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maldives

Where is maldives?

Fun Fact #1 - Over 100 direct flights from major cities.

Fun Fact #2 - More sunny days than any other Caribbean island.

Fun Fact #3 - Small, safe and friendly, you can make the entire island your playground.

 

Aruba and it's sister islands Bonaire and Curacao nicknamed the ABC island  are located in the Southernmost part of the Caribbean.  Aruba is known for it's perfect weather throughout the year. With the calming trade winds you will enjoy a cool and pleasant 82-degree weather. 

Airport Code: AUA

Area code: 297

Language(s): Papiamento, Dutch, English & Spanish

Currency: Aruban Florin (Afl)

Exchange rate: 1 USD = 1.80 AFL

Time: Atlantic Standard Time (GMT -4)

best time to visit aruba

The best time to visit Aruba is from April to August – a huge window of time when the island's high prices take a holiday. And since the island sits well outside the hurricane belt, there's very little threat of tropical storms at this time. January to March features pleasant weather as well.

weather in Aruba

  • Average Temperature: 84/88 °F

  • Average Precipitation: 20 inches per year

  • Average Sea Temperature: Ranges from 79°F in January to April period to 84°F in October.

things to do

  • Natural Pool

Powerful wave action has worn this depression into the coastal limestone ridge. The surrounding rocks break the surf, so – with waves crashing all around – you can take a peaceful, cooling dip. Bring your mask and snorkel and commune with the fish hiding out in here. You'll want water shoes for the sharp rocks.

  • Eagle Beach

Fronting a line of low-rise resorts just northwest of Oranjestad, Eagle is a long stretch of white sand that regularly makes lists of the best beaches in the world. There are shade trees in some areas and you can obtain every service you need, from a lounger to a cold drink. Eagle Beach is a leatherback-turtle nesting area, so parts of it may be closed from March to July.

  • Aruba Ostrich Farm

With 18 ostriches, 16 emus and a bunch of ducks, geese, peacocks, chickens and turtles, this well-kept little farm makes a fun and educational stop on your way to the northern part of the island. Highlights include hand-feeding the ostriches (be sure to have a photo taken while you do this) and feasting on their enormous eggs, which (when available) are served for breakfast at the lovely open-air restaurant.​

  • ​Baby Beach

At the island's far southern tip, Baby Beach is a nice curve of sand with gentle waters and some decent snorkeling spots. It's popular with locals but not nearly as crowded as the west-coast beaches. The beach bar at the eastern end is a hoot for Flintstones fans. Nearby, Rodger's Beach is also quite lovely, if you don't mind the oil refinery towering above.​

  • California Lighthouse

Up the hill from Arashi Beach, this tall sentinel is named for an old wrecked ship called the California, which is not the ship of similar name (Californian) that stood by ineffectually while the Titanic sank, despite much local lore to the contrary. The views are great and the wind is strong, especially at the top. This is a popular spot to catch the sunset.​

  • Aloe Museum & Factory

You'll see aloe – the spiky desert plant that is the source of the healing and moisturizing aloe-vera gel – sprouting all over the island. Aruba Aloe grows and harvests the plant for high-end skincare products, which it makes right here in the factory. Learn more than you ever wanted to know about aloe – and see it in action and sample the goods – at the museum and on a tour of the factory.​

best beaches in Aruba

  1. Eagle Beach

  2. Baby Beach

  3. Palm Beach

best hotels in Aruba

  1. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino - Palm Beach

  2. Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino - Palm Beach

  3. Hotel RIU Palace Aruba - Palm Beach

  4. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino - Oranjestad

  5. Hotel RIU Palace Antillas - Palm Beach

Best all-Inclusive resort

Hotel RIU Palace Aruba - Palm Beach

Best adults only resort

Hotel RIU Palace Aruba - Palm Beach

Best Family resort

Hotel RIU Palace Aruba - Palm Beach

best places to eat in Aruba

  1. El Gaucho - Argentine SteakhouseOranjestad

  2. Driftwood - Seafood - Oranjestad 

  3. Eetcafe Paddock - Dutch Cuisine - Oranjestad 

  4. Atardi - SeafoodPalm beach

  5. The Pastechi House - Aruban Cuisine - Oranjestad

best way to get around in Aruba

The best way to get around Aruba is by bus. Although, many visitors stay close to their resorts and respective beaches along the northwest coast. Fixed-rate Aruban cabs are another hassle-free way of getting around. Renting a car is a good choice for exploring the island's east coast, while renting an all-terrain vehicle for off-roading in the Arikok National Park is another option for the more adventurous crowd.

most popular activities in aruba

  1. See the natural wonders of Arikok National Park 

  2. Explore the Pedernales Wreck - Diving off the shore of Palm Beach

  3. Hike the Ayo & Casibari Rock Formations

  4. Visit the California Lighthouse

  5. Enjoy the amazing beaches - Palm Beach, Baby Beach, Eagle Beach, Hadicurari Beach.

  6. Off-road ATV or Jeep Adventures

  7. Catamaran cruise

  8. Snorkeling

  9. Aruba Ostrich Farm

  10. Hit the slot machines or the black jack table at the casinos

What to wear in aruba

With Aruba's tropical climate, you will be comfortable in casual summer wear plus some light evening wear for restaurants, nightclubs and casinos (men might need a light jacket for some of these). Shorts and slacks can be worn on the streets of Oranjestad. Bikinis should preferably be reserved for beaches and swimming pools and are not permitted in shopping and business areas. No real need for elegant evening wear, casual silk or linen dresses & slacks will do. A light sweater for the cooler evenings might come in handy.

covid-19 requirements & updates

ENTRY REQUIREMENT:
As part of Aruba's Traveler Health Requirement, the Government of Aruba requires all visitors to undergo a Molecular SARS-CoV-2 test based on a nasal swab before entering Aruba.  
Children aged 14 and under are exempt.

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR U.S. VISITORS:

Effective January 26th, 2021, as announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. government will require all international airline passengers to show proof of a negative, PCR or Antigen, Covid-19 test before boarding flights to the United States. In addition, the results of the test must be from no more than 72 hours prior to departure. For the official CDC announcement, click here.

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