Aruba: One Happy Island





FUN FACTS


Drinking-Water: Aruba's water meets the highest quality standards of the World Health Organization thanks to our desalination plant, the world's second-largest.

The People: Aruba has an exceptionally diverse population, with more than 90 nationalities present. Arubans share a rich history and a warm culture of hospitality.

Green Aruba: Aruba is at the forefront of the energy revolution. Ten large windmills line the rugged eastern coast. Within 10 years, 100% of the island's energy will come from renewable sources.

Beaches: Aruba's pristine, white-sand beaches and calm turquoise waters are unlike any others. TripAdvisor.com recently named Eagle Beach one of the top ten beaches in the world.

Weather: Aruba has a dry climate, with an average temperature of 82 degrees. Located outside the hurricane belt with constant cooling trade winds, Aruba has more sunny days than any other Caribbean island. The hottest months are from May through October and the coolest months are from December through March.

Sports: Beach tennis is a favorite among locals, but Aruba is also known for its windsurfing and kitesurfing, thanks to our constant trade winds.

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CULTURAL EVENTS

From 5Ks to festivals, from contests to Carnival, there is never a dull moment on our happy island.

Carnival

Get into the spirit of Aruba’s biggest party of the year — a month-long celebration with festive street parties known as "jump-ups" and spectacular parades. Lovelies of all ages strut their stuff at Carnival Queen elections, competing for the coveted crown. Aruba Carnival events are remembered for their powerful music. Winning songs selected at carnival competitions in Aruba include the best calypso with politically-charged lyrics and social commentaries, and the best road march with catchy lyrics and melodies and movements all perform together. Years later, many still "do the wiper", "hit the floor", and "jump with your towel!" Grand Parades in San Nicolas and Oranjestad are the biggest celebration parties of the season and shut down both cities.

Food & Wine Festival

The Annual Food and Wine Festival in Aruba is a tasting event featuring a pastry extravaganza with famous invited chefs showcasing their talents. Delicious food presentations with a Caribbean touch are paired with excellent wines and champagnes. This culinary event in Aruba is combined with a local art exhibition showcasing some of Aruba’s best artworks by residential artists and photographers.

Bonbini Festival

Bonbini means "Welcome!" in Papiamento, and this weekly folkloric music and dance festival is the perfect introduction to the warmth and hospitality of Aruba’s people. The Bonbini Aruba Festival takes place in downtown Oranjestad every Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the outdoor courtyard of Fort Zoutman, Aruba’s oldest building. Enjoy the flavor of the island, its history people, music and cuisine during this entertaining evening held every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m, and entrance is only $5.

Aruba Regatta

This sailing event features fun, action and competitions among yachts, catamarans, sunfish and windsurfers during the day, and music, parties and dinner at night. Crews from different countries try their skill in such events as the "Around Aruba Race" for cruising and racing yachts.



FAMILIES

Aruba is the perfect place for year-round family fun. Book a stay at a participating hotel or resort and mention the One Happy Family package to receive:

FREE accommodation for kids (12 years and under) when sharing the same room with one or two full paying adults.FREE daily breakfast for kids (12 years and under) at the designated hotel restaurant (choices from children’s menu).Family Gift presented upon check-in (varies depending on the hotel of choice).The VIK (Very Important Kid) Cocktail during check-in.The VIK Passport

The VIK (Very Importnat Kid) Passport:

Kids will get this passport at the front desk during check-in. Kids will register their passport by filling their contact information on the physical passport.These passports will feature 7 different signature locations of the destination.Kids need to answer quizzes and puzzles (answers available at each location at least 4 locations).Once at least 4 locations are visited and quizzes and puzzles are completed, the participating resort must remove the page containing all the information of the VIK. This information will be used to register the VIK for a raffle of a week vacation for 4 including airline tickets. Selection of winning family will take place at the end of the summer in the month of September 2016.

WEDDINGS

We’re proud to say that many couples who marry and honeymoon in Aruba have experiences that are so unforgettable, they return to visit us again and again in the years that follow.

