Location: At the heart of southern Caribbean, 27 km north of Paraguaní¡ Peninsula, Falcón State, Venezuela.
Best Time to Visit: Can be visited anytime throughout the year, but the best is January through March.
How to Reach
Reina Beatrix International Airport (AUA) is the nearest airport, located at the western side of the island. American Airlines is a popular carrier in this part of the world, as Aruba has no national airline. You can American Airlines flight from a number of destinations in USA including New York, Boston, Miami, and San Juan. You will also find flights of other airlines that connect Aruba with Chicago, Washington, BOS, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Newark, Houston Intercontinental, and Atlanta etc. There are also flights to London, Manchester, and Amsterdam etc. Daily flights are also available to various destinations of Venezuela including Caracas, Maracaibo, Las Piedras, and Valencia etc.
Nearest airport: Reina Beatrix International Airport (AUA)
‘Stoba di Bestia Chiquito’ — it does not matter how hard you dive and how fantastic your snorkelling has been, your experience of the Dutch Island of Aruba is summarily incomplete unless you feast on this hearty meal of goat meat and vegetable stew. ‘Keshi Yena’ — the chicken or seafood with Dutch cheese has its own share of takers too. Drop in at El Gaucho, Iguana Joe’s, or Madame Janette and find out what it means to be in this beautiful Caribbean island. This, of course, can follow a rigorous session of snuba activities. Snuba — well another Aruba specialty — a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving, unique to these parts!
Aruba is a part of the Lesser Antilles, at the heart of southern Caribbean. Located 27 km north of the Paraguaní¡ Peninsula, Falcón State, Venezuela, the beautifully island of Aruba has an overall area of 70 square miles with 19.6 miles in length and 6 miles in width across its widest point. Aruba is a flat and river-less island, known throughout the world for magnificent white sand beaches. An autonomous region within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Dutch Island of Aruba has got, unlike much of the Caribbean region, a dry climate. Being located outside the hurricane belt, the Dutch Island of Aruba always offer a warm and sunny weather, due to which the island has become a preferred destination for the tourists from all over the world who always thrive for jumping into the sunny and white beaches.
The Dutch Island of Aruba can be divided into northeast and southwest coasts. The southwest coast is known for the white sand beaches, turquoise seas, and warm waters. On the other hand, the northeast coast, unlike the southwest, is known for rough seas with tremendous currents and rocky coastline due to the exposíé to the Atlantic.
Aruba has a lot to offer to the tourists, especially who have come here to enjoy the sunny white sandy beaches and the blue sea. You also have a lot more to this as you can also indulge yourself in various water sports including Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Sailing & Boating, Deep Sea Fishing, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Kite Boating, and Jet Skiing etc. The northwestern tip of the island, known as ‘Hudishibana’, though a bit isolated, offers some of the most spectacular scenic beauties illustrated by large rolling sand dunes and rocky coral shorelines.
The miles of pristine white sandy beaches of the southwest coast are the most popular attractions of Aruba. There are several beaches where you can spend your memorable times. The flat beaches, calm waters and constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean can truly make your holiday.
Baby Beach is like a giant wading pool with not more than five feet deep at any point. Located at Seroe Colorado, at the southern tip of the island, this beach is one of the best places for snorkeling in Aruba.
Eagle Beach is often considered as one of the 10 best beaches in the world. The beach has shaded picnic area and plenty of parking places.
Palm Beach is located right in front of the luxurious high-rise hotel chains of the island and is known for calm waters. It offers excellent swimming opportunities.
Hadikurari Beach, also known as Fisherman’s Huts is popular for exciting snorkeling. It is located near the northwestern tip of Aruba, just south of the lighthouse.
Rodgers Beach is a bit different from the other beaches of Aruba with slightly rough surf. Located near the Baby Beach, this beach of Aruba offers shady areas and shower facilities.
The California Lighthouse is located close to the Tierra del Sol golf course and is know for offering wonderful views of the western coastlines of the island. You can also step in to the restaurant nearby that offers refreshments by day and also fine dinning during the evening.
The Dutch Island of Aruba is also known for a few caves that the tourists always love to explore during their visit to Aruba. In fact, exploring the caves along the southeast coast can be the highlight of your visit to Aruba. Guadirikiri Cave is a popular cave in Aruba, known for its two chambers which offer scintillating backdrop. If you are adventurous enough, you can go down the 100 foot long tunnel and find hundreds of harmless bats. But the most popular of the caves is Fontein Cave, which has drawings of Arawak Indians on the ceiling.
Things to Do
Aruba offers several exciting activities to make your tour a really enjoyable one. You can go for several exciting water sports like Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Sailing & Boating, Deep Sea Fishing, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Kite Boating, and Jet Skiing etc.
The underwater world of Aruba is one of the most inviting for water sports lovers of the whole world. Divers can choose from a number of diving sites in Aruba if they have Open Water Certification. You have the options of going for different types of diving including wall diving, reef diving, etc. You can also learn diving by undertaking a Resort Certification Scuba Diving Course.
If you want to explore the beauty of the coral formations and various wreck sites, you must go for snorkeling. Those who want to thrive for more excitement and want to go beyond snorkeling; they must try ‘Snuba’, where air hoses provide oxygen to the swimmer below the surface from the air tanks floating on the rafts on the ocean.
Sailing & Boating:
The view of the Aruba shores from the sea is just spectacular enough to make many tourists go for sailing & boating. There are tourists who go for water sports expeditions, and there are also some who prefer to go for a dinner cruise. The southern coastline of Aruba is perfect for sailing and attracts a huge number of tourists. You either rent a Sunfish or a Minifish, or you can also go sailing on a catamaran, a trimarin or on a ketch.
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=SRF7iWSzgKU: Check out the beautiful natural landscape and the wonderful scenic beauty of the Dutch island of Aruba in this video!