Some places change you when you visit them and leave you wanting to come back again and again.
The beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and laid-back lifestyle mean that the Caribbean is one of those places.
The winter months are a great time to visit the Caribbean. From December to April, you will find low humidity and comfortable temperatures. Clear skies and calm seas. And an abundance of incredible activities.
But which Caribbean island should you choose?
Here are 5 reasons to visit this popular Caribbean island this winter:
The Aruba Effect
People often talk about the Aruba effect because just a short time on the island can bring out a happier and sunnier version of you. That’s probably why Aruba is best known by its nickname of ‘One Happy Island’.
And it’s easy to see why. The year-round sunshine of Aruba offers visitors an instant serotonin boost. The Aruban people are friendly and welcoming. And what better place to escape a long and cold winter?
The implementation of digital passports means that travel to Aruba will also be even more stress-free this winter.
Aruba is the perfect place to explore the great outdoors and is known for its exciting outdoor adventures. 20% of the island is made up of protected parkland, and the Arikok National Park is a stunning landscape for explorers and nature lovers.
It would also be impossible to talk about Aruba or the great outdoors in Aruba without mentioning the beaches. They are famed for being some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.
The island’s Eagle Beach and Palm Beach have both secured places on several ‘World Best Beaches’ lists thanks to their beautiful views.
Looking for somewhere to snorkel? Try Malmok Beach, where the waters are especially crystal clear and calm during the winter months.
A Fascinating Capital
Aruba is one of three Dutch Caribbean islands that are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. These are Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten.
The capital of Aruba is a bustling harbor city that boasts a fascinating array of brightly colored buildings influenced by Dutch architecture. The diverse culinary scene in the city is also influenced by the Netherlands.
While the winter can feel drab and long at home, it is bustling and exciting in Aruba.
The capital of Oranjestad has a relaxed but vibrant year-round party atmosphere. From fancy casino and cocktail bars to laid-back beach clubs, there’s something for everyone.
Easy To Explore
Aruba is a small island that is just 70 miles long. This makes it one of the easiest islands in the Caribbean to explore and a great choice for first-time visitors to the Caribbean.
Depending on how much of the island you want to see, you can hire a car, take the bus, or even travel by walking, cycling, or hopping on an e-scooter.
The fun and creative town of San Nicolas is especially worthy of exploration. It is home to 40 giant pieces of street art that can be easily explored on foot and has an exciting and artistic feel.
A Growing Island
Aruba is a growing island. A new Embassy Suites hotel has recently opened. And three major new hotels are also currently slated for construction on the island.
Iberostar will open the 240-room Iberostar Grand in October 2024. By the end of next year a 200-room St Regis will open on the island.
And finally Hyatt will open the first hotel in the town of San Nicolas called the Secrets Bay Beach.
One of Aruba’s most iconic hotels is also undergoing a significant expansion. The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort will add an extra 160 rooms by the middle of 2025.
After hosting its first-ever Global Tourism Conference, as part of that event, the CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority stated that “the number of global stayover arrivals is poised to surpass the levels seen in 2019.”
This winter is the perfect time to visit Aruba before the visitor numbers and popularity of the island only explode again.
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