One Happy Island—that’s what they call Aruba, one of the Dutch Caribbean islands north of Venezuela. This pleasure-packed place earns its joyous handle with the warmth of its locals, the beauty of its beaches, and the variety of its landscapes. Pursue happiness here however you choose. Roam around its bright capital, venture to natural wonders, or simply set yourself up on the sand with a smile.

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Ease into a dream trip with our Aruba vacation packages! They're your shortcut to the best resorts in Aruba, as well as all-inclusive hotels on the country's top beaches such as Eagle Beach. Book excursions or tours to the capital of Oranjestad for amazing Aruba restaurants, or get in to the wild with a trek to Arikok National Park.

ARUBA TRAVEL GUIDE

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DESTINATION FACTS

Languages

Papiamento (a mix of Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and English with French, African and Arawak influences) and Dutch officially, but English and Spanish are also spoken.

What to eat

Pastechi (gouda-stuffed pastry), keri keri (fish stew), kabritu stoba (goat stew), funchi (a kinda of polenta) and plantain pudding.

What to bring back

Hot Delight’s papaya hot sauce, Dutch specialties like stroopwafels (crispy waffles) or Delft Blue ceramics and mopa mopa art (hand-carved items made with tree resin).

Fun Fact

Aruba’s first inhabitants, the Caiquetio Indians of the Arawak tribe, lived here way back when, in about 2,500 BC. If you can tear yourself away from sunny shores, head underground to gawk at their pre-historic rock drawings and carvings still adorning the walls of Fontein Cave in the Arikok National Park. 

Important Info

For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.