Aruba is located 15 miles north of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean Sea, with pristine, white-sand beaches and calm turquoise waters that attract many visitors every year. The first inhabitants of the island were the Caquetio Indians of the Arawak tribe, who were hunters and gatherers dependent on the sea for survival.
In 1499, Alonso de Ojeda discovered Aruba, claiming it for Spain and naming it La Isla de los Gigantes, or The Island of the Giants, after the tall natives that inhabited the island. After no gold or treasures were found, the Spanish began calling it Isla Inutil, or Useless Island. In 1636, the Dutch occupied the island, recognizing it as a strategic location in the 80-year war with Spain.
The island remained under Dutch rule, except for a short period from 1805-1806, when it was ruled by Britain. In 1947, the Dutch government established a commission to promote tourism on the island, and by 1984, it was a well-developed part of the Aruban economy. That industry thrives today on the warm, tropical island.
Occidental Grand Aruba – All Inclusive
The Occidental Grand Aruba offers an all-inclusive vacation package at their location that fronts Palm Beach, along the high-rise boardwalk. Travelers can enjoy lazy days on the white-sandy beaches or floating in the bright blue pool. There is a supervised activity club for children and a casino for the adults.
The resort boasts several bars, lounges and restaurants, all included in the price of the package. There is a fitness center on-site, as well as two outdoor hot tubs. Guests can enjoy motorized and non-motorized water sports, or play a game of tennis on one of the two courts. For nominal fees, guests can enjoy a massage in the spa. Packages with Funjet start at just $211 per person, per night.
Aruba Marriott Resort & Tellaris Casino
The turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea roll across the white sandy beaches that surround this premiere resort. The resort is like an oasis, with lush tropical greenery, bright colors and stunning views of the Caribbean. Spacious guest rooms include amenities such as flat screen televisions, private balconies, and luxurious accommodations.
Enjoy dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Simply Fish or Ketsu Sushi Bar. If it is Italian food travelers desire, La Vista is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or grab some American food at Wave’s Beach Bar and Grill or Champions Sports Bar and Restaurant. Suggest a relaxing day on the beach or a fun float in the pool. Later, travelers can try their hand in the casino at night. Packages with Funjet start at $156 per person, per night.
Things to Do in This Tropical Paradise
You can simply enjoy the phenomenal beaches and do nothing but relax near the crystal clear water’s edge or you will find many activities in Aruba to keep even the most adventurous traveler entertained. The Natural Pool Jeep Adventure takes the adventurous to the crystal clear water of the Natural pool, as well as other historic sites on the island.
The Palm Pleasure Snorkel Adventure is perfect for those who want to take in all the treasures of the sea, with half-day adventures on their catamaran. Guests can enjoy a cocktail under the shaded cabin top while traveling to the coral-laden Antilla shipwreck, Boca Catalina or Arashi Reef. Guides then assist them as they experience the beauty of the sea during a snorkeling adventure.
Palm Pleasure Sunset Sail offers a unique opportunity to sail along Aruba’s beautiful southern coastline as the sun sets over the Caribbean Sea.
Aruba has something for everyone, and Funjet offers enticing vacation packages that are sure to please everyone in the family. Whether travelers are planning a unique family getaway for a large group, or simply want to take that special someone on a romantic trip for two, Aruba offers exactly what they are looking for.