Aruba – Five things to do on ‘One Happy Island’
Sun kissed beaches: whether you see them from the relaxing confines of a kayak or in a blur from the back of a jet ski you can’t go far wrong.
Especially when those beaches are found in the Caribbean. Add friendly people, first class restaurants, the thrill of carnival and brand name shopping at bargain basement prices and you’ll probably find yourself in Aruba.
Located in the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, this island gem offers plenty of reasons to plan a visit.
Here are just five reasons why I’ve added to Aruba to my bucket list:
- Plenty to do: From turquoise seas to rugged national park, Aruba has a unique and varied landscape. As such a host of activities are available on the island, ranging from horse riding to hiking across Airkok National Park, jeep safaris, mountain biking, kite surfing, sailing, jet ski-iing, snorkelling, fishing or simply chilling out on the beach. I’m tired just typing about it…
- Beautiful beaches: The seven mile strip that holds Aruba’s beaches is home to both quiet retreats and busy sunbathing and water sports areas. Holidaymakers can relax and enjoy the tropical weather, or try their hand at everything from swimming to snorkeling, kitesurfing to waterskiiing, tubing to a trip on a banana boat. If escaping from it all is more your kind of thing, perhaps the Caribbean beaches along the windward coast, complete with limestone coves and secret inlets, would be more to your liking.
- Shop ’till you drop: Everything from jewellery store lined streets to upmarket shopping malls are available in Aruba. And the best thing is the international brands on offer are anything from 10 to 35 per cent cheaper than they would be in the United States.
- Food, glorious food: Aruba offers foodies everything from world class chefs to traditional Caribbean restaurants. The high-rise strip is home to over 100 places to eat, while many more can be found downtown. And the variety of food on offer is staggering: from delicacies such as frogs’ legs, duck and venison to fresh Caribbean catch such as mahi-mahi; from sushi to tapas, curry to jerk ribs and steak to marine lobster.
- Carnival: The thrilling pageantry of Aruba’s carnival has its origins in the island’s oldest private social club, The Tivoli Club. It began as a series of small street festivals 60 years ago after the club was the first to have a pre-Lenten celebration in February 1944. Boosted by celebrations at the end of World World Two, the festivities grew and these days the carnival is a feast of colour and music.
No wonder Aruba is dubbed ‘One Happy Island’. I’d love to hear what your experiences of Aruba have been if you’ve been lucky enough to visit there or why you’d like to go. Let me know in the comments section below.
And if you’re really struggling for more reasons visit, Aruba travel. It has them in abundance.
> This post brought to you by Aruba Tourism Authority. All opinions are 100% mine.