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12 Reasons Why Aruba is the Best Caribbean Island Vacation Destination

We all know Aruba is beautiful, and a trip to Aruba is a guaranteed good time, but what makes Aruba the best Caribbean to visit?

Arguably, a good time can be had anywhere in the Caribbean, but there are several reasons why Aruba stands out from the crowd! To avoid writing an entire book on the charms of Aruba, this list will be kept concise. Here are 12 reasons why Aruba is the best destination for your next Caribbean vacation

1. The Aruban People

One of the main reasons why people are drawn to this small Southern Caribbean island is the people. The Aruban people are known for having a natural sense of hospitality instilled in them. Expect a friendly “bon dia” (good morning), when you encounter a local on your morning jog. And while you’re at it, don’t be afraid to ask for directions, or advice, because you’ll quickly find someone that is willing to help you out. 

The Aruban community is very diverse. Many Arubans are generally of mixed ancestry, claiming Caquetio Indian, African and European roots, but it doesn’t end there.  A vast number of Arubans originate from South America, other Caribbean islands, China, the Philippines, and about seventeen African nations! Not only does this guarantee that you will find a friend that speaks your language, but it also makes for a very tolerant and accepting culture.

A smile always awaits you here!

2. Safety

When deciding on the location for your next Caribbean vacation, safety should definitely be used as an important deciding factor. Aruba is considered one of the safest islands in the entire Caribbean. In terms of personal safety, the local community is accepting of visitors from all over the world, making our locals far more hospitable than those of some other destinations.  And on macro safety, Aruba lays south of the hurricane belt, so our chances of getting hit by one are slim to none.

3. Our Drinking Water

You can drink our water right from the tap! In some popular Caribbean travel destinations, this would be unheard of, but in Aruba it is perfectly safe. Aruba does not have natural fresh water sources. It is for this reason that drinking water is created by desalinating sea water at our local water plant WEB. This very extensive process produces very clean water to help us stay hydrated during our countless sunny days, and will give you great relief since you can drink away without having to worry.

4. The Great Weather

It is no secret that many people travel to Aruba to escape the cold rainy days they have back home. The island is known to have great weather, but did you know Aruba has the most sunny days of any island in the entire Caribbean? Visiting Aruba is your best bet for ensuring great weather during your Caribbean vacation. But we don’t just get more sunny days, we get more comfortable and better weather as well. Here in Aruba, we’ve been blessed with the perfect combination of the radiant sun and the famous trade winds, which help keep you feeling cool year round.

We have the most sunny days!

5. Our Top Rated Beaches

Aruba’s pristine white sand beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches not just in the Caribbean, but in the entire world. Don’t believe us? Check out our video proof! Whether you’re in the mood to lie out and soak up the sun on the world-renown Eagle Beach, or if you’re a thrill seeker wanting to ride the crystal waves at Andicuri or Dos Playa, Aruba has a beach that will appeal to everyone.

Fototi Tree at Eagle Beach.

6. Our Rich Culture

Many fans of Aruba are unaware of the rich cultural presence here on island. Art and heritage are integral parts of what shaped Aruba into the wonderful destination it is today. A big part of the cultural development here in Aruba is through its local art. The best way to explore art on the island is visiting events such as: Korteweg, the Cadushi Festival, and the Aruba Art Fair.

Visit Aruba in January for the largest cultural event of the year, Aruba Carnival. This event dates all the way back to 1954 when parades where a lot smaller, but just as much fun as they are today, more than 62 years later.

Other can’t-miss cultural happenings are: the Dande Festival, the weekly Bon Bini Festival, and the Carubbian Festival.

If you are in Aruba during the month of March, be sure to celebrate our National Anthem and Flag Day with us on March 18. The events held on this day, really give visitors an insight of the local customs and delicious local cuisine!

The Carnival celebration in Aruba.

7. Ease of Travel

Traveling to Aruba is easy! The Aruba Airport has more than 100 direct flights weekly from 14 North US gateways, and one-stop connections from almost every city in the USA and Canada. Aruba also has international flights from a selection of European and Latin American countries!

Not only is it easy to get to Aruba, if you are traveling with the US Dollars, you do not need to change your currency. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that!

An aerial view of Oranjestad.

8. Our Infrastructure

The well-established infrastructure makes it easy to travel though all areas of Aruba. All towns are accessible by car which gives visitors the freedom to explore Aruba in its entirety! Public transportation in the form of buses and taxis are also readily available on island.

principal medio de transporte en Aruba

Arubus public transportation at Eagle Beach.

9. The Wide Variety of Accommodations

There is a home away from home available for every type of traveler! Aruba boasts a wide variety of hotels and resorts, apartments and condos, private homes and villas, and timeshares. Whether you are a loyal timeshare owner, or you like to visit a different place to stay every time, Aruba has the perfect accommodation for you.

Aruba Accommodations

Resorts at Palm Beach.

10. Cruise Friendly

If you are visiting Aruba on a Caribbean cruise, you’re in luck! The Port of Aruba is centrally located in downtown Oranjestad, so dining and shopping are at walking distance! Explore the capital of Aruba while picking up unique souvenirs along the way, or schedule a tour right from your ship. We assure you that you will be craving more Aruba as soon as you get back on your ship! 

Oranjestad

The Cruise terminal and Oranjestad.

11. Fun & Adventure

You will never have to worry about having nothing to do during your Aruban vacation (unless doing nothing is what you came here for)!  There are fun activities for visitors of all ages. Explore Aruban fauna at The Butterfly Farm, and Philip’s Animal Garden. Make a splash at the many water sports centers along the beaches. Discover the Arikok National Park to see a side of Aruba you have never encountered before. The fun truly doesn’t end. Who expected there to be so much to do on such a small island?

Adventure is always around the corner!

12. The Food

As previously mentioned, the Aruban community is a very culturally diverse group of people. One of the benefits of this is that we have a variety of restaurants serving food from all over the world. Caribbean, Colombian, Dutch, Italian. You name it, chances are, we serve it! Dining has never been this fun and exciting. If you are visiting Aruba during the Eat Local restaurant week, make sure to take advantage of the special prices offered by participating restaurants.

Carni Stoba by the Old Cunucu House.

Book Your Trip Today

There’s a reason we’re called the “One Happy Island”, and it’s because we truly are the best destination in the Caribbean. We’re sure you are eager to book your trip to the One happy island right now, and we don’t blame you! Bring your significant other, the kids, or come alone. A trip to Aruba is certainly worth experiencing.

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About the blogger: Jennifer Richardson
She moved to Aruba when she was just 11 years old, and she hasn’t felt more at home since. She is very passionate about visual art and draws her inspiration from being out and about, observing the local people and trends. Being as excited about the One happy island as she is, Jennifer will gladly pass all her observations along to you!