The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba lies 15 miles north of the South American coastline, benefiting from year-round sunshine, an average temperature of 32 degrees and a cooling breeze. Located on the edge of the hurricane belt, with a nine mile stretch of award-winning pristine beach, turquoise seas, colonial Dutch architecture and a Latin vibe; Aruba is a delightful alternative Caribbean experience.
An adventure in Aruba is most often found in discovery of the unexpected. Visitors to the island delight in the amenities of world class hotels, stunning beaches, constant sunshine and dramatic scenery.
The sophistication of the leeward side is rivalled only by the dramatic natural and historic sites that can be found throughout the island, especially on the windward face. The back roads of Aruba take travellers past eerie rock formations, cacti and the famous divi-divi trees. Further along the rugged environs of the islands’ cactus-studded landscapes, past the world famous white sand, palm-fringed beaches, there also lays the rolling patch of green of golf courses that promise an adventure of a different sort. Dive under the sea and visitors are transported to another world, one populated by numerous tropical fish, bountiful coral and even a shipwreck or two.
Complementing a day of discovery is a night of excitement with action to be found in the island’s casinos, showrooms and nightclubs. Pair an evening escape with a visit to one of the many fine restaurants and enjoy a gourmet dining experience in Aruba’s relaxed atmosphere.
One of the islands greatest assets is its people, whose warm, welcoming smiles greet visitors at every turn. Hospitality remains a strongly engrained tradition. Arubans gladly share their island and its unique culture, which is well displayed in folkloric festivals, art exhibitions and during a very joyous carnival season.
Aruba Fact File
- The island is 19 miles long, and six miles wide. The south and west coasts are bordered by powder-white sand beaches and turquoise seas, and this is where the majority of hotels are located. A rugged landscape marks the north coast and the interior is coloured with numerous brush trees, a variety of cacti and dramatic rock formations.
- Dutch and Papiamento are the official languages, although English is widely spoken.
- The capital is Oranjestead, a small colourful city with shops, cafés, bars and restaurants on the waterfront. Also home to the main cruise terminal and the Renaissance Resort – which has an adults only Marina hotel and private island.
- UK passport holders do not require a Visa.
- The official currency of Aruba is the Aruban florin (also known as Dutch Guilder) but US dollars and credit cards are widely accepted.
- Aruba time is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4)
- Aruba enjoys a continuous sunny climate, making it a year-round destination. The average daily temperature is 89ºF (32ºC). Aruba lies on the edge of the hurricane belt, so very low risk. Rainfall is very moderate, approximately 20 inches per year! There is also no rainy season.
- Aruba has two types of hotel, high rise and low rise. The high rise hotels are predominantly located on Palm Beach and are mainly international brands like the Hyatt, Hilton and Occidental. The low rise hotels are mainly located on Eagle Beach, Divi Aruba All Inclusive, Tamarijn Aruba, Manchebo Beach Resort and Bucuti Beach Resort. There is also the Renaissance Resort, located in down-town Oranjestad.