Caribbean Tourism

Aruba - Introduction

Aruba - Introduction

Flat, cactus-dotted landscapes and brilliant blue waters make Aruba a land of exciting visual contrast. Just off the coast of Venezuela, it's known for friendly Dutch hospitality, long white beaches, hotels with every facility, excellent watersports, colorful cabarets and spectacular casinos. Its residents are devoted, gracious, energetic tourism hosts with eyes for detail.


Though Dutch is the official language, everyone speaks English and "Papiamento," the unique local combination of English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese which reflects Aruba's interesting history. Official currency is the Dutch "florin" but U.S. Dollars and major credit cards are welcome island-wide.

The busy port capital, Oranjestad, distinguished by pastel Flemish facades, is a pretty patchwork of banks, business offices, historic forts and museums, cafes, restaurants and chic international duty-free boutiques. It colorfully combines Spanish and Dutch history with a picturesque wharf where boats of every type, fruit, vegetable and handicrafts stalls and European-style cafes line the harbor.

Aruba's enchanting countryside ("cunucu") is not to be missed. Take in the famous 100-foot long natural bridge, carved out of coral rock by the surf, ride horseback around Arikok National Park or follow the famous wind-swept watapana ("divi-divi") trees, lovingly known as the national compass. Legend says they will always lead you home.

Outback Aruba is home to more than 200 species of birds. And the island recently added its first real 18-hole golf course - designed by Robert Trent Jones. Lots to like!

Related pages

Geographic
Geography of Aruba
Aruba Geography in Wiki

Birds:
Birds of Aruba
CHECKLIST OF THE BIRDS OF ARUBA; ITS COMPLETE BIRDLIST VOGELS VAN ARUBA

Golf:
Golf & Other Sports in Aruba


More . . .

Aruba: How to get there

US and Canadian residents may submit any of the following: A valid passport; or an original birth certificate with a raised seal plus a...

Aruba - Money / business guide

Banks Aruba Bank. Banco di Caribe. Caribbean Mercantile Bank & Trust. RBTT Bank. Travelers in Aruba who carry ATM cards bearing the...

Aruba - Country profile & Map

Geography Situated in the southern Caribbean, 1230 north of the equator & 70 west longitude, Aruba is only 15 mls off the coast of...

What to see and do in Aruba

What to see and do in Aruba Dining Fish and seafood abound in countless preparations, countries tried-and- true, and updated versions of oldies created by experienced...

Aruba - Useful information

To call Aruba To call Aruba from North America, dial 011-297 + the six-digit local number. To call from Europe or most other countries,...

Beaches & Watersports in Aruba

Beaches & Watersports in Aruba BEACHES Fringing gentle glittering turquoise waters along the southwest coast are world-renowned carpets of warm, sugar-white sand dotted...

Before Travelling

Climate: Aruba is out of the hurricane belt and the climate is dry. The hottest months are August-October and the coolest are December-...