Shimmy those shoulders; you’ll soon be dancing to the beat of amazing Aruba...
What if we were to tell you about a small island nation off the Venezuelan coast, which lies outside of the Caribbean’s infamous Hurricane Alley? It’s got a kick of Spanish seasoning, a dash of Dutch loveliness and more South American flavouring than any of its Caribbean neighbours. And while the words “tropical semi-arid climate” might not mean much, translate it into real terms and you’ve got low rainfall and warm days or, in other words, perfect holiday weather. “Bon bini” (that’s the local welcome), to holidays in Aruba.
Where there is perfect holiday weather, there are inevitably perfect holiday resorts. And Aruba has a clutch of them. The best are scattered along the coastline in the north west of the island, where Mother Nature stashed the most dazzling sands of white. All-inclusive holidays to Aruba are popular here, in hotspots such as Eagle Beach and Palm Beach, where luxury hotels dish up five-star hospitality among the palm trees and swimming pools.
In Aruba, all-inclusive holidays are enjoyed at many of the island’s best hotels. If you’d rather pick your way around the menus of Aruba’s exceptional restaurant scene, which is worth taking the time to explore, opt for a different board option and take your taste buds on a wild ride around the island (our tip: try the keshi yena – a large and gooey local dish made with cheese and meat. It’s delicious!).
Most flights from the UK arrive into Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) via airports in the USA, such as those in Miami and New York. Some flights go via Amsterdam as Aruba is part of the Dutch Caribbean group of islands.
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In the contest for faultless tropical holidays, Aruba is a year-round champ. Find out why…
The entire year is meant for relaxation in Aruba, as the mercury sambas its way to 30C almost every day. The sheltered beach resorts in the west and south of Aruba get the best of the weather, with long hot days providing the perfect excuse to take a dip in those gentle turquoise waters.
High season is considered to be mid-December until mid-April, when chilled-to-the-bone travellers escape the rain and snow of their homelands to bask in the warmth of Aruba. Some rain arrives between October and January, but this is generally in short bursts that quickly give way to clear skies.
Low season runs from mid-April until mid-December, when the island is less crowded and cheap holiday deals are easy to come by. June and September offer endless sunshine, thin crowds and amazing prices.
You’re going to get even more likes for your holiday pictures when you take snaps at these fun events…
Carnival; January-February: Like most Caribbean islands, Aruba explodes into life and colour for Carnival. Traditional food and rum fuel a parade of outrageously lavish costumes as an all-day street party goes on into the early hours. Head to Oranjestad for the main event on the Sunday following Ash Wednesday.
Aruba Hi-Winds; July: The island’s trade winds provide the conditions, and daredevil windsurfers provide the thrills. You just need to get to the sands at Hadicurari to check out the competition during this annual event.
Bon Bini Festival; every Tuesday: The people of Aruba are fiercely proud of their island and their famed hospitality. Every Tuesday, they mark this pride with an extravaganza of dance, song, art and craft, all set to the beat of steel drums. Head to the Renaissance Market Place in the capital, Oranjestad, for when doors open at 6.30pm. Believe us, you won’t want to miss this.
It’s only 20 miles long and six miles wide, but Aruba is crammed with brilliant ways to spend your days…
Romance: Horse riding… on the beach… with your loved one? You are going to score serious romance points with a trip to gorgeous Daimari Beach.
Active types: Looking for the kind of kicks that only a dive down to the wreck of a Second-World-War freighter ship can provide? You’re in luck. The Antilla is the largest wreck in southern Caribbean waters and an easy day (or night – if you’re brave) dive from Aruba. For adventure on dry land, climb to the peaks of either the Casibari or Ayo rock formations for some of the best views in Aruba.
Kids and teens: Spend the day with – and learning all about – ostriches at the island’s ostrich farm. Youngsters love seeing the chicks in the incubator.
Shopping: Cuban cigars and Dutch cheeses can be picked up alongside fashion and accessories from the world’s hottest designers when you hit the shops of downtown Oranjestad.