Bonbini! To all. That is how you say welcome in Papiamento, Aruba’s native language still used today. Aruba is the island in the Caribbean with the most sunny days, beautiful natural wonders, and hidden treasures. Aruba gets more repeat visitors than any other Caribbean islands and for a good reason. Whether you go for the least rainy days or the incredibly friendly locals, you will not be disappointed in your trip to Aruba. The One happy island, Aruba is one of the best vacation spots in the Caribbean and the world.
Geography of the Island
Sitting 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of the coast of Venezuela, Aruba measures 30 kilometers (19.6 miles) long and 9 kilometers (6 miles) across at its widest point. The total area of the island measures at 184 km squared (70 sq. miles). Island is mainly flat and is best known for its beautiful white sand beaches. Constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean keep you comfortable and the temperatures at around 27℃ (81℉).
Aruba is divided into the northeast and southwest coasts. Southwest coast is covered in white sand beaches, warm turquoise waters. The northeast coast has fewer sandy white beaches, and a covering of cacti, surrounded by rough seas with treacherous currents along the rocky coast.
Culture of Aruba
Arubans are a mix of over 90 nationalities from more than 130 countries all living in peace and happy harmony. Whether you look at the face of the people or the artwork surrounding the walls of San Nicolas, the story of Aruba is one that is hard to miss. A rich and diverse island full of history, Aruba is one of the best melting pots in the world. Aruba greets you with 100,000 welcoming people, gourmet delicacies to savor, calypso music to dance to and gorgeous pastel-lined streets to explore.
Main factor in the cultural richness of Aruba is its diversity. From classic Dutch architecture in Oranjestad, to Caribbean dance and rhythms of the Carnival celebrations to Caquetio Indian cave paintings Aruba is a mix of many cultures and traditions.
Things to Do
There is a saying that good things come in small packages and Aruba is one of the main proofs of this rule. Perfect weather, legendary beaches, sparkling warm seas, wind curved trunks of the local fofoti trees, and endless stretches of alabaster provide a true natural wonder for the travelers who venture here.
For the tourists who want more of a thrill, Aruba does not disappoint. Sailing. snorkeling, ATV tours, Island Safaris, and submarine tours take sightseeing to next levels. You will not regret your time spent on the private Renaissance Island or the hours spent wondering in the Butterfly, Ostrich Farms or the famous Arikok National Park. Eagle beach is arguably the most beautiful of the many beaches on the island.
If you want a more secluded experience, the Natural Pool formed from the wash off from the waves is the place for you. Also check out Palm, Hadicurari, Arashi and Baby beaches. Jane Sea will give you one of the best diving spots available in the western hemisphere.
Language and Currency
There are 4 languages (Dutch, Papiamento, English, Spanish) spoken widely in Aruba, however the two official languages are Dutch and Papiamento. If you speak English you will have no problem communicating with locals and having a wonderful travel experience here.
The official currency in Aruba is the Aruban Florin (Afl). However, do not fret as U.S. dollars are widely accepted across the island. One U.S. dollar is worth about 1.80 Afl. You can also use all major credit cards and personal checks during your trip in Aruba.