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18 Compelling Reasons to Visit the Island of Aruba

Ishaan Govardhan Aug 29, 2019
With a sprinkling of Dutch culture, Aruba Island of the Kingdom of Netherlands brings a European flavor to the Caribbean tropics. Lovingly known by the locals as "One Happy Island", Aruba's arid terrain ensures pleasantly sunny climate all year round.

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Aruba's pure white beaches are among the best on Earth. In fact, Eagle Beach has consistently made it onto several Top 10 lists, whereas other beaches like Palm Spring and Boca Catalina are also worth a visit.
If you don't feel like going for a stroll along the beach, just find the nearest hammock and relax under the sun. A good sun tan is the sign of a successful Aruban vacation!

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You can even explore the tropical paradise on horseback. Just join a guided horseback tour of the area's enticing wilderness from a local ranch.

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In places where the water is shallow, you can go snorkeling into the blue. The wealth of marine wildlife to be found among the Aruban corals, is a treat for the eyes. See if you can spot the rare blue parrot fish in its habitat.

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Aruba is the best Caribbean place to go scuba diving for shipwrecks. With half a dozen hidden wrecks to discover, you won't feel like returning to the surface. Unravel the mysteries of the SS Antilla, Jane C, Debbie II and 2 crashed Renaissance planes.

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When you return from the depths, you should take the chance to go kitesurfing in Boca Grandi. Learn how to harness the winds, by enrolling in a local kitesurfing school.

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Trade winds coming in from the ocean are especially strong, just off the coasts of Aruba. This makes Aruba ideal for windsurfing. In fact, the annual windsurfing world championship is held right here, at Hadikurari Beach.
Every year from May to November, one of nature's greatest spectacles takes over Aruba's Eagle Beach (among some other beaches): the turtle eggs hatch and hundreds of baby turtles make their way to the welcoming waves of the sea.

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For more encounters with the island's exotic wildlife, head over to Flamingo Beach on Renaissance Island. By the hundreds, these fine-feathered pink birds gather on the coast. You'll be able to feed some of the friendlier flamingos by hand!

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As you go further inland, the Aruban terrain will reveal itself to be arid. Keep an eye out for cactii, while hiking through the gorgeous Arikok National Park. Also, you can climb Hooiburg hill for a view stretching all the way to Venezuela!
Explore the secluded parts of Aruba, like the mysterious Quadirikiri Caves of Arikok National Park. Keep an eye out for ancient petroglyphs on the cave walls.

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Next, swing by the historic California Lighthouse (98 ft tall) near Arashi Beach. It has been guiding ships to safety, since 1916.
Aruba is transformed by colorful carnival parades every year in an epic month-long celebration that brings all islanders together. Besides the stunning street parades, there are also music competitions, pageants and parties to lose yourself in!
Back on the beaches, you may notice these peculiarly crooked trees providing shade: the Divi Divi trees. These iconic Aruban trees always grow pointing in the southwestern direction, due to the influence of the trade winds.

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Can't keep away from the open water? You can charter a boat or book yourself a seat on an unforgettable sunset yacht cruise.

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Take the opportunity to whip out your fishing rod and see if you can hook any. You're sure to catch either a Wahoo, a Mahi-Mahi, a Kingfish, an Albacore, or a Tuna.
Ever wanted to ride inside a submarine? Who hasn't. Aruba offers underwater tours of the sea in submarines.

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Aruba's casino nightlife scene has thrived over the years. With most Aruban casinos accepting US currency, you can place your bets and hope for the best!