Beyond its beautiful white-sand coastline, climate, and crystal-clear water teeming with aquatic life, Aruba is an island as diverse as its people. It features a beautiful desert landscape, with limestone caves and quaint, pastel-colored Dutch architecture for you to explore.
Its capital, Oranjestad is an important place in the tourist industry. Here is the port for the many cruise ships that visit Aruba. The cruise sector is a very important pillar of tourism in Aruba, since during a cruise a large part of the passengers go ashore to visit the island. Oranjestad is also home to several luxury hotels, several upscale shopping malls, and several tourist-oriented shopping streets.
Dutch and Papiamento are the official languages, however, Arubans also speak English and Spanish.
The climate is hot semi-arid with an average temperature between 26.7 °C (80.1 °F) and 29.2 °C (84.6 °F), 28 °C and has more sunny days than any other Caribbean island .
Aruba's currency is called the Aruban Florin and its acronym is AWG, one dollar equals 1.80 Aruban Florin.
Located deep in the desert of Aruba, the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins are the stone remains of a gold smelter that was established by prospectors in the 19th century. Once considered sacred by the indigenous Arawak people, the site offers a unique look at Aruba's history and can be explored on a variety of guided tours.
The gentle surf and waist-deep waters earned Baby Beach its name and reputation as one of the most popular beaches for children in the Caribbean. Sugar-soft sand and bathtub-warm waters, and it's no wonder this protected man-made lagoon on Aruba's southeastern tip is popular with locals and visitors alike.
The Alto Vista Chapel, or Church of the Pilgrims, is one of the most photographed attractions on the island of Aruba. This bright yellow chapel, which also hosts weekly religious services, is visited by Christians and non-Christians alike and is a popular stop for small-group tours.