Idyllic white sand beaches and year-round balmy temperatures make Aruba a repeat favourite for vacationers. At only 20 miles long, it’s easy to explore by bike or moped. With a rich history and culture and a strong Dutch-influence, Aruba is a fascinating island to visit.
An ecological reserve on the southeast section of the island, with an array of caves, sand dunes and limestone cliffs to explore. Within the park you'll also find a gold mine and Amerindian art. Filled with local wildlife – iguanas, goats, donkey, parakeets and lizards, to name a few – Arikok is a great way to spend a day or even two. Most visitors use four-wheel drive vehicles to visit the park, but there are areas where you can get out and walk as well.
Known as “Sunrise City” and across the island from the more glitzy Palm Beach, San Nicolas is vibrant with street murals, artisan shops and galleries. Every Thursday night, the streets come alive with the Carubbian Festival – a mini-carnival. The sweetly named Baby Beach, named for its gentle waters, is just one of the many beaches nearby.
The Dutch heritage of the island is apparent in the shops, where you can buy Dutch porcelain, hand-embroidered linens and cheese. Aruba is known for its aloe plants, and you can find a wide array of aloe-infused lotions, sunscreens and hair care products. Look for local jewelry made with the djucu nut. The djucu plant doesn't grow on the island, the nuts wash up on the shore, having travelled from nearby Venezuela.
Located on the northwestern shore of the island, the shallow turquoise water and offshore trade winds are ideal for wind and kite surfing. Whether you're out there on the water or watching from the white sandy beach, it's a thrilling way to spend some time.
Located in Savaneta, on the main road between Oranjestad and San Nicolas, Zeerovers serves up the fresh catch of the day, against a backdrop of a spectacular ocean view.
Average temperatures are a tropical 28C. Constant trade winds help cool things off and with only 41cm of rain a year, there's no bad time to visit.