The allure of the all-inclusive resort is strong -sandy beaches, sumptuous meals, refreshing drinks, thrilling water sports, and entertaining nightlife all exert a strong pull on the visitor to Aruba. However, there is a lot more to see and do in Aruba if you can tear yourself away from the resort. You can go horseback riding on the beach, try your hand at kite-surfing, explore Arikok National Park, take a cycling tour of the island, head out to sea on a sportfishing boat, or golf the challenging Tierra del Sol course.
Those inclined to take it easy can visit the adorable creatures at Donkey Sanctuary, tour the Aruba Aloe Vera Museum and Factory, feast on fresh local seafood, visit on a patio while sipping Balashi beer or sea grape wine, or take advantage of the bountiful duty-free shopping in Oranjestad.
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Booking ahead is essential for travel to Aruba. Demand is high throughout the year, but especially during the winter months when northerners escape the snow. Air Canada is the only airline to offer direct flights from Canada to Aruba, but a score of other carriers offer indirect flights including American Airlines, US Airways, Delta, and KLM.
The weather in Aruba is so perfect you'll likely think we're exaggerating. The temperature is consistently warm, in the high 20s Celsius most of the time, and Aruba is spared the hurricanes that threaten much of the rest of the Caribbean. The island is miles away from the hurricane zone, but it can be slightly windy now and then. The upside is that the winds keep mosquitoes away and there are fewer bugs in Aruba than other destinations in the Caribbean.
The drawback of having beautiful weather throughout the year is that Aruba is always in demand. High season is in the wintertime when vacationing North Americans flock there, but demand is still high during the rest of the year and it is a popular summer destination among travellers from the Southern Hemisphere and Europe.