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Aruba is a relatively dry island with a charming capital in the city of Oranjestad which is also its largest city. There is no best travel time to visit Aruba, as the weather is consistently warm and the temperature is fairly constant all year round. However, if you want to experience the nightlife or the local holidays and festivals happening in the country, the months of January to March, April, June and August. The months of June to July is the best time to visit Aruba for water sports while the months of October to January is the peak time to see the animals and wildlife. The climate seasons in Aruba is the Spring, Fall, Autumn, and Winter.
Aruba's culture comes alive in a rich mix of spirited rhythms, colorful street art, galleries, culinary styles and a thriving art scene. Aruba is made up of the ethnic groups of the Dutch, Colombia, Venezuela, Dominica and Haiti. Christianity is predominately practised here. Aruba’s traditional dishes is diverse as it is colorful and plays a huge part in their culture. The popular meals you have to try while you are in Aruba are, fish soups, seafood chowder, keshi yena, and fried plantain. Its official languages are Dutch and Papiamento, while English, French, Spanish and Portuguese are being taught in schools.
Aruba is a relatively small island and you do not necessarily need to explore the cities by air. From the lively capital to the quiet seaside towns, it is easy to get anywhere in Aruba. Taxis, public buses, car rentals, and bikes are readily available to get you around the cities of Aruba. Aruba is a safe travel destination. However, it’s advisable to stay in well-lit areas during the evening and stick close to a local while exploring Aruba.
The people of Aruba are known for their fun and easy going festivals. Whenever you are in Aruba, you should attend some of the festivals celebrating the diverse and rich cultural heritage of the people. In the city of Oranjestad, you can go experience the Carnival Parade featuring the best of street fests, local music, competitions and games. You can go see the Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival attracting the biggest music acts, the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, Bon Bini Festival or the International Film Festival.
There are a lot of fascinating places of interest to see while you are touring Aruba. You will love exploring perfect tourist destinations like the:
Arikok National Park with its cacti-covered landscapes, caves, sand dunes, and unique rock formations. Visitors can walk the trails and steps ascending through the rocks or explore on horsebacks for great views and photo opportunities. You will see animals like parakeets, goats, lizards, snakes, and iguanas in the park. It is great for picins too.
Boca Prins which is a dramatic stretch of coast backed by massive sand dunes. Trade winds sculpt these shifting sands and adventure seekers love to slide from their peaks. It's a great spot for a picnic too.
Antilia, the Caribbean's largest wreck and one of Aruba's most popular dives. Snorkelers can explore the shallow-water sections of this wreck.
Philip's Animal Garden, a sanctuary and rehabilitation center for more than 52 species of animals including snakes, kangaroos, monkeys and ocelots. Visitors can touch and feed some of the creatures, and get both educational and interactive tours.
De Palm Island which is a small private splotch of sand packed with activities. You can go swimming, snorkelling, or zip around on banana boats while on land, you can engage in beach volleyball, basketball, bingo, salsa lessons, and card games. Families with young children will enjoy the small water park with spiral water slides and splash pools. You can also try out the Sea Trek underwater helmet walk, SNUBA, or indulge in massages.
In Aruba, there are varieties of accommodation options available to you like the beach resorts, hotels, holiday inns or Airbnb.
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Common Questions Travellers Ask About Aruba
Is Aruba safe to visit?
Aruba is considered one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean and in general is very safe at any time of the day or night. However incidents may happen and it is recommended not to stay out too late or leave valuables unattended or clearly visible on the beach or in your rental car.
What is the peak season in Aruba?
Peak season in Aruba, roughly from mid-April to mid-December (although it varies from hotel to hotel) is one big summer sale. All resorts routinely slash their room rates, which means you can get the same accommodations for 20% to 50% less.
Is it safe to drink tap water in Aruba?
There is no need to buy bottled water in Aruba. Aruba's tap water is pure and refreshing, meeting the highest standards of quality of the World Health Organization. Since Aruba does not have any significant natural sources of freshwater, the water is distilled in a saltwater desalination plant.
Are there sharks in Aruba?
There are sharks in Aruba, and Aruba sharks are only found further in the ocean water. People partaking in boat rides should be careful not to dive in some of the shark locations. They are not on the beaches for those feeling weary of their presence.
Is there Uber in Aruba?
While you won't find Uber or other ride-sharing companies in Aruba (all taxis are government-regulated), it's fairly easy to flag down a taxi, especially in popular tourist areas.