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ABOUT ARUBA

Aruba is the pride of the Dutch Caribbean and is situated some 27 km (17 miles) north of the coast of Venezuela. At 33 km (21 miles) in length Aruba has a dry and arid climate, strewn with cactus and boulders on the rugged terrain on the northern side of the Island and powdery white beaches that stretches for 11 km (7 miles) on the western and southern coast. The cooling tropical Caribbean trade winds is a welcome relieve from the average temperature that varies little from 28° C (82° F). Aruba lies outside the hurricane belt and visitors can reliably expect warm sunny weather year round. As the motto suggests Aruba is “ONE HAPPY ISLAND” and one of the best kept secrets of the Caribbean.

VILLA LOCATION

The Villa is located in the heart of the Island in the quiet neighbourhood of Piedra Plat. It situated just off the main road that leads to down town Oranjestad and the beaches. It is approximately 5 - 10 minutes from the airport:
Exiting from the airport take the central lane and go straight across the intersection. Follow the natural curve of the road until you go pass TEXAS Furniture outlet on your right hand side. At the end of this road, turn right and then take the first left and continue on. At the end of the road, turn right and continue passing the Kong Fui Supermarket on your left hand side and follow the road until you come to Bright Bakery. At the junction, turn right on the main road and go slowly until you go pass Pizza Hut and take an immediate right down the road and continue until you reach the terracotta house. Welcome Home!

BEACHES

All the beaches in Aruba are public beaches.   You can either pitch up with your own beach chair (At Aruba Rainbow Villa we supply you with two beach chairs, towels and cooler if you wish to explore the Island) or some resort will rent chairs and lounges for a nominal fee.  In Aruba when it comes to beaches, there is ‘different courses for different horses’.  On the western side of the Island you have 8 of the best beaches ranging from Arashi, Malmok, Fisherman’s Hut or Handicurri, Palm Beach, Eagle Beach, Manchebo Beach, Druif Beach and Surf Side.  The water is crystal clear, turquoise and stretching out to the azure blue horizon.  Arashi and Malmok are ideal for snorkelling and although most have shaded huts, not all have eating/drinking and lavatory facilities, something worth bearing in mind.  Handicurri has white sand with some pebbles and stones and very shallow water.  Ideal spot for the Hi Winds Pro Am Windsurfing Competition which is held here every year.  The high-rise hotels are located on Palm Beach and on Eagle beach are the low-rise hotels.  The white powdery sandy beaches stretches for miles and with the location of the hotels make an ideal opportunity to stop for refreshment, however they are busier, noisier and most are pricey.  Whilst towards the Eastern coast of the Island and a popular spot with the locals are Baby Beach and Rodger’s Beach.  These consist of quiet inlet and cove which is ideal for family picnic and snorkelling.   Due to the location limited facilities are available.

SIGHTSEEING

Aruba offers a whole host of events and activities catering for the young and the young at heart.  Whether you want to test your endurance and climb Hooiberg 400 steps and enjoy the breathtaking view, hike the trails of Arikok National Park or rock climbing at Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations the choice is yours.  Incidentally all within a short distance from ARUBA RAINBOW VILLA.  The beach is the universe of activities and all the major water sports are available.  Do enquire and compare rental prices with reputable firms.  If on the other hand you need a break or want to go at a mellower pace, why not visit a range of other places of interest such as:

- Alto Vista
- California Lighthouse
- Frenchman's Pass
- Natural Pool
- Aruba Aloe Factory
- Ostrich Farm
- Donkey Sanctuary
- Butterfly Farm
- Water Fowl Sanctuary

EATING & DRINKING/NIGHTLIFE

On this tiny Island, award winning chefs and restaurant spin their magic, sprinkling international and ethnic specialities with a hint of the Caribbean and replacing traditional ingredients and condiments with flavourful, colourful local varieties.  Do make reservations in advance and note that a service charge is added to your bill at many restaurants.  If you are happy with the service received an additional gratuity is appreciated.  Recently the government has instituted a local tax (BBO 3%) and some restaurants include it in their prices while others list it separately.  Aruba offers entertainment from the early evening into the early morning for revellers wanting to experience its vibrant nightlife.  There is something for everyone, from a night of family fun to great places to hang out with friends to romantic spots. 

TRANSPORTATION

Due to its size most of the Island can be seen in one full day of touring by car.  While major roads are clearly marked, secondary roads may be a bit confusing.  The road signs are European-based and most car rental provides maps of the Island with a key to the road sighs.  A jeep is perhaps the best choice when exploring roads less travelled and the rugged terrain on the Northern coast.  If you get lost, consult your map and use Hooiberg as land mark to find your way home.  Traffic jams are common on the main roads leading in and out of downtown Oranjestad, especially in the morning, lunch time and early afternoon when the local community heads to or from work.

MEDICAL FACILITIES

Aruba’s main hospital is Dr Horacio Oduber which is located a short distance from the Alhambra Casino & Beach Resort on the Western Coast of the Island.  A brand new Medical Centre is also available in the town of San Nicolas on the Eastern side of the Island.  It may take longer to receive treatment than which you are accustomed to.  If your medical insurance is not accepted; be prepared to pay with cash or credit card and hang on to the receipts to claim on your return.

 

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USEFUL LINKS

GENERAL
Offical Government & Tourism Site
www.aruba.com
Aruba Vacation Information
www.visitaruba.com
Trip Advisor - Aruba
www.tripadvisor.com/......
Aruba Weather
www.aruba.com/about/weather

TRANSPORT
Dollar Rent a Car - Aruba
www.dollararuba.com
Aruba Airport Information
www.airportaruba.com
Local Bus Information
www.arubus.com

NIGHTLIFE
Showtime Aruba
www.showtimearuba.com
Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival
www.caribbeanseajazz.com
Aruba.com Nightlife Page
www.aruba.com/whattodo/nightlife