Central America


About Aruba
Capital city: Aruba

Aruba is now the most popular tourist island in the southern Caribbean and it's not hard to see its appeal. A former Dutch colony, Aruba's still got plenty of Dutch influence today, despite the fact that it is situated thousands of miles away from mainland Europe. Just one look at the architecture and you'll spot pastel-coloured Dutch homes that look like they've been airlifted straight out of Amsterdam! Holidays in Aruba can be enjoyed in a plethora of world-class beachfront resorts, each of them equipped with gourmet restaurants and high-end entertainment and casinos. It's little wonder that Americans love visiting Aruba so much; they experience the perfect combination of the glitz and glamour with the stunning, unspoilt beaches and surrounding landscape. The island's capital, Oranjestad, is a bustling resort in its own right, with fantastic shopping on offer by day and a great choice of local eateries and intimate bars by night. Venture further afield on the island and you'll need to know exactly where you're going – the island has very few traffic signs, so there's a chance you'll miss your stop if you're not careful!


Do you like your food? You'll be pleased to know that fresh fish is by no means in short supply! Be sure to sample local specialities such as grouper, mahi mahi and snapper.


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