Situated just 15 miles north of the Venezuelan coast, the flat, river-less island of Aruba is widely regarded as one of the most peaceful and beautiful locations in the Caribbean. The temperature here tends to hover around 80 degrees all year, and Atlantic trade winds help to keep people cool and comfortable. The southwest coast of the island boasts warm waters and some of the finest beaches in the region. The northeast coast faces the Atlantic, has mostly rocky terrain and fairly rough seas that aren’t conducive to swimming or water sports. Dutch is the official language, but English and Spanish are widely spoken too. This sunny little island has a population of around 72,000 people, and its capital is Oranjestad. As you explore the island, you’ll find aloe factories, rock formations, butterfly and bird sanctuaries, caves and shipwrecks. Popular activities include lounging on the beach, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and horseback riding. The cuisine here is eclectic, and popular dishes include baked cheese, iguana soup and ostrich burgers. As for drinks, imported Dutch beer tends to be the most popular option.
- Capital city - Oranjestad
- Language - Dutch and Papiamento