It’s smiles all round on beautiful, laid-back Aruba, known as the Caribbean’s ‘Happy Island’. And no wonder everyone’s so cheerful. First there’s the weather that Aruba holiday deals deliver: more sunny days than any other Caribbean island, with temperatures averaging 28-32 ⁰C, cooling trade winds, and no rainy season to speak of. And then there are the beaches – mile upon mile of silken white sands lapped by cerulean-blue waters, and a vibe for everyone from couples to families.
The south and west of the island are fringed by drop-dead-gorgeous beaches studded with the island’s trademark divi-divi trees and offering perfect swimming, snorkelling and watersports. Palm Beach is the liveliest stretch, ideal for skimming the waves on a jet ski or relaxing in a bar with your feet in the sand, while Eagle Beach, a turtle-nesting site, has beauty in spades. Other stretches are wilder, whipped by the wind, and best for exploring in solitude.
Inland Aruba has lots to offer too and Arikok National Park, with its desert landscape of towering cacti, bizarre rock formations, deserted gold mines and shadowy caves, is a must-see. You can hike in the Park, drinking in the breathtaking views and spotting hummingbirds, parakeets and lizards as you go, or take it easier with a guided tour, a ride on horseback, or a trip in an off-road jeep.
Plus there are towns to discover, especially Oranjestad with its picture-postcard Dutch colonial buildings in pretty shades of pastel, and boutique shops selling Dutch porcelain, jewellery and locally made aloe vera products. And if it’s nightlife you want, then you can sip cocktails in a beach bar, head to a club, or join one of the party buses that hops between the local hot-spots. There are even eleven casinos on the island – making Aruba holidays a safe bet for a never-to-be-forgotten holiday.