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ARUBA HOLIDAYS   >   CARIBBEAN 


Aruba is an island in the Caribbean Sea, just a short distance north of the Venezuela.

Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; full autonomy in internal affairs obtained in 1986 upon separation from the Netherlands Antilles.

Capital city of Aruba: Oranjestad


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Car Rental Aruba / Scooter or Motorcycle 



  Big Twin Aruba   -   Harley Davidson Rentals
Aruba has a perfect climate year-round to go on a journey on it's scenic roads and along its powder white sandy beaches.
  Harley Davidson on Aruba
Aruba has a perfect climate year-round to go on a journey on it's scenic roads and along its powder white sandy beaches.

Holiday Rentals

  Caribbean Way   -   luxury villa rental
Aruba is the pride of the Dutch Caribbean, an island of white sand beaches and aquamarine waters, and Aruba villas stand proudly amongst its accommodations as the premiere rental destination. Outstanding services are the norm at each Aruba vacation rental in Tierra del Sol, with spacious living areas, deluxe master suites, and peaceful terraces. Guests of Aruba villas also have access to the community's fabulous sports and lounge facilities, including one of the island's majestic beaches just nearby.

Hotels in Aruba / Resorts

  The Westin Aruba Resort  ****, J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 77, Palm Beach
The Westin Aruba Resort is the perfect island destination, offering the charm of the Dutch Caribbean, a magnificent beach, glittering casino, and a host of outdoor pleasures.
Outside, enjoy sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and golf. Take a refreshing swim in the ocean. Drift in our gorgeous seaside pool. Or relax with a refreshing massage, body wrap, facial, or manicure at our new Intermezzo Day Spa. A total must is a round of golf at the fabulous Tierra del Sol, the 18-hole professional golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II.

 

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

  Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa   -   Eagle Beach
Aruba's most intimate beach resort featuring just over 70 ocean and garden view rooms. Located on Aruba's widest stretch of beach the boutique style resort is ideal for romantic getaways and rejuvenating vacations.

National Park

  Arikok National Park
Among the desert vegetation in the park, are divi-divi trees, rare and exotic cacti, aloe plants, and colorful tropical flowers. Critters living in the reserve include the local conejo rabbit, indigenous Kododo Blauw lizards, and the endemic Cascabel rattlesnake - the rattle-less Aruban rattlesnake, a local resident and one of the island's indigenous subspecies.
The park encompasses 620ft [ 188m ] Mount Jamanota, Aruba's biggest hill.

Travel Agents / Tour Operator

 Kuoni 
Enjoy the stunning palm-fringed white sand beaches of the southern coast and the dramatic landscapes of the northern coast, as well as the vibrant capital city Oranjestad with it's Dutch story-book style architecture. Kuoni offers all Inclusive holidays, Beach family holidays and Spa holidays.

  P&O Cruises
Cruise holidays Aruba / Dutch Antilles

   -   Create your perfect trip to Aruba
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  Thomas Cook



  De Palm Tours
Wander off the beaten path in an Off-Road Adventure, get up close and personal with Aruba's tropical fish and delicate coral reefs, or revel in a picture perfect sunset aboard a relaxing sailboat cruise along Aruba's coastline. The possibilities are endless with a vacation by De Palm Tours.
We offer more than 60 exciting activities to choose from: Snorkeling, Trips, Cruises, Four Wheel Drive Safaris, Island Sightseeing, Tours, Theme Events, Horseback Riding, Deep Sea Fishing, Scuba Diving and much more.
  Pelican Adventures   -   Tours & Water Sports
Daily snorkel-trips over beautiful coral and unique wrecks. Brunch or Sunset cruises on luxury sailing catamarans.
  Rancho del Campo
Tours:  Natural Pool [ you will cross "Arikok National Park" the hilly part of Aruba, where all the flora and the fauna grow and live in a protected and unrestrained environment. You will be surrounded by an abundance of wind-swept Divi-Divi trees, dozens of green screeching local parrots, wild goats and donkey's, various types of cacti... ], Natural Bridge [ On this tour you will pass along the huge and massive rockformation known as "Ayo Rock Formation" another of Aruba's wonders. From there we will ride all the way up to the Natural Bridge.. ] and more
  Rancho Notorious   -   Aruba Horseback Riding
Ride Horseback through Aruba's natural wonders and enjoy breathtaking sights on your way. At Rancho Notorious, we specialize in small personalized tours with friendly, attentive, multi-lingual guides with your safety and enjoyment in mind. The Horseback riding tour includes a refreshment. Helmets are available.
  Red Sails Aruba
There is no better way to discover Aruba's uniqueness than with Red Sail Sports –– the island's watersports experts. Explore the belly of a sunken German Freighter...enjoy the romance of a sunset aboard a luxury catamaran...search for treasures in our island-wide boutiques..or make a splash aboard a waverunner.
Red Sail Sports is located at the Hyatt Regency, Occidental Resort, Renaissance Resorts at Seaport Village,  the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and Amsterdam Manor.

Fodor's In Focus Aruba - ISBN 1400008735Travel Guides Aruba / Related books

Fodor's In Focus Aruba
Paperback: 192 pages; Publisher: Fodor; 2nd Revised edition edition (21 Jan 2010); ISBN-10: 1400008735; ISBN-13: 978-1400008735.

