Aruba

General information about the island paradise known as Aruba where La Quinta Beach Resort stands proudly.

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Geography

Aruba is a 33-kilometre (21 mi) long island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, 27 km (17 mi) north of the Paraguaná Peninsula, Falcón State, Venezuela. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles. An autonomous region within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba has no administrative subdivisions. Unlike much of the Caribbean region, Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather. It has a land area of 193 km2 (75 sq mi) and lies outside the hurricane belt.

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Beaches

Aruba is renowned for its white, sandy beaches on the western and southern coasts of the island and La Quinta Beach resort is overlooking the Eagle Beach; one of the most beautiful beaches in Aruba. Aruba has many beautiful beaches and we are sure that you will find one that suites your needs.

Weather

Aruba has a tropical weather with an average temperature of 85 degrees fahrenheit (28 degrees celsius). Rainfall on Aruba is somewhat erratic, and happens mostly during October till January which averages about 18 inches a year.

Language

Aruba being an autonomous region within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the official language is Dutch, but most Arubans are multi-lingual speaking of course Dutch, English, Spanish, and the local dialect called Papiamento. Papiamento is a creole language derived from the Portuguese language with vocabulary influences from African languages, English and Arawak native languages.

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Currency

Aruba’s official currency is the Aruban Florin (Afl.). It was introduced in 1986 replacing the Netherlands Antillean guilder at par. It’s exchange rate is USD $1.00 to Afl. 1.78. The USD is accepted almost everywhere, however you may receive change in Afl.