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Aruba - beach

“We found several elements of the ‘Caribbean Feeling’ in Aruba – blindingly white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, for example – but there’s something of the romantic idyll that Aruba lacks. Too many American-style bunker hotels have been constructed on this comparatively small island. For those staying for a longer time, and who want to live independently, it’s good that the road infrastructure is extensive, and that you can buy everything here (though the prices are high!).

The locals have become very ‘European’, and there’s none of that authentically chilled-out vibe you get in Jamaica. On the other hand, of course, it’s great that this island is essentially perfectly safe. Even long after dark it’s fine to take walk here.

All in all, I’d say Aruba is over-developed, and maybe this was at the root of our slight disappointment. Still, there are plenty of kilometer-long beaches, and the food is very good. There’s an unbelievable range of restaurants on offer, and we got through a lot of sunscreen while sunbathing on the beach – particularly on Eagle Beach. Anyhow, that’s Aruba ticked off the list. Next stop Puerto Rico, but not because of Despacito… (aji, 2017)

Practicals

Transport

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Aruba - tram - d.q. photo

Aruba - near cruise port - Agnes photo

Food

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Aruba - cocktails

Aruba - Ostrich Egg Platter - r.p. photo

Shopping

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Aruba - rum shop with motivated customers - j.k. photo

Fun

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Aruba - strange coctail - k.t. photo

Aruba - Gustav is happy - f.g. photo

Health

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Aruba is well served by sea breezes

Aruba - local workforce - laying on of hands healing - k.h. photo

Aruba - Watch out for nasty fire coral when snorkeling or swimming. Hubby Brushed up against a buoy. Vinegar and hot water have brought down swelling. Using hydrocortisone cream and aloe - f.r. photo

Others

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Aruba - street scene

Aruba - donkeys love Aruba - j.r. photo

Aruba - street art - a.m. photo

Aruba - a matter of taste - t.d. photo

Background

Aruba flag

Aruba - national flag mask - s.c. photo

Destination in brief

Aruba in brief

Aruba is located in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea. The island is one of the Lesser Antilles islands and sits close to the coast of Venezuela.

Aruba is a small island. With a territory of 193 km² (120 mi²), it is 32 kilometers (20 miles) long and 10 kilometers (6,2 miles) wide.

Population: 106,000 (2020)

Capital city: Oranjestad

Aruba is an autonomous state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The locals are Dutch citizens. The Euro is the official currency, but the U.S. Dollar is used and accepted everywhere.

Official language: Dutch and Papiamento (a creole language based mainly on Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French)

Religion: 91% Christians

Public safety is excellent.

The weather is suitable for a holiday throughout the year. No hurricanes (it’s located just below the hurricane belt)

About a million visitors come annually to Aruba by plane, and another 700,000 arrive on cruises for a day trip.

What you can do on a holiday trip to Aruba: beach, surf, sailing, diving (scuba, snorkel, wreck diving), riding horses, jeep safari, kayaking, etc.

Aruba, along with Curaçao and Bonaire, is part of the group of islands formerly known as the Netherlands Antilles.

Aruba has more than a dozen casinos. The island doesn’t tax gambling. So if you have win money gambling, you can keep it all, no taxes.

Geography

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Aruba - Renaissance Island - water alley - Gustav's photo

Tourist etiquette

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Aruba - Attention - Do not step on the rocks (reefs) - Do not take anything that belongs in the sea - k.m. photo

Attractions

Oranjestad

Aruba - Oranjestad - Agnes photo

Aruba - Oranjestad - harbor - s.v. photo

Baby Beach

Aruba - Baby Beach - Gustav's photo

Renaissance Island

Aruba - Renaissance Island - Flamingo Beach - Gustav's photo

Aruba - Renaissance Island - Flamingo Beach - Gustav's photo

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