The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

WHITE sand beaches, clear turquoise seas and palm trees are never less than tempt­ing but it seems more of us than ever are look­ing for some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent when it comes to a Caribbean hol­i­day.

UK vis­i­tors to Aruba rose al­most 50 per cent in 2016 from the pre­vi­ous year, an all-time record, thanks in part to weekly di­rect char­ter flights with TUI from Lon­don and Manch­ester.

But as well as the sun, sea and sand, it’s the is­land’s cul­ture and mix of in­flu­ences which has helped to make it one of the UK’s top 10 Caribbean des­ti­na­tions.

“With our geo­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion close to Venezuela, there is a strong South Amer­i­can vibe, cu­ri­ously mixed with our Dutch colo­nial her­itage, all of which gives the is­land a unique at­mos­phere,” ex­plains Joanna Wald­ing of the Aruba Tourism Au­thor­ity.

If you’re look­ing for an ex­cuse to dis­cover it your­self, the Aruba Soul Beach music fes­ti­val takes place in May, the Caribbean Sea Jazz fes­ti­val in Septem­ber, or plan ahead for next year’s car­ni­val in Fe­bru­ary, end­ing with the Grand Pa­rade through cap­i­tal Oran­jes­tad.


Aruba’s South Amer­i­can vibe is tempt­ing vis­i­tors to its Caribbean shores

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