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Aruba is a rather curious place a tropical haven complete with breathtaking scenery and golden beaches, but with chic resorts that brandish all the glitz and glamour of a major American city. Luxury hotels line the sun kissed shores of Eagle and Palm beaches, where themed restaurants and grand casinos are at the centre of attention, but just beyond the beaten path lies a romantic and captivating Caribbean paradise.
Aruba boasts some of the finest sandy beaches of any Caribbean island. Long stretches of white sand lie next to the resorts, offering a wide range of water sports and excellent facilities, while more remote shores can be discovered in the outlying areas. The locals tend to visit the spectacular half-moon cove of Baby Beach, which is more secluded and peaceful. These shores are the perfect place to bask in the warmth of the Caribbean sun, while being gently cooled by the refreshing breeze from the trade winds.
There are plenty of opportunities for adventure on the island too, particularly when it comes to underwater exploration. There are 42 major dive sites around Aruba that encompass magnificent coral formations, like the stunning Natural Bridge and mysterious Second World War wrecks. Those who would prefer to remain dry can take in the underwater beauty by submarine or glass-bottomed boat.
Nightlife in Aruba generally consists of an eclectic array of cabarets shows, cocktail bars and wonderful restaurants serving local and international cuisine. For those feeling lucky, there are numerous glitzy casinos, some of which stay open all night.
The island’s capital of Oranjestad is a striking town, where louche boutiques and a pretty harbour-side market cater for the most avid of shoppers. A favourite stop for cruise ships, the retail outlets stock standard tourist fare as well as some traditional island jewellery and handicrafts.
Nowhere is the natural of the island more spectacular than at Arikok National Park, where the lush vegetation and dramatic landscapes play host to fascinating wildlife.
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Bonbini Festival Each Tuesday in the courtyard of the Historical Museum, the colourful Bonbini Festival celebrates the customs, music and cuisine of the island while providing an excellent opportunity to get to get to know the friendly locals. Golf There are dozens of wonderful 9 and 18-hole golf courses scattered along the east coast of the island. One particular highlight is the Aruba Tierra del Sol's par-71 championship 18-hole course, where excellent facilities and a magical setting provide a truly unforgettable golfing experience. Explore the Beaches Apart from the renowned Palm and Eagle beaches, Aruba has dozens of fantastic beaches to choose from Hadicurari Beach is renowned for excellent snorkelling, while Aruba's constant trade winds lends itself to some brilliant wind and kite-surfing at Arashi. The Hi-Winds Amateur World Challenge windsurfing tournament takes place there each June. Discover the Island Rented jeeps and horseback ride are the perfect way to explore the majestic beauty of this stunning island. Beautiful cathedrals, lighthouses and ruins can be found around the island’s northern tip, while the fabulous flora and fauna can be discovered in the National Park. Alternatively, you can splash out on a helicopter ride to get a bird’s eye view of Aruba’s dramatic landscape. For tropical Aruba holidays from Ireland, cheap all inclusive Aruba honeymoon packages from Dublin and Aruba honeymoon special offers and holiday deals from Dublin, Cork or Shannon, book with Budget Travel.
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