Travel to Aruba

Aruba all inclusive

Dutch Caribbean Island

Located in the Caribbean Sea, the island of Aruba sits above the Paraguana Peninsula, part of Venezuela. Meaning in Spanish "red gold", Aruba will seduce you with its exceptional fauna, its white sand beaches and its tropical climate.

The history of Aruba

Aruba is the westernmost island of the Lesser Antilles, it was part of the Netherlands Antilles until 1986. Its state is now autonomous, dependent on the Netherlands. The capital of Aruba is Oranjestad, a city in the west of the island. It is in the port of this city that cruise ships dock all year round. Aruba has 130,000 inhabitants.

The island lives mainly from two economic activities: petrochemicals and tourism. In recent decades, tourism's share of Aruban's economy has increased, while petrochemical activities tend to decline over time.

Its tropical climate is hot and dry, softened by the wind from the Atlantic Ocean. The average temperature in Aruba is 29 ° C. It has an area of ​​193 km2 and its currency is the Aruban guilder. However, it is possible to pay in US dollars.

Culture

This Caribbean island is inhabited by Europeans, Africans and Arawaks who speak the local Creole language, Papiamento. This language was born from a mixture of African and European languages. The majority of the inhabitants are Catholic.

The “Happy Island” is very green: the inhabitants pay attention to recycling and waste so that the paradisiacal landscapes remain very clean. Besides, you don't have to buy plastic bottles thanks to a factory that treats seawater and makes it drinkable.

Best places to visit in Aruba

First, you can admire the architecture of the colonial buildings present on the island. You will also discover Mount Jamanota, the highest point of 200 meters.

Aruba’s must-sees are obviously its beaches. Between the coral white sand and the turquoise sea, the contrast is striking and wonderful. Our beach favorites:

• Eagle Beach in the West

• Catalina Beach in the North

• Arashi Beach in the North

• Baby Beach in the South

Finally, you can travel north of the capital Oranjestad to the island lighthouse.

The cost of living

It all depends on where you are going! In the north of the island, towards Catalina Beach and in luxury hotels, the cost of living is very high. In the rest of the island and in supermarkets, prices are relatively similar to those in France.

Most credit cards are accepted everywhere. Remember, however, that you cannot withdraw cash from an ATM with a bank card.

Activities in Aruba

As on any island, the activities are mainly oriented towards the sea! Aruba is no exception in this regard. It is therefore possible to practice snorkeling, fishing, Windsurfing, taking a glass-bottom boat ride to admire the seabed and 4x4 trips inside the island.

Finally, you can go to the restaurants of the hotels to enjoy the cuisine of the chefs, in the casinos and bars of the island. Nightlife remains fairly calm on Aruba. It is possible to have a drink in a bar, enjoy a Happy Hour like at Craft. To dance and party, the best is to head to Palm Beach where the High Rise Hotels are located. You will find in particular the Gusto Discothèque.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Aruba is a destination to be visited almost all year round; however, it is necessary to avoid the months of October, November and December which are the rainiest and wettest months.
The two islands are very different from each other. First, by their geographical location, Aruba being located very south of the Caribbean, near Venezuela, while Antigua is located further north. If you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy the beauty of sandy beaches, Antigua has it covered. If, on the contrary, you are looking for a very lively destination to practice your nautical and aquatic sports, to make beautiful dives, to explore caves, to discover natural beauties in an entirely different cultural context, then Aruba is for you. https://www.aruba.com/us/things-to-do/natural-wonders.
Do not miss to visit the capital of Aruba, Oranjestad, to discover its history in Dutch colors, its lively streets and its culture. The sector of Savaneta, in the south-west of the coast, a small rustic village which will make you discover a region of mangroves, fishermen and beaches. Paradera, further to the central northeast, is a mountainous region for trekkers. To find out more visit the official website: https://www.aruba.com/us/our-island/regions
Aruban cuisine is a fusion of flavors and spices. Fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, meats, all the dishes are inspired by their Dutch, Asian, French, Italian and Caribbean cultural heritage. On the island, more than 250 different restaurants offer dishes that will please you!
In the heart of the capital of Aruba, Oranjestad, a few steps from the port, you will find jewelry, clothes from international designers, perfumes, local products. In the town of San Nicolas, authentic pieces made by local artisans, accessories, and souvenirs to bring back.
Depending on the interests of the stay, a week on the island of Aruba can be pleasant to enjoy the heat and the beaches; if you plan to add several excursions of diving, adventures, and trips around the island, you will appreciate a few additional days.
According to statistics compiled by the Aruban authorities, the population in December 2020 was estimated at approximately 111,900 inhabitants. https://cbs.aw/wp/index.php/category/population/population-population/
From Quebec, it is possible during the high season to go to Aruba by direct flight (limited) or at any time during the year with a connecting flight in Toronto.
Aruba is a very safe island; however, as with all other Caribbean destinations, you should be careful when traveling, especially at night. The Canadian government invites its population to always consult the site: https://voyage.gc.ca/destinations/aruba for all the updates.
a short 20-minute flight from a local company is offered between Aruba and Curaçao, the fastest, cheapest and most efficient means of transportation. By sea, a shuttle rental may be possible but at a higher cost, a longer journey time, and especially if the sea is not rough.
For the beauty of its beaches and its nightlife, Aruba is the destination to choose, more touristy however than its neighbor, Curaçao; the amateur of deep diving or snorkeling will choose Curaçao for the multitude of sites offered; as well as for the amateurs of hikes in nature, the Christoffel National Park offers several paths which cross a luxuriant forest.
For the lover of adventure, beaches, diving, romance, culture, gastronomy, wellness, or celebrating a wedding, Aruba is the destination for you. And it's hot there all year round!
Aruba is a destination to be visited almost all year round; however, it is necessary to avoid the months of October, November and December which are the rainiest and wettest months.
Dutch and Papiamento are the two official languages ​​of Aruba. Spanish and English are used in more touristy places.
To travel, whether in Aruba or elsewhere, you must at all times check your vaccine immunities, and visit the Canadian Government site which establishes the list of vaccines for each destination; thus, for Aruba, consult the site: https://voyage.gc.ca/destinations/aruba
First, to fully discover the regions of the island, safe excursions are organized in groups, families or individuals; a city tour of the capital, Oranjestad; Arikok National Park for its caves, caves, natural swimming pool; the neighboring islands which make up the whole of the Dutch islands, namely Bonaire and Curaçao, linked together by small flights of around twenty minutes; the beaches all around the island, mainly Palm Beach and Eagle Beach, and the lively nightlife of Oranjestad.
Aruban cuisine is a fusion of flavors and spices. Fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, meats, all the dishes are inspired by their Dutch, Asian, French, Italian and Caribbean cultural heritage. On the island, more than 250 different restaurants offer dishes that will please you!