Aruba, with its sandy white beaches in the green-blue Caribbean sea, was a new “hot spot” to go to back in the 1980’s. I remember people horseback riding on the beach, my parents going to the hotel casinos, and all of us shopping in the town center. Beautiful embroideries and wooden sculpture souvenirs were some of the specialties.
A fun fact about Aruba that we learned while we were there, is that it’s only 17 miles from Venezuela. We could see Venezuela from our resort in Aruba!
A unique detail about Aruba was that it was a small country with three official languages: English, Spanish and Dutch because it had been settled by Dutch. Aruba is a Dutch word and both Aruba and other nearby islands were referred to as the Dutch Caribbean. I’d like to go back with the kids next time as the boys are so adventurous.
Activities to check out in Aruba:
- Aruba Butterfly Farm
- Numismatic Museum
- National Archaeological Museum
Curacao, Aruba’s neighbor, was equally beautiful! It’s also known for diving! http://www.curacao.com/en/