Why Aruba for your next Caribbean Vacation
Aruba is a pretty easy country to miss; being only 19 square miles long and 6 across. The ‘A’ in the ABC islands is only a spec on the map 15 miles north of Venezuela, and it’ll probably be one of the most surprising places you’ll ever visit. Think quintessential Dutch streets framed by bright Caribbean sunshine and glorious white sand beaches. Picturesque towns and some of the friendliest people you’ll meet this side of the Prime Meridian, Aruba is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
And here’s why you should visit!
An International and National dish fusion of flavors and spices.
Food critics and lovers alike will appreciate the cultural diversity in Aruba dishes. With over 200 known restaurants on such a small island, there are more choices than your taste buds will ever need.
The national dish of Aruba is Keshi Yena (Stuffed Cheese) which is a popular main course cheese dish. Modern recipes use sliced cheese on the base and top of the chicken filling. You can find the Recipe Here
Fun on the beach!
Let’s start with Palm Beach. If you are looking for something fancy, this two-mile-long strip is for you. Home to Casinos and within walking distance of the best nightclubs and restaurants on the island, boredom won’t be in your vocabulary here, and if the flashing lights and loud sounds aren’t for you, movie theaters and bowling alleys are available too.
If your vacation includes small children and/or is more family bonding based, the aptly named Baby Beach is what you’re looking for. You won’t find any of the glitzy stuff here. What you will find is prime snorkeling territory (guaranteed to be one of the most colorful sights you’ll ever see), and shallow water than can be waded into quite far out.
And if what you seek is a secluded, quiet, non-too ‘touristy’ location. Boca Catalina is where you need to be. This beach is in a residential area and is more secluded than the other two and is smaller as well. Just a slip of beautifully curving cove. If you’re the type to seek out locals, then this beach is your best bet.
Fun on land!
Arikok National Park
If you’re a nature enthusiast, then why not visit this stunner. Occupying between 18-20% of the island of Aruba. The entrance fee of US$10.00 (children under 17 can roam for free) goes toward the preservation of the park, so you’ll be doing some good as well as getting to see animals like the Aruban burrowing owl, Aruban whiptail lizard, and Aruban parakeet, as well as viewing authentic Arawak drawings in the well-preserved bat caves. And if after that you feel like a dip in the ocean, well there are a few beaches nearby as well; it is the Caribbean after all.
Skydive Aruba Air Adventures
Technically this one is in the air, but what goes up must come down. You’re probably thinking ‘I don’t need to go to the Caribbean for that’ well imagine falling (strapped to a licensed professional of course) over green hills dotted with quaint houses in the Dutch style, and a vast ocean of turquoise. Sounds a lot more interesting than your current scenery doesn’t it?
Aruba Motorcycle Tours
You can join a group or go solo. This one doesn’t need much really. Touring a beautiful island on a motorcycle? If you’re not already convinced, then there’s no hope.
Nightlife in Aruba!
BLUE Bar at Renaissance Marina Hotel
If your aim is to feel like a celebrity while sipping a special house martini and nodding along to the latest chart-toppers, then this proclaimed ‘hip’ bar is for you.
The words are extensively and soundproofed are always good ones when you’re looking for a good time, and this boutique club has the perfect atmosphere to get you dancing.
Where to stay in Aruba
Aruba has many great hotels, from quaint secluded spots to beachfront high rises.
Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts
Boardwalk, Small Hotel Aruba
Aruba Beach Front Villa
Getting to Aruba and General Travel Tips
Getting to Aruba is quite easy: search for flights, book flights, and get on flight! (Direct flights are available)
Best time to go: If you’re looking for a less crowded time mid-April until mid-December is the time.
Here are a few tips to avoid unnecessary hassles
- The Currency used is the Florin, though US currency is accepted. So, check up on exchange rates. All major credit cards and traveler’s checks are accepted.
- The Legal age for drinking and gambling is 18.
- Contact your mobile phone service provider about roaming charges.
- Don’t forget your prescriptions.