Every side of Aruba is this little island's good side. From some of the world's best white-sand beaches, to friendly faces, pastel-coloured buildings and year-round sunshine, this patch of the Caribbean is gorgeous no matter which way you look.
Everything you've heard about Aruba is true. The powdery sands, candy blue waters and seemingly endless hours of sun – they're all there. The Beach Boys didn't sing about this Caribbean island for nothing.
From start to finish, Aruba is a small island at only 30 kilometres long and 10 wide, but it's packed from coast to coast with sunshine-driven activities. This island is technically under the rule of The Netherlands, so you'll see Dutch influences like an old windmill and Dutch Colonial architecture paving the capital city, Oranjestad - which was named after Dutch ruler William of Orange.
In spite of its European influences, Aruba is still rife with a Caribbean air. Part of the ABC Islands and placed conveniently outside of Hurricane Alley, it sees more sunshine per year than any other Caribbean island. Aruba calls itself 'One Happy Island,' and we have to agree. Spend even a few minutes on its show-stopping beaches and you'll be one happy camper.
When it comes to beaches sporting that deserted-island feel, Druif Beach takes the prize. Rest assured, it's not as secluded as it looks – it's actually privy to luxury hotels, restaurants and watersport facilities. And with Aruba's capital on its doorstep, you'll never really be alone.
The cute terracotta roofs and enticing marina of Aruba's capital Oranjestad are the gateway to pristine beaches and spectacular cuisine. Full of history, this tourism-friendly town has all the modern trappings. Expect a mix of old and new, such as a Dutch fort and bubbly nightlife.