Floating off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is one of the most unusual Caribbean nations in terms of its history and cultural influences.
Once a Dutch colony, much of the architecture smacks of a town in the Netherlands bathed in pastel colours. But walk the streets and you’ll notice unmistakable Yankee sensibilities in the cuisine and lifestyle, it’s very reminiscent of the USA. Undoubtedly its proximity to Latin America has added a little Hispanic fizz which creates a charming blended heritage that’s both quintessentially Caribbean and utterly unique.
Aruba is surrounded by a ribbon of blissful beach that you can enjoy in the year-round sunshine; this really is a destination that you’ll love any time of year. The most popular area surrounds Palm Beach and Eagle Beach where you’ll find high quality resorts and a great mix of local and international restaurants.
But if you’re looking to get a little more active you can head north, near Malmok Beach, where you’ll find great sites for scuba diving and an 18 hole golf course.
Why visit Aruba?
Arubans are very proud of the natural beauty of their country. Visit the Arikok National Wildlife Park for the unique flora and fauna.
The pretty capital of Oranjestad has everything you need from gourmet restaurants and boutique shops to useful supermarkets with tastes of home.
Boasting the nickname and slogan One Happy Island, Aruba is a famously friendly place where everyone will be more than happy to share their tips for best places to eat and top beauty spots.
It is like a little America with a slower, friendlier lifestyle and predictably beautiful, year-round weather.
Palm Beach and Eagle Beach are two fine examples of how good a Caribbean beach can really be.