Aruba is more than a place – it’s an ideal. Year after year, Aruba continues to attract families, couples, friends and meeting planners looking for something remarkably different from the traditional Caribbean travel experience.

Home to one of the “Top 10 Beaches in the World”, Aruba is the most revisited destination in the Caribbean, with more than half of all visitors returning year after year. Adventure meets serenity on this island of contradictions – where the sun-kissed, sandy shores of the world-famous beaches intersect with the rugged desert of the northeast coast in Arikok National Park, and where Dutch influence meets American ease. Adventure-seekers bask in cool waters at the Natural Pool (Conchi) and hike through the Guadirikiri Caves and Ayo Rock Formations, uncovering history and civilization at every turn.

With more than 90 nationalities on island, Aruba is at the epicenter of a cultural melting pot, offering Amerindian, Latin and European influences found in every aspect of life – on the faces of people, in names of streets and attractions, in the four languages (Papiamento, English, Spanish and Dutch) that are spoken daily, on restaurant menus, in architectural details, in local art and music, in medicinal remedies and during holidays and celebrations. Language Papiamento, first used on the island in the 18th century, is a direct reflection of the island’s diverse history and culture. A Creole language derived from African dialects and blended with English, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese, it is spoken by native Arubans and is a point of pride for the nearly 108,000 island residents.

Boasting more than 50 events annually, Aruba hosts festive island celebrations for both travelers and locals to enjoy. Hosted every Thursday on Main Street in San Nicolas, the Carubbian Festival ignites Caribbean culture with Carnival parades, dancing and local culinary fare. Downtown Oranjestad comes to life each Tuesday as locals and guests join together for the Bon Bini welcome festival showcasing musicians, dancers, artists and craftsmen who parade around in their very best wares.

-Located on the outside fringes of the Hurricane Belt in the heart of the southern Caribbean, 15 miles north of Venezuela, the island of Aruba is 70 square miles (19.6 miles long and 6 miles wide across its longest point)

-The sun shines in Aruba year-around, boasting a constant 82° F temperature, low humidity and refreshing east trade wind breezes

-On a clear day, you can see Venezuela

+The Aruban Florin, the United States dollar and major U.S. credit cards are widely accepted.

Photo Credits –Aruba Tourism Authority

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