Aruba is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the A in the ABC islands. The other two are Bonaire and Curacao.
Aruba is one of the Lesser Antilles islands located in the southern Caribbean Sea just north of Venezuela. View Map
Aruba is famous for its white-sand beaches, cooling trade winds, friendly people and water sports.
Two beaches: Eagle Beach and Palm Beach.
If you're a day tripper you can't go wrong with breakfast, lunch or supper at Matthew's Beach Restaurant at Casa Del Mar literally on Eagle Beach. If you're overnighting Casa Del Mar Aruba Resort & Timeshare is right there - on Eagle Beach - perfectly located between Palm Beach and downtown.
And go to Palm Beach for all the watersports you can possibly dream of. Vela Aruba offers kitesurfing, SUP paddleboarding, SUP yoga, windsurfing, plus they have a trendy store with the latest beach fashion and snorkeling gear.
Get there by taxi or rent a car. Taxis are very affordable. But guess what? So is renting a car. Yes, for a 5 star Caribbean island, car rental is extremely affordable. Check out Thrifty Rent A Car Aruba - they seem to have rental offices all over the island with really good rates.
Lastly, if you want to move to Aruba, see our blog for the complete guide.
Enjoy your stay!
"Aruba Precious Country"
Oranjestad: 12°31' N 70°2' W
Paradera, San Nicolas, Noord, Santa Cruz, Savaneta
Dutch and Papiemento/Papiamentu, which is the widely spoken on the Caribbean ABC islands (Aruba Bonaire and Curaçao) where it has official status as the native language. The language is also recognized on Bonaire by the Dutch government.
Papiamento is derived from African and Portuguese languages with some influences from American Indian languages English, Dutch and Spanish (mostly Spanish). Papiamento has two main dialects: Papiamento, spoken primarily on Aruba; and Papiamentu, spoken on Curaçao. The Bonaire variety, while not considered a dialect, is known as Papiamen.
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81% Roman Catholic
Kingdom of the Netherlands
Estates of Aruba
From the Netherlands Antilles on 1 January 1986
Tropical semi-arid climate. Mean monthly temperature in Oranjestad varies little from 26.7 °C (80.1 °F) to 29.2 °C (84.6 °F). Constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean, comes from north-east. Yearly rainfall hardly exceeds 470 mm (18.5 in) in Oranjestad.
Aruba's first inhabitants were from the Arawak tribe, who migrated there from Venezuela to escape attacks by the Caribs. Parts of the earliest known Indian settlements date back to 1000 AD. Europeans first learned of Aruba following the explorations for Spain by Amerigo Vespucci and Alonso de Ojeda in 1499. Both learned of it from natives of nearby islands and described Aruba as an "island of giants", remarking on the comparatively large stature of the native Caquetíos, compared to Europeans. Gold was discovered on Aruba 300 years later. Vespucci visited Spain with stocks of cotton and brazilwood from the island and described houses built into the sea. Vespucci and Ojeda's tales spurred interest, and Spaniards soon colonized the island.
Because it had low rainfall, no plantations were developed and slave trading was minimal. Aruba was colonized by Spain for over a century. In 1508, the Spanish Crown appointed Alonso de Ojeda as its first Governor of Aruba, as part of Nueva Andalucía. Another Spanish governor appointed was Juan Martínez de Ampiés. In 1528, Ampíes was replaced by a representative of the House of Welser.
The Netherlands regulated Aruba since 1629. Since 1636 however, Aruba has been under Dutch administration, initially governed by Peter Stuyvesant, later appointed to New Amsterdam (New York City). The island was then included under the Dutch West India Company (W.I.C.) administration from 1648 to 1664. The Dutch controlled Aruba 135 years after the Spanish, allowing the Arawaks stockbreeding, and turned the island into a meat source for other Dutch Caribbean colonies. In 1933, Aruba sent its first request to the Queen seeking independent status and autonomy.
During World War II , Aruba was one of the main suppliers of refined petroleum products to the Allies Aruba was made a British protectorate from 1940 to 1942, and a US protectorate from 1942 to 1945.
In March 1944, Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the United States, briefly visited American troops stationed in Aruba.
Currently Aruba is a sovereign state in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Lower your expectations at the fast food outlets or restaurants. The Caribbean people seem to not understand fast service. They fail miserably in rush, but do relax very well. Blame the sun!