Although having experienced negative press due to the unsolved Natalee Holloway case, Aruba is a stunning island boasting numerous white sandy beach areas and sparkling turquoise blue waters. For sun-worshippers, Aruba remains a favoured Caribbean holiday destination. Tourists can indulge in glitzy beachside resorts, stylish restaurants, trendy boutiques and 24-hour casinos.
Oranjestad is Aruba’s harbour-side capital, which attracts many visitors and has a distinct colonial Dutch atmosphere. The museums in Oranjestad are well presented and the capital boasts several popular duty-free shops. Nearby San Nicolas has a more British colonial ambience. The best beaches are positioned along the reef-protected leeward coast’s developed stretch, where snorkelling enthusiasts and divers appreciate the 30-metre visibility.
The interior’s surreal rugged landscape is dotted with twisted exotic trees, cacti, and herds of goats. The moon-like landscape of Arikok National Park is home to limestone caves and mysterious boulders. Also worthwhile seeing is the natural bridge on Aruba’s northern shore. On the island’s southeastern side tourists can visit the original capital and oldest town in Aruba, Savaneta.
Accommodation establishments on Aruba range from luxurious five-star rated resorts to intimate boutique hotels and budget-friendly motels. With the tourist industry providing Aruba’s main source of income, every lodging establishment on the island comes with modern facilities to satisfy the needs and demands of the average holidaymaker.
Queen Beatrix International Airport is Aruba’s single aviation hub, handling mostly flights from the US. Although direct international access from Europe or Canada isn’t available, linking flights are common through North American airlines such as Continental, American and Delta, with the frequency and number of routes increasing drastically during the busy winter season.