36 hours in Aruba

36 hours in Aruba

Manchebo beach on Aruba island in the Caribbean. Picture: iStock

Mesmerising sunsets, fantastic wreck-diving and romantic dining on the beach are just a few reasons travellers find this island in the southern Caribbean so irresistible.

For decades, thanks in no small part to the Beach Boys’ song Kokomo (“Aruba, Jamaica, oh, I wanna take you”), Aruba has been synonymous with paradise for travellers. Even though Aruba sits just north of Venezuela, in the far south of the Caribbean, that doesn’t dissuade cruise ships from stopping at the island’s capital city, Oranjestad, or time-share vacationers from filling up its resorts. But while the resorts that line some of its beaches might make the island seem like many other vacation hot spots, around its edges, Aruba, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, contains unique...




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