Aruba is an island destination in the Caribbean that’s immensely popular with tourists looking to escape for some winter sun. It’s got all the big resorts, hotels and amenities that you would expect of an island with beaches this beautiful but it’s not all about package holidays and cruise ships. Away from the main hubs, Aruba possesses a rare natural beauty that has to be seen to be believed. Lounge on the powdery white sand, swim in warm jade waters and eat out in superb restaurants. The constant trade winds keep things cool and the colonial Dutch heritage of Oranjestad gives it an interesting edge.
Where to Stay in in Aruba
Oranjestad - A colourful capital that’s a haven for cruise ships and tourists looking for souvenirs. The main strip, Sasakiweg Street, is the place to go for the island’s best shopping and has some pretty great hotels too.
Noord - The northern part of the island where you can find a quiet beach hotels, ocean-based activities and an annual parade.
Palm Beach - A small city on the island best known for its long stretch of white sandy beach complete with bars, restaurants, shops and hotels.
Savaneta - The original capital of the island, these days it’s a quaint beachside town with some of Aruba’s most historic buildings. It’s also great for birdwatching.
How to Make the Most of Your Hotel in Aruba
Aruba’s landscape is one its main attractions. Rocky deserts littered with cacti give way onto sandy beaches and sweeping blue bays. Ecotourism is big business here as the island’s government looks to preserve more of its natural ecosystems. Visit the Arikok National Park to see the island at its best or stroll through the Coastal Protection Zone along the north and east coasts. The capital Oranjestad is great for shopping or enjoying a meal out. But if you want to get away from the crowds, then venture north, where you’ll find windswept coves and complete tranquility.
It’s not all about relaxing on Aruba, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy and your pulse racing. Hike in the arid interior, passing cacti and rocky escarpments. Hit the water with a jetpack and hover above the surface, or sail higher on a parasailing adventure. For more serene activities, try paddleboarding or enroll in yoga classes on the beach. Aruba is also home to some of the world’s best windsurfing conditions and has even produced some world champions over the years. To explore the coast, take a sail boat out and navigate the rocky bays, or discover more of the interior on two wheels on a bike or scooter. If you’re looking for a more peaceful activity, there are some spectacular golf courses here too.
Book Your Stay in the Capital
Oranjestad is the capital city of Aruba. It is also the largest city and the place where much of the island's commerce and entertainment takes place. The Dutch influence on the city provides tourists with a host of beautiful buildings and historical landmarks to explore as they investigate the interesting history of colonization in Aruba. The contrast of colorful buildings and the blue sea will make you feel like you're walking through a postcard. Hotels in Oranjestad, Aruba provide walkable access to a vibrant nightlife scene featuring bars and clubs that attract tourists from every corner world.
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