Aruba is famous for its long white beaches on its southwest coast and for its impeccably reliable balmy weather, with a practically constant temperature of 28C (82F) and a regular light breeze. It lies outside the area of the Caribbean affected by hurricanes. It is only 15 miles (24 kilometres) off the coast of Venezuela.

It is part of The Kingdom of The Nethelands and the Dutch influence is tangible. The capital is Oranjestad. The island is popular with cruise ships. Snorkelling is a popular activity, as is climbing the 561 steps of Haystack Mountain, from which you can see Venezuela.


Aruba flag

Why you should go:

You want a beach holiday.

Why you shouldn't:

You want mountains, not a hill.

Map of Aruba