One of the Caribbean’s prime luxury vacation destinations, Aruba is renowned for its crystal clear turquoise waters and soft, white sand beaches. This tiny island offers much more than just beaches though. Aruba holidays include visits to the interior of the island where natural wonders are found in the pristine Arikok National Park, making up almost 20% of the island’s area. Whether it is the island’s interesting cacti forests or ancient Indian paintings in historic caves, wonders await. Old Spanish gold mines and graceful natural bridges are other intriguing sites in the interior.
A diver’s paradise, the coastal areas are loaded with ancient ship wrecks and colorful marine life. The clear waters and calm, protected areas along the leeward coast offer divers some of the most interesting wreck sites in the Caribbean. Non-divers can enjoy the mysterious depths by submarine tour. Cruising by ship wrecks and breathtakingly beautiful coral reefs, the Atlantis Submarine Tour explores Aruba’s coastal treasures.
Duty-free shopping is another favorite activity in Aruba. The latest designer fashions, precious gems, or traditional local crafts can all be found in the multitude of interesting shops and boutiques in the capital city of Oranjestad. Food is another delight on this island nation. Featuring both local and international cuisine, fresh seafood is abundantly utilized in many of the dishes.
Located on the protected southern side of the island, Oranjestad is a fairytale tropical city with beautiful pastel Dutch architecture. History buffs will enjoy wandering the colonial streets viewing the architectural features of the tall, multicolored Dutch homes. Founded in the late 1700s the town was named for the Dutch House of Orange. The wharf is an exciting area where fresh fish is sold right off the incoming fishing boats.
Aruba is home to several new luxury resorts, joining the many highly-rated accommodations on the island. Many offer the excitement and glamour of world-class casinos. Aruba holidays also boasts some of the greenest resorts in the Caribbean.