Tourists are the foundation of Aruba’s economy, and in keeping with that, this Caribbean island specializes in providing travelers with all the amenities they could possibly request.
Aruba’s idyllic climate entices sun-worshippers year round. Outdoor activities are plentiful, and those seeking an active vacation can go four-wheeling, horseback riding or hiking across the rocky desert terrain, and later cool down with some scuba diving, snorkeling or swimming in the sea. The urban center of Aruba is Orangestad, a waterfront town with Dutch architecture. Lovers of comfort and luxury will not be disappointed – Aruba is chockfull of chic resorts, restaurants, casinos and nightclubs in the High Rise area of the island, west of Oranjestad. For those with humbler tastes, the Low Rise area retains a more casual atmosphere. A glimpse of Aruba’s past is visible in the ruins of gold mills at Bushiribana and Balashi. The Historical Museum of Aruba, at Fort Zoutman, displays prehistoric artifacts in the country’s oldest building. Nature enthusiasts can visit a butterfly farm or a bird sanctuary. Night owls will find a lively party scene by wading up to one of Aruba’s many poolside bars, or hopping a ride on its party boats and busses.