The Dutch island of Aruba is open to international and American tourists and features beautiful beaches and pretty towns.
Located in the southern Caribbean, Aruba is open and welcoming international and American tourists, despite the continuing COVID-19 virus. Here visitors can explore pretty Dutch towns and laze on the beautiful beaches. A spectacular selection of resorts and hotels is available for accommodation, all geared up to handle social distancing and cleanliness.
What can visitors enjoy in Aruba? Read on below.
COVID-19 safety protocols
Aruba has a number of required safety protocols in place, which vary depending on which state Americans are traveling from. Due to high virus numbers in these states, California and Florida residents are required to be tested for COVID-19 and to upload their negative results before leaving the U.S., as part of the embarkation process. Visitors from Indiana and Montana can be tested on arrival in Aruba at their own expense. Check with your own state’s information before traveling.
Beaches of Aruba
Aruba is lined with beautiful, white-sand beaches, backed by all-inclusive resorts. For those seeking peace, the extreme ends of Aruba offer a rugged, windswept landscape with uncrowded beaches.
Among the most popular is Palm Beach with its Bubali Bird Sanctuary to explore. Malmok Beach offers some of the best diving on the island, backed by an excellent golf course. Enjoy snorkeling at Noord Beach, with its beautiful clean sand, a lighthouse, and a chapel.
In all cases, the waters are crystal clear and full of colorful marine life and shipwrecks to explore, making Aruba an ideal destination for divers and snorkelers. On top of this, with the constant cooling breezes, almost perfect conditions are available for both windsurfers and kiteboarders alike.
Oranjestad, capital of Aruba
A real draw is the capital of Aruba, Oranjestad, with its beautiful, colorful buildings, excellent restaurants, and shopping experience to die for.
Visitors arriving from the airport can enjoy a scenic park, lining the coast along the way to town. Arriving at the cruise terminal, visitors can hop on the state-of-the-art tram, which takes them through the town and along the newly landscaped Main Street.
The city is also a great nightlife mecca, with its restaurants, clubs, bars, lounges, and casinos. However, Oranjestad also displays the history of the island’s past.
Historic structures to visit
Aruba’s oldest building is Fort Zoutman, which dates from 1798 and protected the city from pirates. Built-in 1868, the Willem III Tower was originally a lighthouse and a public clock tower.
Between these two buildings is the Historical Museum with is a permanent exhibition relating to the main aspects of Aruban history, as well as regularly changing themed exhibitions.
Shopping in Aruba
Oranjestad’s streets and shopping malls are full of diverse boutiques, jewelry stores, and international luxury retailers. Along the shopping way, view the restored landmark buildings of the town, including the green “Stadhuis” or City Hall.
Whatever you are seeking in the way of a tropical Caribbean vacation, Aruba has all this and more. Fly into the airport, or cruise into the port for a great time.