Looking for an idyllic beach retreat for your 2017 or 2018 holiday? Aruba is the answer. Famous for its perfect climate, Aruba basks in non-stop sunshine and is the ideal place to feel the sun on your skin and the sand between your toes. Whether you’re looking for family-orientated fun-filled days in the sun or you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway Aruba holidays have something for everyone. Shimmering turquoise waters hide an undersea world of wrecks, reefs and rich marine life. The sugar white banks of sand are home to sun loungers and umbrellas waiting to welcome sun worshippers.
For palm tree lined streets and pastel coloured buildings, head to Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad. The city is packed with shopping hotspots, top-notch restaurants and some of the island’s best spots for sightseeing. Away from the island, a 5 minute ferry ride sees you exploring nearby De Palm Island. With three more gorgeous beaches and a waterpark to enjoy it’s well worth the short trip.
Taking a holiday in Aruba places you in a melting pot of cultures. With Caribbean and Dutch architecture to explore many of the island’s must-see spots relate to the region’s history and heritage. Whether you’re on a Segway trip of the island’s capital or diving into the waters to find sunken wrecks offshore, there are so many hidden gems to uncover. Aruba’s beaches are second to none and are some of the best in the Caribbean. The vast and preserved wilderness of Arikok National Park is an adventure playground waiting for inquisitive explorers to discover its wildlife secrets and hidden cave art. Aruba’s museums are an eclectic mix - covering everything from model trains to ancient archaeology. With casinos and resorts laying on some fantastic evening entertainment, along with some first-class restaurants and bars, Aruba is an island that knows how to have fun. With a calendar chock full of year-round festivals, concerts and carnivals, the party lives on day and night.
Wine and Dine
The melting pot of cultures on the island makes Aruban cuisine truly special. Menus include flavours from South America, Holland, Spain, France and other Caribbean islands. These fusion flavours make an Aruba holiday a foodie’s haven - with something unique to try every day. For the most authentic flavours, head to a locally owned restaurant. You’ll not only experience some warm and welcoming Aruban hospitality but their unique take on the island’s most famous recipes. Keshi Yena is one of the most renowned dishes. The hollowed rind of an Edam cheese is filled with minced meat, vegetables, nuts and eggs then slowly baked in the oven. Simply delicious - a visit to the island wouldn’t be complete without trying it. The Old Cunucu House is a great example of a local restaurant steeped in history. The owners use Grandma’s ‘secret recipes’ to serve up everything from tasty seafood to traditional stews in the 150 year old farmhouse.
Children and adults of all ages will find fun and adventures waiting for them in Aruba. Nature lovers will love the Arikok National Park, where native species can be spotted in the wilderness. Visitors in June can watch baby turtles hatch on the shores of Eagle Beach and equine fans will want to head to the island’s donkey sanctuary to meet some four-legged friends. High-octane fun for all the family is on hand at the island’s race track. Drag racing events are held regularly over 11 months of the year, meaning you should be able to catch a race. For families who love spending long days on the beach, there’s a huge range of coastline to choose from and every beach has its own unique character, so there’s a spot for every type of holidaymaker. With water sports and beach sports on the menu, the kids can keep active while the parents soak up the Caribbean sun. With evening entertainment shows welcoming youngsters to the party, Aruba’s nightlife is family friendly too.
Action and Adventure
However you like your adventure served, Aruba holidays have something on the menu for you. Dive beneath the waves to discover sunken wrecks teeming with marine life, zip across the ocean on jet-skis or kite-surf into the swells. Away from the water sports and beach fun there are off-road adventures for petrol heads keen to see Aruba on a high speed adventure. For more high-octane thrills, head to the International Raceway Park Palo Marga in San Nicolas. 30,000 people gather at events held here from January to November to watch the thrilling drag races. Mountain biking, hiking and island tours get you closer to Aruba’s natural flora and fauna and give you the chance to explore at your own pace. With tennis, bowling, golf, beach tennis and many other sports to enjoy on the island, you can definitely keep active on your Aruba holiday. Serious adventurers will want to embrace their inner Bear Grylls and head to the Arikok National Park. This preserved stretch of wilderness is home to iguanas, goats, donkeys, parakeets, whiptail lizards and snakes. A day exploring the caves, sand dunes and cliffs in the park will reward you with wildlife encounters, hidden Amerindian art and eerie glimpses into the area’s abandoned gold mines.
Life's a Beach
On a holiday to Aruba you can experience some of the Caribbean’s widest and cleanest beaches. The super soft, fine white sands are the ideal place for soaking up some Aruban sun and getting that all-important holiday tan. Easily accessible, most beaches have a range of facilities ranging from water-sports and activities to cocktail bars and beachside grills. Eagle Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island. Great for relaxing or exploring the coastline - if you time your visit right you may even spot some rare wildlife. In June, baby turtles hatch on the beach and head for the ocean. If you’re on the island to do some serious snorkelling, Palm Beach is for you. The waters are clearer and you’ll have fewer jet-skis to worry about. If the bustling atmosphere on these two beaches isn’t for you - head to Baby Beach. Popular with Aruban families, due to the shallow waters, this beach has a much more relaxed vibe.
A holiday to Aruba guarantees a lively nightlife that carries on into the early, early hours. Gambling is one of the main draws, with some casinos opening 24 hours a day. With several dedicated gambling spots, plus smaller casinos within hotels, you can dance with lady luck throughout your holiday. The glitz and glamour of the casinos are equally as entertaining as the slot machines and card tables. Watch the high rollers placing big bets before trying your luck on the roulette tables. Many casinos have dining rooms and entertainment, making it an ideal place to spend a fun evening. Away from the gambling, for a party atmosphere to remember, hit the streets. Bar hopping is a trend on the island that promises to be a great way to meet new people and discover new nightspots. Buses take hoppers from bar to bar before hitting the clubs so you can dance the night away. Last but not least, there’s a huge range of in-house entertainment and shows on the island resorts. Live music, dance shows and carnival nights offer a party atmosphere at a slower pace.
Is there anything more romantic than strolling hand in hand on a sun-kissed beach? Aruba’s pristine white sands are the perfect setting for this quintessential holiday moment. Whether you want to snorkel together and spot some colourful tropical fish, or laze on the warm sands soaking up the rays, there’s a perfect beach just waiting to be found. For a secluded picnic a trip to Boca Prins cove is ideal. You’ll need to head over some rocks to reach the cove, but you’ll be rewarded with a quiet stretch of sand to enjoy. For a break from the beach Aruba's Butterfly Farm is a vision of colour and beauty. Full of unusual species, the tropical garden is teeming with butterflies from around the world. Tour guides are on hand to explain butterfly habits and if you arrive early you can spot new butterflies emerging and taking their first flight. As the sun sets, Aruba’s nightlife can see you partying with new friends or setting sail on a sunset cruise. With many first-class restaurants on hand to cater for those all-important intimate meals, an Aruba holiday is a Caribbean delight for couples.
With such gorgeous beaches around every corner on the island, it may be tempting on an Aruba holiday to just sit back and relax on the sands. But you’ll be missing out on Aruba’s fascinating historical sights, natural attractions, and museums. From the ancient sunken wrecks on the sea bed to the ruins left behind from the gold mining industry - there are some eerie and atmospheric spots on the island to discover. The Bushiribana ruins are what’s left of the gold smelting works on the North Coast. Built in 1872, much of the building still stands today and is waiting to be explored. Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital, is a cosmopolitan mix of bustling city life, local handcrafts and picturesque Dutch colonial buildings. A Segway tour of the city takes in the highlights without the leg work.