Transport / How do I travel to Aruba

  Aruba Airport   -   Queen Beatrix International Airport 

  KLM Flights   -   Flights to Aruba
KLM offer a varied schedule from UK regional Airports to Amsterdam to connect with Aruba

 
Book cheap flights to Aruba at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  Airline Tickets Aruba / Bargain Flights 
Flight tickets Aruba / Price comparison possible

Cruise ships do dock at the island, often used as a starting point for Caribbean cruising.

There is inexpensive and reliable daily bus service between all the districts and the hotel areas. Bus runs frequently between the main bus station in downtown Oranjestad and the entire hotel strip.

  Maps International   -   Maps of Aruba   
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.


Links

  Aruba   -   Aruba Tourism Authority

  Antillian government  

  Oranjestad   -   Capital City of Aruba  -  located on Aruba's picturesque southern coast
Oranjestad is the historical Dutch capital city where the tall multicolored houses of Wilheminastraat combine carved wooded doors and traditional Dutch tiles with airy open galleries and sloping, Aruban-style roofs. Along the wharf, merchants come to sell fresh fish and produce right off the boats every morning. All of Aruba's government buildings and main offices are located in the capital city.

  De Palm Island  -  private island off the coast of Aruba  -  see De Palm Tours
Just 5 minutes by ferry from the mainland, De Palm Island takes visitors into a postcard-perfect world of tranquil beaches and crystal clear waters that invite snorkelers to explore its abundance of underwater treasures.
De Palm Island is the "hot spot" for snorkeling in Aruba. Abundant with spectacular coral formations and colorful marine life, this island paradise is a "must see" during your visit.
  Eagle Beach
  North Aruba
  Palm Beach

  Beaches   -   Eagle Beach, Palm Beach
  Bird Sanctuary
  Bushiribana Gold Mill
Gold was found to Aruba in 1824, supposedly by a boy playing in a dry creek bed, and for several years locals were allowed to collect the precious metal and sell it at a government-fixed price. Thirty years later, the Aruba Island Gold Mining Company was granted all rights to the cache and built the large smelting works at Bushiribana. Today, you can climb around the tumbling-down heap of rocks that one housed the mall.
  Butterfly Farm  -  mesh-enclosed garden with waterfalls and stocked fish ponds
Hundreds of majestic butterflies from all over the world flutter freely to new-age music and land weightlessly on visitors.
  California Lighthouse
Named after a vessel called the "California." She was a wooden ship sailing from England to Venezuela when she ran aground off Aruba Northwest corner on September 23, 1891.
  Caves
  Churches
  Flora & Fauna
  Historic Gold Mills
  Lourdes Grotto
  Natural Bridge  -  one of Aruba's most popular attractions
The bridge is a formation of coral limestone cut out by years of pounding surf, and is one of the largest of these types of spans in the world. It stands some 23 feet (7 meters) above sea level and spans more than 100 feet (30 meters).
  Natural Pool   -   small rock-enclosed seawater pool
It is worthwhile to climb up onto boulder to watch the ocean surf break over the rocks and cascade into the basin.
  Offshore Islands
  Rock Formations
  San Nicolas
  Sand Dunes

  Radio   -   Aruba Radio

Cuisine   -   Aruba Cooking Recipes

  Aruba Recipes
Aruba chicken, Keri keri, Pan dushi, Scabechi, Webo Yena, and more

History of Aruba

  Aruba's History   -   Wikipedia
Aruba's first inhabitants were the Caquetios Indians from the Arawak tribe. Fragments of the earliest known Indian settlements date back to about 1000 A.D, as do the ancient painted symbols still visible on limestone caves found at Fontein, Ayo and elsewhere. Pottery remnants can still be seen at the Museum of Archaeology...

Music, Culture & Entertainment

Aruba has a mélange of people from the South American and European continents, also from the Far East and other islands of the Caribbean. These different settlers have added a unique flavor to the lives of the inhabitants of the island. Read more Folklore & Traditions

Teach Yourself Beginner's Dutch Audiopackage with Cassette(s) (Teach Yourself Beginner's: An Easy Introduction) 
Gerdi Quist, Dennis Strik
Paperback 210 pages (December 2002);  Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0071407421
ARTE: Dutch Caribbean Art/Beeldende Kunst Van De Nederlandse Antillen En Aruba 
A. Martis, J. Smit, et al
Hardcover 144 pages (August 2002);  Publisher: KIT [ Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands ]; Language: English;  ISBN: 9068325140
  Aruba Music   -   see Wikipedia
Music is a mixture of native, African and European elements, and is closely connected with trends from neighboring islands like Martinique, Trinidad and Guadeloupe, as well as the mainland former Dutch possession of Suriname.

  Dia Di San Juan (St. John's Day)
The annual festival celebrated on the feast of San Juan (St. John the Baptist) arrived in Aruba via Mexico, Central America and Venezuela. The festival has been a part of the Aruban culture, since 1862. The celebration of San Juan (or Saint John the Baptist day) began as a harvest festival, celebrated by the natives of the island, to show their gratitude to the numerous gods for a rich harvest and to ask them to bestow their blessings for the following year.


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