Aruba is an island in the Caribbean Sea. Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Aruba is located 23 kilometers from the peninsula Paraguaná of the Venezuelan state of Falcón and belongs to the ABC islands and is the westernmost island. The curved west coast of Aruba is characterized by the tropical, white sandy beaches. The east coast, on the other hand, is characterized by hill country and limestone plateaus and from heavily weathered quartz diorite. The middle of the island consists of rocks of volcanic origin. The highest peak on the island is the 189 meter high Jamanota.
Aruba has a ‘moderate’ rainy season that runs from October to December. During this season the rain falls mainly in the night and in the mornings. But during the day you can also be surprised by a short but intense tropical shower. Aruba is not located in the hurricane area, but in the hurricane season it may be that a hurricane is moving along the island, causing us to be struck by a foothill that causes strong winds and heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Because Aruba is so close to the equator, it is dark between 7 and 8 in the evening. The sun comes up around half past seven in the morning.
The archaeological museum officially opened by Princess Margriet in July 2009 is unique to the Caribbean and certainly worth a visit. The museum is located in the Schelpstraat in Oranjestad.
You can exchange cash with the banks, but take into account the commission that the bank requests. The exchange of money is limited to a maximum amount.
Almost every hotel has a casino, there are also two in Oranjestad. There is no clothing advice for the casinos. For all areas, except for the beach and the beach bar, swimwear or bare-chested is not allowed.
Topless sunbathing is permitted on some beaches, especially where many Dutch (interns) come, but it is officially forbidden.