Aruba

Bespoke and Tailor Made Holidays & Honeymoons to Aruba

Aruba is part of the Dutch Caribbean (or Netherland Antilles) sitting just north of the South American land mass close to Bonaire and Curacao (the other two of the ‘ABC’ islands!).  It’s just 19 x 6 miles in size and is well known for it’s beautiful powder white sandy beaches, gorgeous warm climate and friendly people. The heaviest rain falls in November and December and average temperatures sit in the high 20s C.

There is a dramatic interior full of tropical plants and over 200 species of birds plus some endemic species, making this a great option for a Natural History holiday. Visit Arikok National Park near the island’s centre. There are walking trails and jeep safaris and a bird sanctuary. Tourism is well developed here and most of the hotels are on the west coast of the island where the longest beaches are. Many water sports are available and there is an 18 hole championship golf course.

The rugged and rocky landscape of the north east coast is ideal for surfing and windsurfing and the island hosts the ‘Hi Winds Amateur World Challenge Windsurfing Tournament’ in June. Diving and snorkelling is great here, as it is in most of the Caribbean. Underwater life can be viewed along the coral reef which stretches up the west coast ideal for beginner divers and the east coast contains several wrecks, great for experienced divers. For families there is a water park with masses of rides and water slides and there are 11 casinos if you fancy a flutter!  There are plenty of bars, clubs and cabarets in the capital, Oranjested.

Oranjested is a pretty harbour town with colourful buildings, craft and fruit markets and a few museums.  One of these is a huge coin collection featuring items from over 400 countries.  Visit the Santa Ana Church in Noord village with a hand carved 100 year old wooden alter, the first chapel of Aruba in a dramatic setting looking over the sea. Another place for fantastic views is the California Lighthouse named after a wrecked ship. Gold was discovered here in 1824 and two abandoned mines can be visited.

Ask me to tailor make a holiday to Aruba, maybe combined with the other Dutch Caribbean islands or nearby Venezuela.

 

Thank you for booking our French Caribbean self guided walking holiday to Guadeloupe and Martinique Travel With Jules adapted the original itinerary by Headwater (the operator) to suit our travel needs from Edinburgh and resolved a ridiculously unnecessary booking on a very early transfer flight at no extra cost to us when Headwater had raised a charge. It […]
Ian & Andrea Rollo – French Caribbean (Jan 2017)
February 22, 2017

All I can say is AWESOME!!!!!! The staff and other visitors at The Body Holiday were so friendly, I didn't feel uncomfortable as a solo traveller (after the first fifteen minutes of watching others obviously!) at all. The hosted communal evening meals were lively, friendly, interesting discussions with perfect strangers, several of whom I subsequently spent meal times with. The service was fantastic, the staff were friendly and I will definitely be looking to travel there again. I would also like to say thank you for putting me on to such a wonderful spot and I would love it if more places were so open to solo travellers and accommodating to different needs. All in all I would score it 10 out of 10!
Sarah Legg – St Lucia (May 2016)
August 10, 2016

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David & Sophie – Dominican Republic (May 2016)
June 4, 2016

Everything was spot on. The second hotel was excellent - well recommended. Shirley heights on Sunday and the excellence 360 island trip are brilliant.
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