Papiomento means welcome . Welcome to this friendly island that lies to the North of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea. This tropical paradise is famed for being the most friendly island of all, and its year round warmth with little temperature variation is matched by the Dutch tradition of hospitality. The temperature is almost constant at about 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit) providing an ideal holiday temperature for our tourist. Covering only 193 sq km it is the size of Washington DC it is flat with the highest point, Mount Jamanota only reaching 188metres into the clear blue skies. It lies sleepily outside the hurricane belt it is a riverless island renowned for its white sand beaches; its tropical climate is moderated by constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean. An ample selection of luxury hotels offering real value for money service makes this island a top choice for an unforgettable holiday.

Water Sports
An ideal destination for relaxation, simply lying on the beach and gaining an enviable tan is how many choose to spend their time on this island. An incredible marine life adds diving and snorkelling to the busy agenda, the crystal clear waters providing excellent opportunity for underwater photography. For the keen fisherman a variety of Atlantic game fish can be caught year-round. Sailfish, white and blue marlin, shark and barracuda are inhabitants of the waters here. Seaport Marina, located in Oranjestad offers the yachtsman a calm port with access to Aruba’s finest marine services. From sun worshipping couples to activity seeking groups you will not be disappointed in Aruba.

Island Diversity
Aruba’s first inhabitants were the Caquetios Indians. Evidence of this population dates back to about 1000AD. The ancient symbols painted on the limestone caves bear testament to this and provide a worthy trip off the beach for the visitor. In 1499 the Spanish arrived and used the native Indians as slaves in Santo Domingo, where they were put to work in copper mines. In 1636 the Dutch took possession and remained in control for the next 200 years. In 1986 Aruba became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba’s request in 1990.

However, Aruba is wakening to the call of the adventurous and now outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and climbing are available. Since its introduction in the 1940’s by Trinidadian immigrants who came to work in Aruba, Carnival has become a festivity that reveals the many influences that have shaped the Aruban society today. Through tourism, industry and migration Aruba has grown to become a multi-cultural diverse character. The Aruban community, over the years, has absorbed bits of cultural elements from countries such as Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Holland and the United States and transformed it into a diverse mix of colour and rhythm, that is Aruba’s world famous Carnival celebration. The preparation for this breathtaking celebration consists of nearly two months of costume and float making, queen elections, Calypso and Rumba contests in anticipation of the decadent Carnival parades. Native talents come alive in the form of vibrant costumes and magnificent floats that hypnotise the visitors and locals alike.

Aruba's Lasting Impression

Aruba’s Lasting Impression

My wife and I were privileged enough to experience a wonderful vacation in 1999 in Aruba. Admittedly, this 5 day vacation was a milestone in our love for the Caribbean. I won this trip for a selling quota the company made I worked for at the time. It was our first trip to this beautiful island in the Southern Caribbean but it called us back for a full week a few years later and we have stopped there a few times on cruises. Spending those five days at the Aruba Marriott Resort was some of the most exiting of our memories.
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Aruba- The friendliest Island on earth!

Aruba- The friendliest Island on earth!

Want to spend your vacation in a place where you feel truely welcomed and appreciated? Aruba is your ideal destination!!! Why else would Aruba have one of the highest rates of repeat visitors than anywhere else in the Caribbean? What continues to draw people back over and over again you may ask? Could it be the great pride and care that Arubans take to ensure that tourists have everything they could possibly need to make their stay both enjoyable and exciting? Of course Arubans are famous for their friendliness and hospitality!! The climate is perpetually sunny and welcoming, and great [...]