Welcome to Aruba!

 

Aruba is a “classic” Caribbean Island huge, white-sand beaches, tall palm trees and a warm, clear ocean. Despite being a small island, Aruba is very lively and offers visitors lots of fun things to do for all ages and tastes to make your visit a “holiday of a lifetime”. When the sun goes down, Aruba’s exuberant and exciting nightlife has something for all tastes, casinos, live shows, restaurants and bars.

 

Aruba has some of the finest beaches you will ever see, ideal for relaxing but also a focus for lots of activities, water sports, snorkelling and diving. There are numerous sports and recreational activities to enjoy around the island. Although lively, Aruba retains that small island, easy-going, Caribbean atmosphere, allowing you to enjoy yourself to the full.

You can be active on Aruba or enjoy total relaxation on a superb beach. Aruba caters to a variety of budgets, tastes and interests and has one of the highest rates of return visitors in the Caribbean.

 

 

Warm and sunny in January or July with a cooling breeze that keeps you fresh and comfortable. Perfect weather means that no matter what kind of holiday you prefer, you can enjoy it to the full.

 

The Caribbean Sea

Aruba is in the southern Caribbean and the Caribbean Sea is known for its rich variety and abundance of marine life and Aruba is famous for its diving and snorkelling and has some excellent reefs and wonderful shipwrecks. Aruba is called the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean. The ocean around Aruba is clear and warm ideal for the many water sports on offer to island guests.

 

 

One of the safest places in the world
Destination Travel on msnbc.com says :

“ We analyzed piles of data, from U.S. State Department warnings on crime and the latest United Nations survey on global crime trends to the Mercer rankings of the world’s safest cities, and include the Dutch ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) on a list of the world’s safest places to travel”

 

 

We are a Caribbean holiday specialist for Aruba with a wealth of local knowledge and many years’ experience on the island. We can answer any questions from personal experience and tailor-make a holiday to your requirements and wishes. We are regular visitors to the island and have personally selected the accommodation we offer.

We would be delighted to discuss any plans you have for a holiday in this special part of the world. With our help, you can enjoy places of interest and things to do, at your own pace, as a welcome guest rather than a tourist.

 

We are the preferred tour operator for many resorts and have the best air fares, prices and offers. We offer a wide choice of services for you to get the very best from your holiday. On small islands, services like accommodation, vehicle hire, excursions, diving etc, get booked very quickly. To avoid disappointment these should be booked in advance. Booking services with us, will save you money and they will be part of an ATOL protected holiday.

Aruba is a small, tropical island in the Southern Caribbean. A classic Caribbean, ‘paradise’ island with tall palm trees, lots of sunshine, beautiful beaches and an exuberant nightlife. Aruba is an island of contrasts. Although lively, Aruba is a small Caribbean island and, because of its rich culture it has the relaxed “Dutch Caribbean” atmosphere friendly and welcoming. The island atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable with there are no ‘tourist areas’.
Aruba has a vibrant nightlife with numerous restaurants, clubs, bars, live shows, casinos and various activities and entertainment, catering for a very wide range of tastes, centred primarily on Oranjestad the capital. The city is busy and lively, but there is no intensity to the nightlife, and the atmosphere remains low key and comfortable. Salsa is everywhere – and the informal atmosphere ought to encourage visitors to embrace the island culture – and give it a try. Outside the capital Aruba is largely undeveloped and peaceful. Those who prefer to relax can find a secluded stretch of beach while those who enjoy nature can the view the island’s wildlife.

Aruba is around 20 miles from the South American coast, 50 miles west of Curacao and 100 miles west of Bonaire. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, the ABC islands, which are part of the Dutch Caribbean. Aruba is just 20 miles long by 6 miles wide, a flat, coral island pushed up out of the sea, with two prominent features, the 188 metres high Mount Jamanota and Mount Hooiberg at 165 metres. Both can be seen from almost everywhere on the island, as the surrounding terrain is largely flat.

Aruba, like its sister islands, Curacao and Bonaire, was first inhabited by the Caiquetios, a branch of the Arawak Indians, from South America. Remnants of their culture can still be found at a number of different sites around the island and in museums. The Spanish landed in 1499, but never fully controlled the island, and Aruba became a clandestine hide-away for pirates and buccaneers. The Dutch captured the islands of Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire from the Spanish in 1636. Aruba is now independent. All the Dutch Caribbean islands had the same turbulent history which has led to the all having a very rich cultural mix, 40 different ethnic backgrounds, ironically something that gives these islands their easy-going, friendly atmosphere. The native language is a Creole dialect called Papiamento which is made up of elements of Dutch, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, African languages and Arawak Indian. Islanders speak Spanish or Dutch, the official language – but everyone speaks English.

Aruba has much the same climate as Curacao and Bonaire, warm and sunny, almost always 29ºC (84ºF), and the cooling ocean breeze keeps the air fresh and comfortable. Whatever kind of holiday you prefer, you can do it in comfort and enjoy it to the full. Aruba’s rainy season is September to December, but this is a dry tropical island, and only gets around 21 inches of rain each year, falling in short, heavy downpours, often less than 10 minutes in duration. Then, out comes the sun again. Aruba is outside the Caribbean hurricane belt. There is little seasonal variation and the air, and water, temperatures does not vary a great deal.

 

Aruba’s sheltered western coast faces the Caribbean Sea, known for its warm, clear water, ideal for swimming, snorkelling or diving. The calm water and steady breeze make ideal conditions for lots of water sports any fun activities. The Caribbean is famous for its colourful coral and dramatic underwater features, breathtaking underwater scenery, home to an amazing diversity of marine life. The ocean around Aruba is ideal for snorkellers and divers who will get a fabulous view of the underwater world in particular some magnificent ship and plane wrecks. There are a lot of boat excursions, sailing cruises, often at sunset, are good fun. You can see some of the wonderful underwater world on a glass-bottom boat or in a submarine.

 

Aruba has miles of very wide, white-sand beaches and the sea is calm and warm. Some of the finest beaches you will ever see, and there is a wide choice of fun activities on the beaches, especially water sports of course. Away from the beaches, the island offers a very wide range of leisure and sporting activities for visitors to enjoy. Aruba offers a combination of the relaxed and active, the natural world and cosmopolitan entertainment, giving all visitors a wide choice of holiday options. The island is great for families or groups. Lots of fun activities to keep everyone happy. Aruba has lots to see and do and is world famous for its snorkelling and scuba diving.

