Aruba is a small island in the Lesser Antilles, and when grouped with Bonaire and Curaçao, it forms the ABC Islands or the western-most islands in the Caribbean Sea. Over the years, the country’s economy has been supported by gold mining, aloe cultivation and even oil refinery, but it’s now almost entirely maintained by all inclusive Aruba holidays.
Speaking of beaches, which they often do in Aruba, they don’t come much more spectacular than the 6 mile stretch that links Palm Beach with Eagle Beach just north of the capital Oranjestad on the western coast. They were even voted 3rd place in TripAdvisors 2011 poll of the world’s best beaches!
The waters here are perfect for swimming and snorkelling with the chance to see reef fish, sea turtles and colourful crustaceans lurking just beneath the surface. If it’s rugged rocks and crashing surf you are after then head over to the north east coast.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy during package holidays in Aruba including golf, tennis, horse riding or hiking. Pay a visit to the Arikok National Park, which takes up nearly 20 per cent of the island, and is home to landmark formations of lava, limestone and quartz diorite.
Away from the beaches, there are jeep safari tours that take visitors all over the island to see the natural charm that Aruba has to offer. In the evenings, holidaymakers can get into the swing of the Caribbean with salsa and merengue entertainment in local bars and clubs.
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Top Tip: Aruba lies outside of the Caribbean hurricane band yet can still get quite windy, take some pegs to anchor your towel to your sunbed (especially if you’re putting it out at 6 am!)
Did you know? Aruba actually belongs to the Kingdom of the Netherlands!