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June 13, 2020

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Mesmerizing sunsets, a windblown park, fantastic wreck-diving and romantic dining on the beach: just a few reasons travelers find this island in the southern Caribbean so irresistible.

Mangel Halto beach is one of the best places for snorkeling in Aruba.

For decades, thanks in no small part to the Beach Boys’ song “Kokomo” (“Aruba, Jamaica, oh, I wanna take you”), Aruba has been synonymous with paradise for American travelers. Even though Aruba sits just north of Venezuela, in the far south of the Caribbean, that doesn’t dissuade cruise ships from stopping at the island’s capital city, Oranjestad, or time-share vacationers from filling up its resorts. But while the resorts that line some of its beaches might make the island seem like many other vacation hot spots, around its edges, Aruba, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, contains unique treasures: a windblown national park of volcanic crags and raging waves; a revitalizing town lined with mosaics and murals; and an offshore shipwreck considered one of the best wreck dives in the world.

With boutique hotels offering individualized experiences, and restaurants that offer memorable dining experiences — be it on a beach or in a parking lot — there’s a lot to explore in Aruba. Early risers are rewarded with flurries of brightly colored birds (like the orange-and-black troupial), roaming packs of donkeys and empty beaches. The western side of the island, from top to bottom, is dotted with restaurants, beaches and piers with unobstructed views of the setting sun hitting the water in a blaze — and sometimes, if you’re really lucky — or really tipsy — a green flash. Getting around Aruba is pretty easy for visitors: Roads are well-signaled and in good condition, and although Aruba’s currency is the Aruban florin, United States dollars are widely accepted.

Dive into Aruban cuisine with a meal under the trees at <a href="https://papiamentoaruba.com">Papiamento</a>, an upscale Aruban restaurant named for the local language.

If you’re in Aruba, you’re probably interested in the beach, so waste no time in setting yourself up with a chair in the sand. Eagle Beach, sandwiched between the cruise terminal in Oranjestad and the high-rises in Palm Beach, has some of the most beautiful turquoise water and white sand on the island — or even in the Caribbean — in a low-key setting. Don’t forget to snap a selfie with the photogenic, wind-bent divi divi tree at the north end of the beach. One of the most chic ways to enjoy the sunset is by lounging at the bar of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort hotel, right at the point on Eagle Beach, where the sand juts into the ocean. Although the chairs in the sand are reserved for hotel guests, anyone can post up at the bar. Grab a gin and tonic and settle in for a stunning sunset between palm trees.

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Sand Dunes

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Arikok National Park

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Museum of Industry

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Charlie’s Bar

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Dive into Aruban cuisine with a meal under the trees at Papiamento, an upscale Aruban restaurant named for the local language. Housed in a traditional Aruban home, tables are arranged around a central pool, and diners can sample the classic Aruban dish, keeshi yena, a casserole of chicken stewed with olives and raisins and covered in cheese, or surf and turf served on a sizzling stone. Reservations recommended. Dinner for two, from about $100 to $150.

Kite-surfing at Hadicurari Beach.
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Saturday mornings in Aruba are for high-intensity activity, so get out there by either going up (kite-surfing or windsurfing) or down (snorkeling or scuba diving). Hadicurari Beach is the best spot to find windsurfing and kite-surfing options; Aruba Active Vacationsoffers a two-hour package for beginners for $60. Aruba’s waters are also packed with colorful sea creatures, and Mangel Halto beach is known for its snorkeling. Scuba divers flock to Aruba for the wreck-diving around two sunken airplanes and the Antilla shipwreck; Aqua Windie’s can set you up with either snorkeling or scuba diving.

The ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) love their ribs, and right in the center of Oranjestad, Babyback Grill has some of the best. A no-frills, open-air, cheap-eats barbecue joint in a parking lot, it’s the perfect place to devour an early, post-water-sport lunch with cold Amstel Brights (a Caribbean Amstel Light) in the bar, while old-school Aruban music plays through the speakers, and billows of smoke waft off the grill. Try the pork ribs but don’t forget the macaroni salad either. Lunch for two, about $30.

After a day in the sun, you might want to treat your sunburn with some of the aloe Aruba is famous for, so swing by the Aruba Aloe Factory and Museum Tour. Aruba Aloe is the most popular cosmetic brand in Aruba, with stores up and down the coast. Find out how aloe is raised, cut and processed with a free guided tour of their aloe fields and production facility, and save some time for sampling the goods in their chic store full of great gifts.

