Aruba Island in the Caribbean Islands
As you are vacation planning your next getaway and deciding where to go in the Caribbean, or other tropical island spot, consider what an Aruba has to offer as a destination for singles, couples and families. After many years of traveling to Aruba and other islands, I have found Aruba to be one of the best places for relaxation, climate and total enjoyment. The beautiful warm turquoise waters and white sand make Aruba the place for some of the top ten beaches in the world. Being outside of the hurricane belt and its prevailing trade winds make this beautiful island like a place in Paradise. This small island, approx 20 miles long and 6 miles at its widest point is 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela.
There are many activities for you to enjoy while on vacation in Aruba like – windsurfing, jet ski, water rides, tubing, water skiing, casino gambling, sailing, sunset sailing, golf, sightseeing, and numerous tourist attractions. The Aruban people are very friendly, pleasant and helpful which is why this island is so pleasant to visit. The people speak a minimum four different languages including English, and US currency is accepted throughout the island. Arubans main source of income is from tourism and they truly value your visit to their country and are genuinely sincere and honest. Arubans are very proud people and will always do the best they can to help to you enjoy your vacation stay.
Visiting the downtown shopping malls and outlets is a must. If you are planning to go to downtown Oranjestad, dress comfortable, shorts - t shirt - sun dress etc. Don't wear swimsuits or bikinis when shopping, sightseeing or walking in the streets beyond the beach area or resort pool areas, this is not appropriate in Aruba. You will find many designer clothing outlets, discount jewelry stores and unique boutiques and shops.
The southern coast has beautiful beaches with calm warm waters. The port is on this side of the island and this is where many cruise ships arrive and dock. The northern coast is open to the rough Atlantic seas and the shores are rough cut rock cliffs with dramatic views of the ocean. This side of the island is accessible by 4x4 vehicles, a jeep tour or by horseback and there are very few dirt & rock roads that lead to this side. The western end is where Palm Beach is which has nice beaches with sand dunes and also the California Lighthouse is located here. The east end is a little more remote and is where Baby Beach, San Nicolas Bay, and the oil refinery are located.
Where to stay in Aruba? There are low rise hotels, high rise hotels and timeshare rentals and many first class hotels and resorts that offer all inclusive packages or just weekly stay rates. In Aruba you will also find timeshares for sale and for rent in different price ranges. I would suggest if you are interested in timeshare ownership inquire within the sales office of the timeshare you are interested in. Some resort companies offer promotional discounted rates that have interest in owning a timeshare. For your best value and protection of investment stay with the larger timeshare companies that offer villas for sale like Marriott Vacation Club. MVCI offers some of the best values in timeshare ownership and flexibility of occupancy for the weeks available in your package for reservation.