Located 29 miles off the coast of Venezuela Aruba is quite an upcoming holiday destination. Popularity recently grew due to many Travel Bloggers posting alluring pictures of turquoise oceans and pink flamingos. Home to one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world, Arybais home to over 90 nationalities, with most of the residents fluent in English, Dutch and Spanish. 2 Hours flight from Miami this is a perfect multi location holiday destination.
Did you know if you visit Aruba for 10 years in a row you get an awarded are featured in the local paper. You gain the official title of 'Aruba Goodwill Ambassador' if you visit for 20 years in a row.
Many locals own private beaches with small stone beach houses that can be rented to tourists for $30 a weekend. There's no running water or electricity but they are usually very picturesque and quiet
Where to stay
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We've handpicked some of our favourite hotels to share with you.
Aruba currency, the Florin, is rare and many exchanged don't stock it, however the US Dollar is also widely accepted.
EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Aruba however your passport needs to be valid for 6 months from your date of entry.
Best time to travel
Aruba has the most sunny days out of any of the carribean islands, and is not in Hurricane Alley, which means there's no bad time to visit.
In Aruba, the climate is tropical, hot all year round with temperatures hovering around 29/31 degrees throughout the year. The air is muggy but there are winds which temper the heat.
Child friendly rating
If you're visiting just to see the flamingos you'll be disappointed. They reside on a pride island, adults only beach and children are only allowed on between 9am and 10am in the morning (see my review below). We found the kids clubs very expensive and although the beaches are beautiful we struggled a little outside of the hotel
We give a 6/10 child-friendly rating
Covid double vaccination TBC
Day 1 - Sunset cruise
Day 2 - Full island safari
Day 3 - Pink flamingos
Day 4 - Aruba surf and paddle school
Day 5 - Eagle beach
Day 6 - Baby beach
Day 7 - Phillip's animal garden