It’s quite fun to tour around Aruba in a rental car, from top to bottom. For a tour of the top part of the island, called Noord, start first by loading up on Dutch snacks at Super Food Plaza, a supermarket that stepped right out of Holland and into the tropics, featuring not just a vast selection of Edam and Gouda cheeses, but also a stroopwafel (waffle cookies) station, also known as heaven. Next, cruise by resort row in Palm Beach where all of the big chain resorts are lined up and where the walking district comes alive at night. Keep driving up the beach road, taking in the views from the various beaches along the way, before reaching the California Sand Dunes, where rocky beaches and dunes display Aruba’s wild side. Pop by the California Lighthouse and climb up the 127 stairs to the top, or simply enjoy the view from the bluff it is situated on. If the climb made you thirsty, pop into Faro Blanco Restaurant, at the base of the lighthouse, for a glass of wine to go with the panoramic view over Noord.

Head south to Savaneta for a romantic dining experience at Flying Fishbone. Diners can call ahead to reserve a table that sits either in the sand or the water and watch the sunset barefoot. Try the creamy corn and shrimp soup, and the blackened local red snapper when it is the catch of the day. Dinner for two, about $100.

Streetcar in downtown Oranjestad, Aruba&rsquo;s capital.

On the road from Oranjestad to Arikok National Park, the quaint little bakery Huchada serves up Dutch and Venezuelan baked goods like waffles and pan de jamón, and also crowd-favorite Aruban treats, like pastechis (hand pies) stuffed with meat, cheese or chicken. Wash it down with a coffee frappé or fresh soursop juice. Breakfast for two, $15.

May 21, 2020

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Eagle Beach in Aruba

Just 14 miles (25km) north of #Venezuela, #Aruba is the smallest and most Western island of the #Dutch #Antilles, which, known locally as the #ABCIslands, also include #Bonaire and #Curaçao. With its miles of white, sandy beaches, turquoise-blue waters and guaranteed sun, Aruba is a great destination for sun-worshippers and a popular stop for cruise ship passengers. Over a million visitors arrive on this tiny island each year enticed by its luxury resorts, first-class restaurants, 24-hour casinos and excellent watersports facilities.

Most visitors stay either in the capital, Oranjestad, or just to the north in one of the many resort complexes on Eagle and Palm beaches. The remainder of the island is much less developed and in the arid interior there is nothing more substantial than cacti, divi-divi trees, contorted by the consistently strong trade winds, and herds of goats. For those who demand more than simply soaking up the sun there are plenty of activities available. There is good diving and snorkelling along the reef on the protected leeward coast and windsurfing is excellent a little further north at Fisherman’s Hut. Deep-sea fishing can be arranged. We strongly recommend reservations in advance for most activities to guarantee availability.

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May 3, 2020

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The Westin Resort and Casino is a beachfront hotel and casino. It is located in the high-rise hotel section of Palm Beach, Aruba, which is full of resources for swimming, golf, horseback riding, ATV rentals and other water sports. This relaxing area is about four miles away from Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba.

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April 18, 2020

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April 3, 2020

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March 18, 2020

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February 22, 2020

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Celebrated as the most revisited destination in the Caribbean, Aruba offers visitors an unparalleled experience. Beyond its world-famous pristine beaches, Aruba boasts rugged, desert-like terrain, a cuisine influenced by more than 90 nationalities, signature sports like beach tennis and hidden gems such as Conchi, the secluded natural pool, and ancient Quadiriki and Fontein Caves. 

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Located in the southern Caribbean Sea, Aruba draws visitors year-round thanks to its consistently sunny weather, low humidity, and amazing Aruba hotels and resorts. Colorful marine life and coral reefs will mesmerize divers, while jewelry stores in the capital city of Oranjestad will have the same effect on shoppers. The fun never stops on an Aruba vacation. From pristine landscapes and historical sights to luxury boutiques and gourmet dining, you can pursue your favorite activities or simply luxuriate in doing nothing at all in Aruba.

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  • For wet ‘n wild fun, rent a jet-ski, paddleboat, wave-runner, banana boat or tube
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February 3, 2020

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February 1, 2020

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The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris® Casino is the cure for winter’s common cold. From nine on-site restaurants and bars to the exclusivity and sophistication of our Tradewinds Club, a hotel within a hotel. Winter will feel like a distant memory. Our guest rooms relax and inspire, complete with huge balconies, walk-in closets, rain-style shower heads, and LCD widescreen TVs.

Book now, and for a limited time and save. Plus, although no one can predict the weather, we can guarantee it. If the temperature drops below 70 degrees, you will receive a free night towards a future stay*. A little extra assurance that your stay will be warm and wonderful.

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