreck dives to visit around the island. In particular a dive to the wreck of a German freighter Antilla, which at approximately 400ft is the biggest wreck to dive in the Caribbean.
Getting Married in Aruba
Like most of the Caribbean, you can easily get married in Aruba and choose your location for the ceremony. From a beach wedding at Baby beach to a sunset wedding under a Divi tree the choice is yours. For more information, get in touch.
Honeymoons in Aruba
Aruba offers a different choice to the Caribbean Honeymoon with its European influence of Dutch and Spanish. The island is small and friendly and the wide selection of hotels and condominiums offer an excellent choice for any budget. For the romantic check out the Bucuti Resort where you can book a Penthouse suite with a four-poster bed. For a family holiday, there are options of all-inclusive hotels such as the Occidental Grand Resort or for a self-catering holiday, you can rent a beautiful luxury villa.
Car Rental in Aruba
Driving is on the right-hand side of the road on the island and the speed limit is 40km and 60km outside urban areas. Road signs are in kilometers. Where there are no road signs traffic from the right has the right of way.
International driving license must have been held for a minimum of 2 years and the driver be aged a minimum of 21 years of age.
Beware of slippery roads, due to infrequent rain and the build-up of oil on the roads and local drivers who often stop suddenly with no warning. The North of the island is worth a visit to but can only be accessed by off-road vehicles so if planning to visit this area a four-wheel drive is recommended.
Languages spoke Papiamento, English
Currency Aruban florin
Visa requirements None for UK passport holders
For more information visit the official Tourist Board