Surrounded by the warm Caribbean Sea, it should come as no surprise that water-based activities take prime position in Aruba. Good visibility, shallows reefs teeming with colourful fish and eerie shipwrecks provide fantastic snorkelling and diving, while year-round trade winds guarantee perfect conditions for wind and kite surfing. Back on terra firm, hike over rugged terrain on hour long or more challenging five hour excursions, horseback ride on un-crowded beaches or join the locals in a game of beach tennis.
Aruba Food & Drink
Thanks to its melting pot of cultures - from European to African to Asian - Aruba’s food is deliciously diverse. One must try dish is keshi yena: literally translated as ‘stuffed cheese’ the rind of a round of Gouda or Edam is stuffed with a meat mixture and then baked. Unsurprisingly fresh seafood is often on the menu – we recommend trying pisca hasa crioyo a fish creole dish. Pair your meals with the local Balashi beer, an Aruba Ariba cocktail made from a local liqueur or fresh coconut water. And in the evenings dress as the locals do, leaving beachwear for the sands or the pool.
Away from the picture-perfect coastline Aruba is an island with intriguing and wild landscapes. The desert-like Arikok National Park, covering nearly a fifth of the island, is home to hills filled with cacti, and cave systems with mysterious rock drawings. Explore the island’s past with visits to the National Archaeological Musuem and Fort Zoutman – the oldest structure on Aruba built in the late 1770s to protect against pirates. And make sure to soak up the Caribbean rhythm at the weekly Carubbian Festiaval, a carnival-style celebration of dance, music and cuisine.