Welcome to Aruba

Aruba is a Dutch island in the Caribbean that is known for its beaches, kind people, wildlife, and historic sites.

This travel guide will go through everything you need to know before traveling to Aruba. Sit back and enjoy.

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Top attractions

Eagle Beach

Eagle Beach is a famous beach in Aruba that is known for its water sports.

famous Divi Divi tree which is Aruba's natural compass by Júnior Braz on 500px.com

Arikok National Park

Arikok National Park is a famous green area in Aruba with ancient cave paintings.

Arikok National Park - Aruba II by Bernardo Dantas on 500px.com

California Lighthouse

The California Lighthouse is a famous viewing point in Aruba.

The white old California Lighthouse in Aruba  by Júnior Braz on 500px.com

Weather and Climate

Aruba has a tropical climate with warm weather all-year-round.

Question: What is the ideal time to visit Aruba?

Answer: The best time to visit Aruba is between April and August.

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History

The first settlers to arrive in Aruba were the indigenous peoples. The first indigenous peoples to arrive were the Arawak native groups, and multiple waves of settlers from the South American mainland followed. Aruba was claimed by Spain in 1499, and many of the island’s indigenous peoples were enslaved during the colonial period. During the Thirty Years’ War, Aruba was conquered from Spain by the Dutch. During the 17th century, meat became the primary industry in Aruba, and Spanish remained the primary language spoken on the island until the 18th century. Many immigrants also moved to Aruba from Venezuela, during this time. Britain briefly gained control of the island during the Napoleonic Wars, but Dutch control was restored in 1814. Aruba’s first oil refinery was constructed in 1928, and the refinery soon became one of the largest in the world. Quickly, processing Venezuelan oil became one of Aruba’s main industries. Aruba was attacked by the German navy during the Second World War and in August of 1947, Aruba gained autonomy within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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