Daytrips & Destinations: Aruba Tourism

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Forrest Cramer; Aruba Tourism Authority


Aruba is outside hurricane tracks, with an average temperature of 82 degrees year round. Travel agents say it’s great for honeymooners or destination weddings

Agents are excited about the opening of the brand new Ritz Carlton Resort on Palm Beach. Also, Riu took over the Westin next door, closed it for renovations, and it’s opening in the Fall as “Riu Palace Antilla” It will be all inclusive and adults only.

Aruba now has a trolley on tracks that will bring passengers from cruise ships to the shopping areas. It is “hop on hop off” and is free to all who want to ride, not just cruise arrivals.

Agents say that  prospects are likely Southwest will be offering flights to Aruba via a connection in Baltimore starting in August.

Other features:

  • Clubs
  • Casinos
  • Water sports
  • Jeep safaris
  • Snorkeling
  • Golf
  • Music Festivals
  • A “Foodie” destination with over 200 restaurants, (Yes, we also have all inclusive resorts)
  • Shopping is duty free, which means no import duty charged upon return to US.
  • Warm and friendly people
  • The convenience of clearing US Customs in Aruba on departure.

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