Aruba might be the most visited of the Caribbean islands, but there are reasons behind that: its glorious beaches, uninterrupted sunshine, compact capital and near-perfect kitesurfing conditions.
This long-celebrated paradise island may be diminutive in size but Aruba packs in a serious amount. With white sand beaches to spare, scuba diving and snorkelling spots you’ll remember for a lifetime, not to mention a lush national park and ever-present trade winds to give your new windsurfing habit a push in the right direction – Aruba has it all.
Use Aruba’s reliably consistent trade winds to your advantage and try – or perfect – your windsurfing and kitesurfing while you’re here. Myriad watersports operators can help you do so and some hotels have their own team for this. If you’re looking for an operator who can enable you to scuba dive, the prime locations are the waters near Malmok, Spanish Lagoon and Commandeurs Baai. Notable wrecks to try to see for yourself include SS Antilla, a German cargo ship that sank in 1940.