Visiting the island of Aruba any time soon on a Caribbean cruise?
“One Happy Island.” This is the official motto of Aruba 😉
Surely Arubans are happy to see cruisers: most of them fall in love with our island and choose to come back to visit for more more than just one day!Aruba has a rich, layered heritage. The first people to inhabit the island were a nation of Arawak Indians. In 1499, the Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojeda laid claim to the territory for Queen Isabella. Nearly 200 years later, the Dutch captured the islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire from the Spanish, and much of that heritage can be seen in its pastel architecture. But let’s face it — you don’t come here only for the history. You come here for the diversions, and Aruba is the Caribbean theme park. There are casinos, duty-free shops, more than two dozen dive sites, noteworthy shipwrecks and a championship golf course, lined with cacti and populated by friendly iguanas.
Street car down-town Oranjestad
We have a beautiful historical centre in down-town Oranjestad which just underwent an extreme makeover and is even featuring a street car!
Aruba’s white sandy beaches and perfect blue sky Aruba’s white sandy beaches and perfect blue sky Aruba’s trademark divi-divi trees always point in a south westerly direction , but we like to think they’re leading the way to the sandy beaches that ring the island in the shape of a cheery smile. Best of all, there really is no bad time to visit Aruba. Temperatures are consistently pleasant (lows in the 70’s, highs in the 80’s) and its location is far below the Atlantic hurricane belt, so it’s less likely to be impacted by storms.
February is the month of Carnival in Aruba. This year the island is celebrating it’s 60th Carnival Anniversary so you can imagine the festivities are many and the costumes spectacular! I have to admit that for me this is the most beautiful season of all. Enjoy Aruba, enjoy my island and share your experiences and pictures with us on our Facebook page facebook.com/streachartersaruba