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We could write a book on reasons we love this tiny, happy island, but we decided to highlight 10 things that make Aruba so special to us.

10 reasons why Aruba is like no other place on Earth

Aruba is a place of perfection. The views, the food, the vibe –it’s all undeniably unique and incredible to experience. We could write a book on reasons we love this tiny, happy island, but we decided to highlight 10 things that make Aruba so special to us.

1. Sunshine. Every. Single. Day.

We could write a book on reasons we love this tiny, happy island, but we decided to highlight 10 things that make Aruba so special to us.

If you’re looking for a place with perfect weather, you really can’t do better than Aruba. Temperatures almost always hover around 80 degrees, thanks to cooling trade winds. Aruba consistently ranks as having the least amount of rainfall in the Caribbean — an average of about 16 inches per year. Plus, the island lies on the outside fringes of the hurricane belt, so hurricanes rarely touch Aruba’s shores.

2. Aruba has one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world.

Much of the population is fluent in English, Dutch and Spanish—as well as the local language, Papiamento.

3. It has amazing fusion cuisine.

We could write a book on reasons we love this tiny, happy island, but we decided to highlight 10 things that make Aruba so special to us.

Aruba’s culinary scene is a melting pot influenced by 90 on-island nationalities. Most dishes are a delicious mix of Caribbean, African and European cuisines. The Aruban diet has been strongly influenced by Indonesian roots and Dutch colonization, with dishes like bami and nasi gorengloempia (their giant version of spring rolls), and Dutch treats like bitterballen (croquets).

4. Aruba is the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean.

We could write a book on reasons we love this tiny, happy island, but we decided to highlight 10 things that make Aruba so special to us.

How many places can you snorkel and find a piece of history? Go deep and discover two WWII ship wrecks: SS Antilla and SS Pedernales. Not only will you take in some of the most well-preserved wrecks of the Caribbean, you’ll see colorful coral formations and a lively sea ecosystem of fish surrounding the wrecks. If snorkeling isn’t your speed, Funjet also offers the Atlantis Submarine Expedition tour, where you can see the wrecks and stay dry.

5. Feel free to venture out.

We could write a book on reasons we love this tiny, happy island, but we decided to highlight 10 things that make Aruba so special to us.

All-inclusive resorts make vacation super easy, but to experience Aruba’s fabulous cuisine and culture beyond the resort, many travelers choose to forgo a dining plan at their resort. Many resorts are within walking distance to nearby food markets, restaurants, shopping areas, and other popular activities on the island. Exploring the area gives you the chance to meet the friendly locals, take in the scenery, and find hidden gems and souvenirs at local businesses. You can also add Funjet’s Aruba Island Tour to your booking to see the whole island in one day!

6. There’s plenty of wildlife and some surprising species, too.

We could write a book on reasons we love this tiny, happy island, but we decided to highlight 10 things that make Aruba so special to us.

Iguanas and tropical birds are just a few of the local animals you may run into during your stay on the island. Wild donkeys and goats can also be found in Aruba. Locals commonly raise the four legged critters, but over the years the population grew in the wild after many went astray. Oh, and don’t forget the plentiful ostrich farms.

7. Aruba offers something for every type of traveler.

We could write a book on reasons we love this tiny, happy island, but we decided to highlight 10 things that make Aruba so special to us.

Families seeking more than a traditional vacation experience will discover countless kid-friendly attractions and activities throughout the island. Resorts and hotels offer tours, special kids’ programs, and all-day camps for families and children. However, the island is also perfect for girls’ trips and couples, with the perfect mix of sultry nightlife and secluded, romantic spaces.

8. Nearly 20% of the island is a dedicated national park.

We could write a book on reasons we love this tiny, happy island, but we decided to highlight 10 things that make Aruba so special to us.

While the southwest side of Aruba is mostly flat with gorgeous shoreline, the northeast side features more rugged terrain and a national park. Arikok National Park is home to dramatic coastlines, natural bridges, and one of the island’s best natural features: the Natural Pool. Known to locals as “Conchi,” the pool is a pristine, secluded swimming hole protected by a wall of volcanic rock. When you tag along for Funjet’s Baby Beach Jeep adventure, you can see all of Arikok’s best features on an off-road tour.

9. See hundreds of baby turtles make their voyage to the sea.

We could write a book on reasons we love this tiny, happy island, but we decided to highlight 10 things that make Aruba so special to us.

Aruba is home to several species of sea turtles, and visitors walking Aruba’s beaches from March to November will likely encounter areas cordoned off to protect turtle nests. See the tiny hatchlings make their way down the beach, plunge into the sea, and make their first str
okes towards their feeding grounds.

10. Aruba’s white sand beaches are barefoot friendly, even at the hottest hour of the day.

We could write a book on reasons we love this tiny, happy island, but we decided to highlight 10 things that make Aruba so special to us.

