Lying to the south of the Caribbean, visitors are drawn to Aruba for its year-round sunshine and the white, sandy beaches which border its southern and western coast lines. Venture inland to try your luck in one of the many casinos, or hike through the vast desert landscape of Arikok National Park, where travellers will discover that there's more to Aruba than just sun, sand and sea. Many book their flight for the 82-degree fahrenheit days alone, but a plethora of activities - from snorkelling to parasailing - will keep more active tourists occupied. At only 19.6 miles long and 6 miles wide, Aruba is an intimate island to discover, and it's possible to pretty much everything before the flight home. Authentic Caribbean restaurants, bars and an array of holiday resorts cluster around Oranjestad, the capital city, but a short trek off the tourist trail to the northern areas will yield wild, windswept coast lines and sightings of majestic fofoti trees.
The best way to explore Aruba is by car, motorcycle or bus. Arubus runs a regular service along the hotel strip, leaving every 15 minutes during the day, and every 40 in the evenings. The central bus station in downtown Oranjestad offers the ideal base to check out some of the historic museums that the city boasts, such as the must-see Archaeological Museum; a celebration of the island's Amerindian heritage featuring artefacts dating as far back as 2500 BC. Nearby at AquaXotic sports, guides can help water enthusiasts discover a world fun, providing jet ski rentals, banana boat, and more. Unwind with some West Indian cuisine at The Old Man and the Sea on the southern part of the bustling Savaneta coastline, where you can sit amidst the palm trees and sample delights on the hand painted menus, from traditional papaya fish to luxurious lobster thermidor. In the evening, the nightlife certainly won't disappoint: head to Confession Club or Club Hipsz for an unforgettable party lasting until the small hours of the morning.