Located in the southern Caribbean Sea, Aruba is only a 19-mile long island of the Lesser Antilles. It is an oblong island that is fronted by a jagged coast and heavy surf on the North side and on the South by seven miles worth of honey colored beaches. On a clear day, you can see clear straight to Venezuela. Combined with Bonaire and Curacao, the group is known as the ABC islands. The citizens of Aruba hold Dutch passports because it is a part of four constituent countries that make up the “Kingdom of the Netherlands”, which also includes Curacao and Sint Maarten.
It would be nearly impossible for a person to get lost on an island that is only 75 square miles in area and where the beach is only 3 miles away at any point. In addition, its roads are well marked and in good repair. As for culture, the native Arubans get their roots from a combination of African, Arawak and European peoples and the island itself has ties to Holland, which is reflected in the language, foods and architecture. Even though most people speak English, the official native languages are Dutch and Papiamento. The weather on Aruba is easy, sunny and warm with an average daytime temperature of only 82 degrees Fahrenheit and because of the constant trade winds, Aruba is known as the most temperate of the Caribbean islands. Aruba may be small but there is plenty to see and do.
Deep Sea Fishing
You can catch a variety of Atlantic game fish year round in the temperate waters. Game-fish such as Blue Marlin, Sailfish, King-fish, Shark, Black and Blue-fin Tuna, Wahoo, Barracuda and Yellow-fin Tuna are ever present. Hiring a Charter boat for either a half-day or full day, which includes the captain and crew is an easy process.
Aruba offers excellent horseback riding along the beach and sand dunes as well as the desert like plains or the Arikok Hills where you can take amazing photos of incredible views. Horseback riders can start out with a guided tour from Rancho Notorious, which is famous for their fun filled tours and is open seven days per week.
The Butterfly Farm
One thing you won’t want to miss is a visit to Aruba’s unforgettable Butterfly Farm where you will find yourself in a tropical garden filled with butterflies from around the world. It is located at Palm Beach directly across from The Westin and the Aruba Phoenix.
Aruba offers some fantastic events that are highly recommended by many visitors.
The Aruba International Pro Am Golf Tournament
Aug 24 – 26, 2012
Which is a two day, 36-hole tournament for both pros and amateur golfers.
Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival
October 5 & 6, 2012
Inspired by the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival takes place every summer in the Netherlands.
Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival
A two-night concert featuring artists like The Gap Band, Chaka Khan, Boyz 2 Men and Wyclef Jean to name just a few.
Make your plans now to take in all the sounds, tastes, and feel of the incredible island of Aruba.