More about Aruba
Aruba’s motto is “One Happy Island” and there is a reason for that. The long pearly white sandy beaches, an abundance of sun and the friendly locals, there is plenty to be happy about. On the island there is plenty to see and do, especially if you love water sports. After sunset you can enjoy the lively nightlife.
• Long pearly white sandy beaches
• Great nightlife
• Water sports
The sandy beaches of Aruba are very wide and freely accessible for everyone. On Palm Beach, the busiest beach, several water sports activities will be offered while you are enjoying the beach. On the windward side we would advise you not to go swimming because of the strong current and the rough see. However we highly recommend that you visit the natural pool “Conchi”, on the windward side of the island in the national park Arikok.
Top beaches on the island according to ABC Villa Rentals :
• Arashi Beach
• Baby Beach
• Eagle Beach
• Malmok Beach
• Palm Beach
• Renaissance Island
This small Caribbean island offers plenty of activities to keep you busy. You could explore the national park Arikok on horseback, on a mountain bike or with a jeep. If you want, you can even go hiking. You’ll find that Aruba is a perfect place to be on or under the water. There are some great opportunities to go diving, snorkeling, kitesurfing, windsurfing and also parasailing. If you’re looking for a great kite and windsurf spot or a nice wreck to go diving, we recommend Malmok Beach.
Animal lovers will definitely be interested in visiting the Bubali bird sanctuary, the donkey sanctuary and the Philips Animal Garden Zoo. There is also a lush butterfly garden that you will not want to miss.
If you prefer a more cultured holiday, Aruba has got you covered as well. You can visit the historical museum Fort Zoutman, the archeological museum or the Aloë Vera museum. We also suggest you visit the Alto Vista chapel, where you can experience an outdoor service.
After spending all day on the beach or in the water, you are ready to experience Aruba’s nightlife. There are many great options such as a typically Dutch bar, life music while enjoying a drink on a terrace or dancing the night away in one of the nightclubs.
The hotspots on Aruba are piano bar Sopranos and the nightclub Senor Frogs at Palm Beach, club Confessions at South Beach Center and of course the Hard Rock Cafe Aruba. For a Dutch atmosphere, visit Cafe Rembrandt in het South Beach Center. Happy Hours on the beach are at Reflextions Beach, Moomba Beach or Bugaloe Beach Bar.
Carnival, without a doubt, is the most important event on Aruba. The celebrations last for a whole month and consists of several parades and parties in the street (jump-ups). If you visit Aruba during Carnival you can enjoy the Lighting Parade and the Grand Parade, but also “Jouvert Morning” in San Nicolas. The Grand Parade in Oranjestad is the last Carnival event and closes of strong with the burning of King Momito, the spirit of carnival.
Every year Aruba has several musical events. You can enjoy the Aruba Soul Beach Festival, the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival and dance all night at the dance event Electric Festival. When you attend any of these festivals you will see some big artists performing, seeing them on a festival in Aruba sure makes you holiday more special.
Every Tuesday night you can visit the Bon Bini Festival the historical Fort Zoutman in Oranjestad. Enjoy a show with traditional Aruban dancing, music and costumes. If you love food, you can try some local dishes at Bon Bini Festival as well.
Should you miss Carnival, you should absolutely pay a visit to the Carubian Festival. This colorful event is held every Thursday night in the center of San Nicolas. Get ready for the parade, live music and a scoop of Aruban culture.
If you enjoy sports Aruba has plenty to offer too. At Surfside Beach you‘ll find the yearly Aruba Regatta. Windsurfers, catamarans and yachts all compete to be the winner of the races held. There is also a competition for sailing yachts and motoryachts to showcase their sailing skills. At Hadicuri Beach and Boca Grandi Beach wind- and kite surfers compete at Hi-Winds. During the event there is also plenty of entertainment, so get ready to party.
Besides regular international cuisine you’ll find plenty of fresh fish on the menu on Aruba. The popular whitebait wahoo, mahi-mahi and barracuda are served with a traditionally Creool sauce, made from tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and herbs. Stews like Carbi di Baca Stoba (beef), Cabrito Stoba (goat) and Galina Stoba (chicken) are served with white rice and beans (arroz moro) or cornflower cakes (funchi). The best snack by far is the pastechi, or a patty. They are available with cheese, chicken and meat.
If you want to dine on typical Aruban cuisine we recommend Zeerover, The Pastechi House and The Old Cunucu House.
The local currency is the Aruban Florin (AWG). The exchange rate of the florin is tied to the American Dollar. The American dollar is a valid form of payment on the island and in some places you may even pay with Euro’s. All well-known credit cards and travelers cheques are accepted on the island.
The official spoken language on Aruba is Dutch, but most people speak Papiamento. The people of Aruba also speak English and Spanish very well.
The average temperature on Aruba is 30 degrees. There is a constant breeze on the island, which will keep you cool. The rainy season is usually between October and the end of December. This will cause short showers, which are immediately followed by sunshine.
To enter Aruba you need to have a valid passport. American, Canadian and EU-citizens do not need a visa. Most South-Americans also don’t require a visa. You should always check to see if the rules are still the same and apply for you specific situation. You can ask for guidance at Departamento di Integración, Maneho y admision di Stranhero (DIMAS), http://www.dimasaruba.aw/
The Netherlands has a local representative on Aruba. Most countries from the EU and North America don’t have an embassy or consulate on the island. From Europe only France, Spain and Denmark have representation. Most South-American countries do have a consulate on Aruba.
1 January New Years Day
25 January Betico Croes Day
February/March the day after the Big Carnival Parade.
18 March Dia di Aruba; the day of the flag and the national anthem
27 April Kingsday
1 May Labor Day
25 December Christmas day
26 December Boxing Day