 

The dry climate is a tough environment for the natural world, but produces an unusual and interesting, sometimes unique, variety of flowers, reptiles, birds and mammals.

The ecological wealth and diversity of the island is now recognised, and protected, and there are many opportunities to explore Aruba’s remarkable environment. Outside of the capital, Oranjestad, Aruba remains largely undeveloped.

The Arikok National Park is the island’s pride and joy – 870 hectares of wilderness park where people can enjoy Aruba’s unspoilt natural world, in a protected environmental sanctuary.

 

Quiet and unspoilt, visitors can enjoy the natural world at their own pace, in a variety of ways. Guided tours and excursions, hiking trails, jeep safaris, mountain bikes and, for the more adventurous, on horseback. We are able to book various excursions and activities as part of a holiday itinerary.

We have visited and personally selected our accommodation on Aruba. We offer accommodation along the south west coast, a few metres from the Caribbean Sea. Our holidays are designed for “independently minded” people and we offer small resorts and hotels with character and personal service. The accommodation on Aruba is ideal, hotel rooms, apartments, studios and bungalows. There is a range of board options available at hotels and resorts, while apartments and studios give you the freedom to self-cater, if you wish. There are restaurants nearby, should self-catering lose its appeal. Some of our accommodation is on small resorts with amenities like swimming pools, dive centres and a restaurant (or two) on site. These are small resorts, nothing like the large European holiday resorts.

For many people our islands are “undiscovered” places – exciting new holiday destinations. We are a Caribbean holiday specialist and having visited the island many times, we can answer your questions from personal experience. We love talking about the island and would be delighted to discuss your holiday plans. We offer a wide range of services to ensure you get the very best from your holiday. We are the preferred tour operator for many resorts and have the best air fares, prices and offers.

Aruba’s Natural World

Aruba is a volcanic island, rainfall is very light and consequently it is a dry, “desert island” type environment. Due to the lack of commercial development outside of the capital Oranjestad, the island is peaceful and unspoilt. The island is small there are many ways you can enjoy Aruba’s nature, lots of guided tours and excursions, as well as vehicle hire, jeep safari, trekking, horse riding, cycling etc. You can enjoy Aruba’s natural world in peace and at your own pace.

The Arikok National Park is the main place of interest for anyone wanting to explore the natural world of this island. At 870 hectares it is a fifth of Aruba’s total area, an environmental sanctuary. The park is protected and maintained by the island government and features species of flora and fauna unique to Aruba as well as interesting natural rock formations. You’ll also find several great examples of Native American art there, for example the Arawak drawings in the Fontein cave. There are a number of caves, some are the natural shelter for bats. The 620-foot-high Mount Jamanota towers over Arikok’s rugged red dirt roads, valleys, ravines, boulders, terraces, and rugged terrain. Many species of migratory birds nest in the park while goats and donkeys graze freely.

The central area of the park is the main zone for visitors and features many natural, cultural, and historical landmarks along with education centres. The central zone has excellent underwater caves and beach coves as well as a vehicle route. More adventurous visitors can explore the landscape on horseback and there are many hiking trails you can use to explore the interesting terrain and see the island’s geological, volcanic origins. The park’s south and north zones are quite sensitive and they have been designated as visitor education and research locations. Hiking tours with a knowledgeable park ranger can be booked at the park’s Visitors Centre.

The park has over forty species of native trees and a robust desert vegetation. The landscape is dominated by cactus of all shapes and sizes. The famous Divi Divi tree is Aruba’s natural compass, always pointing in a south westerly direction due to the trade winds that blow across the island from the north-east. Efforts to plant this tree in other parts of the world have proved futile – it seems the Divi Divi tree only likes Aruba!
There is a diversity of colour, flowers and plants, Caribbean Pines, a large variety of Hibiscus, wild orchids and many other cacti, vines, shrubs and trees. You will see colourful Bougainvilleas along the edges of many roads and in many hotel gardens. Aloe grows everywhere, and the sap takes the sting out of sunburn and starts the healing process. We have had to use this once or twice !

The Cottontail rabbit is also found in Aruba, probably brought by Indians prior to Columbus. These rabbits here have a black patch on their necks, similar to those found in nearby Venezuela. Wild donkeys are making a comeback and are usually seen in groups of three or four in the more rugged parts of the island. Originally introduced to the island by the Spanish as work animals. Goats are also a common sight, roaming freely around the island – but of course preferring the protection and peace of the national park.

Lizards (Papiamento – lagadishi) abound in Aruba. In fact, half of the known species of lizard live exclusively on the island. The kododo blauw has a blue-green colour, friendly and totally vegetarian. Pega Pega are cousins to the gecko and get their papiamento name (pega means to stick), from the tiny suction pads on their feet which allow them to walk almost anywhere. They are one of the last remaining prehistoric species to elude extinction – and have extremely loud voices. Iguanas, some very large, are everywhere and thriving, no doubt partly due to the protection they enjoy by being removed from the local diet these days. Iguanas are often found high up on rooftops enjoying the sun or in trees. Iguanas adapt to their surroundings in much the same way as chameleons, changing colour from bright green to a more brownish hue when they’re on the soil.

Birds, both migratory and native species, are among the most successful examples of the island¹s fauna. Of course, as one would expect, water birds are some of the most plentiful species of birds to be found on the island. Around 170 species of birds can be found on Aruba, and 50 species breed on the island. Including migratory birds, which come in November-January, this rises to around 300 species. Among the species of birds on Aruba you can find waterfowl and wading birds, a variety of song birds, raptors, game birds, swifts and nighthawks, etc., many of which occupy several ecosystems simultaneously, as they fly to and from forests, meadows, shorelines of waters, cities and urban green spaces. You can see rare birds here like the Aruban burrowing owl (shoco) – an endangered species – or the local birds of pray, warawara and kinikini. The most common birds are the trupial (with its bright orange colours), the chuchubi, the prikichi (a small parrot) and the barika geel (the little yellow breasted bird stealing sugar at many tables) and the ‘blenchi’ emerald hummingbird (chlorostilbon mellisugus). Aruba is home to birds of prey, including the ‘kinikini’ kestrel (falco sparverius) and the ‘warawara’ crested caracara (polyborus plancus), often observed souring in the skies over Arikok National Park. Aruba’s endangered species.

