Druif Beach is in Aruba’s north-west, right next to Oranjestad on the map. It’s one of those places designed for doing as little as possible – something its 7-mile-long crescent of sand makes easy enough. The ivory beach is washed by neon-turquoise waves, and there are watersports like jet skis and pedalos on offer if swimming isn’t doing the trick.
Venture beyond the sands and a handful of restaurants and bars stack up, huddled between waxy palms and the island’s signature gnarled divi-divi trees. The menus cater mainly towards American tastebuds, so expect plenty of sticky ribs and perfectly-cooked steaks. Drinks lists, meanwhile, tend to be multi-page, and major in the likes of balashi beer and frozen margaritas.
Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad, is just a 5-minute drive east of Druif Beach. Shopping is top of the agenda in this city, and its designer outlets draw big, wealthy crowds. Jewellery is the main buy, though, and you’ll spot names like Bvgalri, Cartier and Rolex beneath the gabled rooftops.
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