Aruba’s capital is Oranjestad. An island well-known for her white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water, fairly constant warm weather and hospitality to which a wide base of visitors prefer to return to year after year.
Aruba is the destination of choice for families for two or more generations. Huge efforts are made to maintain the excellent level service while constantly improving facilities of hotels, restaurants, shopping, jewellery, beaches, recreational activities, tours and transportation.
English, Spanish, Papiamento and Dutch are languages commonly spoken on the island which greatly helps making visitors feel at home right away.
The only airport on the island, Queen Beatrix International Airport, is named in honor of the Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Kingdom.
In, 2013, the queen abdicated in order for her son Willem Alexander to be crowned. The King is represented by a Governor on the island, a position appointed for a six-year term. In Aruba there is a parliamentary system that consists of a 21-member Parliament and an 8-member Cabinet, elected by popular vote to serve a four years term.
The prime minister is elected by the Parliament. The prime minister is responsible to the legislature as the head of government, while the King, the head of state is a ceremonial monarch. Since Aruba is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the official language is Dutch, while most locals’ first language is Papiamento.
Papiamento is a Creole language derived from African, indigenous languages, Portuguese and Spanish, while several Dutch and English words are commonly used.
Aruba is a southern Caribbean island, 15 miles north of the coast of Venezuela and just below the hurricane belt. It is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles across with a desert-like vegetation and landscape, with those rare days of rain.
Do not be surprised that in the occasion that it rains, this lasts only for a few minutes or hours, conveniently “scheduled” in the early morning.
On occasion the sun will be out while it rains and you will still be able to enjoy your day at the beach.