Aruba
Aruba
By Shaina Amienyi

The motto of the island of Aruba is Bon Bini, a greeting that means “Welcome.” The island is ready to welcome visitors with its wonderful weather, friendly people, world-renowned beaches, and attractions. The island has a number of museums as well as activities such as mountain biking, paintball, and golf. A trip to Aruba promises to be an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to book your next trip to Aruba. Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) provides convenient access to the island. Please book your flight to Aruba using the following link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). For assistance choosing one of Aruba’s luxury accommodations, visit WhatsCheaper.com for our selection of top hotels. This can be found via the following link to the hotel section of our site (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

Many who travel to the Caribbean expect pristine beaches, and Aruba’s beautiful beaches, which consist of powdery white sands that stretch out to aqua waters, will not disappoint. Popular beaches include Eagle Beach and Palm Beach, both of which are safe for swimming. WhatsCheaper.com suggests partaking in one of several water sports that Aruba’s beaches offer. Visitors can go parasailing, tubing, water skiing, kite surfing, etc. Aruba is also a popular diving destination; diving in Aruba is unforgettable because of its shipwrecks and interesting coral reef formations.

We at WhatsCheaper.com urge travelers to experience one of the biggest events in Aruba: Carnival. Carnival is a grand festival, akin to Mardi Gras, that occurs during the month before Lent. Carnival involves the whole island; in every city the streets come alive with the sounds of steel drums and Calypso tunes. Street parades feature floats and people wearing elaborate, colorful costumes. You will hear music and see dancing and partying in the streets. At the end of Carnival, one lucky woman will be crowned the Carnival Queen. WhatsCheaper.com urges you attend this fun, lively event. If you cannot make it to Aruba for Carnival, you can still enjoy one of Aruba’s other festivals, such as the Aruba Soul Beach Festival (in May) and the Aruba Music Festival (in October), both of which feature celebrity performers.

There are plenty of opportunities to experience Aruba’s musical culture. For example, WhatsCheaper.com recommends the Bon Bini Festival which takes place every Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Fort Zoutman in Oranjestad. It features local musical genres and dancers wearing traditional, folkloric costumes. Also, local artists and vendors sell crafts, food, and beverages. Cas di Cultura, Aruba’s theater and culture center, frequently showcases local musicians.

Every evening, visitors can hear live music coming from bars, pubs, and nightclubs. Aruba has a vibrant night life that caters to an array of tastes. There are cocktail lounges and nightclubs where people go to dance, bars and clubs where people go to listen to live music, and casinos where people to go watch entertaining shows. We at WhatsCheaper.com assure you that there is as much to do at night as there is in the day time.

When it comes time to commemorate your visit to Aruba with a souvenir, you will have plenty of shops to choose from. Serious shoppers should take a trip to downtown Oranjestad with its varied selection of designer shops and small department stores. Outside of downtown are shopping centers such as Renaissance Mall, Royal Plaza, and Port of Call Market Place.

Aruba is an ideal destination for those interested in relaxation, adventure, culture, or history. With its average temperature in the 80s, it is especially popular with travelers trying to escape cold weather. Aruba’s weather and people exude warmth, and one trip to this island will leave you wanting to come back. WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to book your flight to Aruba using the link above.

MUST SEE IN Aruba LIST:

  • 1. Eagle Beach
  • 2. Fort Zoutman
  • 3. The Gold Mine Ranch
  • 4. De Palm Island
  • 5. Arikok National Park
  • 6. Palm Beach
  • 7. Aruba Ostrich Farm
  • 8. California Lighthouse
  • 9. Arashi Beach
  • 10. Archaeological Museum of Aruba

Aruba EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Aruba's Tivoli Lighting Parade - February
  • 2. Aruba Grand Carnival Parade - March
  • 3. Aruba International Half Marathon - March
  • 4. Soul Beach Music Festival - May
  • 5. Aruba International Film Festival - June
  • 6. Aruba Hi-Winds - July
  • 7. Aruba Wine Extravaganza - September
  • 8. Aruba Piano Festival - September
  • 9. Annual Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival - October
  • 10. Aruba In Style Fashion Week - November

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Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 79, Palm Beach, Aruba
By Elizabeth DeCicco

Experience the sandy shores and blue waters of Aruba while staying at the Hotel RIU Palace Aruba located right on the beach. After arriving on the island, take a six-mile drive from the Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) to reach the hotel. Near the hotel are casinos, golf courses, Dutch-style markets and plenty of beach sites to visit. Guests may use the hotel’s complimentary gym, sauna and Jacuzzi, as well as sun loungers, towels and parasol canopies at the pool.
    
With 24/7 room service, free Wi-Fi and a mesmerizing sea view, guest rooms at this palace create comfort and luxury to satisfy tourists. Every guest room comes with a satellite television, turndown service, a mini-bar, coffee maker, hairdryer and an electronic safe. Double rooms have a “French balcony.” The junior suites exclusively have a lounge area, a balcony or terrace, and bathroom with a hydro-massage bathtub. The suites provide your own Jacuzzi on your terrace, upon reservation.
    
Among the amenities at the Hotel RIU Palace Aruba, a selection of restaurants is its main feature that serves guests various themed international cuisines. Inside the hotel are “Don Nicolás" restaurant, "Krystal" Fusion Restaurant, "Sayuri" Japanese restaurant, "Milano" Italian restaurant, and a grill and steakhouse. The hotel also provides buffets and cooking stations for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Surrounded by tall palm trees, guests may lounge at the luxurious, massive pool area outside with two swimming pools, adjoined Jacuzzi, and servers to bring you refreshments too.
    
Before ending your trip in the Caribbean Sea, enjoy a “Cava” continental breakfast, book a deep-tissue massage at the hotel spa, or play a few slot machines at the hotel’s casino. WhatsCheaper.com can exceed your search in finding the right hotel accommodations for your vacation in pure paradise (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 77, Palm Beach, Aruba
By Rose Overbey

If you’re travelling to Aruba, you’re likely looking for relaxation, fun, and a chance to get away from the real world. The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba is the place to escape. This resort is located right along Palm Beach, with the ocean only a couple paces away, across sparkling sands. The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba truly is the place to stay on your vacation in Aruba. The location is ideal, but the fantastic service, and variety of amenities will have you glad you booked your stay at the Westin.

When booking your reservation, you’ll already find a wide variety of options. You can get one of the 200 rooms overlooking the beach – or if you’re traveling in a bigger group, you have the option of  booking a suite – with the option of a junior suite or one bedroom suite.

Wherever you choose to stay in the Westin, you’ll be thrilled to discover the amenities present once you arrive.  The rooms are decorated in a modern but comforting way. Guests will be pleased to discover the bathrooms are fully marble, in fact the bathrooms and beds are the Westin’s trademark “heavenly” brand.

Of course you won’t want to spend much time in the room with some many activities to do in and around the resort.  The sparking pool is a great place to spend the day. There are plenty of chairs on the deck to sink into to soak up the sun. Once you get warm, take a quick dip into the pool – or if you prefer – walk a couple paces to the ocean to cool off.

If guests enjoy spending the day in the ocean, the Westin also offers guests the opportunity to go scuba diving or deep sea fishing. There are also opportunities to go sailing. If you prefer the land, there is a golf course nearby, where you can enjoy the green and work on your putting.

In the hotel is a spacious fitness center for guests who want to keep up their fitness regimes on their vacation. For guests who value relaxation, there is an on-site state of the art spa to accommodate this need.  At the end of the day guests will enjoy trying their luck in the on-site casino!

The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba is the perfect place to stay while visiting Palm Beach, Arube. WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba. You can do so by following this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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