This week in Over the Rainbow, we are traveling just miles off of the coast of Venezuela. Aruba is a member of the Lesser Antilles island chain that stretches from Puerto Rico down to the tip of South America. Aruba's first inhabitants date back to 2500 BC, as members of the Caquetio Indians from Venezuela. Since then, the Spanish and Dutch have colonized the land. Today, the island is still a member of the kingdom of the Netherlands.
You will not be alone in traveling to Aruba. The Aruban economy is based on Tourism, and nearly 80% of all tourists from the United States. Although the official languages are Dutch and Papiamento, most Arubians speak English and Spanish.
Aruba has a little bit of something for everyone, from the adventurous at heart to the shopaholic. The adrenaline junky will not be disappointed with the kitesurfing, scuba diving shipwrecks, or cave exploration. In the downtown streets of the capital, Oranjestad, be sure to stop by the extensive selection of handmade Arubian items to designer stores.
The island's culture lies in San Nicolas, where you will be immersed in the sounds of steel drums, dancing in the streets and street and art galleries galore. To gain the whole experience, take a trip with the Mural tours that have been transforming the streets of San Nicolas since 2016.
Are you craving something more than just tourist attractions and city life? I recommend a must-do ATV Tour that offers a unique view of the island. While exploring, you have the opportunity to visit off-the-beaten-path historical sites and snorkel in the warm Caribbean waters. With a wide range of activities, you're sure to have a reason to return.
As the day is winding down and the sun is setting, this is the perfect opportunity to relax and fill up on some island food. OceanZ offers a romantic evening filled with beautiful views, delicious Escargot, and mouthwatering Paella. Aruba had is all from 5-star dining to authentic Arubian dining at Pika's Corner. They serve locally caught fish, and when it is in, the Red Snapper is to-die-for.
The sun has set, but you aren't ready to end your day? Check out @7, a club that embraces the message that there is beauty in diversity. The focus on great music and an unforgettable atmosphere will keep your day going as long as you let it.
As diverse as the activities, this island prides itself on its acceptance, and Aruba is as friendly as it gets. Known as one of the most accepting islands in the Caribbean, it is perfect for all travelers. It is the perfect LGBTQ destination for that beach wedding, romantic honeymoon, or vacation.
When deciding on where to stay in Aruba, the island is your oyster. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort offers an adult-only resort with an ocean-front restaurant and a spectacular swimming pool. Alternatively, Wonders Boutique Hotel provides something in the heart of the city. The hotel serves an organic breakfast each morning with herbs grown in the hotel garden, plus a free shuttle to local attractions, Eagle Beach and Palm Beach.
Just a short flight from several major airports, 3 hours from Miami, 4.25 hours from Atlanta, 4.5 hours from New York, your getaway is closer than you think.
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