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