Why Choose Aruba?
Why choose Aruba for your Caribbean vacation? Well, there's the reliably near-perfect weather. You've worked hard all year, now it's time for vacation. Guarantee yourself a vacation full of ideal tanning conditions, unwaveringly sunny skies, warm temperatures, and cooling breezes. Because Aruba is more of a desert than a rainforest, the humidity is low and and it seldom rains, but when it does, it's usually only a short shower. Aruba is far south of the tropical-storm belt meaning hurricanes don't often visit. And beaches? Aruba boasts some of the best in the Caribbean, some say in the world for that matter. Legendary Eagle and Palm beaches are home to resorts large and small, super luxurious and laid back, with miles of white, sugary sand; warm, gentle surf, turquoise and aqua seas, and plenty of space. When you tire of lazing on the beach, there's scuba diving, snorkeling, great windsurfing, and all the other watersports you expect from a sun-and-sea vacation. On land you can golf, ride a horse, hike, or drive an all-terrain vehicle over the island's wild and woolly Cunucu (countryside). Away from the beaches Aruba is a desert island full of cacti, iguanas, goats, donkeys, strange boulder formations and even the remains of a Spanish gold mine. Contrasting sharply with the resort area's serene beaches, the north coast features craggy limestone cliffs, giant sand dunes, and crashing breakers. You'll find the overwhelming majority of Arubans are genuinely friendly and welcoming. With little history of racial or cultural conflicts, the island has no cause for animosity. As the license plates say, it's One Happy Island. Though Dutch is the official language, almost everyone speaks English and Spanish.
Reflecting the island's historical roots in Holland, the picturesque capital city of Oranjestad is situated on the southern coast near the western end of the island. Awash with Dutch colonial architecture in pastel colors, Oranjestad is a wonderful place to explore on foot, from its palm-fringed streets to its boutiques, harbor, waterfront market and Main Street shopping area.