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Holidays to Aruba

Book your Aruba holiday and you'll soon find out for yourself why Aruba has one of the highest numbers of repeat visitors in the Caribbean. Anyone who has ever walked across its white sandy beaches or hiked along the rugged coast can attest to its irresistible appeal. Friendly locals, a compact main city, beautiful weather and a melting pot of cultures are just a few reasons why people return year-on-year.

The capital city of Oranjestad lies on the south-western coast of the island. Here you’ll find a wide range of resorts making it a great base to stay while enjoying days out exploring the islands and its surrounding cerulean waters. While the Caribbean has a reputation as an all-inclusive paradise, Aruba offers a wide range of accommodation and board types that fit the needs of different holidaymakers.

Away from the capital and in the heart of Aruba you’ll find Arikok National Park - an expansive sanctuary with beautiful natural creations found around in every clearing. You’ll also be treated to some of the best views that these striking islands offer. And if you head to the north-east coast, you’ll get to meet Aruba’s unofficial mascot: the Fofoti trees.

It’s not just the landscape of Aruba that is near perfect – it boasts some of the best weather out of all the Caribbean islands. Located just 15 minutes from Venezuela in the warm waters of the southern Caribbean, Aruba lies below the hurricane belt. The term ‘rainy season’ is a foreign concept to Aruba with a drier climate than most Caribbean islands and an average temperature of 27 °C with a soft breeze gliding in from the Atlantic.

Aruba also offers direct flights from several UK airports, making it an easy-to-get-to Caribbean island for British sun-seekers. At Barrhead Travel our worldwide specialists can help you find the correct flight for your location and budget, and complete the package with accommodation that suits your needs. All you’ll need to do is remember your sunscreen.

So what are you waiting for? Book your all inclusive holiday to Aruba today.

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Aruba in detail

Aruba is a popular cruise destination, and it's little wonder why. The beaches are so perfect they're almost cliched: miles of white, sandy beaches, turquoise waters and the requisite year-round sun. Over a million visitors arrive on this tiny island each year, enticed by its luxury resorts, first-class restaurants, 24-hour casinos and excellent watersport facilities.

Most visitors stay either in the capital, Oranjestad or just to the north in one of the many resort complexes on Eagle and Palm Beaches. The remainder of the island is much less developed and in the arid interior, there is nothing more substantial than cacti and divi-divi trees, contorted by the consistently strong trade winds. For those who need more than sunbathing to get their kicks, there are plenty of activities available on the island. There are good diving and snorkelling along the reef on the protected leeward coast and the windsurfing is excellent a little further north at Fisherman's Hut. Deep-sea fishing can also be arranged through many of the hotels.

Attractions in Aruba

Windsurfing and kite surfing are undeniably two of the biggest drawcards for visitors to Aruba, with the island providing some of the best conditions possible in the world for these two sports. Whether a beginner or an expert, there are spots suitable for everyone as well as plenty of schools and shops that provide lessons and equipment hire. Further water-based activities include snorkelling and diving along the shallow, world-class coral reefs, tubing, banana-boating, and much more.

Holidaymakers with a yen for horseback riding can indulge themselves in Aruba's topography, which provides plenty of adventurous and enjoyable excursions, from sand dunes to arid desert plains. Riding experience is not required to join a guided outing from one of the two main horseriding operators, Rancho Notorious and Rancho Del Campo. Most excursions take in the island's sights and landmarks, like the Arikok Hills, the lighthouse and natural bridge.

A visit to the waterfront in Oranjestad is all it takes for deep-sea fishing enthusiasts to hire themselves a private boat with captain and crew, for a day or a few hours, to set out to sea in search of game. The island's temperate offshore waters boast a wide variety of Atlantic game fish, including white and blue marlin, Barracuda, Shark, Blackfin, Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna. In high season charters may be difficult to come by, so it may be wise to book ahead through your hotel.

And of course, for the less actively-inclined, there are miles and miles of pristine white beaches, fringed with palm trees and ringed with warm, bright blue water. An idyllic spot to relax and unwind.

Top 5 Things To Do in Aruba

Arikok National Park - Arikok National Park lies on Aruba’s east coast. Conchi is a natural ocean pool sheltered by craggy rock formations. Beaches include Boca Prins and Dos Playa, a turtle nesting site.
California Lighthouse - The California Lighthouse is a lighthouse located at Hudishibana near Arashi Beach on the northwest tip of Aruba.
Aruba Natural Bridge - The Aruba Natural Bridge was a tourist attraction in Aruba that was formed naturally out of coral limestone.
Fort Zoutman - Fort Zoutman is a military fortification at Oranjestad, Aruba. Built in 1798 by the Dutch army, it is the oldest structure on the island of Aruba.
SS Antilla - Sunken M.S. Antilla is popular with snorkelers, covered with anemones & coral & teeming with fish.

Aruba Highlights

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  • Currency Aruban florin
  • Flying time from UK From London to Aruba is around 8 hours 50 minutes
  • Primary Language Dutch & Papiamento
  • Passport & Visas British passport holders do not require a visa for stays of up to three months.
Aruba features beautiful white sand beaches with a great variety of bars and restaurants dotted along. I would recommend doing a snorkelling experience while you're on the island. Take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Alistair -Longhaul Product Executive