An good place to see waterfowl is the Bubali Plassen, a former saltpan now an artificial freshwater wetland. Buttonwood and white mangroves thrive and you’ll find sooty terns, black noddies, and brown noddies nesting in buttonwood trees – also brown pelicans, herons, fish eagle and cormorants diving for food in the deep waters of this lake. A common sight on many of Aruba’s beaches are pelicans diving for fish. Aruba represents an important refuge for these birds, in particular for the brown pelican (pelecanus occidentalis), which is found on all of the islands but is known only to breed consistently on Aruba. You are also likely to see blue heron, green heron, cattle egret and the snowy egret. The island is also an important breeding ground for Terns, known locally as ‘bubis,’ which can be found in breeding colonies along the reef inlets near the Valero Oil Refinery in San Nicolas. Seven different terns, including the Royal Tern (sterna maxima), the sandwich tern (sterna albifons), the Cayenne Tern (sterna sandvicensis eurygnatha), Common Tern (sterna hirundo) and the least tern (sterna albifrons), can be found in this area. The government has already declared Bubali Plas an official nature preserve.

Aruba’s Underwater Life

Aruba is a small island in the southern Caribbean, blessed with perfect weather, warm water and some of the best scuba diving sites in the world. The ocean around Aruba, like the other ABC islands, Bonaire and Curacao, is wonderfully clear and warm – with visibility around 30-40 metres. This can vary, when you are close to any of Aruba’s large, sandy beaches. Water temperature is a constant 28ºC (82ºF). Conditions are very easy for everyone wishing to enjoy the wonderful marine life in the Caribbean Sea. Aruba has 42 recognised dive/snorkelling sites. The fantastic visibility, calm, clear water and huge variety of things to see in shallow water, make Aruba one of the best places to dive or snorkel in the world.

Aruba is known as the “wreck diving” capital of the Caribbean with boat and plane wrecks in 8 to 30 metres. Caribbean islands are famous for their abundant, colourful marine life – and although famous for its wrecks – Aruba has a huge diversity of marine life – more than most other Caribbean islands. Numerous species of colourful tropical fish, manta rays, barracuda, the rare green moray and many more. The reef, with magnificent sponges and coral formations, has benefited from protection measures for some years. With exceptionally easy ocean conditions the ocean around Aruba is perfect for diving or snorkelling. All divers – beginners to advanced – can enjoy this exciting ocean.

The sheltered south west coast of the island, the ocean is calm, and where most diving takes place, and the ocean is full of wonderful marine creatures. The open ocean side of the island the north east coast you will see larger, ocean roaming marine species. Coral formations and fish can be seen in shallow water and even non-swimmers, can put on a mask and see the wonderful coral and colourful tropical fish. The shallow depth of the reef and clarity of the ocean will give you a view of the underwater world you will not see in many other places in the world. A sandy “shelf” slopes gently out to the reef – shallow and calm – an ideal environment for reef creatures – and for you to see the amazing marine life. The reef is in just 10 to 15 metres of warm, clear water. Photographers will enjoy the variety on Aruba, the wrecks and marine, and appreciate the excellent light in clear, shallow water.

Aruba is working to preserve the ecological health of its many stunning reefs. The island’s leading ecological groups have begun a number of preservation and educational programs, including the installation of mooring buoys, a popular reef clean-up program and has a protected underwater park/

The island has over 300 species of fish – and it is not our intention to list them all. The main reason for this page is an excuse to post more pictures of the wonderful creatures that share our planet – but are so often unseen.

The cast of characters you are likely to encounter is too long for this page but, with luck you’ll see:
Seahorses, spotted eagle rays, stingrays, lobsters, dolphin, turtles, manta rays, sergeant majors, yellowtail snappers, Caesar grunts, grey Chromis, blue tang, puffers, lobster, Spanish hogfish, copper sweepers, grunts, butterfly fish, jacks, blue parrotfish, beautiful blue tang, French and queen angels, rare green moray eels, frogfish, trumpet fish, groupers, parrotfish, angelfish, silversides, octopuses, nurse sharks, tarpon and large barracuda. Some reefs are favourite cleaning stations for Green and Hawksbill turtles – a big favourite – plus leatherbacks during nesting season.

Coral reefs “wake up” at night, Octopus, Squid, Crabs and a whole new cast of characters are busy around the reef. Bioluminescent organisms are a beautiful spectacle. The conditions here provide a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the magnificence of the coral reef at night.

 

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MANCHEBO BEACH RESORT AND SPA

Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa is a small hotel located on the famous Eagle beach, a superb, white-sand beach, the largest and widest on Aruba. The bright blue Caribbean sea is just a few steps away from your room. This is a very popular hotel with a friendly, intimate atmosphere. Due to its small size the resort gives guests high quality, personal service. The resort has three excellent a la carte restaurants and lots of facilities for guests’ enjoyment. Manchebo has lots of “health” oriented facilities, spa, fitness room, yoga classes etc. The Alhambra Casino is next door and Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital, with its lively nightlife, is less than 3 miles away.

The transfer from the airport takes about 15 minutes.

Manchebo offers a variety of board option including an all-inclusive option.

This is a very good quality resort with excellent facilities and amenities.

Accommodation

Manchebo has just 72 rooms on a plot of about 14 acres, 10 acres of which is the white sandy beach. The hotel’s buildings are only two storeys, ground and first floor, built in a horseshoe shape around resort centre. Some rooms have ocean view and some a view of the lush tropical garden with its tall palm trees etc. Some rooms have connecting doors for families. All rooms are non-smoking rooms.

Deluxe Garden View Rooms are air conditioned rooms with a fresh Caribbean decor. Guests have the option of 2 double beds or one King size bed. The rooms also have a ceiling fan, chairs, iPod docking station with alarm clock, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, a small ice chest, a microwave, ironing facilities, a safety deposit box and a 81 cm LCD TV. The luxurious bathrooms are fitted in cherry-stained wood and marble have a unique waterfall/rain shower. The private balcony or patio has a view over the lush tropical gardens

Deluxe Ocean View Rooms are air conditioned rooms with a fresh Caribbean decor. Guests have the option of 2 double beds or one King size bed. The rooms also have a ceiling fan, chairs, iPod docking station with alarm clock, a mini refrigerator, coffee maker, a small ice chest, a microwave, ironing facilities, a safety deposit box and a 81 cm LCD TV. The luxurious bathrooms are fitted in cherry-stained wood and marble have a unique waterfall/rain shower. The private balcony or patio has a wonderful view of the beach and the ocean.

