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CRUISE HOLIDAYS UK

Call Sarah Ebden on: (0800) 377-7183, or e-mail: sebden@cruiseholidaysuk.co.uk

DESTINATIONS

 

Africa

 

Alaska

 

Asia

 

Bahamas

 

Bermuda

 

Canada / New England

 

Caribbean

      Basseterre, St. Kitts

 

      Bridgetown, Barbados

 
      Castries, St. Lucia

 
      Charlotte Amalie, St.

      Thomas

 
      Cozumel, Mexico

 
      George Town, Grand

      Cayman

 
      Key West, Florida

 
      Montego Bay, Jamaica

 
      Ocho Rios, Jamaica

 
      Oranjestad, Aruba

 
      Philipsburg, St. Maarten

 
      Puerto Limon, Costa

      Rica

 
      San Juan, Puerto Rico

 
      Willemstad, Curacao

 

Hawaii

 

Mediterranean

 

Mexican Riviera

 

Northern Europe

 

Panama Canal

 

South America

 

South Pacific

  

You like beaches? Aruba's got beaches, some of the best in the Caribbean . . . in the world, for that matter. The photos only look as if they've been doctored. What you see is what you get: miles of white, sugary sand; warm, gentle surf; turquoise and aqua seas; and plenty of space.

 

When you tire of lolling on the beach, there's scuba diving, snorkeling, great windsurfing, and all the other watersports you expect from a sun-and-sea vacation. On land, you can golf, ride a horse, hike, or drive an all-terrain vehicle over the island's wild and woolly outback. Away from the beach, Aruba is a desert island full of cacti, iguanas, and strange boulder formations. Contrasting sharply with the resort area's serene beaches, the north coast features craggy limestone cliffs, sand dunes, and crashing breakers.

 

If you're a foodie, you may be surprised at how well you can eat in Aruba. Unlike the generally standard fare in most of the Caribbean, Aruba's culinary offerings are diverse, inventive, and often very good. After the sun sets, there's plenty to do besides eat. You can try your luck at one of the island's dozen casinos, take in a live Vegas-style show, or listen to some amazing live music, including Latin jazz and Caribbean sounds such as the island's own Tumba music. Bars, clubs, you name it -- if you're looking for a party, you'll find it.

 

Aruba's capital and largest city, Oranjestad, is on the island's southern coast. If you want an urban environment with a variety of restaurants, nightclubs, and casinos, this is the place for you. Its waterfront bustles with cruise ships, yachts, fishing boats, and cargo carriers. Fueled by the boutiques, restaurants, bars, and casinos radiating from the docks, vehicular and pedestrian traffic in town is heavy much of the day and night. Arubans cruise the main boulevard to see and be seen, giving the strip an American Graffiti flavor. Much of the architecture combines Dutch gables and baroque ornamentation with such Caribbean colors as pistachio, ochre, pink, and aqua. Staying in town doesn't necessarily mean sacrificing beach time: The best beaches are only minutes away.

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