Located in the warm waters of the Southern Carribbean, Aruba is definitely One Happy Island.
Just north of Venezuela, this country has a land area of 70 square miles, but about 20% of it is actually a wildlife preserve called Arikok National Park. To visit this park, adults must pay a small conservation fee, which ends up being worth it, because you can reserve a free tour with a park ranger, who can teach you about Aruba’s flora, reptiles, and unusual land forms created by lava and quartz. There are also three beaches in the park, as well as Aruba’s hidden treasure, the “Natural Pool,” where visitors can take a dip! You can even explore caves with their authentic Arawak Indian drawings and nocturnal bats!
If you are looking for a private vacation, you can stay at the Renaissance Island, home to Aruba’s only private beaches, one being Flamingo beach, where flamingos walk along the shore.
While in Aruba, you can take advantage of the beautiful scenery made up of the expansive, turquoise Caribbean Sea while on horseback at Ponderosa Beach. Horses are actually an essential part of Aruba’s history, as it was a prime location for horse trade under Spanish colonization, before the Dutch eventually took over, leaving their legacy on the island in the form of architecture, notably in the capital city of Oranjestad.
Not only does Aruba offer its visitors great outdoor adventures, but it also has offers utter relaxation upon its numerous beaches, catering to families, couples, and surfers. Aruba’s climate is typically dry, and temperatures remain within the 80s, so you can be sure to make the most out of your tropical vacation here. There are endless amounts of spas available to choose from, which can make your vacation in Aruba the ultimate relaxing getaway.