Restaurants & Bars

French Steakhouse Restaurant – fine dining from 5:30pm till 11:00pm featuring live piano music most evenings, al fresco dining available.

Ike’s Bistro, Mediterranean & Caribbean cuisine – dining al fresco in the tropical garden and around the pool. Breakfast buffet and a-la-carte breakfast from 7:00 a.m. till 11:30am. A-la-carte dinner served from 5:30pm till 11:00pm. Live music most evenings.

Pega-Pega Cafe & Beach Bar – overlooking the beautiful Eagle Beach. Lunch from 12 noon till 5 p.m. – bar from 10:30 a.m. till 11:30 p.m. Daily happy hour and live music – beach cocktail Service

Omakase Japanese Sushi Bar – in the French Steakhouse and open for dinner from – 5.30 p.m. till 10.30 p.m.

Facilities

  •  Fresh water swimming pool with umbrellas and lounge chairs
  • Regular entertainment – including live music
  • ‘Wedding Chapel’  for those who wish to tie the knot on a Caribbean island.
  • Green Globe Gold Certified Resort & Travelife Gold – environmentally friendly resort
  • Gym – state-of-the-art air conditioned fitness room overlooking the beach
  • “Spa del Sol” on the beach – range of therapies and treatments
  • “Managers Cocktail Party” each week
  • Steam room and whirlpool on the beach
  • Towel service (also for the beach)
  • Daily yoga & Pilates
  • 55 Beach shade cabanas
  • Room service all meals
  • Beach Cocktail Service
  • Free internet terminals in foyer
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the resort
  • Hospitality desk and concierge desk
  • Ice machines, laundry and valet service
  • Daily maid service
  • Cot and rollaway bed on request

Island Activities Nearby

  • Divi 9-hole golf-course & Tierra del Sol 18-hole course.
  • Arikok Natural Park, Natural Pool – 25 minutes away

Special Itineraries

Premium All-Inclusive Program features daily breakfast a-la-carte & buffet and a-la-carte lunch & dinner, premium open bar, cocktails, beverages and one dine-around option & one optional sushi dinner per stay (with minimum of 4 nights stay).
Honeymoon Package & Wedding Plans.

Diving

We work closely with the dive centres on Aruba who will collect you from your hotel for any diving you might wish to enjoy. On Aruba most of the diving is from boats – snorkellers are welcome too, of course. Boats take very small groups, usually around 6 to 8 people. At most sites there will be just you and few (new) friends – very relaxed and comfortable. However, they can get booked up very easily. You might also like to explore the island at your own pace. We can arrange vehicle hire at a lower rate than you would pay on island.

Booking any diving courses or trips and/or vehicle hire with us, will save you money and it will be part of an ATOL protected holiday itinerary. Not forgetting that it will guarantee you get what you want when you arrive – and avoid possible disappointment.

Diving On Araba

Aruba is a small island in the southern Caribbean, close to the coast of South America and its neighbours Curacao and Bonaire. The three islands, the ABC islands, are world famous diving destinations. Aruba is a coral island, blessed with perfect weather, warm, clear water and some of the best scuba diving sites in the world. Like most islands in the Caribbean archipelago the south west coast faces the Caribbean Sea and the north east coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. Currents from the open ocean enrich the waters around Aruba with nutrients which supports a thriving, healthy marine life. The Caribbean Sea is famous for its warm, clear water and abundance of colourful reef creatures. The open ocean coasts are often visited by larger ocean roaming creatures like sharks, dolphins and whales. The huge variety of habitats and ocean conditions produces a fantastic diversity of marine life. The exceptional visibility, absence of serious currents on the sheltered coast and huge variety of things to see, in shallow water, make Aruba one of the best places to dive or snorkel in the world ñ for divers and snorkellers of all capabilities. Aruba has been working hard to conserve the ecological health of its many reefs and the ocean has benefited from protection measures for some years.

 

Aruba is known as the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean. Spectacular shipwrecks and plane wrecks in 8 to 30 metres of warm, clear water, some intentional some unintentional, but all now encrusted with vibrantly coloured corals and sponges and home to a wide variety of marine creatures. The star of the show is the massive 120 metres long Antilla wreck, in just 18 metres of water, an easy, exhilarating experience for divers and snorkellers of all levels. There are several other wrecks like the Tug Boat and the Jane Sea Wreck, a 77 metres long cargo ship in 18 to 29 metres. There are three plane wrecks, two in 26 metres and one in just 4 metres. Many of the wrecks are in shallow water and combined with easy ocean conditions, Aruba offers a rare and wonderful opportunity for snorkellers and inexperienced divers to enjoy seeing some fascinating wreck sites.

However, that is only half of the story. Formed by volcanic activity, Aruba is a flat coral island, pushed up from the ocean, and has a sandy shelf that slopes gently towards the coral reef, which runs parallel with the south west coastline. The reef, with its intricate coral formations, small caves and overhangs, is just 30 metres from shore and only 10 to 15 metres deep. A very short swim out and you will see lots of hard and soft corals, dense clusters of staghorn, plate, giant brain, fire, mustard hill and yellow pencil coral. Dotted around the reef youíll see beautiful, colourful sponges, green finger sponges, giant orange elephant ear sponges, rope sponges, lavender stove-pipe sponges, huge orange, blue and green barrel sponges. Part of the Aruban reef is a double reef system, famous for its abundance of marine life. The shallow depth of the reef and clarity of the ocean will give you a view of the underwater world you will not see in many other places in the world. In very shallow water, non-swimmers can put on a mask and see the wonderful marine life.

Photographers love the variety of features and marine life. The shallow water allows lots of natural light and the absence of serious currents makes the process a lot easier. There are many photographic specialists on island and some run photographic courses.

The cast of characters you may encounter is too long for this page but, with luck you’ll see: seahorses, spotted eagle rays, stingrays, lobsters, dolphin, turtles, manta rays, sergeant majors, yellowtail snappers, Caesar grunts, grey Chromis, blue tang, puffers, lobster, Spanish hogfish, copper sweepers, grunts, butterfly fish, jacks, blue parrotfish, French and queen angels, rare green moray eels, frogfish, trumpet fish, groupers, parrotfish, angelfish, silversides, octopuses, nurse sharks, tarpon and large barracuda. Some reefs are favourite cleaning stations for Green and Hawksbill turtles.

