Bon Bini! Welcome to amazing Aruba, where the sun shines nearly every
day of the year and the beaches are pristine and gorgeous. Sitting
just off the coast of Venezuela, and measuring only 30 km in length
and 9 km in breadth, Aruba is a tourist paradise. Charming and inviting,
this tiny island is one of the most toured in the Caribbean and makes
for the perfect place to spend just a day or as long as you like.
Forming part of the ABC group of islands, Aruba lies roughly 29
km from Venezuela and is one of the Lesser Antilles Islands. Its
closest neighbor is Curacao, some 42 miles away. For such a small
island, Aruba has an incredible diversity of landscapes. Popular
with those who simply want to kickback and relax on its beautiful
beaches, as well as those who want to enjoy some wonderful diving and snorkeling, this island has it all. Visit the capital Oranjestad,
a compact and quaint town or for those who like roughing it out
a bit, the island’s eastern coast along with the town of San
Nicolas to the south, have some dramatic cliffs and marvelous vistas.
Thought to have been inhabited some 4,000 years ago, Aruba was
first claimed by the Spanish in 1499. The Dutch then laid claim
to this island in 1636. There was a brief period where the British
took over in the early part of the 19th century. However, by and
large, Aruba has remained under Dutch control, although in 1986
it was given the status of an autonomous entity by the Government
of the Netherlands.
What makes touring here so special and what keeps the tourists coming
back to Aruba is that this island offers its own wonderful and unique
blend of hospitality, which has led it to be labeled “The Happy
Island”. Unwind here by chilling out on the many gorgeous beaches
sipping your rum, or tour the intriguing Arikok National Wildlife
Park with its abandoned gold mines amid a ‘deserted’ backdrop
of cacti and divi-divi trees. The people here are friendly and getting
around Aruba is easy enough. Most of the hotels and resorts lie in
the northwest of the island near and in Oranjestad, offering some
lush panoramas and excellent beaches.
For those who like to play after the sun sets, there is plenty
to do in Aruba after nightfall. Try your luck at the many casinos
on the island or enjoy a Las Vegas-styled show. With bars and clubs
abound, the nightlife here is superb along with some incredible
dining opportunities, as well as superb dinner and party cruises.
Whatever you choose to do in Aruba just know this; here you simply
cannot and will not be disappointed!