The Beach Boy’s song “Kokomo” is a favorite for all beach lovers. And it’s incredibly catchy. Get ready for this earworm to be stuck in your head all day. The song lists some of the Caribbean’s best beach spots including Aruba. And maybe that made you realize you don’t know much about Aruba.
Here are 4 things about Aruba you probably didn’t know.
1. Aruba has perfect weather
Aruba is the perfect escape any time of the year. Aruba has a desert-like climate, it’s clear and dry, and it sticks to around 80 degrees all year round. This destination is ideal for those wanting to avoid hurricane weather. It’s situated in the southern part of the Caribbean, on the outskirts of the hurricane belt. Aruba is well known for its trade winds. It’s a breezy place. You’re guaranteed an amazing experience on these shores.
Here, you’ll find not only palm trees but Fofoti trees (or Divi-divi trees) that are shaped and twisted by those strong winds over the years.
2. Aruba is sporty
On Aruba’s west side the current is calm, making the waves perfect for water sports. Couples and families looking to kiteboard, parasail, snorkel, and dive will truly satisfy their sense of adventure in Aruba. You can find some of the Caribbean’s best wreck diving here! The windward side of Aruba’s shore is lined with crashing waves on cliffs. It’s a beautiful site, and drastically different from the calm, west side.
Arikok National Park covers a huge section of the island, almost 20%. This national park is perfect for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, caving, and exploring historical landmarks. You can explore on your own, or grab a tour guide to show you around. Make sure to check out the natural pool on the coast of the park, and bring your swimsuit!
3. Aruba is great for destination weddings
Historically, Aruba was strictly an expensive destination. But over the years, resorts have made this island more accessible. Because of Aruba’s always perfect weather, exotic, secluded & intimate feeling, and it’s vast activities, this is a great location for weddings. There’s exploring and relaxation to please everyone in your wedding party, and romance to please you newlyweds. If you want to go somewhere special, different, and spectacular to get married–Aruba is your place.
4. Aruba has an amazing coastline
Aruba’s main attraction is a 20-mile ribbon of pristine beach lined with glitzy casinos, restaurants, bars, and big world-class resorts.
Settled on white, powdery sand, sits one top resort – RIU Palace Aruba.
Resort Spotlight: RIU Palace Aruba
Riu Palace Aruba is located on the famed Palm Beach. This dazzling resort is the perfect place to relax and enjoy pristine, white sand and a stunning turquoise sea. This resort has two beautiful swimming pools, an integrated Jacuzzi, a signature terrace-solarium, a five-star fitness center, spa, and casino. There’s great shopping and dining within walking distance too, if you’re interested in exploring outside of resort grounds, which we most definitely recommend.
Choose from excellent a la carte meals at Italian, Japanese, Steakhouse, and Fusion restaurants. And throughout the day, the International buffet serves different cultural meals. Guests are entertained with a full daily activities program, volleyball, water polo, and ping pong.
Heads up: Drinks in the casino cost extra. So don’t be surprised by that one. And during peak season it can be hard to find a comfortable spot on the beach. Make sure to ask your BeachMaster when peak season is, and how to avoid it.
If an island in that Beach Boys song, “Kokomo,” sounds nice to you, call us up! But if you’re looking for Kokomo specifically, we can’t help you there. It’s actually a small town in Indiana.
The joke’s on us. The Beach Boys had us all fooled there for a bit.