Coral reefs “wake up” at night, Octopus, Squid, Crabs and a whole new cast of characters are busy around the reef. Bioluminescent organisms are a beautiful spectacle. The conditions here provide a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the magnificence of the coral reef at night.

Aruba is small, 18 miles long by 6 miles across, with a coast line of just 43 miles and has 42 recognised dive sites – see our interactive dive map – along the south western coast – all very close to each other and all very close to the shore. The accommodation we offer is along this coast, so you don’t have far to go, to get into the ocean. Depths vary, of course, but start as shallow 1.2metres of water, sloping gently to around 36 metres deep 300 metres from shore. Most dives are in within those depths. For almost the entire south west coast there are little or no currents. Currents are stronger towards the tips of the island, and divers can enjoy some drift dives. The open ocean side of the island the north east coast – has heavier seas and currents – but divers are rewarded with larger marine species.

Diving / snorkelling is from boats and the reef and wrecks are not far from shore, so it’s not an “epic” voyage. Most boat journeys take between 10 and 30 minutes – up and down the coast. There will be a dive operator at your resort or very close to your accommodation. Boats leave daily – so you have plenty of choice. Due to the shallow clear water, most dive sites are excellent snorkelling sites too. There is a hyperbaric chamber at the Doctor Horacio Oduber Hospital in the capital, Oranjestad. Custom dive boats take small groups, usually around 6 to 8 divers and snorkellers, on the short ride to the sites 2 or 3 times per day. At most sites there will be just you and a few (new) friends – very relaxed and comfortable. As these are very small groups availability is limited and any diving you wish to do should be booked before your arrival on island. We can reserve all your diving for you.

The ocean around Aruba, like the other ABC islands, Bonaire and Curacao, is wonderfully clear and warm – perfect for water sports, scuba diving and snorkelling. Water temperature is a fairly constant 28ºC (82ºF) and a 3mm shortie should be sufficient. We realised, long ago, that a quick dip in the sea will not “cool you down” – the water is much the same temperature as the air temperature! The ocean is very clear with visibility around 30-40 metres. This can vary, when you are close to any of Aruba’s large, sandy beaches. Conditions are very easy for everyone wishing to enjoy the wonderful Caribbean Sea. The air temperature on Aruba is almost always 29ºC (84ºF) there is very little seasonal change, with a cooling breeze which lowers humidity and keeps you fresh – perfect weather – all year. Aruba has around 22 inches of rain each year, falling in short-lived tropical storms, in the later part of the year. It is very rare for diving to be disrupted by the weather.

The department of nature & environment has been establishing a marine park in Aruba over the last four years. The marine park will enforce a number of measures for the protection of the underwater environment, conserving and protecting biodiversity including breeding, nursery and feeding habitats for marine species. The park covers four areas, the National Arikok Park, Spanish Lagoon, Sero Colorado and Mangel Halto.

Snorkelling

The reef is close to shore and snorkellers will get a good view of the marine life and wrecks in shallow water. Snorkellers can enter the ocean from any of the huge beaches on Aruba, take a guided snorkel trip or go out on one of the frequent dive boats. Most beaches are on the sheltered Caribbean (west) coast. The easy snorkelling on exciting dive sites is ideal for mixed groups of snorkellers and divers.

Families

Aruba is particularly good for families and groups of divers and non-divers. The relaxed and safe atmosphere enable you to enjoy the perfect weather in peace. The reef is close to shore, so if you are snorkelling (or diving) you are not away for long and never far from shore. Snorkelling in warm, shallow water is a great way to introduce children to the wonderful underwater world. Aruba has some wonderfully large, white sand beaches, with lots of water sports and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Besides snorkelling, SNUBA is another underwater option. SNUBA divers breathe compressed air through a regulator on a hose attached to a tank floating at the surface.

We are an ATOL bonded, diving holiday specialist for Aruba. We work closely with the dive centres on Aruba who have everything divers and snorkellers might need. They offer boat diving, guided dives, night dives, nitrox, equipment for sale or hire and instruction courses for all levels, including complete beginners and youngsters. The Caribbean is a great place to take a referral or refresher course.

We tailor-make holiday itineraries, which can include all your diving requirements, to ensure you get the best from your diving holiday. We know how the diving works and have prices lower than you would pay on island. Tell us what you’d like, and we will book your diving with our dive operator partner, at your accommodation, or nearby. On a small island services like diving, instruction courses, excursions, vehicle hire etc., get booked up quickly. It is important to reserve any services you may want for your holiday, before you arrive on Aruba. Booking with us saves you money and ensures those services are available to you when you arrive on island, avoiding any disappointment. Those services then become part of your ATOL protected holiday itinerary.

Things To Do On Aruba

Aruba, like the other Dutch Caribbean islands, is relatively unknown to people from the UK – an exciting “new” holiday destination. Aruba is very lively in the main town and on the large, white sand main beaches – but outside the capital Oranjestad – it is quiet and undeveloped. Although famous for its superb diving – Aruba has a wide choice of other things to see and do. You can enjoy various sports, activities, pastimes – if you want – when you want – at your own pace and in your own time. An exhilarating change from feeling like you are part of a tourist package. You will enjoy the activities and sights all the more – and hopefully you’ll be tempted to try new things. Aruba has a very varied and interesting choice of activities to offer all its visitors.

Diving and Snorkelling are the most popular activities on Aruba. The excellent reef and easy conditions make it one of the world’s best diving/snorkelling destinations. The reef is close to shore. Divers, snorkellers and the rest of the family can enjoy the same beach – and don’t need separate holiday schedules !

Aruba is famous for its huge white-sand beaches and crystal clear blue water. On many of the beaches there is a variety of leisure activities. The ocean on the western coast is warm and calm, ideal for swimming, snorkelling or diving as well as a huge number of water sports available to visitors. Calm water and a steady breeze are ideal for water sports such as kite surfing, sailing, jet skiing, windsurfing, and parasailing. The constant breeze is a gift for surfers ñ fast and fun – great conditions each and every day. Kayaking is very popular and there lots of kayaks for hire around the island. Charter a crewed boat, take a boat trip or hire smaller sailing craft yourself. The constant breeze makes sailing a pleasure. Many boat trips are on small craft ñ 12 people ñ with drinks and food provided. These are usually a half day trip. afternoons are popular, to see the glorious sunsets from the ocean.

