Nature at its Best in Aruba
Aruba is one beautiful tourist destination that has something to offer to everyone. Whether it is its historic sites, scenic beauty, crystal clear water of the beaches or desert flora, Aruba has all to inject life into any frazzled visitor.
Caiquetios, a nation of Arawak Indians, were the first people to have inhabited the island of Aruba. The island flourished in leaps and bounds during the 19th century when gold was discovered in plenty near Bushiribana. Today, the country is thriving on two major industries – oil and tourism.
Popular Places and Attractions:
Aruba is packed with several tourist attractions, each better than the other. Some of the most popular tourist destinations in Aruba are Alto Vista Chapel, Oranjestad, California Lighthouse, Arikok National Park, Bushiribana Gold Mill, Frenchman’s Pass, The Butterfly Farm, Hooiberg, Palm Beach, Eagle Beach, San Nicolas etc.
The California Lighthouse is one of the most striking landmarks of Aruba. Named after a ship named “California”, it provides a stunning view of the sandy beaches of Aruba. The Butterfly Farm is another one of its kind tourist attraction in Aruba that houses more than 30 species of butterfly. Hooiberg is a 165 m high hill that was formed as a result of volcanic eruptions. The hill top is the perfect place to have a panoramic view of the whole of Aruba.
Aruba is fast becoming one of the hottest tourist destinations due to its natural beauty and warm and friendly people. Some of the major cities of this country are Bubali, Noord, Madiki, Brasil, Cura Cabai, San Nicholas, Santa Cruz, etc.
The network of roads serves as an easy means of getting around in Aruba. Arubus operates a reliable and inexpensive public bus service connecting remote corners of the country. Taxis and cars can also be used, a guide to smooth travel is to have some small notes and change handy to pay for your fares.
Places of Entertainment:
A visit to Aruba is incomplete without tasting the lip smacking local cuisine that may include Stoba di Bestia Chiquito, Grouper Sandwich, Keshi Yena and Pastechi, amongst others. One can try some of these delicious items at one of the numerous restaurants in Aruba such as Danny’s Delight, Coco Plum, Driftwood, Mi Cushina, Costa Riba, etc.
Nightlife in Aruba springs to action with cocktail parties, beach barbecues, tropical nights, fashion shows, limbo and fire dances and host of other activities. Eetcafe The Paddock, Garufa Cigar and Cocktail Lounge, Café Bahia, Club City One etc are some of the places ffering an ecstatic nightlife environment.
Aruba has top-notch accommodation facilities for travelers of varying taste. Staying in one of the Hotel resorts can be a memorable experience but a bit harsh on the pocket. Guesthouses, bed and breakfast, motels, youth hostels and budget hotels are also available in plenty for the budget travellers.
Aruba’s currency is Aruban Florin (AWG) which is tied to the US Dollar, check the news and internet for the latest exchange rates. The official language is Dutch while the native language is Papiamento.
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