Aruba is a constituent country of the Netherlands located in the Caribbean. The island is known for its beautiful white sand beaches and friendly hospitality; it's a popular honeymoon destination.
Aruba is unique in the Caribbean in that it's one of just a few islands that's outside of “Hurricane Alley,” or the hurricane belt.
Aruba quick facts
- Population: 105,000
- Language: Dutch and Papiamento
- Currency: Aruban Florin
- Capital city: Oranjestad
- Country size: 69 square miles
- High season: December through April
Top 10 things to do in Aruba
- Visit the cactus-filled Arikok National Park
- Take an island “safari” around Aruba
- Check out the pristine Baby Beach, a local favorite
- Explore Oranjestad, Aruba’s Dutch colonial capital
- Take a sunset cruise
- See Aruba’s iconic California Lighthouse
- Go for a swim at the Natural Pool
- Spend an afternoon snorkeling
- Hang out with flamingos on Flamingo Beach
- Explore the island’s Quadiriki Caves
Aruba is small and easy to get around. Renting a car is an option, but it might make more sense financially to rely on fixed-rate taxis and organized tours instead when visiting Aruba.
Public transportation is also an option. The Arubus is a public bus that runs from Oranjestad to the resort and beach areas around the island.
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