Aruba is known as "One Happy Island"
The tiny Dutch island is located in the Southern Caribbean, 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Aruba is within easy reach of the U.S. - just 2 1/2 hours from Miami.
English is widely spoken, prices are in dollars, and driving is on the RIGHT side of the road. Most of the visiting tourists are from the U.S. and Canada.
While English is widely spoken, the island's official languages are Dutch and Papiamento.
As you travel around Aruba, locals greet you with warm smiles and "bon bini" which means welcome in the Papiamento language. Papiamento, a creole language derived from Portuguese, also has its vocabulary roots from the African languages, Arawak native languages, and English.
Honeymooners and sun worshipper's are drawn to the island for its blonde sandy beaches on the warm Caribbean Sea.
Once the sun goes down, the sounds of Salsa, Reggaeton (South American raga), Meringue, and the island's own Tumba music fill the air.
Dining on the island is a delight with a choice of cuisine from around the globe - American, Argentinian, Aruban, Belgian, Caribbean, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai - and of course fresh seafood is abundant.