Article courtesy of Susan Campbell as published in Aruba Days Magazine by Nights Publications
Warm and Welcoming Hosts
There are few spots on the planet where you’ll be greeted by such warm and hospitable people. Over 40 nationalities are represented in the population of almost 100,000, but most Arubans
are as comfortable with English, Spanish, and Dutch as they are with their unique native language of Papiamento. Bonbini is the
phrase you’ll hear most often when you arrive; it’s Papiamento for
“welcome”. And that’s exactly how you’ll feel.
Endless Strands of Perfect Sand
Aruba’s beaches are among the most breathtaking in the
world – soft, sparkling white sands stretch for miles lapped by
azure waters chock-full of amazing marine life and lit by spectacular
sunrises and sunsets. Just one day on one of these surreal
beaches and you will have to admit, that yes, there is heaven on
earth. And it’s found on Aruba.
Fun Things to Do
While the superb snorkeling, scuba, and watersports of every kind might keep you tied to the beach, the island’s interior holds offbeat delights. Topside discovery tours help you unearth the real Aruba with desert jeep trekking, dune sliding, landsailing, ostrich riding, donkey feeding, spelunking in ancient caves, and historic sites. Then there’s architecturally pleasing Oranjestad that is well worth exploring with its cosmopolitan art galleries, modern museums, and happening spots!
A Parent’s Paradise
Your biggest parenting vacation challenge will be to choose
what child-pleasing pastime to partake of next! “I’m bored!” are
words your children will never utter on this island! Aqua fun, cool
critter encounters, thrilling extreme adventures… there are hundreds of activities to ensure unlimited family fun. And when you
need “adult time”, babysitting services and children’s activity programs are offered.
Ultimate ease of travel to and from Aruba is assured with efficient
and convenient services at Queen Beatrix Airport like a separate
dedicated terminal for US visitors providing quick customs and
clearance – coming and going. That means much more beach time!
From the freshest catch of the day seaside to first-class culinary
offerings that span the entire globe, Aruba has it all. An eclectic
potpourri of dining locales offers cuisines from as far away as Japan and as close as South America. You’ll also find China, Indonesia, Holland, America, France, and even Cuba well represented. Local fare of sumptuous soups and stews and delightful desserts add
to the palate-pleasing spectrum of epicurean adventures to be
Bargain hunt in the open markets or succumb to serious retail therapy with international designer fashions, electronics, diamonds, crystal, china, linens, jewelry, perfumes, watches, and more in the
multi-faceted malls and charming boutiques, all tax-free and low on duty! (Bring an extra suitcase for the treasures you’ll pick up, or simply buy one here!)
Boogie barefoot on the beach, go glamourous at world-class
casinos, or take in Vegas-style revues… nocturnal pleasures abound
here. Live bands and DJ driven music give the many bars and clubs
their own vibe, and the bar-hopping bus and sunset party cruises
assure you a one-of-a-kind night out. Come for Carnival and you
can join the entire island for a party that lasts for weeks!
Aruba is the Caribbean epicenter for romance. The island is famous for providing perfect locations for lavish honeymoons, surfside spots to tie the knot, and paradisiacal places to rekindle flames, renew vows, or celebrate a landmark anniversary. This is definitely a passionate island. And how about a “babymoon”– a final foray of vacation freedom as a couple before baby makes three!
Consistently Calm Climate
Aruba’s weather forecasters have the best job in the world
because just about every day is a beautiful day. With an annual average rainfall below 20 inches, a balmy average daytime temperature of 82 degrees, and constant trade winds to offset the sun’s heat, how could a meteorologist go wrong? Plus, Aruba is outside the hurricane belt, so you’ll never have to worry about tropical storms ruining your vacation.