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About Aruba


One Happy Island!

Aruba is a small, beautiful, tropical island in the Southern Caribbean. A very lively and exciting island - just 20 miles long by 6 miles wide - lots to see and do.  Aruba is around 20 miles from the South American coast, 50 miles west of Curacao and 100 miles west of Bonaire.  Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, the ABC islands, are part of the Dutch Caribbean. Although Aruba has developed services for tourists far more than its sister islands, it has the same cultural roots as Curaçao and Bonaire, and Aruba retains the special Dutch Caribbean atmosphere – low-key, relaxed and friendly. Although there is a lot to see and do, it is never frantic, always friendly. Aruba is a classic Caribbean, 'paradise' island - palm trees, sunshine and beautiful beaches are major attractions for visitors. Aruba has the same climate as Curaçao and Bonaire, warm and sunny, almost always 29ºc (84ºf), and the air is kept fresh by the cooling breeze. Aruba is outside the Caribbean hurricane belt.


                               
                                      Although lively and busy Aruba is a small Caribbean island and still has
                                      the relaxed "Dutch Caribbean" atmosphere.
                                       Aruba has wonderful beaches - an exciting nightlife - and some of the
                                       best scuba diving sites in the world with many fantastic wrecks.


 
 


Aruba, like its sister islands, Curaçao and Bonaire, was first inhabited by the Caiquetios, a branch of the Arawak Indians, from South America. Remnants of their culture can still be found at a number of different sites around the island and in museums. The Spanish landed in 1499, but never fully controlled the island, and Aruba became a clandestine hide-away for pirates and buccaneers. The Dutch captured the islands of Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire from the Spanish in 1636. Aruba is now independent. All the Dutch Caribbean islands had the same turbulent history which has led to the all having a very rich cultural mix something that gives these islands their easy-going, friendly atmosphere. It also gives the islands an interesting heritage and a wonderful range of cuisine ! The population of Aruba is a wonderful mix of 40 different ethnic backgrounds from around the world. The native language is a Creole dialect called Papiamento which is made up of elements of Dutch, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, African languages and Arawak Indian. Islanders speak Spanish or Dutch, the official language – but everyone speaks English.


The Authentic Caribbean

Aruba is an island of contrasts. Those who prefer privacy can find a secluded stretch of beach – or fun activities can be found on the busier beaches – people who enjoy the natural world will find a pristine natural habitat away from developed areas - others can enjoy Aruba's nightlife. Although lively and busy, Aruba is a small Caribbean island, and because of its size, history and culture, it still has the relaxed atmosphere so evident on Curaçao and Bonaire – the authentic Caribbean.


Aruba has miles of very wide, white-sand beaches, fringed with palm trees, along the Turquoise coast, so named because of the colour of the ocean, where the sea is calm and warm. Some of the finest beaches you will ever see. Although Aruba attracts a lot of visitors, we were surprised to find that, even the most popular beaches were not crowded. Due to its popularity there are a huge range of fun activities on offer on all the beaches. The ecological wealth and diversity is now recognised, and protected, and there are now many opportunities to explore Aruba's remarkable environment, by car, mountain bike or on foot. Nature lovers trek through the national park and enjoy bird-watching in a protected sanctuary.


Accommodation

There is a very wide range of excellent accommodation available on Aruba. It has chain hotels as well as smaller hotels and apartments. Accommodation ranges from rooms and apartments to luxury suites. We specialise in the more personal, intimate hotels. Apartments and studio rooms have a kitchen, should you wish to self-cater. Our hotels we offer are selected for independent travellers, honeymooners and divers.


Nightlife

Aruba has a vibrant nightlife with numerous restaurants, clubs, bars, shows, casinos and various activities and entertainment, catering for a very wide range of tastes, centred primarily on Oranjestad the capital. The city is busy and lively, but there is no intensity to the nightlife, and so the atmosphere remains low key and comfortable. Although Aruba is a very popular holiday destination, the beaches, clubs and restaurants are rarely crowded.


Activities

Aruba welcomes more visitors than the other Dutch Caribbean islands and offers a huge range of fun activities to suit just about everyone. There are a number of activities to enjoy: riding, hiking, mountain biking, bowling, tennis & squash, golf etc. The combination of the relaxed and the active, the natural world and the entertainment offered, gives all visitors a wide choice of holiday options.
Ocean conditions are perfect for water sports, scuba diving and snorkelling. The ocean is warm - 28c pretty much all year - and clear with visibility of 30-40 metres. Conditions are very easy for divers of all levels of experience and ability. Aruba has some of the best scuba diving sites in the world, with several fantastic wrecks. Aruba is known as the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean. Click the links on the banner above for more information about the various activities on offer.


Health & Safety

The Dutch Caribbean has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. This cultural and religious mix has developed into friendly, easy-going societies - an attitude that has given each island a relaxed and very welcoming atmosphere. There are no special vaccinations required for the Dutch Caribbean - no major health issues. The standard of cleanliness, health and hygiene is excellent. Please see our "Practical Stuff" page for information on the more mundane, but important, details that will help your holiday go well.

Whatever your preference, enjoying the fantastic weather in peace or enjoying outdoor sports, we are experienced in organising holidays in the Dutch Caribbean. We would be delighted to prepare a holiday proposal for you. We love talking about these wonderful islands, feel free to contact us by email or phone. Please see the links above to information about this wonderful island and our company - above. There is so much more to say!