When travelers ask us where they can travel to that is tropical and safe, my usual answer is Aruba and with good reason. In our opinion, Aruba is as American as you can get in a tropical island – in fact it is sometimes called “Arizona in the Caribbean”. English is spoken, driving is on the same side of the road as in the States, the U.S. dollar is freely accepted, there is very little crime and most of all - the people are lovely. Did you know their unemployment rate is less than 1%?
Outside the hurricane belt, the weather in Aruba is hot with very little rain but can be humid. It makes an ideal location for Destination Weddings. The beaches are plentiful with soft white sand and azure blue water. Temperatures average 84 degrees year round with trade winds all day and night. (Don't spend too much time getting your hair done!) Make sure you bring a hat and use sunblock – the sun is very hot and you can easily burn.
But it is an island of beauty. From the most beautiful beaches on the South and Western sides of the islands to the harshest and rockiest on the north east side, there are plenty of activities for everyone. Swim in the bluest water with the most amazing sunsets. Snorkel, scuba dive, snuba dive, hike, walk, run a marathon, see the old goldmine and caves, go 4 wheel driving or hike to the lighthouse (and a wonderful restaurant.)
On the northeast coast, along the windward shore, you’ll see the island’s fofoti trees. The constant trade winds have permanently bent them.