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Aruba Island, Caribbean: where it is, when to go and what to see

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White beaches, turquoise sea, comfort and relaxation. A dream? No, it is Aruba, a beautiful Caribbean island not far from Venezuela! Once colonized by the Dutch it is now part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. An island that has a lot to offer practically all year round. What do you say, could it be the destination of your next vacation? Let's find out together!

Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. What to see in Aruba: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Aruba
  6. How much does an Aruba vacation cost? Here is info and prices
  7. User questions and comments
  8. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: about 110.000
  • Capital: Oranjestad
  • Languages: Dutch, Papiamento
  • Local currency: Aruban florin (€ 1,00 = 2 florins)
  • Time zone: UTC-4 (Aruba is 4 hours behind Italy, 5 when daylight saving time applies here)
  • Weather: tropical, with average temperatures of 28 degrees all year round
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: Passport, return ticket. Visa not required for Italian citizens for stays of less than 180 days.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Aruba is located in the Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela.
    The island belongs to the Netherlands. It enjoys one of the highest living standards in the Caribbean region, with a low percentage of poverty and unemployment. Despite its belonging to the Netherlands, the island is not part of the European Union.





    How to reach us

    • From the main European capitals: there are several scheduled companies that connect the main European capitals to Aruba. Dutch national airline, KLM, is great - Compare flights to Aruba - from € 548,00

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical all year round. Daytime temperatures around 29/31 degrees. Rainfall is scarce, even in the rainy season (October to December). The sea is warm all year round (26 degrees from January to April, 29 to October) - more info on climate and best time for Aruba
    • Best time: from mid February to May. From May to October the climate is more sultry, even if the trade winds make the heat bearable.
    • Period to avoid: actually, none. From October to December it has moderate but not excessive rainfall, which sometimes borders on January and in the first half of February.
    • Hurricane / cyclone risks: Aruba is located in the southern limit of the hurricane belt. This means that, at these latitudes, phenomena of this kind are very rare, but not impossible. The months most at risk, if we can say so, are from August to October.
    • Advice: Pack light cotton or linen clothes, a raincoat for thunderstorms and a light sweatshirt for the evening. Don't forget snorkeling gear and plastic sandals for the reef.

    What to see in Aruba: beaches and places of interest

    Aruba is not very big. If you decide to rent a car (better from Italy, it costs less), you can easily visit it by yourself.
    Now let's see specifically what to see in Aruba:



    • Eagle Beach: splendid beach which, from February to September, is the scene of the laying of eggs of various species of turtles. If you are lucky enough to be in the right place, but above all at the right time, you can witness a wonderful natural spectacle - More info on Eagle Beach and Palm Beach
    • Renaissance Island and Flamingo Beach: private artificial islet a few minutes by boat from Aruba where you will unexpectedly find yourself sunbathing with pink flamingos. Birds are very used to human presence and are not afraid to be photographed from close range or to come close to you while you relax on the sun loungers. Admission costs approximately € 85,00 (180 florins) and the price includes round trip transfer, sun loungers and umbrella, a cocktail and main course for lunch - More info on Renaissance Island and Flamingo Beach
    • The capital Oranjestad: founded in 1636 by the merchants of the Dutch West India Company
    • Beaches: Druif Beach, Manchebo Beach and, beyond the Bubali Bird Sanctuary, populated by cormorants and herons and dominated by an authentic windmill built in Holland in 1840, Palm Beach, Handikurari Beach (ideal for windsurfing), Malmok and Arashi . Baby Beach, Happy Beach, Rodger's Beach, and Bachelor's Beach border the southernmost tip of Aruba. Boka Keto, on the other hand, is a wonderful natural swimming pool
    • Bushiribana: on the northern tip of Aruba, the California Lighthouse marks the border between the Caribbean and the desert. An arid landscape will accompany you to Bushiribana, the ghost town of gold diggers
    • Natural Bridge by Andicuri: it is the largest natural arch in the Caribbean
    • Arikok National Park: overlooks the east coast of the island, and is a real naturalistic treasure, with native species, traces of the ancient settlements of the Arawak Indians, caves, wonderful fauna and ... even a natural pool: the Natural Pool!
    • Alto Vista Chapel: this is the first church in Aruba, it stands on top of a hill from which you can admire a breathtaking view! It is located in the north eastern end of the island, and its functions take place every week

    What to do in Aruba

    We just noticed how many things can be seen in Aruba. But what can be done on this island? Here are a few activities not to be missed!



    How much does an Aruba vacation cost? Here is info and prices

    Il average cost of a vacation in March (therefore in the optimal period range), for two weeks, two adults, direct flight from Amsterdam + hotel starts from a base price of € 3.500. Keep in mind that all inclusive hotels in Aruba can be counted in the palm of your hand.

    If you are a couple looking for a special vacation (for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway) you can't miss one dinner on a private palapa facing the sea. The cost is approximately $ 185 per couple (approximately € 160,00) for a 6-course dinner, including wine and champagne. A banal lunch outside of hotels averages $ 25-30 (€ 20,00-25,00). A catamaran trip ranges from 65 to 90 dollars (€ 55,00 - 80,00).

    • 7 nights in 4 stars from € 1.400 per couple -
    • starting from € 480,00 -
    • 10 nights starting from € 1.155 per person -
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

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