Sports

There are lots of sports available – all organised in that typical relaxed way – the only way to enjoy your holiday – and a good way to try something new. Visitors can enjoy : tennis – there are several courts around the island : racquetball : ten-pin bowling : golf – championship course 98 feet above sea level with a spectacular ocean view : indoor karting track – lots of fun.

Kite Surfing and Windsurfing are very popular and Aruba is ideal. Year-round, steady trade winds and warm water – it’s never been easier!  Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced windsurfer, Aruba is a windsurfer’s paradise! The clear blue water and steady breeze, makes Aruba making one of the best surfing spots in the world.  Paddle Boarding is easy to learn and is a great sport for all ages.

Away from the town and the beaches Aruba offers visitors a more relaxed option – enjoying the natural world of the island. There are a number of ways to enjoy the flora, fauna and geographical features of the island. Visitors can enjoy horse riding : island tours : jeep safaris : climbing : hiking : mountain-biking : nature tours to archaeological and geological sites : all terrain vehicles – and much more. The nature parks are “wilderness” style and the island is generally flat. Hiking or mountain biking is easy and a great way to explore.

Tours

We work with a tour company on Aruba that offers visitors a range of island tours and activities. They are knowledgeable, reliable and experienced. We can advise and book : transfers, excursions, sight seeing tours, Jeep Safaris etc. We offer an enormous range of activities and island tours which we can include in your holiday itinerary. Some of the popular trips :

  • Discover Aruba Tour: 4-5 hour sightseeing tour with snorkelling.
  • Aruba Safari: Discover Aruba by jeep.
  • Sunset Sailing Cruise: Enjoy sunset on board.
  • Butterfly Farm: admire the splendid butterflies.
  • Aruba Sight Seeing Tour: A three hour sightseeing tour to Aruba’s most interesting places.
  • Snorkel Adventure: half-day catamaran trip, superb snorkelling. Lunch and drinks.
  • Kayak Adventure: offers you a different view of Aruba.
Aruba Special Dates

New Year’s Day January 1st
Carnival – February typically 2nd week of February – exact dates vary.
Grand Evening Parade & Burning of Momo – 1st week of March (exact day varies) – Carnival officially comes to an end on the eve of Ash Wednesday with the burning of “King Momo”
Kings Day – April 30th celebration for the King of the Netherlands. Lots of Orange !
Saint Nicolas Day. December 5th – St. Nicholas dresses in red and has white hair and a white beard. Children put out shoes to be filled with gifts. The Dutch give their presents on this day. However, “Sint Nicolaas” and his helpers are not quite as jolly as our Father Christmas !
Second Christmas Day December 25th
New Year’s Eve -December 31st Most bars and clubs will have special events going on until the early hours.

Nightlife on Aruba

Although lively and busy it is never frantic – the nightlife reflects the island’s character, friendly and relaxed. Aruba has a wide range of entertainment of a high standard, including live Latin American shows and live music performed by international and local bands. Hotels have their own entertainment, tropical nights, beach barbecues, cocktail parties, water ballet, international entertainers, dance groups, steel bands, etc. The hotels and resorts offer a lot of extra choice, without having to go into town. Aruba has a vast number of restaurants, some very high quality. But you have to look for some of them – they are not all in town.

 

Aruba has a vibrant nightlife with numerous restaurants, clubs, bars, live shows, casinos and various activities and entertainment, catering for a very wide range of tastes, centred primarily on Oranjestad the capital. The city is busy and lively, but there is no intensity to the nightlife, the atmosphere remains low key and comfortable. Although Aruba is a very popular holiday destination, the clubs and restaurants are rarely crowded. The cultural mix ensures a very varied cuisine and Aruba excels with cooking styles and  formats to suit all tastes and budgets. Outside of the capital the “high-rise” area, has developed as a nightlife hot spot with bars and restaurants. Salsa is everywhere – and the informal atmosphere ought to encourage visitors to embrace the island culture and give it a try!

Popular Bars & Clubs

Cafe Bahia
Senior Frogs
Mambo Jambo Bar (tip)
Club City One
The Paddock eatery
Cafe Chaos
080 bar
Cilo-lounge

Casinos

Aruba has several casinos, some are open 24 hours.
Excelsior Casino
Royal Cabana (at La Cabana) The Caribbean’s largest casino
Hyatt Regency beautiful Las Vegas style casino
Crystal Casino in the Renaissance Hotel.

Restaurants

Madame Janette’s
in the countryside, 10 minutes from town, one of the best restaurants, not just on Aruba.
Qua Pasa
Famous for atmosphere and lobster
Iguana Joe’s
an Oranjestad landmark – Caribbean / Mexican
Rumba Bar & Grill
International & European Grill
Salt & Pepper
International
Benihana
Japanese Steakhouse
The Old Cunucu House
Local / International

Sightseeing On Aruba

There is a lot to see on Aruba – from the historical sites in the capital and key points on the island – to the unspoilt natural world away from the main town. We work with Aruba’s largest and most experienced tour company who have a very wide choice of guided tours, activities and excursions, to suit all interests. There are numerous sightseeing tours available – and just as many ways of taking those tours! Discover Aruba in a jeep, Sailing Cruises, Kayak Adventures, coach tours. You can of course go sightseeing independently with your own hire car, bike on foot. It’s a small, relatively flat island, so it’s very easy to get around and see the sights.

The Capital – Oranjestad

Oranjestad is Aruba’s capital, the palm-lined main boulevard runs along the ocean front, between pastel-painted buildings of Dutch and Spanish colonial design. Named after the Dutch royal house of Oranje, it has been the capital since 1797. This charming city has numerous interesting buildings dating back to the colonial era. Oranjestad has several museums.
Museo Arqueologico Arubano – Zoutmanstraat: This museum houses archaeological artefacts, pottery, skeletons, tools etc. The museum focuses on the lifestyle of the very first inhabitants of Aruba, the Arawak Indians called the Caiquetios.
Museo Historico Arubano Fort Zoutman – Fort Zoutman: This museum, located in Aruba’s oldest building (1796) houses a collection that displays the island’s history through the centuries.
Museo Numismatico – J.F. Iransquinplein. The museum has a famous, very impressive collection of more than 30,000 coins from all over the world – from more than 400 countries.

