Aruba (Dutch Antilles) yacht charter

21 January 2015

Aruba yacht charter

Aruba is a tempting charter yacht destination thanks to its reliable weather and calm waters. The Renaissance Marina does cater to yachts and has some facilities, as well as being a short walk to the beach and other amenities. There are a couple of other private yacht clubs – the Bucati and Aruba Nautical Club – which accept visitors and have useful facilities available, as well as good restaurants and beautiful views.

Aruba is a small country with a population of around 100,000. It’s one of the more popular places to visit in the Caribbean islands thanks to its lack of hurricanes and consistently good weather. The beaches are stunning – Eagle Beach in particular has frequently been singled out by travel writers, while Palm Beach has been voted among the best in the world. It could also be a good idea to hire a car and explore the landscape which contains many caves, goldmine ruins and natural pools. If you’re feeling more active, try windsurfing and kitesurfing at Fishermen’s Huts, or scuba-diving, deep sea fishing and mountain biking are also available. Aruba has a fascinating history, and you can trace its roots all the way from the Caquetio Indians who were there from 2500BC. It passed into Spanish hands when explorer Alonso de Ojeda landed there in 1499 and enslaved the entire Indian population who were taken to work in what is now the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Aruba was then handed over to the Dutch in 1636 after their war with Spain and there it remained – except for an 11-year break when the English owned it – until independence.

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