Before we start with the things to do, let me give you a quick snapshot of the geography and population. Aruba is a small island, which is a constituent country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its area measures around 70 square miles, with just over 100 000 inhabitants. It is just north of South America, measuring 20 miles (32km) long and 6 miles (10km) across its widest point. It sits only 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Something amazing is that on a super clear day you can vaguely see the mainland of the nearby country. If you’ve ever been to Arizona, you can probably see some similarities between the two – this island has a similar desert feel to it, except that it is surrounded by the Caribbean waters.
I also want to give you some useful tips so that you can make the best out of your experience. For starters, all the beaches are public. It is also a very windy place because of the trade winds, so keep that in mind when planning what to bring. Because of the frequent wind, the sun can easily catch you unprepared, and with the location being so close to the equator, it is that much stronger. So definitely don’t go light on the sunscreen, since it can save you a lot of trouble.
Now after I’ve told you a bit more about this beautiful island and some tips on how to make the most of your time there, let’s jump into the 10 things I did there that I absolutely loved.