Formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba lies just north of Venezuela amongst a splash of Caribbean waters.Arubans have turned to tourism with a seemingly undying faith in the power of beaches, turqoise waters and the bright Caribbean sun.Aruba's beaches are known as  the best in the Netherlands Antilles; unfortunately, this translates into packed sands, making a private holiday experience in Aruba.But for many travellers, the large numbers of tourists have actually been an added bonus, granting the island an energetic party vibe. For them, the chance to get down and dance to Caribbean music is enough to make this a destination they will come back to year after year.

The first inhabitants of Aruba were indians of the Arawak tribe that were fleeing from the mainland of what we call now Venezuela.

In 1986 Aruba left the Netherlands Antilles, and became an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Aruba is part of the chain of Leeward Islands that lie just to the north of the mainland of Venezuela. Aruba lies 28 kilometres north of the Paraguaná Peninsula and 76 kilometres northwest of Curaçao. From top till  the island is 30.8 kilometres long, and apart from the northern and the southern tip, around 6 to 8 kilometres wide. The landscape is pretty flat, the highest point on the island is Mount Jamanota and is 188 metres high. The north and the eastside of the island is rocky, and battered by the Caribbean Sea. The more sheltered west and south have the better beaches, this is also where you find the towns and cities.

The Southeastern Coast is home to pristine white sand beaches and warm turquoise seas.

The Northern Coast is exposed to the Atlantic and has a rocky coastline holding off the rough seas.

Towns In Aruba

Oranjestad is the capital

Sint Nicolaas

Aruba is famous for its beaches and there is a wide choice for everyone. From very crowded beaches to some more secluded beaches.Some beach include Malmok Beach, Hadikurari Beach, Palm Beach, Eagle Beach, San Nicolaas Beach and Baby Beach. Eagle Beach is particulary beautiful while Palm Beach, althoug busier, is nice as well.


Aruba is also a prime spot to go diving and apart from the beautiful creatures you will see.Of course snorkelling is possible as well in most cases but you don't come close to everything of course. 
Historic Gold Mills

The name Aruba originally comes from the red gold that has been discovered in the centre of the island from the early 19th century onwards. As a result, the following gold rush saw the development of mines at Bushiribana on Aruba's northern coast and another one at the gold mill in Balashi on the southwestern shore. Both can still be visited nowadays.

Natural Bridges 
Unfortunately the most famous one collapsed several years ago after hundreds of years. Still, there are 6 more. The natural bridge collapsed on September 2, 2005. The site is still a major stop for all the island tours though.

California Lighthouse 
Is named after the ship California that sank off the cost of Aruba.
Butterfly Farm
Aruba Numismatic Museum
Haystack Mountain

Arikok National Park  
Almost a fifth of the total surface of Aruba.
Guadirkiri Caves
Aruba Ostrich Farm
Our Lady of Alto Visto Chapel
Casibari Rock & Ayo Rock Formations
Bubali Bird Sanctuary
Natural Pool (Conchi) 

Aruba has a very pleasant and constant climate. This means warm and humid weather yearround but with almost constant sea breezes cooling things of a bit. Most rain falls between October and February but compared to the islands more north in the Caribbean it doesn't rain that much.July and August are high season regarding crowds. Therefore the drier months of March to June are the best time for a visit. The winds blow from the northeast to the southwest, resulting with the Divi Divi Trees all shaped in that direction.
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