ADD TO LISTOranjestad is the capital of Aruba and has approximately 30% of Aruba's population. It is a charming place to walk around, although cruise ship tourists can sometimes overwhelm the town during the daytime. Oranjestad is filled with Dutch colonial architecture, and a walk through the city will allow you to see fishmongers showcasing their newest catches as well as a number of good shopping options.
The area just to the northwest of Oranjestad is the main resort area of Aruba and contains most of the island's resorts and hotels. There are some excellent beaches in this area, albeit usually popular.
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Ah Aruba!! The Happiest Island! We took our 2 teenagers to Aruba for a wonderful week of cultural exchange, water sports and unbelievable people. Go to www.traveltalkmedia.com/ARUBA and see for yourself. The itinerary is easy to follow and we have published restuarants and other wonderful activies you must partake in! Have a wonderful trip! And remember, there is so much electricity there that it will blow your mind to see little stores with the doors open and air conditioners going full blast. Have a ball! AND tons of Aloe vera is every where along with great Aloe Vera products. Stock up and bring them home for every king of use. Safe Travels! The island is very small and the winds are going 24/7. No wonder Marco Polo got where he was going, the winds will knock your hat off in a NY minute, so hang on!! Sandy
Aruba is very Americanized. The beaches are great, the food is good and the weather is always perfect. Don't go here for an "authentic, native" experience but definitely go for some stress-free R&R and beautiful scenery. Make sure to rent a vehicle and take a drive to the non-resort areas; you can circle the entire island in a half-day. Their language is a Spanish/Dutch hybrid, although in the reort areas everyone speaks English. Spanish words and phrases usually get you by in the other areas.
Aruba is a boring stripmall transplanted from Minnesota or Iowa to the caribbean. I only go through there in transit to Maracaibo myself, and while I have overnighted several times, I am just amazed at why tourists from middle america would go to an overpriced TGI Fridays or Hooters in the Caribbean when they could just as easily do that at home... I guess they lie the square coins and do not mind that the government protected the murderers of that American high school girl...
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