Aruba is a tiny island north of South America in the Caribbean Sea famous for its beautiful white sandy beaches, gentle coastal breezes, great cuisine, world-class hotels, casinos, and some unusual site seeing attractions.
Flights to Aruba
Flights to Aruba most likely will land at Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA), which is a hub for Tiara Air, Fly Aruba Airlines, and Aruba Airlines. It is a beautiful tourist-friendly airport close to the downtown center of Oranjestad. Due to recent state-of-the-art renovations, AUA offers some of the best accommodations in the Caribbean with great restaurants, bars, and specialty shops all under one roof. Those arriving on Aruba flights are served by a reliable bus service, which routinely circles between Downtown Oranjestad and the local hotels at a round-trip cost of $2.30. Car rentals and taxis are waiting for anyone who prefers automotive transit instead.
Temperatures in Aruba range from 76 to 82 degrees without a heavy rain season or any threat of tropical storms. Wind gusts on this island can get quite strong so many guests prefer a shady hat with a strap around the chin. Rain showers are usually brief, and total moisture for the year is about 18 inches. The most popular season is from December through April so it’s best to schedule Aruba flights well in advance because hotels and restaurants charge their highest prices during this season. Conversely, from May to November is the time to purchase deals on hotels and cheaper flights to Aruba. It's less humid than any other Caribbean island, and there are no vacation-ruining hurricanes to worry about.
Getting Around Aruba
icycles or scooters are extremely popular and easy to maneuver around the beaches, shopping areas, and casinos. Harley-Davidson motorcycles are available to rent and ideal for impressing other tourists crawling around the streets. Families will like the low cost car rentals and convenience of fitting all members into one vehicle, available when Aruba flights land at AUA. ATVs or other 4-wheel drive vehicles are available for off-roading, and buses provided by Arubus are an excellent choice for those who want to sit back, relax, and take in all the beautiful sites on the island.
Tourists enjoy the quaint and often affordable Aruban hospitality along with some of the best native cuisine in the Caribbean
- Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins: 3 million pounds of gold was discovered there in 1924.
- California Point Lighthouse: 250 feet tall and over 100-years old.
- Numismatic Museum of Aruba: a huge collection of coins and paper money from all over the world.
- National Archaeological Museum: track human history in Aruba starting at 2500 B.C.
- Arikok National Park: 20 miles of walking trail with desert landscapes and giant lizards.
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