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Aruba is a Caribbean island that is located just a few kilometers from Venezuela. And this is one of the four “countries” that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The length of the island is not more than 30 km, so it will be possible to inspect it all quite quickly. Aruba is known for its snow-white beaches and tropical climate. The temperature here all year round averages 27 degrees Celsius. In addition, Aruba is located outside the Caribbean hurricane belt. What other characteristics can a paradise island have?
The airport, located in Oranjestad, receives mainly flights from the USA, many countries of the Caribbean region, the northern coast of South America and some countries of Europe. Surprisingly, the airport on this island lost in the Caribbean appeared already in 1934. And it should be said, today it looks great. Definitely not worse than most modern airports.
The transport hub consists of only one terminal in a small two-story building. Nevertheless, they managed to stuff a whole series of restaurants and cafes here. And both in the zone before passing through customs control, and after it. Also quite good Wi-Fi is available here for bored passengers. However, there is no need to stay in the airport for a long time: long lines rarely occur, and there is really nothing to do at the airport. It’s better to go to the beach soon. Speaking of transport, by the way...
The distance from the airport to the center of Oranjestad (Main Street) is 4 km. By car or taxi, the trip takes 10 minutes. You can get to the nearest beach (why else come to Aruba) in 20-30 minutes.
Several Arubus bus routes run past the airport. But they do not stop right at the terminal. You have to go to the end of the car park, located on both sides of the main road, to the Arubus stop. Buses No. 1, 2, 2B and 8 go to Oranjestad. Eagle Beach or Palm Beach beaches have routes No. 10, 10A, 10B, 7, 7A, 7B. Buses depart approximately every hour. A round-trip ticket costs $ 5.
Aruba is divided into the north-east and south-west coasts. In the southwest thre are white sand beaches, turquoise and warm waters. The northeastern coast is mostly rocky coastline, treacherous currents and stormy waters. Therefore, there is always a place for lazy beach holidays, and for breathtaking natural views.
Aruba really has a lot of great beaches. Eagle Beach, Palm Beach, Malmok and many others stretch along the 11-kilometer coastline. Some of them are suitable for snorkeling and scuba diving. Closer to the northeast coast, where bigger waves appear, kitesurfers and windsurfers gather. And in the southeast, on the contrary, there is very calm water, which is suitable for a relaxed family vacation. Anyway, the choice of beaches here is huge, and finding an almost deserted place will be quite simple task to do.
The capital of Aruba is truly charming. It is fully built up with Dutch colonial architecture. Along neat streets, buildings in pastel colors are built here, in which dozens of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and other entertainment venues are located. One of the main attractions of the city is Wilhelmina Park on the promenade, where many plants bloom in June, September and October. And along the water's edge you can find large and lazy iguanas.
You can find many network fast foods from the USA in Aruba. Most of them are located in the center of the capital and next to major resort hotels. So if you really want the usual food, you can always find some Burger King or Pizza Hut. Expensive restaurants most often serve Italian cuisine, including pasta and pizza.
Local food can surprise with its contrast. On the one hand, locals constantly eat baked cheese. On the other hand, you can easily find something more exotic like iguana soup. Do not be afraid to try unusual dishes in roadside shops with street food. Often for a small price you get high-quality and very tasty food.
In addition, there are many ostrich farms. Therefore, in restaurants you can often see ostrich burgers on the menu. At the same time, many restaurants serve fresh seafood dishes, which are caught here right on the coast.