107,953 people
Dutch and Papiamento
Aruba Florin
Flight time
9hrs 30mins from the UK
time difference
GMT – 4hrs
best time to go

Introducing Aruba

Known as “The Happy Island” of the Caribbean it certainly lives up to its title thanks to its abundant sunshine, long stretches of Caribbean coastline and spectacular fusion of Dutch and Caribbean heritage. The shoreline of Aruba is its most recognisable feature. There is a lot of interest in these beaches, and for good reason—they are among the most beautiful areas on the planet. Eagle Beach is known for having pristine sands and a relaxed atmosphere. High-rise hotels, luminous bars, and stylish casinos may also be found in Palm Beach. The Caribbean influences are less prominent in the capital, Oranjestad. The island’s connections to the Netherlands can be seen throughout. Wherever you look, you’ll see gable roofs and merry-go-round-coloured structures. Moreover, you can easily notice the strong American influence on the town’s culinary scene. Nonetheless, Aruba has more to offer than interesting food and gorgeous beaches, the fauna of the country is worth exploring too. You can encounter shoulder-high cacti, wary iguanas, and two bird species that are unique to Arikok National Park by walking along its pathways.


In the Southern Caribbean Sea, Aruba is one of the Lesser Antilles islands.

The group of islands known as the Lesser Antilles stretch in an arc from Puerto Rico to South America’s north-eastern coast. The Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao, and Bonaire are some of the islands that are a part of the Lesser Antilles. Aruba can be described as a Dutch Caribbean Island.


The optimum time to travel is between December and March, when the sun and the warmth is at its finest and rainfall is at its lowest.

With an average daily high temperature of 33 C and an average low temperature of 28 C, September is the hottest month of the year.
With an average daily high temperature of 30 C and an average low temperature of 25 C, January is the coolest month of the year. Like with most tropical locations, Aruba has high temperatures throughout the year. There are dry and rainy seasons, but even in the rainier months, there are typically plenty of hot, sunny days, and any precipitation typically comes in downpours that pass quickly.


The food of Aruba is a delicious fusion of dishes from the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Netherlands with a distinct Aruban flavour. There is a lot of fresh fish and seafood, tasty fried foods, fish soups, and satisfying stews.

Pan Bati: You must have a Pan Bati with your Aruban meal. It is a soft flatbread that melts in your mouth and has a subtle sweetness to it. Although it is prepared in a manner like that of a pancake, this bread is never served with a sweet dish; instead, it is always eaten with a savoury dish or in soup.

Being in the Caribbean all restaurants serve the catch of the day as well as an array of seafood. The Mahi-mahi, red snapper, and grouper are the most prevalent fish in Aruba. Home-cooked meals like meaty succulent stews and seafood chowders are popular on the island. While there are still possibilities for beef and lamb meals, traditional stews frequently feature goat meat and fowl. Keri keri is a well-known fish stew you will come across on many menus and Cabrito stoba is a popular goat stew.

History and Culture

The Caiquetio Indians of the Arawak tribe from Venezuela are thought to have been Aruba’s first recorded residents. This semi-nomadic tribe fished, hunted, and gathered food between 2500 BC and 1000 AD, relying primarily on the sea for life. These Native Americans built five sizable communities during the commencement of the Ceramic era, which lasted from 1000 to 1515 AD, and they began cultivating yucca and corn. The Archaeological Museum of Aruba displays miniature replicas of two of these Amerindian settlements as well as a model of an Amerindian home. Alonso de Ojeda, a Spanish adventurer, found Aruba in 1499, which marked the beginning of the Spanish control of the island. For 137 years, Spain had power of Aruba. Due to Aruba’s advantageous location, the Dutch took control of the island in 1636, securing a Caribbean naval base for their Eighty Years’ War with Spain. Aruba was conquered and taken over by the British during the Napoleonic Wars, but the Netherlands reclaimed it in 1816. In 1845, Aruba formally joined the Netherlands Antilles.


Aruba is great for families with kids who love a bit of adventure. Head to the Bushiri Karting Speedway for a thrilling go karting experience. The only outdoor karting track in Aruba, Bushiri Karting Speedway offers incredibly fast, exciting kart racing with high-speed passing zones and hairpin curves. This will certainly engage and involve all the family. Take the family on a 10mins boat ride to De Palm from Oranjestad, where you’ll find amazing waterslides, banana boats, flamingos, and oceanfront cabanas for a blend of sun, sea and fun! A great way to delve into Aruba’s past as a pirate country is to head to Bushiribana and Balashi to explore the goldmines and historic monuments.

Soft powdery sands, adorned by devi trees and a profound colonial heritage, Aruba is a fascinating destination to embark on, on your next Caribbean getaway.

Highlights of Aruba

Bushiribana and Balashi
The ominous and scary remains of Aruba's 19th-century modest gold rush may still be seen eroding and disintegrating amongst the dry hills south of Oranjestad. The British built them far back in the 1870s after finding gold deposits through Aruba. Tourists can marvel at the towering structures of the former mining works and view the fortified buildings that were built to fend off advancing pirates from the coast.
Butterfly Farm
The Butterfly Farm, which now has two distinct branches in the Caribbean, one on Aruba and the other on Sint Maarten in the Leeward Islands, has proven to be a key attraction with tourists. Between Palm Beach and the Bubali Bird Sanctuary, you can see some of the vibrant and unique butterfly species that inhabit the tropics.
Eagle Beach
Only a short distance from the capital at Oranjestad, Eagle Beach curves around the west coast. The beach offers powdery soft sand and a calm coastline that dazzles in a deep blue and aquamarine hue. A perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing day!
Stellaris Casino
The Stellaris Casino, situated in the Marriot Resort, boasts a staggering 26 different gaming tables, hundreds of slot machines, and sports betting options among its numerous attractions. The casino, which is the biggest in Aruba, guarantees visitors a genuine Vegas-style experience replete with poker, blackjack, and other games.

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