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Flight Time to Aruba from the UK
Approx 10 Hours
Aruba is a 32 km long island in the Caribbean Sea, 27 km north of the Paraguaná Peninsula, Falcón State, Venezuela, and it forms a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Unlike much of the Caribbean region, it has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather.
Brief History of Aruba
Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was conquered by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th-century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry.
Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles on January 1, 1986, and became a separate, self-governing member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence by 1996 was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.
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There are plenty of all-inclusive resorts and modern hotels, particularly along Palm Beach, but the general feel is laidback and low-key.
There are beaches for everyone. Hadikurari Beach on the northwestern tip is known for terrific snorkelling, as are the coral heads at the southeastern end. Baby Beach and Palm Beach are calm while Rodgers Beach has good surf.
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This small Dutch Caribbean island lies only 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela in the azure blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy the stunning palm-fringed white sand beaches of the southern coast and the dramatic landscapes of the northern coast, as well as the vibrant capital city Oranjestad with it's Dutch story-book style architecture.
An easy to explore island with excellent diving and watersports.
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Public Holidays in Aruba
January 1 - New Year's Day
January 25 - Croes' Day
March 18 - Flag Day
April 6 - Good Friday
April 8 - Easter
April 9 - Easter Monday
April 30 - Queen's Day
May 1 - Labour Day
May 17 - Ascension Day
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 - Second Day of Christmas
Aruba Visa Information
Nationals of the UK are allowed to visit Aruba as a tourist for up to 180 days, provided all requirements are met. The total number of days per year cannot exceed 180 days.
Getting Around In Aruba
Cabs are available at the airport and at hotels. You can also rent a car or jeep at the Queen Beatrix airport or through the hotel concierge. Additionally there is a bus system called "Arubus."
Because Aruba is small consider not renting a car until you know what you want to do. Many activities are central to the resort area of the island and are within walking distance. Renting cars/jeeps are easy and many rental companies provide pickup service from area hotels.
Driving in Aruba
The most important thing to remember is that there are no turns on red. Also, there are several roundabouts, which can be frustrating to some drivers but are quickly gotten used to. Aruba uses international road signs, which generally have no words or obvious relation to their meaning. Happily tourist maps usually contain quick references to these road signs if you are unfamiliar.
The major road is LG Smith Blvd, on which people usually drive at about 40 mph, though that is a very rough guideline. Because the island is so small, everything of interest is close to everything else of interest, and it takes special talent to get lost - if you don't know where you're going, you can basically just keep driving, and statistically speaking you are likely to end up where you need to go eventually. it should be noted, however, that most of the roads are not identified by signage.