Fort Zoutman and the Willem III Tower

Fort Zoutman was built in 1796, is Aruba’s oldest building. The tower which served as a lighthouse was added in 1868. The lighthouse was lit for the first time on the birthday of the Dutch King Willem III – hence Willem III Tower. The fort was built to protect Aruba from the English and the French. The canons there were used only twice. First in 1799 when the Dutch fired on a British warship. The second time was the other way around, when the British tried to repel Dutch attacks between 1805 and 1816. Fort Zoutman houses the Museum of History, with Caiquetios Indian artefacts and objects from the Dutch colonial period. The Bon Bini Festival (welcome) takes place every Tuesday night at Fort Zoutman, for around two hours. Enjoy folk performances while enjoying local food and drinks. There is live music in the courtyard every Sunday afternoon.

Arikok National Park

Arikok National Park covers 870 hectares – a fifth of Aruba’s total area. Along with beautiful natural scenery, a perfect habitat for many creatures. The park has many caves, some inhabited by creatures such as bats and some with Indian cave drawings. There are hiking trails for visitors to explore the island’s geological origins. The landscape, dominated by cactuses of all shapes and sizes, is home to a surprising variety of animals, from iguanas to the brilliantly-coloured ruby-topaz hummingbird. Many species of migratory birds nest in the park. Goats and donkeys roam freely.

Butterfly Farm

The Butterfly Farm at Palm Beach is a special day out and features some of the most colourful and spectacular creatures in the world. The Butterfly Farm is open all year round from 9am to 4.30 pm.

Alto Vista Chapel

The present Chapel dates from 1952 and is located on the same spot as the first Roman Catholic chapel, built by the Indians in 1750. The chapel is popular not only because of its history – but also because it is located in peaceful and picturesque spot on a hill.

The Fontein Cave is a fascinating cave system, with many Arawak Indian inscriptions. The Tunnel of Love is a cave system which stretches for over 200 metres. Boca Prins is a very picturesque bay. Aruba has many Boca’s (coves) – Boca Prins is particularly impressive with its white sand dunes covering a rugged, striking landscape.

Sadly the famous natural bridge, formed by thousands of years of erosion, finally succumbed to the pounding of the ocean, and collapsed in 2005. There are smaller examples of natural bridges along the Eastern coast.

Notable Sights

The Old Mill originates from The Netherlands, dating back to 1804 and rebuilt on Aruba in 1962.The Mill houses a restaurant, furnished in old Dutch style.

California Lighthouse: an imposing lighthouse protecting the coast – very popular.

Bushiribana abandoned gold mines and the ruins of an old pirate castle – possibly dates to 1499.

Hooiberg – 541 feet, not the tallest mountain but very accessible. From its peak it is possible to see across to the coast of Venezuela.

Casibari Rock Formations Black Stone beach – very beautiful sight – the waves pounding this rocky outcrop – and the resultant plumes of ocean spray.

Snorkelling On Aruba

Aruba is a small island in the southern Caribbean, blessed with perfect weather and surrounded by the warm, clear Caribbean Sea, ideal ocean conditions for snorkelling. The reef has benefited from strict protection measures for some years. Aruba has a huge diversity of marine creatures, including hundreds of species of colourful tropical fish. Shipwrecks, coral formations, fish and other marine life can be seen in crystal clear, shallow water giving you a view of the underwater world you will not see in other places around the world. With such easy ocean conditions and a huge amount to see, the ocean around Aruba is perfect for snorkelling. In fact everyone can enjoy the ocean.

The ocean around Aruba is wonderfully clear and warm – perfect for water sports, scuba diving and snorkelling. The water visibility is between 25 and 40 metres, although this will vary when you are close to any of Aruba’s large, sandy beaches. Water temperature is around 28ºC (82ºF). We realised, long ago, that a quick dip in the sea does not “cool you down” – the water is much the same temperature as the air temperature ! Conditions are very easy for everyone wishing to enjoy the wonderful Caribbean Sea. Along almost the entire length of the south-west coast there are few, if any, currents. You will not “drift” up and down the coast or out to sea ! Most accommodation is located along this coast too. Currents are stronger towards the tips of the island, as they are closer to the open ocean.

Fantastic visibility, lack of serious currents on the sheltered coast and variety of things to see in shallow water, make Aruba one of the best places to snorkel in the world.

The reef and several wrecks provide a variety of habitats for a very diverse marine life, hundreds of species, far too many to list, but some of the regulars you are likely to encounter: manta rays, the rare green moray, stingrays, eagle rays, octopuses, squid, sea horses, spiny lobsters, parrotfish, French angelfish, nudibranchs, frogfish, groupers, grunts, silversides, trumpet fish, Creole wrasse, sergeant majors, blue tang, spider crabs, snapper, and yellow goatfish. You will see lots of turtles, schools of yellowtails, amberjack, barracuda and the occasional reef and nurse sharks. You’ll see hard and soft corals, sponges of all shapes, sizes and colours. Enormous clusters of deep water gorgonians, sea whips and sea fans. Wonderful giant formations of elkhorn coral, giant boulder brain corals, fire coral, rare black coral, star coral, pillar coral, flower coral , finger-leaf coral and sheet coral. lobed Star corals. Gardens of brightly coloured sponges – yellow, purple, orange, red bright blue and green – Elephant ear sponges, tube sponges, vase, basket sponges, giant tube and barrel sponges.

Aruba’s reef can be reached from the large beaches on the island. The reef is between between 25 to 50 metres from the shore. A sandy “shelf” slopes gently out to the reef in shallow water, around 10 to 15 metres deep, an amazing environment, warm clear water and little, if any, current. You simply drift over this section of the sea bed and marvel at the marine life spread out beneath you. The sea bed is dotted with coral outcrops, fans and sponges, teeming with fish and marine creatures. The shallow depth of the reef and clarity of the ocean will give you a view of the underwater world you will not see in many other places in the world. Photographers love the macro life on Aruba – the sunshine provides excellent light in the clear shallow water.

It is possible to snorkel off many of the huge beaches on Aruba. But if you want to get a little closer to the reef and some of the wrecks, hopping on a dive boat – for a nominal fee – is the easiest way to get to see Aruba’s wonderful underwater world. Aruba has 42 recognised dive sites and the reef and wrecks are not far from shore, not an “epic” voyage, most boat journeys take between 10 and 30 minutes. These sites are internationally recognised as premium sites – with interesting features and creatures – which receive awards and recommendations from dive magazines around the world – voted for by divers. Aruba is known for the quantity and quality of its wrecks and is called the “wreck diving capital of the Caribbean”. There are numerous wrecks, boats and planes, from 8 to 30 metres deep in calm, clear water with visibility of up to 40 metres you will get a good view of many of the wrecks.

