By Admin | Last Updated July 31, 2019
The Caribbean Island of Aruba is also known as ‘One Happy Island’. And the reasons are many. Located 15 miles north of Venezuela, Aruba is an island nation sporting beautiful, white sandy beaches. The place boasts of about 90 nationalities that co-exist on the island. The multicultural tastes are reflected by the languages spoken, the food and also the dressing style of the people.
1.07 million tourists visited Aruba in 2017 according to United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reports. The 19 miles (30 km) long and 6 miles (10 km) wide island is a part of the Caribbean Islands. Along with The Netherlands, Curacao and Sint Maarten, Aruba forms the constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Oil and tourism are the main industries in Aruba.
The currency of Aruba is called Florin. It is readily interchangeable against the U.S. Dollars. Aruba lures adventure enthusiasts and the culturally inclined alike. Aruba’s quaint capital Oranjestad, reflects the colonial architectural tastes. Oranjestad is also a cruise ship port. That is an added attraction of the place. The southwest coast of Aruba has white, sandy beaches, turquoise seas and calm waters. The north-eastern side is more arid, rocky and has rough seas.
Mostly, the Arubans are Catholics. However, there are other religions as well that co-exist. The various religions in Aruba is a representation of the history of the place. You will find Methodists, Adventists, Baptists amongst other religions.The natural progression of events from the discovery, colonization and independence of Aruba, is depicted through the inhabitants.
|Beaches||If you are fond of beaches, then you should definitely visit Aruba. Most Caribbean islands are popular for their beaches. The calm waters of lagoons surrounding the beaches also make way for snorkelling.|
|Arikok National Park||Viewpoints, hill-tops and caves. Then there is the Natural Pool which is another star attraction in Arikok National park.|
|Fauna||Fond of Ostriches, Donkeys and Butterflies? An odd combination. You can see them all in Aruba. There are sanctuaries and farms dedicated to these animals.|
|Flora||You get to spot a wide variety of cacti in arid Aruba. So, it is very different from the lush, green vegetation of other Caribbean islands.|
|Museums||If you are a museum person, you should have Aruba on your travel list. The two main museums being Archaeology Museum and Historical Museum.|
|Churches||Your love for churches can be justified, by your visit to Aruba. There are quite a few churches that can satiate your cause.|
|Adventure||If you are an adventure sports enthusiast, visiting Aruba should be high on your list. There are quite a few sports like reef diving, shipwreck dive, wind surfing and kite surfing that will catch your fancy.|
|Nightlife||Looking for the perfect nightlife? Aruba will not disappoint. There are bus tours at night that will take you on a whirlwind tour of the city by the night.|
Aruba can be reached by two ways – by Plane and Boat.
Airports in Aruba
You can fly into Aruba. The Queen Beatrix International Airport is located in Oranjestad. The airport is the only international airport in Aruba. It has connectivity with United States, Trinidad and Tobago, most countries in the Caribbean, America and parts of Europe.
Ports in Aruba
You can reach Aruba by cruise ships also. Though there are many ports in Aruba, cruise ships harbour in the capital city of Oranjestad.
Aruba is a small country and was a part of Netherlands. People of the area can go travel great distances without any visa. The country was associated with a Dutch passport, therefore, it is a strong one and people who hold it can access 162 countries. Like –
Estonia, Gibraltar, United Kingdom, Romania, Latvia, Poland, Antigua and Barbuda, New Caledonia, Austria, Anguilla, Albania, American Samoa, Argentina, Australia, Vatican City, Bosnia and Herzegovina, San Marino, Barbados, Italy, Belgium, Brunei, Italy, Bermuda, Sweden, Brazil, Paraguay, Bahamas, Brunei, Botswana, Colombia, Belize, Chile, Canada.
Required Entry Documents for Visa
Upon arrival in Aruba a tourist must have:
It is free import by non-residents older than 15 years (residents may import half the duty free quantities). For imported more amount goods is chargeable a duty.
Aruba has a good reputation among the Caribbean islands as being one of the safest. However incidents may happen and it is recommended to use common sense and not provide any temptation by leaving valuables unattended or clearly visible on the beach or in your rental car.
Public transport is very easily available in Aruba. Taxis are available aplenty and they are friendly lot. You can also consider travelling by bus. The local company Arubus runs frequent services across major routes in Aruba. The bus station is located right across the road at Oranjestad near the cruise port. Buses move across the main tourist areas at intervals of 15 minutes.
The taxi service at Aruba is also excellent. They have fixed fares, so that saves you from haggling with them. Taxis can be booked for an entire day, for day trips as well.
The free open air trolley is new mode of transportation in Aruba. It is great for moving across the shopping streets and main areas.
You can also hire cars for your sightseeing and commute around the city.
Motorcycles and scooters are also readily available in Aruba.
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