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Known for its beautiful beaches, laid-back locals and year-round warm weather, Aruba also offers beautiful scenery and many outdoor activities such as scuba diving and kayaking. It is home to Aruba National Park with hiking trails, interesting geological formations and caves.
Aruba sits about 17 miles (27 kilometers) off the coast of Venezuela, South America. It was claimed by the Spanish in the 16th century and then annexed by the Dutch in the 17th. Today it is one of four self-governing countries that make up the Netherlands. The Dutch influence on local culture is evident, as is a South American flair.
Rent a trike or four-wheeler and zip around the island and then dismount and go for a climb up Casibari and Ayo Rocks for a great view of the island. To go even higher, climb the steps of Hooiberg, which translates to "haystack,” a small mountain in the center of the country. Trek over to the northern side to see the large natural rock pool known as “Conchi.”
Head to the coast to cool off at one of many beaches. You’ll find calm waters and white sand all along the southwestern side of the island. Eagle Beach is widely considered the island’s best, but Palm, Arashi, Druif and Mangel Halto beaches are all close competitors. For the best snorkeling, check out Baby Beach or Boca Catalina.
Surfers should hit the waves at Andicuri or Boca Grandi, but note that the waves can be rough. For more adventure, go windsurfing, sailing or kayaking. You can also dive to the wrecks of Dutch and German cargo ships sunk during World War II.
Visit Arikok National Park, which covers nearly 18 percent of the island. The park offers many miles of hiking trails, along which you can see gold mines and plantation ruins. It also has a number of caves and varied geological formations made from lava, limestone and quartz.
Located in Oranjestad, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, just steps away from Fort Zoutman and Wilhelmina Park. Aruba Town Hall and Oranjestad Protestant Church are also within 5 minutes.
This family-friendly Oranjestad hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bubali Bird Sanctuary, Butterfly Farm and Alhambra Casino. Bushiri Karting Speedway and Druif Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Noord hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bubali Bird Sanctuary, Butterfly Farm and Alhambra Casino. Druif Beach and Links at Divi Aruba are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Noord, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention centre and within a 10-minute walk of Omnibus Tennis and Paseo Herencia Shopping Mall. Old Windmill and Excelsior Casino Aruba are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Noord, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fisherman's Huts, Arashi Beach and California Lighthouse. Palm Beach Plaza and Excelsior Casino Aruba are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Noord, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Omnibus Tennis and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Arashi Beach. Paseo Herencia Shopping Mall and Excelsior Casino Aruba are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Noord, this beachfront resort is in a shopping district, 0 mi (0 km) from Excelsior Casino Aruba and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Arashi Beach. Paseo Herencia Shopping Mall and Omnibus Tennis are also within 5 minutes.
Nestled on the beach, this Noord resort is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Fisherman's Huts and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Arashi Beach. Palm Beach Plaza and Excelsior Casino Aruba are also within 15 minutes.