Aruba is an interesting Caribbean destination. Over the years, Aruba has changed considerably. Under the influence of the Spanish and Dutch, Aruba has become a cultural gumbo of people, languages and food. Early colonial settlers thought Aruba and its sister islands were useless. That was before tourism discovered the island. Since the late 1960s, each decade has seen sharp improvements in facilities for international visitors. The main reasons that travellers from Europe and North America like Aruba so much are the sun, white sand, crystal clear water and great restaurants.
Tips for Safety
Aruba is almost never tormented by hurricanes, at least not directly. It can be subject to very high winds, which combined with the sun can result in very painful sunburns. This can easily ruin several days of your visit. Always make sure you are over stocked with sun block cream. The price of unblock, especially that with a high number, goes up every day as the sun rises.
Unless you want to return home looking like a prune, avoid drinking alcohol until after the sun goes down. Did I mention how intense the sun can be on the island of Aruba? The combination of pure white sand and amazingly clear shallow waters approaching the beach makes the sun extra powerful. It hits you from every direction, from the sea, sky, sand and from the reflections off the glass walls of the high-rise hotels.
In the late 1970s, many parts of Aruba had a strange type of lawn landscape. Broken glass was found everywhere, except in hotel areas lining the beaches. The tops of walls between buildings were covered with glass. For the most part, this has been cleaned up, but the roads and walkways in some places should still places to wear good footwear. The beaches are kept perfectly clean and safe.
The Excellent Restaurants of Aruba – What to Wear
Over the years, Aruba has become known for its excellent restaurants. Almost every type of popular cuisine in the world can be found on the island. In fact, the level of quality is beyond what you might expect. Passengers arriving from visiting cruise ships, which are also known for great food, remark at the variety and quality of food in Aruba’s restaurants.
Casual is the law of the land in Aruba. Even upscale dress is called Elegant Casual, a dress code which is not always enforced. In nicer establishments, shorts and sandals are abandoned for slacks, dresses and normal footwear.
Where to Stay
There are many good hotel accommodations in Aruba. If you get to know locals, there is the chance to get accommodations in private homes or vacation rentals or even all inclusive holidays in Aruba. Many visitors arrive on cruise ships and only stay for one day.
Shopping in Aruba
There is not much variety in the shops of Aruba. In less than one day, they all look alike. The only place for duty free shopping is on the way in, or on the way out, at the arrival terminals.
Considering everything, Aruba is a great Caribbean destination. Be safe, be smart and have a great time. Remember, beware the sun!