Aruba is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, located about 1,600 kilometres (990 mi) west of the Lesser Antilles and 29 kilometres (18 mi)north of the coast of Venezuela. It measures 32 kilometres (20 mil.) long from its northwestern to its southeastern end and 10 kilometres (6 mi) across at its widest point. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, Aruba forms a group referred to as the ABC islands. Collectively, Aruba and the other Dutch islands in the Caribbean are often called the Netherlands Antilles or the "Dutch Caribbean".
Aruba is one of the four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with the Netherlands, Curaçao andSint Maarten. The citizens of these countries all share a single nationality: Dutch. Aruba has no administrative subdivisions, but, for census purposes, is divided into eight regions. Its capital is Oranjestad.
Unlike much of the Caribbean region, Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather. It has a land area of 179 km2 (69.1 sq mi) and is densely populated, with a total of 102,484 inhabitants at the 2010 Census. It lies outside Hurricane Alley.
TripAdvisor.com recently named Eagle Beach one of the top ten beaches in the world.
- THE SUNSHINE
Aruba has the most of sunny days of any island in the Caribbean making for the perfect Beach Vacation.
Located below the hurricane belt in the southern Caribbean, Aruba has 82-degree days year round, refreshing trade winds and low humidity contributing to the Best Caribbean Vacation.
To enjoy your best Caribbean Vacation, you can hop on a direct flight from many major North American cities to Queen Beatrix International (AUA).
- THE ROMANCE
Many couples who honeymoon in Aruba continue to return for their anniversaries year after year.
Aruba is the perfect Beach Vacation for family fun in the sun. US News & World Reportranked Aruba among its Best Caribbean Family Vacations in 2012.
Destination Wedding named Aruba’s Eagle Beach one of the Best Caribbean Beaches for Weddings.
Aruba was named one of the World’s Top Honeymoon Destinations by Brides Magazine.
Covering about 20% of the island, Arikok National Park is an incredible nature preserve, and the largest national park in the Caribbean.
- ACCEPT U.S. DOLLARS
No need to exchange your currency—the U.S. Dollar is widely accepted here.
In addition to providing a wonderful Beach Vacation, Aruba was recognized as one of the top wreck diving destinations in the Caribbean by Scuba Diving Magazine.
Thanks to Aruba’s constant trade winds, it is known as a world-class destination for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
More than 90 nationalities influence Aruba’s cuisine, with local dishes like gouda-glazed keshi yena joining South American, European and Caribbean favorites on menus around the island.