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ARUBA: THE DESTINATION TO VISIT NOW
By: Adrienne Jordan   |    March 19, 2012   |   0 Comments (0) (0)

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With beautiful, tropical marine climate, cacti-strewn landscape, and rolling hills, Aruba contains the perfect atmosphere to fall in love or find yourself. The island is only 19 miles long, 6 miles wide, and located a mere 15 miles from the coast of Venezuela. Aruba has the highest rate of return in the Caribbean, perhaps because the destination is the most temperate of all the islands due to the non-stop cool trade winds. The horizontally-inclined divi-divi trees, white-sand beaches, and natural coral bridges make the Aruban coast a popular haven for tourists.

Accommodations

Stay at one of the hottest hotels in Aruba: the Aruba Marriott & Stellaris Casino. The property underwent a major change in November, 2011 by adding a new adults-only pool to their exclusive resort. The pool features a 10,000-square foot terrace, plush cabanas with iPod docking, rum-infused sno-cones, and a fully-stocked bar. This added perk compliments the adults-only Tradewinds Club, a hotel-within-a-hotel concept. Access to the Tradewinds Club includes five complimentary meals per day, daily open bar serving premium liquor, discovery hour (a sampling of different appetizers), tea time, as well as a reserved beach area. The rooms include upgraded perks such as pillow menus (feather, foam, etc), plush bathrobes, and luxurious aloe bath products. For food, try fare from six on-site restaurants, including seafood, Japanese, Italian, and American, as well as indulge at several bars located throughout the resort .

Beach Haven

The warm, powder-white sand beaches are one of most popular attractions toAruba.EagleBeachhas been named the number one Caribbean beach in a USA Today survey, while Condé Nast Traveler namedPalm Beachthe best family-friendly beach in the world. Head over to theRenaissanceIsland, where you will find two beautiful beaches laden with exotic animals:IguanaBeach, where iguanas will eat chickpeas and lettuce from your hand, andFlamingoBeach, where you will find dozens of lounging orange flamingos. If you’re into snorkeling, bothBabyBeachandArashiBeachare great places to catch bright tropical fish swimming through the clear blue water. Reefs and sunken shipwrecks makeMalmokBeacha destination for divers, while wind and kite-surfers take advantage of the wind and choppy waters at the site of the annual Hi-Winds Pro Am Windsurfing Competition:HadicurariBeach.

Cultural Attractions

As well as being is known for their paradise-inducing beaches, Arubais also an island rich in cultural events and activities. Home to 80 nationalities, the island’s diverse population reflects the nation’s settlement, acquisition, and immigration. A mixture of African, Spanish, Arawak, and European ancestry gives rise to popular annual festivities. Carnival is a 2-month long event that happens every January through February. Daily events captivate and capture you with electrifying music of calypso steel bands, King & Queen elections, and torch light parades. The lengthy celebration culminates with the all-day Grand Parade. On the eve of June 24th, small fires are set throughout the island and smoke fills the air in celebration of the Festival of San Juan Dera Gai. Other cultural events include Dande, the African-inspired New Year’s celebration, St. Nicolas Day Parade, and the weekly Bon Bini Festival, which puts together folkloric dancers and local music.

Adventure/Water Sports

There are many adventure and water-sport activities to enjoy while vacationing inAruba. Try out the island’s deep sea fishing, kayaking, and mountain biking opportunities.Arubais also a great place to visit if you’re an animal lover. Spot stingray, lobsters, seahorses, and an array of tropical marine animals through the numerous scuba diving opportunities located on the island. If you prefer to stay dry, the submarine tours allow you to explore the coral reefs and marine life located at depths of over130 feet. For the bird-watchers and animal-enthusiasts, the Bubali Bird Sanctuary hosts 100-plus species of land and sea birds that pass through the wetland as they migrate between North and South America.

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