4 reasons to visit versatile Aruba

Experience the warm welcome and the Caribbean atmosphere in the farthest corner of the Netherlands. Discover a piece of home on the other side of the world in Aruba – with considerably more hours of sunshine.

Known from…
The photogenic beaches. The white sand and azure waters that surround the island are legendary. You’ll find cozy beach snacks for a healthy smoothie or fruity cocktail and a variety of water activities to choose from, from kayaking to yoga on a supboard. And best of all: you won’t find a demarcated piece of private beach anywhere, because all beaches are public. The crown jewel of the Aruban coast is Eagle Beach, recognizable by the striking, winding Fofoti trees that grow directly from the sand. The popular beach regularly tops lists of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, but is just one of many places to spread out your towel.

Here’s what you’ll find…
An artistic community. At the very eastern tip of Aruba lies San Nicolas, a colourful town (literally) some distance from the activity of Oranjestad and the tourist area further west. In the small center, almost no wall has been left unpainted – the result of the annual Aruba Art Fair in September, in which artists from all over the world come to the Caribbean island to create the most beautiful street art together with Aruban artists. The former industrial town is a breeding ground for local talent, whose work can be seen and for sale at the cosecha art store in Oranjestad.

Taste it…
Fried funchi. Funchi is an Antillean version of polenta, cooked corn semolina, which is often served as a bulb instead of rice or potatoes. In baked form, it is an excellent substitute for fries. It is eaten on all three islands, but a good place to taste them in Aruba is at Local Store in Palm Beach, a cozy, relaxed restaurant without too much fuss, but with an extensive menu of deliciously prepared burgers, wraps and chicken wings. The funchi fries are served with a good dose of cheese, and with the wide choice of specialty beer everything tastes even better (funchi €5; localstorearuba.com).

You come back for…
The atmosphere. Aruba is widely seen as the most touristic island of the three and tourism also largely determines the economy. But that is precisely why hospitality is of paramount importance. You will find a huge and varied range of restaurants – some literally on the beach – and cozy bars and clubs for every taste. The many activities on the island are also characterized by the relaxed, cheerful atmosphere; whether on a jeep tour through the rugged north, or a canoe trip through the lagoon in the south, you’ll feel right at home everywhere.

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