About Aruba

Location

Aruba is located in the heart of the southern Caribbean, about 27 km north of the Paraguana Peninsula, Venezuela. It takes about two and a half hours by air from Miami, Florida, about four and a half hours from New York and Boston and is within easy flying distance of other U.S. cities. Canadian clients can fly from Toronto Pearson Airport, Buffalo NY, Rochester NY, Burlington VM, and Seattle WS.

Climate

Aruba enjoys consistently mild temperatures. There is no major rainy season. The ocean temperature is around 82 degrees all year long. December through April is the most popular time to visit. During Carnival, just before Lent, the island has parades, festivities and parties. For a more relaxed atmosphere and less crowds, it is recommended that you visit in mid-April through September. Aruba is NOT in the Hurricane Belt. On very few occasions there may be inclement weather as a result of a hurricane in other parts in the Caribbean.

Population

Aruba is home to about 100,000 people. Its population is made up of an international mixture of people. Their ancestry is a mix claiming Caquetios Indian, African and European roots. Very friendly and cosmopolitan.

Language

Aruba’s national language is Papiamento. However, the people speak many languages including English, Dutch and Spanish, (90% speak English).

Want to Learn a Few Native Words?

English Papiamento
Welcome Bonbini
Good morning  Bon dia
Good afternoon Bon tardi
Good evening Bon nochi
Have a nice day! Pasa bon dia!
How are you? Con ta bai?
I am fine Mi Ta bon
Very good Hopi bon
What time is it? Cuanto ora tin?
I am thirsty Mi tin sed
Can I have a beer? Mi por a hanja un cerbes?
Can I have a glass of water? Mi por a hanja un glas di awa?
How do I get to…(place)? Con mi ta jega…?
Please  Por fabor
Thank you Danki
You are welcome Di nada
Where is it? Unda ta?
My name is… Mi nomber ta…
What is your name? Con jamabo?