With an average rainfall of less than 20 inches a year, an average daytime temperature of 82° F with low humidity, and a location away from the path of hurricanes, Aruba is one of the most temperate islands in the Caribbean. Besides the near-perfect weather and location check out these 5 spectacular reasons to visit Aruba.
5 Spectacular Reasons to Visit Aruba
Number 5 – Beach Tennis
While in Aruba, I discovered a new sport that combines everything I love about sports.
Take the fun and fast-paced sport of tennis, add a volleyball court, and a sunny beach setting, and you have the new, exciting sport called beach tennis. It’s like tennis except its played on a regulation beach volleyball court, and it’s a create reason to visit Aruba.
Two to four players on each team volley back and forth without letting the ball bounce. One hit per team is all that is allowed and points are scored when the ball is hit outside the lines or touches the ground.
Beach tennis is played with specially designed paddles and de-pressurized tennis balls that make it easier to keep a rally going.
After twenty minutes of instruction, I was ready to test my skills in a match and after two hours, I wanted to add “play beach tennis regularly” to my bucket list. I think I found my new favorite sport.
Number 4 – ATV Tour
We explored Aruba’s north coast open air on an ATV tour with Action Tours Aruba. During our rugged, back-road ATV journey, we winded our way through sandy paths, imposing hills, seaside cliffs, and wave-tossed beaches. We explored caves and Aruba’s Natural Pool. Our half day tour gave us time to get comfortable with the ATVs and experience the true beauty of Aruba. Adventure, beauty, swimming, caving, and perfect weather come together to create one heck of a great day.
Number 3 – Carubbian Festival
Delicious Aruban food, handicrafts, drinks, a center stage of activities, and a mini Mardi Gras of dancing, customs and music create an explosion of fun in Aruba. The coolest part – it’s a regular Thursday night at the Carubbian Festival of Aruba. The Carubbian Festival takes place in San Nicolas every Thursday night from 6:00 pm – 10 pm, showcasing the multicultural charms of Aruba. Closed to traffic, the main street becomes a paved stage for dancers, including me, and live, interactive entertainment for the whole family. People wait a whole year to celebrate Mardi Gras but it happens every Thursday night in Aruba. How amazing is a country that celebrates every Thursday? Imagine what it would be like if it happened everywhere?
Number 2 – Snorkel, Snuba, and Scuba
I was able to discover incredible coral formations and schools of tropical fish as I snorkeled with De Palm Tours. Others followed a professionally trained SNUBA guide on an underwater tour of the beautiful marine environment, including a shipwreck. The warm, clear blue waters created the ideal conditions for exploring the world below the surface.
Even when we weren’t under the water, the sailing tour was equally amazing. It included a wide selection of alcohol and a scrumptious lunch. Since it was a large catamaran, no one felt any motion sickness and it was appropriate for all ages.
You haven’t seen Aruba until you’ve viewed it while sailing along the coast and De Palm Tours really opens your eyes to everything that the One Happy Island has to offer.
Number 1 – WindsurfingOut of all of my Aruba adventures including dancing through the streets at Carubbian Festival, exploring the wilds of the northern shore on an ATV tour, snorkeling and Snuba, beach tennis, and windsurfing and SUP, I loved windsurfing the most. With the perfect combination of instruction, wind strength, and water conditions, Aruba was the ultimate place to practice windsurfing.
The instructors were phenomenal and gave each of us individual practice time before letting us try on our own. After a quick, land briefing, we headed into the water for some one-on-one instruction.
The sail was smaller than I used before, making it easier to get it out of the water and position it in my hands. I felt extremely comfortable from the minute I entered the water because it was waist deep and perfectly flat. I wasn’t worried about going too far or being in over my head, literally.
There were easily noticeable buoy markers to let us know when we were getting a little too far out, but they were such a far distance from the shore that I never reached them anyway.
I love being physically active on vacation; combine that with any water sport, and I’m guaranteed to have a great day!