Beautiful Aruba. Many people have Aruba on their vacation bucket list. In addition to the luxurious tropical blue waters and warm weather, it is well known for its friendly atmosphere and diversity. Depending on when you visit the island, various festivals are held each year. These festivals are often held in honor of Aruban history and mixed with modern influences. Music, dancing, traditional foods, and plenty of entertainment exist all over the island.
Of all the great things you can do while in Aruba, we've compiled a bucket list of our own that includes the best "don't miss" things you will want to consider when you go.
Sunbathe on Eagle Beach
Go snorkeling to see the shipwrecks
Explore the caves in Aruba's beautiful Arikok National Park
Visit Private Island
Walkthrough the mangroves and swim at the Spanish Lagoon
Catch a sunset over the Caribbean
Jump into the natural swimming hole near the Bushiribana Ruins
Windsurf and kiteboard at Hadicurari Beach
Check out the Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations
Or, if you are traveling as a family, we recommend you add some of these to your itinerary!
Go to the Butterfly Farm
Visit the Donkey Sanctuary
Wander through the Ostrich Founder water
See the California Lighthouse
Check Philips Animal Garden
Attend the Bon Bini Festival
Play in the sun and sand at Baby Beach
Get wild at the splash park at Surfside Beach
Take a submarine underwater
Dine at Buccaneer Restaurant for an aquatic view
Whatever you choose from these lists, we know you will be creating memories that will last a lifetime for you and those you are sharing your quality time with. Of course, be sure and take lots of pictures--for years to come, you will be looking back on them as you reminisce again and again together with delight!
As you plan (or dream about) your luxury vacation adventure, weather is always something to take into consideration. The tropical climate in Aruba means that it is hot all year-round. Although with humidity, the air is quite sticky, you'll be happy to know you will benefit from a constant breeze, especially on the East Coast, where the wind is strong and persistent. The precipitation received is only around 20-inches annually, and most of the rain occurs from October to December. The driest months are March, April, and May. With the sun being available from 7 to 10 hours all year, the waters are always warm enough to swim.
While there are no waterways or railways in Aruba, there are highways, paved roads, and an airport. As for public transportation, there is plenty. Buses run about every 15-minutes. They start before 6 a.m. and end at 6 p.m., but then run every 40-minutes until 11:30 p.m. The central bus station sits in downtown Oranjestad. A day pass for the bus is less than $10 USD.
Aside from buses, it is easy to take taxis and cruise ships, depending on where you're trying to go. There are also rental car options — the rates for a rental car run anywhere from around $40.00 to $90.00 daily. You can drive in Aruba with your U.S. license. An international license isn't necessary.
The official languages of Aruba are Papiamento and Dutch. However, most Arubans speak at least four languages. English and Spanish are usually the other two languages spoken by the natives. Papiamento is a language derived from French, Portuguese, English, Spanish, African, and Dutch dialects.
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