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 Arubian Florin and its initials are AWG, one dollar equals 1.80 Aruban Florins.
Located deep in the Aruban desert, 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 into Aruba's history and can be explored with 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 kid-friendly beaches in the Caribbean. Sugar-soft sand and bathtub-warm waters, and it's no wonder this protected man-made lagoon on the southeastern tip of Aruba is popular with locals and visitors alike.
The Alto Vista Chapel, or Pilgrims Church, is one of the most photographed attractions on the island of Aruba. This bright yellow chapel, which also hosts weekly church services, is visited by Christians and non-Christians alike and is a popular stop for small-group tours.