Aruba is a former Dutch colony that's well developed in most parts with many large all inclusive vacation resorts. The beaches are lovely, and scuba diving is one of the most popular vacation activities. Geographically located close to Venezuela, Aruba is probably the simplest Caribbean island to actually get to from South America (Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia all offer direct flights to the island).
KLM offer flights to Aruba from Europe, and taking stopovers on the island en-route to Ecuador or Peru is a simple possibility. There's also plenty of direct flights to USA. Of all the Caribbean islands, Aruba is the most frequently combined with a vacation to South America due to it's easy accessibility.
Aruba's Best Beaches
Most of Aruba's finest beaches are found on the Southern coast - here to lie most of the resorts and hotels. Much of the North East coast offers some lovely secluded and less developed beaches with rough seas - many of which are only accessible with a 4WD hire car. Dos Playas is in this part of Aruba - a lovely beach, and a surfing mecca where swimming can be dangerous.
To the West of the island, some of the most beautiful of Aruba's beaches include Arashi (white sand but few facilities), Hadicurari (good for windsurfing), Palm Beach (lovely beaches, calm seas and plenty of hotels) and Eagle Beach (popular for surfing and watersports).
The East of the island has some lovely beaches including Mangel Halto, Rodgers and Baby Beach.
Aruba really is full of wonderful beaches, and a simple and ideal Caribbean stopover after a vacation to South America. While most tourists opt for an all inclusive, many are increasingly seeking villa rentals - and the island has plenty to offer.