Aruba is located in the Southern Caribbean
Sea and is considered an island of the Lesser Antilles. Aruba was
first founded in 1499 when Amerigo Vespucci and Alonso de Ojeda
stumbled upon it. Spain colonized Aruba for more than a century. The
name Aruba comes from ancient gold miners, Aruba means "red gold."
Most people who go to Aruba searching for gold will most likely find
in the luxurious jewelry stores. Today, Aruba is marked by the
mystery of rock drawings that were left behind by island shamans.
Aruba is a multi cultural country with the people speaking a minimum
of four languages which include English and Spanish.
The flag of Aruba was made official on March
18, 1976 as well as the anthem which is called "Aruba Dushi Tera."
Each color in the flag has an important meaning. The blue stands for
the sea which surrounds Aruba, the yellow stands for the color of
abundance, the red stands for the love the residents have for Aruba,
and the white stands for the snow white beaches Aruba has and the
purity of the people's hearts in Aruba. The people that live in
Aruba strive for justice, order, and liberty. The star on the flag
stands for the four points of the compass due to the island having
people from all over the world. The yellow stripes stand for the
free and separate position that Aruba has with the Kingdom of the
The currency in Aruba is known as the Aruban
florin which means it is divided into 100 cents. Every hotel in
Aruba have an on call doctor that is on call everyday and the first
class hospital is just minutes away. The pharmacy's on the island
can not fill a prescription unless it is written from a doctor on
the island, they will however help you to find a way to obtain a
doctor if necessary. The holidays in Aruba include St. Nicolas Day,
The Gaitas, and The Aquinaldo. Aruba has quite a few things that
they make on their own such as things at their Flea Market, they
have distinctive drinks, distinctive foods, and distinctive gifts.
The people of Aruba are usually of a mixed
ancestry such as Caquetio Indian, African and European roots. Aruba
is known to have a very strong economy, great living conditions and
amazing weather that is always drawing people from all over the
world. Currently the island has more than 79 nationalities that live
and work at peace. Everyone you see in Aruba will offer you a warm
smile and a friendly demeanor. Aruba's music consists of Carnival,
Dera Gai, Dande, Gaita, and of course everyday music.
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Attractions in Aruba
The beaches in Aruba are the most famous
places for visitors to stop and relax. The Arashi Beach is
located in the northern part of the island. Getting to the
Arashi Beach is not very difficult if you drive and it is just a
short ten minute walk from the malmok bus stop. The water is
calm and clear and the sand is soft and white. The snorkeling
here is also a popular thing for visitors to do. There is also a
beach called Baby Beach which is located in San Nicolas and is a
secluded beach for mostly families and locals. This beach gets
it's name from the water being so calm and shallow which is
great for babies as well as timid swimmers. The snorkeling is
also very popular at this beach with great coral formation that
surrounds the lagoon.
The Unique Sports of Aruba has been in business
since the year of 1991. They offer many different classes such as a
beginners scuba class, snorkeling class, and SCUBA diving classes.
They also take SCUBA diving trips to some of the most popular places
in Aruba to dive at such as the Antilla wreck, the Pedernales wreck,
and many of the most beautiful coral reefs in the waters of Aruba.
All of the equipment you may need for SCUBA diving and snorkeling
and any other water sport imaginable is for rent here as well.
Transportation to all sites are also included in all of the prices.
S.E. Aruba Fly 'n Dive is located in the
greater Oranjestad of Aruba and offers two reguarly sceduled tank
dives along with many other specialty dives and PADI courses. The
number of people that go out on the dives range anywhere from 4-14,
this way the dives will never be too crowded. The shop of course
sells and rents out all the equipment that is needed to go on these
excursions. The S.E. Aruba Fly 'n Dive also offers packages to
anyone interested which also include taking a quick flight to one of
the other sister Caribbean islands for some more exciting dive
Roberto's Watersports is located on the
Northwest Coast and works with some of the smaller groups for
snorkeling. Roberto's will take his visitors to some of the best and
most popular sites on the island for snorkeling such as Arashi reef,
Malmok, Boca Catalina or the wreck of the Antilla. Roberto's offers
sandwiches, fruit, and beverages that are all on board. Roberto's
has been in operation since the year of 1996 and is a family
operated business that has a really good reputation. Reservations
for Roberto's are recommended for all of the trips that are offered
due to the trips booking fast. Roberto's also offers private trips
if anyone is interested as well.
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Historic Attractions in Aruba
The Aruba Butterfly Farm is known to be both
scientific and educational. Some people also say it is a trip down
tranquility lane which makes it one of the most relaxing things for
people to do while on vacation. There are many richly colored and
exotically named butterflies such as the Tree Nymph and the Blue
Morpho. Visitors can enjoy listening to the sounds of water
trickling from fountains into ponds and enjoy the relaxing tropical
enclosure. There are guided tours that are offered that are said to
be very amazing. Visitors can catch an amazing photo if their
patient and hang out by the feeding table where the staff leaves
fruit out for the butterflies.
The Numismatic Museum of Aruba is one of
Aruba's most popular attractions which is something most people
would think to find in a big city, not on a Caribbean island. This
museum has a large collection of coins and paper money that come
from all over the world. All of this money represents the passion of
a local man who had a hobby of collecting the money which turned
into a great public attraction. The exhibits have over 40,000 coins
and paper money from 400 countries. Juan Mario Odor is the man who
started this amazing display of money. His interest in money started
in 1955 when he found a penny and half penny in his yard. He opened
this museum in 1981 and the two coins he found are on display along
with the many others.
The Aruba Aloe Factory and Museum Tour is
dedicated to everything that has to do with aloe. The museum shows
the history and manufacture part of the aloe making process. This
museum is great for a rare rainy day in Aruba and it also makes the
skin feel soft and refreshed. The aloe museum offers tours for
visitors that is very interesting for most. On the tour visitors
will learn the history of how things are made as well as the main
economic engine of the island. The museum was just built five years
ago on the same property as the original aloe factory.
The Arikok National Park is a protected
area and was first founded in 1997. It was named a national park
due to the protection of the flora, fauna, geology, and
historical remains. The park is about 7,907 acres and sits in
the northeastern part of Aruba. On the eastern part of the park
there are caves and grottos. The land in Aruba is not usually a
lush tropical forest but there are some tree species that were
able to survive and make this park look amazing. The birds are
always active and the sunrise and sunsets are beautiful. The
park also includes walking, hiking, and biking trails for people