If you have ever considered going sailing in Aruba, you might want to start getting serious about the prospect. Thousands of people each year flock to Aruba for the amazing sailing opportunities it provides. As one of the premier, and sometimes overlooked, islands of the Caribbean, Aruba boasts an array of activities for a vacation in paradise. For the avid sailor, Aruba will satisfy all your needs and provide an experience unlike sailing anywhere else in the world. But sailing in Aruba is also a perfect way to spend a day for someone entirely new to the hobby. Essentially, Aruba is the perfect place to spend a day in the sun, with wind on your face basking on the deck of a beautiful sail boat.
Since many people don't have their own sail boats, even many very passionate sailors, there are scores of sailing charter companies that will provide a sail boat, sailing lessons and captain as well as other features. Even for those who have a sail boat, it's sometimes not possible to sail the boat all the way to Aruba and back. That's another reason why there are many charter companies in Aruba that can provide all the equipment necessary to enjoy a day or two on the water just like you would if it were your own boat.
Sailing in Aruba can take place over the span of a day or even a week or longer. Charters provide boats in either case, but the cost goes up with the more time it is being rented. Depending on your skill level, a charter company might require you to take a skipper with you. Charters will often require skippers even in the case of experienced sailors who have not sailed in the Caribbean before.
The best time of year to be sailing in Aruba is January through March. The weather is best for sailing this time of year, unlike the summer months of rain and hurricanes. However, the first part of the year is the peak of tourist activity on Aruba. This means the waters will be filled with many more sail boats and prices will be substantially higher. Sailing in the off season is an option, however. That's because when the weather turns and hurricanes are a risk, Aruba doesn't experience as bad an effect since it is located outside the Caribbean hurricane belt. On your next trip to Aruba, consider sailing.
The history of Aruba is richly textured. It has been under Spanish and Dutch rule in various eras, which have shaped the culture as it is today. Visit some of the local museums to see how the country came to be a hub of tourism and seamless blend of cultures. Each has its own historical focal point. The Archaeological Museum traces history from the Pre-Ceramic period beginning about 2500 BC to the Ceramic period beginning 900 AD to the Historic period that takes us to 1880 AD. There are audio/video presentations and artifacts that depict many aspects of the ancient inhabitants' lives.
They touch on religious practices, their daily lives, as well as the way the cultures of other islands affected their society. Fort Zoutman plays a pivotal role in the history of Aruba. It is the oldest building on the island and was originally built as protection against local pirates. In 1868 after modifications, it began service as a lighthouse and public clock tower. As times and circumstances changed, it became the primary location for government offices, was transformed into a library, and for a time served as the post office. Today it is a symbol the island’s colorful past.
If you are interested in currencies, take a trip to the Numismatic Museum. It is the home of more than 33,000 coins and types of currencies from round and square shaped to those made of wood or gold, dating back to 400 BC. The Museum of Antiquities contains 23 showrooms filled with items created throughout the history of Aruba and South America. In the mid-1800’s, aloe vera was introduced to Aruba. It flourished and spread quickly in the hot, dry climate. Plantations were started and soon Aruba was the largest exporter of aloe products. Visit the museum to see how it all began. Today, the factory houses state of the art equipment.
It produces face and body moisturizers that contain pure aloe vera gel enriched with natural extracts. These upscale products are shipped all over the world. The Bushirbana and Balashi Gold Mill Ruins detail the history of Aruba gold mining. From the 14th Century adventurers looking for treasure to the gold rush of 1824 over 3 Million pounds of gold was produced. No matter where you look, Aruba is filled with a varied and colorful history, from the adventurers looking for treasure to pirate’s raids and swiftly changing governments. Come experience Aruba from an entirely new perspective.