There are so many things that draw people to Aruba. It is is located 15 miles north of Venezuela in the warm waters of the southern Caribbean, Aruba is home to beautiful white-sand beaches, 82-degree days, and some of the warmest people in the world. The island is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles across, with a total area of 70 square miles. It's located just below the hurricane belt, and unlike many islands in the Caribbean, our climate is dry, so we rarely have a rainy day. On the south and west coasts of Aruba, you’ll find Oranjestad, our capital city, and miles of beaches that have been named some of the best in the world. Here, you’ll find most of the hotels and all-inclusive resorts in Aruba, and Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA).
In the interior of the island, you’ll find Arikok National Park, a desert like preserve with a variety of wildlife, cacti and dramatic rock formations. You’ll also find some of Aruba’s most striking views, as the ocean crashes against the rugged shoreline below.
Aruba’s pristine, white-sand beaches and calm turquoise waters are unlike any others. TripAdvisor.com recently named Eagle Beach one of the top ten beaches in the world. Palm Beach is a little North of Eagle Beach and also very nice. Palm Beach is well populated with hotels. It is very active with 105 restaurants. 9 casinos will keep you busy day night. Besides that Aruba has WIFI hot spots all over the island. Common areas include Baby Beach, Eagle Beach, Casibari Rock Formation, Arikok National Park, Plaza on Linear Park . If you like to post on Instagram, shoot those pictures and post on the spot.
Beach tennis is a favorite among locals, but Aruba is also known for its windsurfing and kite surfing, thanks to the constant trade winds.
It also is great for snorkeling and scuba diving. It has 9 wrecks you can explore. It is fun to go off property because the beaches have windsurfing, site surfing, paddle boarding, deep sea fishing, kayak tours, and the Atlantis Submarine. You can even catch Mahi Mahi from shore.
If you want to go off the island, try De Palm Island. De Palm Island is a small island off of the western coast of Aruba. In addition to hosting an array of outdoor activities including swimming, scuba diving, snuba, power snorkeling, sea trekking with a helmet, and beach volleyball, De Palm Island also offers several options for those seeking rest and relaxation.
Renaissance Island. Scheduled ferries transport their guests from the Renaissance hotel properties directly to a small, secluded island that features a restaurant, spa, water sports, volleyball, hammocks and every other amenity that a sun worshiper will need to spend an afternoon in paradise.
Aruba has many land activities including off-roading, horseback riding, hiking, biking, viewing rock formations and historical sites, and golfing. There are rock formations, caves, trails labeled red, blue, and black. Don't forget the donkey sanctuary, ostrich and butterfly farms. The Dunes of Boca Prince are beautiful white sand.
Island tours are done on bus, 4-wheel, or horse.
Aruba drives on the right-hand side of the road, as in North America. The roads are well-paved and marked with signs in English.
The airport is very modern. It has advanced technology with facial recognition. US Customs has pre-clearance. There are no long lines, but instead they have passport kiosks and accept Global Entry.
Most people speak four languages including English, Spanish and Portuguese and are very welcoming.