So what makes couples choose our 19-mile slice of paradise? Our world-famous white-sand beaches and top-notch resorts are just the beginning. You’ll also enjoy:

Effortless planning Aruba’s professional wedding planners can help you coordinate remotely, so everything is a breeze once you arrive.Picture-perfect weather Located in the Southern Caribbean, Aruba is on the outside fringes of the hurricane belt, and has the most sunny days of any Caribbean island.Non-stop flights Getting here is a snap — you can fly direct to Oranjestad from many major cities in the U.S. on major airlines.So much to see and do There’s something for everyone in Aruba — from rugged Arikok National Park, to a championship golf course, to local dishes and sunset sails, you and your guests will never get bored.World-class ways to relax Along with our ocean breezes and swaying palms, you can exhale at our world-class spas with treatments and massages that use our homegrown Aruba aloe.

If you have any questions about planning your wedding or honeymoon in Aruba, we’re happy to help. Simply visit us at aruba.com.


HONEYMOONS

After your happy day, escape to one happy island. The Aruba Tourism Authority has partnered with resorts, hotels, restaurants and outfitters all over the island to offer specials for honeymooners, including room upgrades, champagne, massages, dinners and more.

Book with a participating hotel or resort and let them know it is your honeymoon to receive:

Preferred check-in serviceA bottle of champagne upon arrivalSpecial gifts, including Happy Aruba BraceletsA free night when you return for your first anniversary (with a 5-night stay)Discounts and special offers on activities and attractions.


RELAXATION

Many visitors say that Aruba is the most relaxing place they’ve ever been. There’s something about our warm, dry air and cooling trade winds that help people unwind.

As soon as you unpack, reserve a treatment in one of Aruba’s spas. Many resorts offer massages and facials right on the beach, featuring aloe cultivated on our very own island.

If you like to relax and rejuvenate with a little physical activity, try a morning run on the beach, a yoga class at one of our resorts or even try something new, like paddleboard yoga.




WATER SPORTS

Aruba's offering of water sports is endless. Any active vacationer will want to try the plethora of water activities available around the island. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are the most popular, but don’t leave fishing, diving, parasailing and other unique water tours out of your itinerary.

Kitesurfing

Aruba is a perfect kitesurfing destination with constant trade winds and several different conditions for training. Palm Beach is the perfect spot to view the amazing acrobatics of daring kitesurfers who dot the horizon with their colorful array of darting and spinning half-moon shaped sails. There are several certified schools, mostly located on the north side of the island, on either side of the Ritz Carlton. The conditions at the Fisherman's Huts are ideal for kitesurfing as they provide 20 knot winds and flat waters. More experienced riders can venture to Boca Grandi, a small bay on the south side where winds and waters are more intense.

SEABOB

Welcome to a new level of underwater scooters: SEABOB. The SEABOB is the world’s most technically advanced and powerful underwater scooter. It is your personal submarine that allows you to move gracefully like a dolphin or feel like James Bond on an underwater mission. We can show everyone from beginners to experienced snorkelers a best coral and marine life in NOORD. We snorkel off the beach in an area called Boca Catalina, Malmok beach and Arashi. We are providing guided tours up to 5 people per group.

Windsurfing

Flat-water locations, challenging wave conditions, extensive shallows and constant trade winds make Aruba a windsurfer’s paradise and one of the best windsurfing destinations in the world. Shallow waters at the Fisherman’s Huts are perfect for novice windsurfers. Here, there are certified schools where instructors rent equipment and teach beginners in gentler winds. Advanced sailors can also blast their way over the water. For almost 30 years, the Hi Winds Competition has attracted windsurfers from around the globe.

Snorkeling

Buoyed by the salt water of a Caribbean aqua-colored wonderland, the way illuminated by shafts of light piercing the surface, snorkelers undertake an underwater exploration of Aruba's warm, welcoming marine environment. Come eye-to-eye with a majestic Queen Angelfish as it swims by the coral reef. Marvel at a diminutive damselfish as it guards its home by waving sea fans or encounter an entire school of blue parrotfish. It's all an everyday experience when snorkeling in Aruba.


BEACHES, BEACHES, BEACHES






Fringing turquoise Caribbean waters, Aruba’s beaches include wide shaded expanses, quiet retreats, and busy sunbathing and water sports meccas. Much of the seven-mile strip along the west coast is lined with resorts and packed with activity. The beaches along the windward coast are in more secluded and undeveloped areas. Because of the strong undertow and crashing waves, swimming on the windward coast is not recommended. Both coasts afford spectacular Caribbean views and all beaches are open to the public.




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