A new study found that, in Aruba, 78 percent of the Aruban population was happy.
Aruba's flag has a four-point red star and two yellow stripes on a blue background. The star represents the points of a compass and the island itself, surrounded by the sea. The stripes are for The Netherlands, which recognized Aruba's right to autonomous status in 1948.
Capital - Oranjestad
Population - Approximately 70,000
Language - Dutch is official, but Papiamentop, Spanish and English are spoken
Climate - Average is 82 degrees F.
Currency - The Aruban florin
The Island is 20 miles long & 6 miles wide
The island is divided into six districts Noord Oranjestad
Paradera San Nicolaas
WAS eight districtsNoord/Tanki Leendert Oranjestad West Resorts Oranjestad Oost(East)
San Nicolas Noord
San Nicolas Nicolas Zuid
Arashi Beach, on the northwestern tip OF Noord
Baby Beach, a shallow, sheltered man-made lagoon located on the southeast end of the island
Caves of Aruba located in the Arikok National Park on the windward face of the islandEagle Beach
in Noord Hadicurari Beach
in Noord Palm Beach,
Rodgers Beach, San Nicolaas
small beach immediately west of Baby Beach. It is known for its calm waters and private feel, though it is a public beach. The water is shallow at first, but further out it becomes a good swimming beach.
Flat, cactus-dotted landscapes and brilliant blue waters make Aruba a land of exciting visual contrast. Just off the coast of Venezuela, it's known for friendly Dutch hospitality, long white beaches, hotels with every facility, excellent watersports, colorful cabarets and spectacular casinos. Its residents are devoted,
gracious, energetic tourism hosts with eyes for detail.
Though Dutch is the official language, everyone speaks English and "Papiamento," the unique local combination of English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese which reflects Aruba's interesting history. Official currency is the Dutch "florin" but U.S. Dollars and major credit cards are welcome island-wide.
Outback Aruba is home to more than 200 species of birds. And the island recently added its first real 18-hole golf course -- designed by Robert Trent Jones. Lots to like!KIDS R US IN ARUBA
Electricity is 110v, 60 cycles.
Weddings require to much work, the best thing to do is call the tourist board. GO TO ARUBA
Indulge your wild side by windsurfing, kitesurfing, or cruising on a catamaran above the clear, calm turquoise waves. Or, scuba dive and snorkel through the reefs and shipwrecks beneath them. Venture inland and you'll find even more to experience. Explore the caves and ancient boulders of Arikok by foot, horseback, or ATV. Dive headfirst into the tranquil depths of "Conchi," a hidden natural pool. It's easy to wander the whole island in search of happy adventures.
The story of Aruba is told on the faces of their diverse and friendly people. In the artwork on the walls of San Nicolas; atop the weather-worn patina on the homes in the southern coastal towns; and in the ringing of the steel drums that mark the beginnings of the Bonbini festival. The rich and diverse history of Aruba and its people creates the happy and authentic melting pot you see today.
EAT AND DRINK
In Aruba's restaurants, you'll find fresh Mahi-mahi, red snapper, and barracuda pulled from the sea and rubbed with creole seasoning. In upscale restaurants and small local gems, stew pots bubble with rice, meats, and rich Latin and African flavors. All in the same day, you can indulge in traditional Dutch pancakes, sip ice-cold Aruba Aribas by the sea, and pile your plate high with pastechi—with a dash of spice from the local hot pepper sauce, pica di papaya.
Aruba's friendly people are excited to welcome you in English, Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento. Bathed in consistent sunshine, you can play on white-sand beaches and snorkel in calm, clear waters; discover butterfly farms and donkey sanctuaries; or, sample the authentic specialties of family restaurants. However your family defines happiness, let them help you find it.
ONE HAPPY FAMILY
Need another reason to choose Aruba for your next family vacation? Consider the "One Happy Family" Aruba vacation package. Free stays for kids, free gifts and many more amenities at select resorts!
Arubans speak their very own romance language. In fact, there's a Papiamento word they say often here. It reflects the warmth and passion they feel for each other, their visitors, and their island. The word is "dushi", and it translates simply to "sweetheart". It's why they invite guests from all over the world to celebrate weddings, anniversaries, honeymoons, and happy lives together.
Getting married in Aruba is the ideal way to unite two happy hearts. Whether you dream of finding a small and intimate spot, or want to exchange vows outside, with sparkling blue sea as your witness, there are Aruba wedding venues—and on-island wedding planners—perfect for you.
An island escape more than happy to help you relax. In Aruba, it's just as easy to be one with the waves and your own thoughts in a sunset yoga class. To indulge your senses at a world-class spa. To invigorate your heart by kayaking among the mangroves. To turn off your brain and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.
We direct travelers to our travel insurance provider
, and point out that U.S. insurance plans seldom cover health costs outside the U.S., nor do Medicare and Medicaid.
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