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First Timer's Guide to Aruba

If you have decided on a vacation in Aruba we should firstly congratulate you. Be prepared to fall in love and carry Aruba in your heart forever!

We have it all here for your perfect vacation. The weather is reliable with an average temperature of 82 degrees year round and there is a slight but noticeable breeze that keeps you cool enough to fully enjoy the bright equatorial sun. A variety of restaurants to choose from making Aruba a foodie's paradise. A few of the world's best beaches. And finally activities galore suiting young and old, adventurous and leisurely alike. Things to know before you visit No need to exchange money during your visit. Most places accept credit cards and American dollars. You can use this currency converter. Tap water is safe to drink and meets the highest standards of quality according to the WHO. The main languages in Aruba are Papiamento and Dutch but Arubans are multilingual and can speak English and Spanish as well. Aruba is 20 miles long and 6 miles wide. It is about a 3 hour flight from Miami and 15 miles from the coast of Venezuela. Due to its location, Aruba is outside of the hurricane belt and does not get threatened by tropical storms. The hotel prices are lowest between April to August. From January to March is highest season and between September and October the lowest.

Where to stay Aruba has wealth of large resorts, but if you’re looking for a memorable stay, there are a few extraordinary boutique hotels in Aruba worth considering. It all depends on wethere you want top be in the middle of all the action and walking distance of activities and restaurants and nightlife, or prefer to stay in an AirBNB for a more secluded private experience. A few of the high-rise hotels include: Marriott Hyatt Barcelo Riu Hilton Ritz Carlton A few top boutique hotels: Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Wonders Boutique Hotel Ocean Z Boutique Hotel

Fun things to do Explore Downtown Oranjestad – Oranjestad is the capital of Aruba. Here you can walk around to explore on your own or learn about the city from a tour guide. Oranjestad also has tons of local and luxury stores for shopping.

Visit San Nicolas – San Nicolas is Aruba’s second-largest city and old capital which offers historic buildings, shops, restaurants, and bars. If you’re a fan of street art, there are a number of art murals here to view.

Take a Sunset Cruise – Our Sunset Sail cruise with Jolly Pirate was within walking distance from our hotel and sailed from Palm Beach to Eagle Beach where cruisers enjoyed the views, music, and unlimited alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Jumping off the boat for a nice swim is optional.

Visit the Private Islands – Aruba has two private islands: Renaissance Island and De Palm Island. Renaissance Island is geared towards adults offering spa treatments and the famous wild flamingos. De Palm Island is great for families and individuals looking for an adventure offering Seatrekking, SNUBA (a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving), zip-lining, and other water activities.

Enjoy the Beach – Aruba is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Since the island is surrounded by water, you can take a trip to the most popular beaches like Palm Beach and Eagle Beach or Baby beach which has more shallow and calm waters.

Go to Arikok National Park – 20% of Aruba is designated to the National Park. Arikok National Park is home to home to various species and plant life indigenous to the island. We took a private Jeep Tour with ABC Tours Aruba which included several stops within the National Park like Moro, Boca Prins, and Dos Playa. If you rent a car, you can spend a few days exploring the park or do it in one day.

Explore the Caves – Within Arikok National Park are Fontein Cave and Guadirikiri Cave. The caves include markings left by the Caquetio Indigenous people, as well as quartz and limestone formations.

Swim in the Natural Pool – Conchi Natural Pool is a swimming hole protected by a wall of volcanic rock. Due to the rough terrain leading to the pool, visitors are encouraged to take a Jeep Safari. Watersports (ofcourse!) - What's not to love about watersports. Choose an exciting or relaxing activity. Alone, as a couple or a group. Enjoy the beautiful scenery in the air parasailing or underwater snorkeling. Explore all the activities we have to offer and book today HERE

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