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Aruba

Dubbed ‘one happy island,’ this statement perfectly sums up the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba. Small in size, at just 19.6 miles long and six miles wide, what it lacks in space it more than makes up for in warmth and hospitality.
 
An idyllic destination for a luxury holiday, Aruba is popular with couples, and thanks to its breathtakingly beautiful beaches, it provides the perfect backdrop for a honeymoon you’ll never forget.
 
Palm Beach is a hotspot for tourists, with a plethora of luxurious hotels, restaurants and casinos taking up residence here. However, for a more unspoilt island experience, venture to Eagle Beach where laid back, Caribbean living is epitomised. Expect thatched beach hangouts, rum-based cocktails and friendly locals ready to welcome you with open arms… and a piña colada.
 
Exploring this island is simple. Rent a car or bike to take in the sites at your leisure throughout your stay or jump in a taxi to see the vistas of the capital, Oranjestad. Here you’ll find Renaissance shopping mall, the marina and the Atlantis Submarine Expedition which takes you past one of the Caribbean’s largest shipwrecks.
 
Talking of shipwrecks, the coast of Aruba hosts a few… and even some airplane wrecks too. Discover the wonders of the deep, and meet a sea of marine life along the way with a host of scuba and snorkel tours available. If you only endeavour on one, make sure it’s the Jolly Pirates for a morning of swashbuckling fun that’s suitable for all ages. Enjoy three snorkel stops, two in calmer waters, and a rope swing for a true Pirates of the Caribbean experience.
 
Alternatively, get up close and personal with creatures on land at Flamingo Beach. Located on a private island just off the coast of Aruba, here you can meet the island’s famous pink residents who revel in human attention. A bucket-list activity for sure!

 
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Aruba experiences consistently warm weather year-round with an average of 28°C. Away from the Caribbean hurricane belt, the island sees some effects of tropical storms but this usually stops at short showers. For a quieter trip, avoid high season from mid-December to mid-April.
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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC -4
  • Capital: Oranjestad
  • Currency: AWG/USD
  • Flying time to destination:
    9-hours from London

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 27°c   Feb: 28°c   Mar: 28°c  
Apr: 28°c   May: 29°c   Jun: 29°c  
Jul: 29°c   Aug: 29°c   Sep: 29°c  
Oct: 29°c   Nov: 28°c   Dec: 27°c  

Location

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Aruba in a nutshell

  • Clear turquoise waters, pristine white sands and swaying palm trees frame the picture-postcard setting that is Palm Beach. Home to Aruba’s hotel zone, call off the search for paradise as you’re already there.
     
  • Near to Palm Beach lies Eagle Beach. Expect the same gorgeous scenes but alongside an unspoilt Caribbean atmosphere. Less Americanised and much more secluded, a day trip here is ideal for those wanting to soak up a little more of the island’s culture.
     
  • The 11km stretch that connects Palm Beach and Eagle Beach on the island’s western side was awarded third place in a 2017 TripAdvisor poll of the world’s best beaches – if this stunning haven was voted as number three, we can’t wait to visit numbers one and two.
     
  • Aruba has fallen foul to an American culture – but island vibes are still prominent. Expect typical American food, from ribs to Buffalo wings, but all with a Caribbean undertone and lashings of flavour. Saying that, a fusion of Spanish, French, Dutch, Indian and Chinese cuisine is also apparent on most menus, so approach each meal with an open mind for international fare.
     
  • For an al fresco dining experience complete with a festival atmosphere, head to Smokey Joes Island Grill. Home to big portions, delicious flavours and ‘the best ribs in the Caribbean’, it’s a must-visit when visiting Aruba.
     
  • Explore the gorgeous tropical marine life that inhabits Aruba’s shores. Occupying the shallows, expect to see schools of Sergeant Major damselfish just a few moments’ walk from the shore.
     
  • Venture out a little further and explore the famous ship and airplane wrecks of the Caribbean sea. SS Antilla is the most popular site, and one of the largest shipwrecks in the entire Caribbean. Grab your flippers and let’s get diving.
     
  • Rather see the wonders of the deep without getting wet? Experience something truly unique and dive 130 feet in the largest passenger submarine fleet in the world. Definitely one for the entire family, young explorers will marvel at the colourful fish and exciting shipwreck.
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