The unique crushed coral and shell composition of Aruba’s fine, powdery white beaches keeps the sand comfortably cool, even during the hours when the sun is most intense. That means long walks along the shoreline are perfect at any time of day–flip-flops optional.

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11 Comments

  1. Ive been to aruba last year n ur right, it was wonderful. All of the iguanas were a bit annoying especially since they roam so freely n can b seen runnin the roof of ur hotel room lol. But the food was ok, downfall is the stray dogs. Walkin to ur hotel room with ur food, dogs will literally follow behind u n packs!!! Overall, wonderful trip ( if ur not afraid if dogs ) lol

  2. DARRELL J. OWENS

    Been THERE MANY TIMES I LOVE IT, I WOULD LOVE TO RETIRE THERE SOMEDAY.

  3. C Bard

    Went there in February and it was wonderful. We did a lot of walking and as soon as you felt yourself getting hot, the trade winds would kick up and you’d be instantly cooled off. Word of warning–wear sunscreen ALWAYS. Came away with 2nd degree sunburn, the worst I’ve ever had and I’m of African American decent! Since the country is so close to the equator, the sun is intense, to say the least. Other than that, the people were extremely nice & hospitable. Everyone that we encountered was helpful & pleasant.

  4. I will be shore to put Aruba on my bucket too do list. From all the warm comments Aruba sounds like a must visit Island.

  5. Kathleen

    Was there April 2016 and fell in love with the people, the weather, the food, the beauty which surrounded me. Can’t wait to go back. It felt like home!

  6. D.Taylor

    We took the whole family there (adults) and had a great time. The people were very friendly,and helpful, and the food divine. The beaches were heavenly and the scenic sunsets wonderful. I would like to retire there someday too! Awesome vacation. It is a very quiet island until unset, then lookout. Fun is to be had
    a quiet island, do give it a try, you won’t regret one dime you spend there..
    D. Taylor

  7. Regina Wofford

    Aruba is my most favorite place in all the world. It’s about as close to heaven as I can imagine. Everything to do. Everything to see. Great people. Excellent fresh food. I have great new friends who live in Aruba. I go every year if I could. I can’t say enough about this beautiful place.

    I just simply LOVE Aruba!

  8. Anne

    My family went to Aruba for the first time 5 years ago, after visiting Jamaica, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands, Maui and Punta Cana, and found Aruba to be exactly what we had been looking for during all those other vacations. Since that first visit to the island, we have returned to Aruba every year and pretty much need Aruba to get us through the rest of the year. While Maui was surely gorgeous with its waterfalls and thick vegetation, the hours in flight to get there was exhausting while Aruba is only 4-1/2 hours from Baltimore, and better yet a straight nonstop flight on Southwest. I drive to Delaware a few times a year and that takes me 3 to 3-1/2 hours depending on the traffic ! The people are very friendly and the weather is always hot and sunny, but the constant trade winds help tremendously to keep you comfortable so you aren’t aware of how close to the equator you really are. Aruba is out of the hurricane belt so there’s no need to worry about summer hurricanes that hit other vacation spots year after year. The water is beautiful and the sand is white and soft. Prices aren’t crazy either like a lot of vacation spots. Just know, while Aruba is close to perfect in every way, it is not like Hawaii with lush greenery and waterfalls. Aruba is so close to the equator that it is considered to be a desert with huge cactus and aloe vera plants. They have a fantastic water filtration system, which is completely safe to drink unlike Mexico where they tell you to watch what you eat and to never drink the water. During our vacations to Aruba we never run out of things to do, and are kept busy and well fed, but at the same time we are not exhausted and looking forward to going home so we can relax. That is where Aruba is different — you can have one of the greatest vacations in your life, and instead of being exhausted on your last day there, you feel energized and alive, and want to plan your return trip to Aruba as soon as possible. Not once have we felt threatened or unsafe on the island, even while taking cabs or buses instead of renting a car. We have even stayed at hotels where we were within walking distance to many things, and felt quite safe doing that both during the day and in the evening, walking to dinner or to a casino or pub. If you would have a medical emergency while in Aruba, there is no need to worry about poor quality health care since they have a very good hospital and doctors. Snorkeling or scuba diving in Aruba around the sites of old sunken ships is something you will never forget. I have found the greatest place on earth for me and my family to unwind and regroup, and plan on going back to Aruba whenever possible because it is so affordable and has so many things to offer.

  9. Robin

    Ahhh we LOVE Aruba!

    Been going there since 1985 and have returned every year except 2-3. Just reserved a new place in Savanteta, looking forward to something a little different.

    Although Aruba is consistently perfect, we like to venture out and Aruba provides many options as it is a very diverse island.

    We have NEVER met anyone that we weren’t immediately intrigued with, everyone is sooo kind and downright nice.

  10. Joe

    Spent two weeks there in 2009. People of all sorts welcomed us and made us feel at home. Looked into living there when we got back–real estate was reasonable, taxes were high, but my wife has a condition that does not do well in warm climates. I desperately wanted to open a microbrewery there but it was not in the cards.

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