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Aruba is widely alike its Caribbean neighbours lying further to the east. Apart from being a beach destination, the island offers a range of activities for tourists excited to bask in the sunny climate of a foreign land. The country is an island nation situated in the southern Caribbean Sea. It is part of a group of islands (with Bonaire and Curacao) called ABC Islands. Aruba is also part of the Netherlands Antilles or the Dutch Caribbean, with other Dutch islands in the Caribbean. The country’s capital and largest city is Oranjestad, and has a dry climate, with an arid, cactus-strewn landscape, unlike most of the islands in the Caribbean.

 

What to see & do

Beaches make up the majority of this Dutch Caribbean country. Travellers looking for the sun, sea, and surf will find various spots to enjoy their vacation. One prime destination is Eagle Beach, which is often listed as one of the world's best watering holes. Those going here will find a long expanse of white sand with shade trees interspersed in various parts of the coast. Travellers booking a stay here will be given access to a comprehensive range of amenities from a lounger chair to a picnic by the sea. 

 

Those looking to stay longer in the island can rent a condominium or a town house. It might be pricey, but the amount can be worth it due to the creature comforts made available for guests. Tourists on a getaway can consider the idea, especially if they are looking to unwind for at least a month or two. A possible place to stay for the meantime can be found in various communities in Aruba, which are all fairly close to the sea. 

 

Nature tours should be part of the itinerary when going to Aruba. Arikok National Park is the place for this kind of excursion where one will see indigenous species such as Aruban burrowing oil, whiptail lizard, and parakeet. Unique land formations made from lava, limestone, and quart diorite can also be found here, which can make wonderful sights as one hikes or bikes across the region. Caves also abound in the park such as the Quadirikiri, where tourists can go through with a knowledgeable and careful guide. One can also look for the Natural Bridge here, which can be a test of bravery for those eager to enjoy an adventure. 

 

A look back into the past of the island can be enjoyed in Aruba Archaeological Museum. One will not miss the grand 1920s building which houses several interesting displays such as stone tools from more than 4,000 BCE as well as exhibits featuring the life of the native Arawaks and the onset of the colonial times. From here, travellers can stop by the Chapel of Alto Vista where one can appreciate the local religious architecture. One will also see here a divi-divi tree in the area around the central casting, which casts an unusual look for the church. 

 

How to get around within Aruba

Travellers in Aruba will find it convenient to move around in the populated areas of the island. Buses and taxis mainly transport passengers here, making it easy to transfer between resorts. These do not go deep into the landscape of the city, which makes it necessary to rent a 4WD car to traverse the area. This allows for freedom, but it is necessary to consider getting a reliable driver for those who might have difficulties in going around the inland areas.

 

How to get there

Travellers going to Aruba will most likely land on Reina Beatrix International Airport. Airlines serving here are Aerolineas Mas, Air Canada, American Airlines, Arkefly, Aruba Airlines, Aserca Airlines, Avianca/Aerogal, Avior Airlines, Blue Panorama Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Gol Airlines, Insel Air, Insel Air Aruba, JetBlue Airways, KLM, LAN Colombia, LASER Airlines, Phoenix Airways, Pullmantur Air, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, Surinam Airways, Tiara Air, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, Thomson Airways, United Airlines, US Airways, Venezolana, and WestJet.

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