Aruba is in the Caribbean Islands, located on the coast of Venezuela, marked by beautiful beaches and cultural diversity of its people. It has an unusual feature, some Dutch, Africa and Latin, outside the influence of American that gets from its visitors. Official language used by the local population is Dutch, but not hard to find the people speak Papiamento a mixture of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, and it also has some Arawak Indian and African influences, the dialect is very friendly.
But that’s not why the island, with its white sand and crystal clear waters, receives many tourists. The place is packed with resorts, casinos, shopping malls with several international boutiques, festive party, luxury hotels and golf courses. Check out what are the main beaches and attractions offered by Aruba.
Beaches in Aruba
That there are no shortcomings in Aruba are the beaches. Paradise of the wild, perfect for water sports, the options promise to please the most diverse types of tourist. One of the most popular areas is the hectic Palm Beach, surrounded by hotels “high rise” palm trees, shops, piers, restaurants and bars. The region is perfect for snorkeling and some other water sports which are sold in packages of stores such as De Palm Tours, the largest on the island. Who want to relax can choose to stay in the sand or floating sunbeds, leased by hotels.
Only ten minutes from Palm Beach is located Arashi. With crystal clear water, like the other beaches on the island, and has the ideal depth for swimmers. The left corner, covered with pebbles, is one of the best spots for snorkeling. It is recommended for tourists to bring water and something to eat, because there are no shops or street vendors on site. Slightly before Arashi it is Malmok, almost hidden in a residential district. The beach has two accesses, some rocks and a sea as calm as a swimming pool.
In the capital Oranjestad (Dutch, literally “Orangetown”) there is Surfside Beach with very calm water. A little to the north, tourists can have fun at Eagle Beach, which has one of the most beautiful views of the sunset. This beach is very popular and was the first to be occupied by the hotel “low rise”, its building up to five floors. It has a wider strip of sand and the sea is a little deeper than Palm Beach. In walking the beach, visitors can find plenty of bars and kiosks, while the hotel is located on the left side standing in the sand.
At the southern end of the island, they are Baby Beach and Rodgers Beach. The first beach is a very calm and shallow, perfect for children. It is very similar to Palm Beach, but with smaller buildings and a more greenish water. Besides being able to rent chairs and tents, there are also some kiosks for those looking snacks and drinks. The second is very similar to the first, but some tourists feel uncomfortable with the view of an oil refinery nearby.
Things to do in Aruba
Aruba has a varied nightlife and full of hectic. It is not difficult to find restaurants, bars, clubs and casinos crowded. Much of the entertainment is offered by the resorts, but there are also many options out of them.
Anyone who wants to enjoy the sunset can choose the boat ride with dinner, drinks, snacks and music included. This type of service is offered by Red Sail Sports in Palm Beach. Now who wants to hear music and dance in African or Latin beat, you can choose between the Mambo Jambo and Cuba’s Cookin ‘. Some of the hotels on the island, such as the Radisson, have bands and live music for wrapping the night of guests.
Beside the famous casinos in Aruba such as Alhambra Casino, we highlight the Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, the Hyatt Regency and Renaissance, located inside tourist areas. Tourists can enjoy themselves with various games of chance, such as the famous poker, blackjack and roulette.
One of the best news for tourists is that Aruba is a tax-free land. That’s right: the territory is basically a giant freeshop. The good deals extend to clothes, shoes, electronics, perfumes, accessories, food and drinks. Discounts may vary according to the brand of the product, but the minimum is 10%. The capital Oranjestad has an extensive and trendy shopping area, especially in the vicinity of Caya Béticos Croes.
Many visitors prefer the malls. Places like Herencia Shopping Mall, Royal Plaza and the Renaissance Mall are always full of tourists looking for promotions, mainly department stores and designer brands present there. The Palm Beach Plaza Mall, The Village Mall and South Beach Mall are other options for those looking good products and prices.
The best time to visit to Aruba
Aruba is known for its sunny climate, which lasts almost the entire year. There is no rainy season and the island lies outside the hurricane belt. January, February and March are the busiest months, then whoever wants a relaxed atmosphere should choose to come in mid-April to the end of September.
How to get Aruba
You can get to Aruba for flights change in Bogotá Caracas and Panama or through cruise ships that can come out of Brazil or their own Caribbean islands and the United States.
Upon arriving at the airport in Aruba, tourists can opt for taxis. The prices are not expensive: hardly spend $ 30 to more distant places. Cars can easily be found outside the Arrival Gate.
Where to stay in Aruba
Many tourists opt for resorts “all inside” as spa, swimming pools, casinos, restaurants and many other services. Some of the biggest names in the business are Aruba Marriott Resort and the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino. Rates start from U.S. $ 335.00 in simple rooms.
Famous hotel chains such as Holiday Inn, Hilton and Renaissance are also present on the island. In Oranjestad some hotels and inns can be found with good accommodation and more affordable price.
Where to eat in Aruba
Mainly because of American influences, Aruba is an island full of fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut and many others. Who wants to taste local cuisine, you can search for restaurants and bars typical of the region, with dinner drizzled with tequila. Some of the options are Aqua Grill the Hostaria da Vittorio or very brazilian Amazônia and Texas de Brazil.
More information about Aruba
The official currency is the Antillean guilder, but dollars and international credit cards are accepted at almost any establishment. You do not need a visa to visit the island. For questions, visit the official website of Aruba: www.aruba.com.