Aruba is an Island in the Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela, the capital is Oranjestad. Aruba offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers.
- Downtown Oranjestad
- California lighthouse
- Eagle beach and the famous tree
- Druif beach
- Palm Island
- Alto vista chapel
- Fort Zoutman
The most popular thing to do and the main reason to go to Aruba is to visit the beaches. As you can see from the picture above, the beaches are incredibly beautiful. Welcome to the Caribbean! The water is clean, clear and warm, just as it looks in the travel brochures.
There are a few large casinos and resorts around Palm Eagle Beach, a lot of people stay here and enjoy being at a resort or being close to the beach. There are also a few solo travelers who choose to stay in downtown Oranjestad. It doesn’t really matter where you stay, it’s a small island and everywhere is beautiful!
If you are all beached out, you can take a visit to an old volcanic rock formation which is visible from virtually anywhere on the island, it’s called Hooiberg. It’s about 165 meters in height, it’s very easy to climb, with steps all the way up and a few cacti. The views from the top will give you a good perspective of the island and how small is really is! They say on a clear day it’s possible to see Venezuela, unfortunately it wasn’t visible the day I went up though.
The main town and capital city of the Island is Oranjestad, getting a picture with the I love Aruba sign in Oranjestad is a must. You may also want a photo of the famous Fort Zoutman landmark. In the downtown area there is a shopping mall, western restaurants and quite a few bars. I was only there for the day, but I suspect the nightlife in Oranjestad is quite lively, judging by the bars I passed.
I have a travel tip for you here. When you are away from home for a long period of time, keep in touch! It will make you and your family feel better. I was lucky enough to find a traditional British red phone box in Oranjestad, which meant I could call my mum for the price of a local call.
From Aruba the next stop was Caracas, Venezuela. To be exact the cruise ship would stop dock in La Guaira, which is the cruise ship port serving Caracas. It’s quite a drive from Caracas and Caracas is quite dangerous, so organizing a tour with the cruise ship company is recommended.
Aruba is an island which belongs to the Netherlands, it’s not included in the list of 195-197 countries. However it is included in the list of 60 dependent states. Does a visit to Aruba count as another country visited to cross off the list?