The Beach Boys sang about this place and the Americans have been raving about it for years. But don’t just believe the hype - book a flight to Aruba and discover it for yourself.
For a place that’s just 20 miles long, this Caribbean island packs a multicultural punch. For starters, there’s the Dutch influence. Believe it or not, book a flight to Aruba and you’re headed for part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Cue pretty colonial architecture, Dutch-speaking locals and Aruba’s very own windmill. And you’ll find elements of Spanish, Portuguese, French and Indian in everything from the language to the food. But one thing that’s undisputedly Caribbean is the beaches. Flights to Aruba open up a shoreline of sun-bleached sands, gently swaying palms and cobalt blue seas. It’s the perfect setting for one of the swankiest hotel scenes in the Caribbean.
Language Dutch is the official language, although Arubans speak Papiamento
Currency Aruban florin
Country code +297
Time Zone GMT-4
Did You Know?
Arubans celebrate the birthday of Sinterklaas – or Saint Nicholas - on December 6th. Sinterklass himself arrives on the island in mid-November, and on the eve of December 6th children leave their shoes out in the hope they’ll be filled with presents the next morning.