Noted for its pristine shores and charming and compact capital city, Aruba is the most popular island in the Dutch Caribbean. This small, 20-mile long island features the Dutch Colonial architecture of its bustling capital, Oranjestad, the windswept vistas and uncrowded beaches of the rugged coast and Arikok National Wildlife Park’s otherworldly landscape of cactuses, gnarled divi-divi trees and abandoned gold mines.
Oranjestad’s sunny Caribbean demeanor is best reflected in its vividly colored buildings and the friendly disposition of its welcoming locals. The main thoroughfare of Aruba’s cosmopolitan capital, L.G. Smith Boulevard, runs along the Caribbean waterfront and is teeming with picturesque marinas, upscale shopping malls, and wonderful restaurants and bars. The town’s marina is dotted with bobbing fishing boats and schooners docked next to stalls where local vendors hawk fruits, vegetables, and fish.
Within Oranjestad and throughout Aruba, the topography and vegetation are unusual for a Caribbean island. Divi-divi trees, easily recognized by their distinctive wind-sculpted shape, dot a landscape characterized by miles of pristine white sand beaches and a rugged northeast coastline.
Aruba’s residents and visitors are blessed with clear skies, bright sunshine and cool trade winds practically every day of the year. Except for a few scattered and limited showers on some days – which are welcomed by the tropical vegetation - the sun does indeed always shine here. The average temperature is 27.8 C (82 F). The hottest months are from May through October and the coolest months are December through March. While Aruba lies on the southern fringes of the hurricane belt and the likelihood of a direct hit is extremely small, the official Atlantic hurricane season generally extends from June 1 through November 30, with peaks from mid-August till mid-October.
Aruba’s fascinating museums are filled with the treasures of collectors, historians and archaeologists.
They trace Aruba’s development from a land of peaceful Indian origins to its fate as the pawn of colonial powers and its emergence as an acclaimed international tourism destination. These storehouses of history document an era of Amerindian habitation starting some 4,500 years ago and lasting until the end of the 19th century, as well as discovery by the Spanish, occupation by the Dutch, settlement by Europeans, and an incredible two-century period of development that includes a gold rush, small industry, aloe cultivation, oil refining, and tourism.
If there is anything you’d like to discover or experience during your stay on Aruba – from deep sea fishing charter to a tour at the local Brewery or a visit to the Natural Pool – allow our Navigator staff to handle all of the arrangements.