The sun shines year-round in Aruba – dubbed “One Happy Island” – making it a popular destination for beach breaks and water sports; the constant trade winds make it one of the best places to kitesurf and windsurf. Snorkel and dive in crystalline waters, take in the desert-like landscape and explore the beautiful Arikok National Park.
Visa requirements: No visa required for stays of up to three months
Time zone: GMT – 4
Language: Dutch and Papiamento
Currency: Aruban florin
Tipping policy: Some restaurants will add a 15 per cent service charge to the bill. If not, a tip of between 15 and 20 per cent is appropriate
AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK
Direct flights to Oranjestad (average flight time: 9h): London Gatwick
TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Arikok National Park
Baby Beach, a sheltered lagoon
Natural Bridge Aruba
Bon Bini Festival, weekly
Carnival Parade, February
Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival, May
Hi-Winds Amateur World Challenge windsurfing competition
Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, October
Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta, November
Certificate of No Impediment;
Divorce certificate, if applicable;
Death certificate if widowed.
Same-sex and LGBTQ marriages are legal in Aruba.