You may know about Aruba’s white sand beaches and gorgeous crystal clear water, but after a visit, I learned “20 Fun Facts About Aruba that You Probably Don’t Know”.
Aruba is a small Dutch Caribbean island located a few miles north of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. Aruba is famous for its white-sand beaches, temperate climate and because it’s located just below the hurricane belt, the climate is dry, and they have very little rain.
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On one side of Aruba, you’ll find gorgeous white sand beaches and crystal clear water. On the other side of the island, you find rugged and rocky terrain, black sand beaches, caves, natural bridges, and pools as well as rough surf.
Did you know that Dutch and Papiamento are both official languages on the island? Here are 20 more fun facts about Aruba you may not know.
20 Amazing Facts about Aruba
Planning a trip to Aruba? 20 Fun Facts about the tiny island of Aruba that will surprise you! A perfect list for anyone planning a trip to the Caribbean Island of Aruba.
- Aruba’s first inhabitants are thought to have been Caquetío Amerindians from the Arawak tribe, who migrated from Venezuela.
- The official currency is the florin, but the U.S. dollar is used and accepted everywhere. In fact, ATM’s offer both dollars and florin.
- Aruba has a tropical Savannah climate.
- Aruba is Windy. It’s very windy. In fact, winds average 14- 21 miles year-round.
- Aruba, along with Curaçao and Bonaire was formerly known as the Netherlands Antilles.
- Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, Aruba is part of what is commonly referred to as the ABC islands.
- Aruba is 20 miles long and five miles wide.
- Taxies have no meters in Aruba.
- Taxi’s charge a $3 surcharge on Sundays.
- Most food products are imported to Aruba.
- Aruba was conquered or settled by Spain, England, and the Netherlands.
- Even though Aruba gained independence in 1986, they continue to teach using the Dutch school method. This includes teaching all students the Dutch language.
- Most Aruban’s speak at least four languages; their native language of Papiamento as well as English, Dutch, and Spanish.
- Papiamento is a Creole language containing elements of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English, and French, as well as Arawakan and African languages.
- Aruba’s official language of Papiamento is also spoken on the islands of Curaçao and Bonaire.
- Aruba is located on the South American continental shelf and geographically listed as part of South America, but considered to be part of Central/North America.
- The tiny island of Aruba is located 18 miles north of the coast of Venezuela.
- Aruba has the same average temperature year-round of 82 degrees.
- The only poisonous creature on the island is the rattlesnake.
- Aruba’s official slogan is “One Happy Island”.
That is my list of “20 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Aruba”. Know more fun facts about the tiny island of Aruba? Please share them below in the comments!
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Where To Stay In Aruba
During my trip to Aruba, I stayed at four hotels ranging from budget to luxury so I could write the Aruba Hotel Guide: Budget To Luxury. If you’re wondering where to stay in Aruba here’s my advice:
Dorado Eagle Beach Hotel – Run by a local family, the Dorado Eagle feels more like a motel than a hotel. It has 10 rooms that are similar to a studio apartment. The room has a kitchenette with refrigerator, sink, microwave, coffee maker, as well as dishes, cooking utensils and silverware.
Major pluses were wifi in the room and it was only a two-block walk to Eagle Beach.
Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino – Tropicana is more than a hotel but, not quite a resort. This a perfect if you are on a budget, but want a bit more than a basic hotel.
The rooms are huge, in fact, they are more like suites. A one-bedroom also includes a kitchen and separate living area. Besides the size of the rooms, the huge feature they offer is their waterslide. It is the best on the island.
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino – The 357-room property is located in Palm Beach and directly on the sand. The grounds are stunning with rivers, tiny waterfalls, geese swimming in a freshwater lagoon, parrots in ornate cages around the property. Not to mention several pools including a three-tier pool with waterfall, whirlpools tucked away in little alcoves and a great waterslide.
To check current hotel rates for the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, I suggest visiting Hotels.com
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WHEN TO VISIT ARUBA
Aruba sits outside of the hurricane belt, so the Aruba tourism authority says that anytime is a great time to visit this Caribbean island. The major factors are then looking at the most economical time to visit. January to March, July to August and holidays you will find the room rates at their highest. April, May, June, September and October are the cheaper months.
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How to get there: At the Queen Beatrix International Airport, you’ll find frequent nonstop, or convenient single-connection flights from most major U.S. cities, as well as daily flights from all major hubs around the world.
American, Canadian, Caribbean, European and most South American citizens don’t require visas to enter Aruba.
Where to stay: There are many places to stay in Aruba. There is a wide range of hotels, from budget to luxury. For a luxury hotel that won’t break the bank, I recommend the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino which is currently the #1 hotel on Tripadvisor. For a mid-level hotel, I suggest the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. Finally, for a budget hotel, try the Wonders Boutique Hotel. You can also check HotelsCombined for the best Aruba Hotel Rates.
What to pack: Aruba vacations are casual and comfortable, and your apparel should be the same. Make sure to bring bathing suits/swim trunks, flip-flops, and sandals. Water shoes will come in handy at rocky, pebbly beach areas. For sun protection, bring some sort of cover-up (pareo, rashguard, etc.), wide-brimmed hat or cap, and sunglasses. Be sure to reapply sunscreen often, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (The Aruba tourism authority shares that Aruba Aloe is an excellent locally made brand sold everywhere.)
6 Indispensable Items to Pack for Aruba Vacation
- Get the Fodor’s In Focus Aruba (Full-color Travel Guide).
- Bring a good quality mirrorless camera for getting those beautiful Aruba beach landscape shots. I use the Sony Alpha a6000 .
- Summers are normally hot, humid and very windy in Aruba, so make sure to bring Neutrogena Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 45
- A great cross body travel bag. Cross body bags prevent theft and are much easier to access.
- Don’t forget sunglasses for the beautiful sunny days. A.J. Morgan Unisex Sunglasses are a great choice and very affordable!
- Water shoes are a great item to pack for any beach vacation. They take up little room when packing and great if you end up at a beach that is rocky or with very hot sand.
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Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.