Located in the Lesser Antilles, Aruba is a beautiful island only 27 kilometers north of the coast of Venezuela in the Southern Caribbean Sea. It has been for long a preferred vacation destination of travelers who like the beach, the ocean and the sun. It is an autonomous region within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and it is part of the ABC Islands with Bonaire and Curaçao. Travelers visiting this island can expect a dry climate and numerous Aruba vacation rentals options including high rise hotels, inns, vacation homes and vacation apartments. The island features numerous beaches with turquoise Caribbean waters and cooled by constant trade winds including Palm Beach, Baby Beach and Malmok Beach among others.
Aruba is divided into two different regions, the northeast and southwest coasts. Those looking for Aruba’s famous beaches should head to the southwest coast; this part of Aruba has the white sand beaches and turquoise waters. The northeast coast has a rocky coastline with fewer beaches suited for tourists. The capital of Aruba is Oranjestad and it is also the largest city of the island.
Aruba’s Things to Do and See
Natural Pool: The Natural Pool is a small pool of water hidden in natural rock that is only accessible by ATV or a Trail Rated 4×4. It is located on the Island’s north side and it is an ideal option for a day trip with the family.
The Boca Catalina and the Antilla Shipwreck: Other great option for those traveling with family; these two sites are great for snorkeling tours. The Antilla Shipwreck is the remains of a German cargo ship that was anchored off of Aruba during the Second World War.
The Butterfly Farm: The butterfly farm is a favorite among kids. With an explosion of colors, the Butterfly Farm is set in a tropical atmosphere this farm will teach visitors about butterfly habits and metamorphosis.
Aruba’s Beaches: Visiting Aruba and not going to a beach is like not visiting Aruba at all. The island is home to both typical tourist beaches and secluded and underdeveloped areas. The most famous white sand beaches of the island include the renowned two-mile-long strip Palm Beach, Baby Beach, located in a calm lagoon; Malmok Beach, a narrow stretch home to sprawling homes and windsurfing residences and Arashi Beach, home to the majestic California Lighthouse.