Tiny Aruba is only 20 miles long and six miles wide. A perfect destination for anyone who loves the sun and surf, with it’s clear azure waters.
Palm Beach and Eagle Beach, together stretching for seven miles, constitute one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful shorelines.
The southwestern coast with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters is the most popular spot. World-famous Palm Beach boasts high-rise hotels and casinos, while Eagle Beach offers picnic areas and low-rise hotels.
Arashi Beach is a perfect place to swim and snorkel because of its clear waters and gentle currents. Visit Baby Beach, which is ideal for children.
Windsurfing is a popular sport here, and with its constant year-round trade winds, which average 15 knots, it’s a prime sailing destination.
A rugged countryside dotted with mysterious caves and natural formations, is easily explored as the island’s small size makes it nearly impossible to get lost.
Here you will find world-class shopping – jewellery, watches, perfume, cosmetics, china, crystal, linens and designer fashions. Diners can sample a range of cuisines, from Creole and Indonesian to French. The casinos, which are open from early afternoon until late at night are worth a visit.
Explore Aruba’s countryside – see the 100 foot-long Natural Bridge carvedout of coral rock by the rough surf. At the centre of the island is Hooiberg, with a stairway ascending its 541-foot peak, from which you can sometimes see Venezuela.
For nightlife Aruba offers dancing, cabaret show and 11 casinos to choose from.
New Year's Day (01Jan); Official Holiday in memory of G F Betico Croes (25Jan); National Anthem & Flag Day (18Mar); Good Friday (14Apr); Easter (16Apr); Easter Monday (17Mar); Queen's Day (30Apr); Labour Day (01May); St. John's Day (24Jun); Christmas Day (25Dec); Boxing Day (26Dec); New Year's Eve/Bank holiday (31Dec).
75 sq miles (193 sq km)
Aruba Head of state
HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
Aruba Main exports
Oil products, animals
100,500 (via UN, 2006)
Aruba Prime minister
Radio Kelkboom, Hit 94, Magic 96.5, Canal 90
Aruba Telephone codes
ATV, Tele Aruba
Aruba The press
Diario Aruba, Bon Dia