Barefoot Abroad in Aruba
Bon Bini! Welcome to Aruba.
The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba lies 15 miles north of the South American coastline, benefitting from year-round sunshine, an average temperature of 32 degrees and a cooling breeze. Located on the edge of the hurricane belt, with only 20-inches of rain throughout the entire year, sunshine is always guaranteed.
With its nine mile stretch of award-winning pristine beach, turquoise seas, colonial Dutch architecture and a Latin vibe; Aruba is a truly delightful alternative Caribbean experience.
An adventure in Aruba is most often found in discovery of the unexpected. Visitors to the island delight in the amenities of world class hotels, stunning beaches, constant sunshine and dramatic scenery.
The sophistication of the leeward side is rivalled only by the dramatic natural and historic sites that can be found throughout the island, especially on the windward face. The back roads of Aruba take travellers past eerie rock formations, cacti and the famous divi-divi trees. Discover hidden caves once inhabited by the Arawak Indians, with etchings and drawings still adorned on the walls. Further along the rugged environs of the islands’ cactus-studded landscapes, where goats and donkeys roam, past the world famous white sand, palm-fringed beaches, there also lays the rolling patch of green of golf courses that promise an adventure of a different sort.
Watersports are in abundance on the island with the off-shore breeze and small surf providing the perfect setting for those wanting to windsurf or sail. For those adrenalin junkies looking for their next fix, then it’s the place to try out the latest craze of kitesurfing.Dive under the sea and visitors are transported to another world, one populated by numerous tropical fish, bountiful coral and even a shipwreck or two. Daily sail and snorkel tours are offered alongside dive schools for those looking to reach even greater depths.
Complementing a day of discovery is a night of excitement with action to be found in the island’s casinos, showrooms and nightclubs. Pair an evening escape with a visit to one of the many fine restaurants and enjoy a gourmet dining experience in Aruba’s relaxed atmosphere. All cuisines are catered for, but you really can’t visit the Caribbean without a meal overlooking the sea or feeling the soft sand between your toes. For a truly authentic Aruban experience visit Papiamento an Old Aruban Manor house with the Ellis family now offering unrivalled cuisine, served within the stunning candlelit gardens. Dine like a local and head to Zeerovers, for the best and freshest catch of the day!Looking for a calmer more serene experience then try stand-up paddle boarding through the striking mangroves at Mangel Halto or take in an early morning yoga class on the beach. If you’re feeling well-balanced why not combine the two and attempt paddle board yoga!
For those romantic moments Aruba offers candlelit beach dinners, couples massages, sunset cruises, adult-only hotels and quiet havens where you and your loved one can take a moment and just reflect.
One of the islands greatest assets is its people, whose warm, welcoming smiles greet visitors at every turn. Hospitality remains a strongly engrained tradition. Arubans gladly share their island and its unique culture, which is well displayed in folkloric festivals, art exhibitions and during a very joyous carnival season.
The islands busy calendar of events starts in January with the vibrant costumes and celebrations of Carnival before slowing the pace for the soul and rhythm and blues of the Soul Beach Music Festival in May. The hottest hip DJ’s that take to the stage at the Electric Festival in September and for Jazz lovers, top Latin and funk musicians headline the Caribbean Sea Jazz festival in October. For those looking for something more sporty then Sail Aruba, the Hi-Winds windsurfing championships and International Beach Tennis Tournament offer a great spectacle and party atmosphere. Click here to see the 2015 calendar of events.
We hope you will rediscover yourself and discover Aruba and understand just why this little gem in the ocean is fondly known as the ‘One happy island’.