third place in TripAdvisor’s poll of the world’s best beaches 2011.
Aruba is one of a trio of islands known as the ABCs: Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao
Together with Holland, they make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands. There’s a Dutch influence on the island. De Olde Mollen in Palm Beach is a Dutch windmill which was shipped over from Holland in the 1960’s
.Palm Beach is one of the island’s most popular coastal resorts, high-rise hotels and stylish casinos front the sands. If you are looking for something more ‘laid back’, Eagle Beach offers thatched beach hangouts serving up pina coladas.
Druif Beach it’s easy to imagine Robinson Crusoe stranded here. It’s a peaceful area, unravelling over 11 kilometres. There are a few bars, restaurants and bijou shops and a couple of low-rise luxury hotels at either end of the beach. There is also a 9-hole golf course nestled among wind sculpted Divi-Divi trees at Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort.
Oranjestad (Orange Town) is the island’s capital. A lot of the original Dutch colonial landmarks in the cobblestoned streets of the Upper Town are reminiscent of gingerbread houses. The Lower Town is home to the old port and ruins from the island’s past.
Palm Beach, a 3-kilometre stretch of breath-taking tropical coastline is Aruba’s flagship resort. It’s gradually filled up with luxury, high-rise hotels that back onto the beach. A selection of chic restaurants and luxury shops make this the top Caribbean resort for the discerning traveller