Holidays to Aruba


Aruba Holidays

This tiny Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela is a delightful mix of contrasts. Expect a laidback Caribbean way of life on an island where colourful European-style architecture lines the streets of the compact capital, Oranjestad. This is a place where white sands are framed by windswept divi-divi trees, cacti are scattered throughout the desert-like terrain of Arikok National Park and a rugged coastline combined with cooling trade winds come together to create the perfect conditions for windsurfing. Add in an ethnically diverse population, intriguing colonial history and a collection of high-end luxury resorts in the Palm Beach area and you have a unique island holiday destination.

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Aruba Travel Information

Flights from the UK are via Amsterdam, or via New York, or via Miami – twin centres with New York or Miami are popular.

As of the 9th April 2023, British Airways will fly direct from London Gatwick on Sundays and Thursdays with a touch down in Antigua. This option means you could twin centre with Antigua, very easily.

  • Currency: Aruban florin (US Dollar is widely accepted)
  • Time Difference: GMT -5
  • Flight from UK: Nearly 13 hours
  • Visa: None required
  • Language: Dutch and Papiamento
  • National Drink: Balashi Beer
  • National Dish: Keshi Yena – cheese stuffed with meat mixture

Travel Tips & Advice for Aruba

Aruba Activities

Surrounded by the warm Caribbean Sea, it should come as no surprise that water-based activities take prime position in Aruba. Good visibility, shallows reefs teeming with colourful fish and eerie shipwrecks provide fantastic snorkelling and diving, while year-round trade winds guarantee perfect conditions for wind and kite surfing. Back on terra firm, hike over rugged terrain on hour long or more challenging five hour excursions, horseback ride on un-crowded beaches or join the locals in a game of beach tennis.

Aruba Food & Drink

Thanks to its melting pot of cultures - from European to African to Asian - Aruba’s food is deliciously diverse. One must try dish is keshi yena: literally translated as ‘stuffed cheese’ the rind of a round of Gouda or Edam is stuffed with a meat mixture and then baked. Unsurprisingly fresh seafood is often on the menu – we recommend trying pisca hasa crioyo a fish creole dish. Pair your meals with the local Balashi beer, an Aruba Ariba cocktail made from a local liqueur or fresh coconut water. And in the evenings dress as the locals do, leaving beachwear for the sands or the pool.

Aruba Attractions

Away from the picture-perfect coastline Aruba is an island with intriguing and wild landscapes. The desert-like Arikok National Park, covering nearly a fifth of the island, is home to hills filled with cacti, and cave systems with mysterious rock drawings. Explore the island’s past with visits to the National Archaeological Musuem and Fort Zoutman – the oldest structure on Aruba built in the late 1770s to protect against pirates. And make sure to soak up the Caribbean rhythm at the weekly Carubbian Festiaval, a carnival-style celebration of dance, music and cuisine.

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