You'll find that planning your trip to Aruba will be a snap if you take advantage of the tips and information available under the tabs on this site. Accommodations like villa rentals, hotels, and resorts are all described in depth to make planning your stay in Aruba easier than ever. Do you need a rental car, or want to locate your villa?—there's a tab for those tasks. While on the island you can enjoy duty-free shopping, exotic foods, and water sports of every description or just languish on the miles of white sand beaches and let your worries disappear with the tropical breezes.
Explore Aruba's historic gold mines
During the gold rush in the 19th century, a treasure island was discovered and named "Oro Ruba", which means "red gold". Now called Aruba, this island was ascended upon by adventurers in search of gold and wealth. In 1824, gold was finally discovered and the industry there produced more than 3 million pounds of gold over the years that followed. Today, that history can be explored at two gold mines on the island -- Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins and Balashi Gold Mill Ruins. Remnants of this colorful history is still visible today.
Stroll through shops in Orangestad
In Oranjestad, head to the heart of the city where brightly painted, old Dutch colonial offer a rich shopping experience. The Royal Plaza Mall, on L.G. Smith Blvd., houses a number of shops. Next door is the 90-shop Seaport Village Mall, part of it underneath the Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Casino, and across the street on the piers is the Seaport Marketplace. There are also a number of shops on Main St. (Caya G.F. Betico Croes), a couple of blocks from the waterfront. Spend the day browsing these duty-free shops and you'll find locally made handicrafts, souvenirs, Cuban Cigars, Dutch Delft, Dutch Cheeses, liquor, jewelry, table linens, perfumes, leather goods, designer fashions, electronics, cameras, and more. Oranjestad can get really crowded when a cruise ship is docked, so the best time to shop is when there isn't a one in port. Most of the stores are open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., but some close between noon and 2 for lunch.
The lighthouse named "California" makes a great backdrop for pictures
In 1910, at Aruba's far northwestern end in an area known as "Hudishibana," a lighthouse was built. It was named "California" after a steamship which sank nearby 2 years prior to the lighthouse's construction. With stunning view of sandy beaches, rolling sand dunes and the rocky coral shoreline, it's no wonder the lighthouse is one of Aruba's most popular attractions. You can't go inside, but its high seaside perch makes for beautiful pictures. It's located just a few yards from the Tierra del Sol golf course and La Trattoria el Faro Blanco restaurant which translates to "Restaurant by the White Lighthouse".
Getting to Aruba and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.
US Citizens need a valid USA passport.
American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines, United, US Airways Air Canada, Avianca, Copa, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Surinam Airways
Queen Beatrix International Airport
On the right - need to show driver's license to rent a car.
Vacationers don't just stay in Aruba villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! Civil ceremonies held weekday mornings at the islands' Town Hall. Private ceremonies can be held elsewhere.Cost: Documents Required: Couples must present a marriage license, an original birth certificate, and copies of passport ID pages for the couple a
Before making their way to Aruba villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Aruba even more relaxing.
|Size:||193 sq km, slightly larger than Washington, DC|
|Time:||11:51 am zone:-4 (GMT/UTC -4)|
|Official Language:||Dutch (official), Papiamento (a Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English dialect), English (widely spoken), Spanish|
|Currency:||Aruban guilder/florin (AWG)|
|Topography:||flat with a few hills; scant vegetation|
|Telephone:||international: country code - 297|