With its diverse and picturesque topography, the Aruba Islands form a unique Caribbean holiday destination. The name “Aruba” is said to be derived from the word “oibubai,” interpreted as “guide” by the Arawak Indians, the first inhabitants of the island. The delightful island, just 20 miles off the Venezuela coast, enjoys round-the-year sunny weather with an average annual temperature of 27 degree Celsius.
Apart from its topographic features, Aruba is also noted for its rich culture, enthralling history, exotic food and sociable people. There are a myriad of activities to make your vacation worthwhile – sightseeing, golfing, shopping, fishing, horseback riding, windsurfing, and other beach adventures such as sail charters and snorkel cruises. Aruba even offers reef clean-up programs for the environment-conscious lot.
Aruba offers much more than its exotic Caribbean beaches. Well, basking in the beach under the warm weather and cool breeze can unleash a world of relaxation. Beach dining experiences should be an important part of your vacation. Apart from the exotic dishes, dining amidst spectacular sunset views can be exciting. Those interested in water adventures can engage in snorkeling, wind surfing and other watersports. The Baby Beach is a wonderful snorkeling spot where you get to explore an incredible variety of fish native to the island. Native marine life includes moray eels, manta rays, yellow tail, stingrays, and barracudas. Aruba’s southwest coastline has plenty of diving sites. The Pedernales wreck of the Second World War is great diving cum historical site. The 400-foot Antill wreck is said to be the biggest wreck in the Caribbean.
Among other interesting sites, the California Lighthouse, situated on Aruba’s western tip, is a nice spot to take photographs. Golf enthusiasts can have a good time at the Tierra del Sol Golf Course near the Lighthouse. The course itself provides a different experience with its cool breeze and great views of Aruba. The Eagle Bowling Palace is a bowling alley with a cocktail lounge and a snack bar. The rich history of Aruba can be explored at several historical sites. For example, the William III Tower, the oldest building in the island, and Fort Zoutman have historical museums featuring pottery and artifacts. A 19th century gold processing plant in Balashi provides insight into the island’s gold mining industry.
The Arikok National Park, which borders the eastern coast, is a unique place to explore. A jeep ride will provide an unforgettable glimpse of some amazing vistas and terrains. The area is known for its wild donkeys and goats. The Butterfly Farm is a must-see destination – a tropical garden swarming with colorful butterflies. It is interesting to observe the entire lifecycle of these fascinating creatures.
The La Boheme, a Palm Beach apartment, offers comfortable vacation accommodations. It has four beautifully-designed apartments located in Bakval. The property is at a walking distance from important destinations, restaurants, and shopping sites, including the Marriot Resort, Paseo Herencia, Ritz Carlton and Palm Beach Plaza malls. The apartment bedrooms have access to a private back patio adorned with a rocking hammock sofa. Amenities include flat screen TV, European style bathrooms, high-end kitchen appliances, complimentary wireless internet, laundry facilities and free parking.