There are site maps available on our diving pages. Boats leave three times a day – you have plenty of choice should you wish to join a boat trip. Dive operators welcome snorkellers to join the boat for a small fee – around $10 – $15.

Aruba is particularly good for families who enjoy the ocean. The relaxed and safe atmosphere enables you to enjoy the perfect weather in peace. The reef is close to shore. If you are snorkelling (or diving) you are not away for long – never far from shore. Aruba’s fantastic beaches have lots of activities and amenities on them for the whole family to enjoy. Check the dive sites on the diving pages to see the many dive sites on the island – and those recommended for snorkellers.

 

We work closely with the hotel, dive centres and vehicle hire companies on the island. As an ATOL bonded tour operator we can organise the whole itinerary – flights – accommodation, excursions, courses, boat trips etc. If you want to take some boat trips, special courses or excursions, you should book in advance. These are done in small groups and can get booked up. Our holiday itineraries can include a hire vehicle, which is useful for exploring the island and all the snorkelling sites along the coast. Booking your on-island services with us is a little cheaper and we can include that into your ATOL protected holiday itinerary.

FLIGHTS

Flights to Aruba are with AirFrance/KLM and give you a huge choice of departure points in the UK – flying from over 15 airports. Flying from a local airport means there is no long trek to a central airport, a shorter journey and far less hassle. It might also be possible to avoid airport parking fees if departing from an airport closer to home. The service on board KLM is excellent – meals and drinks are free of charge – luggage allowances are higher and seats are more spacious than the usual “holiday” charter flights.

Flights to Aruba are via Amsterdam (Schiphol) – the flight to Amsterdam takes around one hour to 90 minutes. The check-in time in the UK is just one hour – and the transfer is quick and easy – AirFrance/KLM arrives and departs from the same two piers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. The combination of a short check-in and a local UK airport will mean that you save a lot of time and hassle starting your journey. It may seem counter-intuitive – but the route via Amsterdam is usually quicker than if there were a “direct” flight to the Dutch Caribbean.

BOOK WITH US

We know how the flights work and it is our job

We always check the days around your preferred departure dates AND the various routes – to make absolutely sure we get the best price, schedule and route. Companies that lack that specialised knowledge – and automatic booking machines online – are unable to match that level of care and attention to your holiday.
It is important to know which days of the week you can travel ñ as we will always look for the best fare and schedule for you – and give you the best options for you to decide.

Any payment you make for a flight inclusive holiday is safeguarded by our ATOL bond issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL licence is an important guarantee for your peace of mind. We are also bound by European consumer protection laws – which protect consumers against misleading advertising and information.

Travel websites, comparison sites and accommodation suppliers, in the UK or the Caribbean, without an ATOL licence have no such guarantee and are not allowed to sell flights in the UK. Websites / suppliers based outside the UK are not bound by UK law.
Two very important reasons for buying from a UK based company with an ATOL licence.

Booking with us is easier – cheaper – safer

OPTIONS ON FLIGHTS

One of the big attractions of “our” islands is that they are not over-developed as tourist destinations. That means a limited number of flights and availability can be tight. These are scheduled flights, not charter, flights. As with all scheduled flights the fare depends on availability. For this reason we always take options on flights as soon as possible. Taking flight options involves no obligation or payment from you. Taking options fixes the fare for you. After taking flight options you are able to consider our holiday proposal in your own time. We know of no other company that can offer you such a service. If you do not travel with us this time we will cancel them (if notified) or the options will automatically cancel. No obligation and no penalty. there is no downside – this is a “win-win” for customers – taking all the time pressure off the important decision making process. You do not have to buy flight tickets now – and hope your plans do not change. Now you can spend time thinking about what you want in your holiday – and not worrying about flight fares increasing every time you look ! You have the added reassurance that the schedule and itinerary can still be revised if your plans change.

Booking Websites Can’t Do The Job

The flight market is now so competitive – and often deliberately confused by website booking machines that offer no service, discussion, advice or accuracy. Often offering unworkable schedules whilst offering unrealistic prices. Only when you get to the “payment page” do you get the flight schedule and the final price. Many websites offer a cheap headline fare (without luggage) – but hide the awful flight schedule and demand immediate payment. Even the major airlines play this game.

  • You can chat with us about the best dates, schedules, fares.
  • We can take flight options – to give you time to think.
  • We will always quote the correct price on the first page.
  • No matter where you book flights to “our” islands – we can do better for you

To take flight options we need the full names of passengers as per their passports.

If you prefer not to give us names, we will send a detailed holiday itinerary and quote of course, but without flight options, the fare might rise. Taking options involves no obligation or payment – until you are completely happy with our holiday proposal and decide to proceed. By taking options early, we have the best fare and we have fixed the fare – it cannot go up. If the fare goes down – it happens from time to time – we re-book and get you the lower fare. Other travel companies are unable to quote for a holiday “including flights” or give you 48 hours to decide ! Booking flights online and with some travel companies, requires an immediate payment. Often with no changes or refunds allowed. Takes some of the fun out of booking a holiday, doesn’t it ?
No matter how or where you book – we have the terms and best fares !

Taxes and Surcharges

We include all taxes and surcharges in our price quotes. Beware of travel companies that do not include all taxes and surcharge. Taxes, fuel surcharge and the new Air Passenger Duty now total more than 50% of the flight ticket price. Some travel companies still quote price without taxes etc., or without the air fare included – a nasty shock when you receive the final holiday invoice. Please be sure to compare prices – like for like – with all taxes included.

Flights at Christmas . . .

. . . . are very busy – people flying home for Christmas (to and from the islands). The islands are never crowded but the flights are very busy and fares are at a premium. If you are considering a holiday in the Dutch Caribbean at Christmas, please ask us as early as possible to take flight options for you. We can do this February 1st onwards for the following Christmas.

ARRANGED STOP OVERS

overnight in Amsterdam

If your flight to the Caribbean leaves early morning, or you usually stay in a hotel close to an airport in this country, you might like to consider “breaking” the journey, by staying overnight in Amsterdam. You can fly from the UK in the evening, stay overnight, get a good night’s sleep and continue the journey the following morning. We have a contract with the four-star Hotel Schiphol, with a free shuttle to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (10 minutes). The airport has a train station. It is a 20 minute journey to Amsterdam city centre. It may be possible for you to enjoy some time in Amsterdam.

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