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General Information About Aruba Vacations
Aruba is a classic Caribbean destination island, offering Aruba package holidays since 1950s. Aruba, located just 27 km off the north coast of Venezuela, is an island of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. This unique island, part of the Netherlands, features an unusual climate and landscape – dry, with cactus plants. Tourists on an all-inclusive Aruba vacation can expect warm, sunny weather throughout the year.
In terms of history, Aruba has had many influences, from Spanish colonial to more recent Dutch roots. As such, a combination of languages are spoken in Aruba, including Spanish, Dutch, English, and Papiamento, a native creole language. A focus on the all-inclusive Aruba vacations industry has made English more widely spoken in recent years to accommodate the vast numbers of North American tourists. Eagle Beach, one of the main all-inclusive Aruba vacation resort locations, is famous for having one of the best beaches in the world. Palm Beach, another focal point for all-inclusive Aruba vacations, features upscale hotels and shopping centres that are sure to please those in search of a premium package holiday experience.
There are several well-known attractions that draw tourists to all-inclusive Aruba package holidays, including the world-class beaches, unique desert-like landscape that includes cacti and sand dunes, and numerous weekly festivals. The Bonbini Festival, a year-round folk festival, is celebrated every Tuesday in Fort Zoutman, Oranjestad. The Caribbean Festival, a Caribbean cultural event, is held every Thursday night in downtown San Nicolas. Also noteworthy, the Watapana Food & Art Festival is held every Wednesday on the festival grounds between the Hyatt Regency Resort & Casino and the Americana Allegro Aruba Beach Resort & Casino. At all of these great festivals, Aruba package holiday tourists can expect to find great food, music, dance, and craftworks.
All-inclusive Aruba vacation packages appeal to honeymooners, couples, wind sporting enthusiasts, beach lovers, and those who can appreciate the many off-resort activity options. To get around on an all-inclusive Aruba package holiday, public transportation is available, but travellers may also choose to take a taxi or rent a car for greatest mobility. Driving on the right, as in North America, and relatively safe for most Aruba vacationers. Another nice feature is that the water is safe to drink.
Sand and Sun on Your Aruba Vacation
All-inclusive Aruba vacation beaches, particularly Eagle Beach, are known as the best in the world. Palm Beach is also deserving of attention while on an all-inclusive Aruba package holiday, and most tourists take the time to visit these outstanding beach sites. There are several white-sand beaches to visit while on an all-inclusive Aruba vacation, and some may be rather windy due to the trade winds. Aruba vacation beaches are open to the public, but have no vendors, which appeals to most tourists who wish to avoid the hassle of haggling with vendors while trying to enjoy a day in the sun.
Aruba vacation weather is great, and reliably sunny and warm throughout the year. Aruba is considered to be outside of the hurricane zone, which provides a certain amount of comfort to all-inclusive Aruba package holiday travellers. However, due to the island's situation relative to the path of trade winds, Aruba is relatively windy throughout the year. Aruba vacation temperatures are relatively stable throughout the year. Daytime highs in summer average 90?F, with nighttime temperatures rarely dropping below 80?F. In winter, daytime highs average 87?F, and nighttime lows average 76?F. The only need for a sweater on an all-inclusive Aruba package holiday may be due to air conditioning in restaurants and casinos.
Generally, the weather in Aruba is as beautiful as the beaches. All-inclusive Aruba vacations in the winter season feature temperatures that range between 74-78?F, and summer temperatures reach into the mid to upper 80s. Trade winds from the northeast can make evenings a bit chilly during the winter season, and tourists who are sensitive to cooler temperatures should consider this when preparing for an all-inclusive Aruba package holiday in winter. Out of all the Caribbean islands, Aruba is the sunniest, with the least amount of annual rainfall. The Aruba landscape features many hills and valleys, is quite lush through the interior of the island, and is generally very clean.
Hurricane season, with its unpredictability of storm events, typically lasts from July through December, peaking from mid-August to mid-November. Although Aruba vacations are not often impacted by hurricanes, the possibility remains. However, when booking Aruba vacation packages, you can rest assured that tour operators will not fly you into a hurricane and will act fast to get you out in the event of any development if your holiday plans are affected. You can find great Aruba vacation package deals during hurricane season, and the economic advantage is well worth considering. We recommend that you speak with one of our tripcentral agents to fully understand the great value benefit vs. limited risk associated with travel to this region during hurricane season.
The Aruba vacation landscape tends to cater to Aruba's greatest industry: tourism. In general, the landscape is flat, desert-like, and very clean, with Divi divi trees and cacti decorating the environment. Buildings are brightly painted in pastel colours, making a beautiful site for Aruba vacation tourists.
Things to See and Do on Your Aruba Package Vacation
If nightlife is a priority on your all-inclusive Aruba package holiday, there are plenty of hotel-based discos and casinos, and entertainment is generally concentrated at hotels. For Aruba vacation dining options, there are plenty of nice restaurants to sample, including high-end, chain establishments, and fast food. Some Aruba vacation restaurants may be quite pricey, but certainly appeal to many tourists who appreciate the unique experience offered. For those in search of shopping options while on an all-inclusive Aruba package holiday, the downtown area, with its upscale shops and brand-name product, offers great shopping. As well, the cruise ship port features great shopping to meet the needs of all-inclusive Aruba vacation tourists and short-stay cruise clientele. Banking is widely available.
To keep you active while enjoying an all-inclusive Aruba package holiday, there are many sporting activity options available. Aruba resorts offer all of the usual package holiday water sports. As well, many Aruba vacation tourists choose to take advantage of dune buggy tours, good snorkelling and scuba, and more. Taking advantage of the trade winds, a national windsurfing competition is held annually in Aruba, inspiring Aruba package holiday tourists to try their hand at this fun and challenging sport. For the avid golfer, all-inclusive Aruba packages come complete with the opportunity to golf at Tierra del Sol, a world-class course designed by Robert Trent Jones II.
All-inclusive Aruba packages offer plenty of day trip opportunities. For real excitement, dune buggy tours will get the heart pumping. Additionally, snorkelling and other water-based tours, including trips aboard a party boat such as the Topaz, are offered to enhance any all-inclusive Aruba package holiday.
All-Inclusive Aruba Vacation Package Availability, Accommodations, and Value
Aruba package vacation flights are offered year round through Transat Holidays, Sunquest Vacations and Air Canada Vacations, with additional limited weekly flights through the winter out of Toronto. Speak to one of our tripcentral agents to confirm availability and start planning your all-inclusive Aruba package holiday.
Although all-inclusive Aruba packages are available at some hotels, the majority of hotels are not all-inclusive. The majority of Aruba packages offered are based on European plans, with no meals offered. Aruba package hotels are typically older structures, with a variety of high and low-rise – most high-rise hotels are concentrated in Palm Beach. Most of Aruba is relatively quiet and serene, making this destination a great option for weddings in the sun or as a honeymoon destination. All-inclusive Aruba packages can be arranged to suit your wedding plans, but it is advisable to book well in advance.
An all-inclusive Aruba package holiday is relatively expensive. However, with great weather, world-class beaches, low crime, and a good variety of things to see and do, Aruba is a great package holiday destination that everyone should experience.