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Aruba offers the visitor long white sandy beaches and numerous water sports activities, as well as being one of the favorite ports for cruise ships. Visitors staying there even for its upscale restaurants, to the vibrant nightclubs and because here you can go windsurfing as in few other places in the world. Oranjestad is the capital of the island, a vibrant city with a Dutch touch given by its colorful buildings painted in the style of the West Indies. There are many opportunities for shopping, with duty-free shops offering jewelry, perfumes, linen, spirits and designer clothing. Even discos and nightclubs abound and you can groped your luck in 11 casinos.

Most of the beaches are located on the northwest coast of Aruba. There are two main seaside resorts – one characterized by low-rise buildings, the other by multi-storey buildings – with a series of beautiful beaches Druif, Eagle and Palm, for the most part crossed by a pedestrian walkway. The Palm Beach area offers breathtaking tours in glass-bottom boat, trips aboard the Atlantis Submarine and turns on fast turbo-charged jet boat. To the north of Palm Beach is a paradise for windsurfing and kite-surfing, renowned throughout the world.

Scuba diving is a popular activity on the island and, thanks to the excellent visibility, you can see the coral reefs and shipwrecks – in particular the Antilla, a cargo ship sunk during the Second World War, the largest in the Caribbean.
For golf lovers there Tierra de Sol, a golf championship 18-hole course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II; and the 9-hole Divi Links near Oranjestad.
Half day tour on horseback lead visitors along the beaches and in the cunuku.

Aruba is known for its arid interior cunuku or campaign. Casibari and Ayo boast curious rock formations. At the Fontein cave, visitors can see natural stone pillars and Amerindian paintings. Nearby, the caves of Guadirikiri home to hundreds of bats. The Bus tours are very popular, but visitors can also explore the cunuku with a Range Rover or SUV. In addition to the geological landscape, there is the Chapel of Alto Vista, built in 1750 by Spanish missionaries and the remains of the gold mine Bushiribana. Explore the summit of Mount Hooiberg, 165 m high; Arikok National Park, a reserve of 21 km square populated by iguanas, rabbits, migratory birds, goats and donkeys; and Jabaribari, inhabited by parakeets.

AIRPORTS / FLYING TIMES: Airport: Queen Beatrix International Airport is about 8 minutes from Oranjestad, the capital. Flying: Miami – 2 hours 30 minutes. New York – 4 hours 30 minutes. Charlotte, NC – 3 hours 30 minutes. Philadelphia – 4 hours. Chicago – 5 hours. Atlanta – 3 hours 30 minutes. Boston – 6 hours. Canada – 5 hours.

Direct flights from the UK with First Choice from Gatwick from May to October. KLM and Martinair flights from Amsterdam and there are also scheduled flights from New York, Miami and Chicago.

CLIMATE: The average annual temperature is 27.8 ° C. Average annual rainfall is less than 50 cm and occur showers of short duration during the months of November and December. Aruba is outside the hurricane belt.

DINING: Restaurants: bars, fast food (international), seafood, and specialty Brazilian, Mexican, Belgian, French, Italian, Spanish, Cantonese, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Argentinian, German, Cuban and Caribbean. The additional charge for the service is generally already included in the bill. Otherwise, the tip is at the discretion. The dress code (which varies depending on the place) is jackets for men and the equivalent for women.

LANGUAGE: Papiamento is the native language (a mix of Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese with a hint of Indian, English, French and African). Papiamento and Dutch are the official languages​​. English and Spanish are widely spoken and understood.

NIGHTLIFE: Entertainment available includes discos, nightclubs, casinos, cabarets, dinner dances, live music, shows, local and international, theaters, cinemas.

– The old lighthouse California and the sand dunes of California and Boca Prins.
– The remains of the gold mines of Bushiribana and Balashi.
– The bird reserve Impalas Plas.
– The breeding of ostriches.
– The breeding of butterflies.
– Guadirikiri.
– The caves of Fontein.
– The National Park Arikok.
– The Chapel of Alto Vista.
– The rock formations of Ayo and Casibari.
– The historic Olde Molen.
– Historical buildings in Oranjestad.
– The Tower of Willem III and strong Zoutman.

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