Dates: April 15-22, 2023
Put a Caribbean spin on Amsterdam, add a touch of South Beach and some Latin spice, and then surround it with warm water and coral reefs. This is the recipe for Aruba, an island that worships the sun and plays in the water by day, then dresses up for a night on the town. Live large at the upscale resorts and casinos of Palm Beach, bargain hunt at Oranjestad's duty-free shops and galleries, or party like a local at barefoot-casual beach bars. Dive a war wreck or snorkel a reef in the morning, go offroading in the afternoon, unwind with a spa visit then enjoy a five-star meal with a sunset view. Whether you crave adventure or prefer to be pampered, this is your island.
Aruba's clear waters are filled with reefs and shipwrecks that offer enough variety to keep divers busy from morning to night dive, with sites that range from snorkel-friendly shallows to critter-rich slopes and deep drops that edge into extended range territory. The island's signature wreck dives are for everyone, as these large and historic vessels lie in relatively shallow water close to a sheltering shore. Reefs are equally easy to reach, with many just a short boat ride away. Ashore, Aruba is one of the Caribbean's most cosmopolitan destinations, with upscale resorts, casinos, and a lively nightlife scene, but it also has a wilder side best explored by jeep or four-wheeler safaris.
Aruba’s southern and western coasts are sheltered from prevailing trade winds and swells. Dry conditions mean no runoff to mar coastal visibility; currents range from non-existent to mild, and water temperatures range from 78-82° F. Reefs begin close to shore and slope to depths of more than 130 feet. Sand flats off the western coast are home to a number of significant wrecks—all located in clear, shallow to mid-range depths. Daily boat trips access all sites, and several can be reached from shore, making Aruba a destination suitable for divers of all experience levels.
Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort provides a quiet spot for group dive vacations to have fun or relax. Just a few steps down a lovely garden path will bring you to gorgeous Eagle Beach, where you can spend hours lying in the sun on complimentary chairs and palapas and swimming in the turquoise water. This all-suite resort is situated in a lovely tropical garden and features 3 freshwater pools, Tiki Tiki Café, complimentary kids' club, and Wi-Fi. Nearby you'll find access to a golf course and driving range, lighted tennis courts, water sports center, fitness center, rock climbing wall, casino and nightlife. Completely renovated in 2017, Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort is a serene piece of paradise featuring three redesigned freshwater pools, a swim-up bar and food service from Tiki Pool Bar & Grill. Just a few steps away is beautiful Druif Beach, where guests can enjoy Aruba’s perfect year-round weather by soaking up the sun and swimming in turquoise waters. Each suite offers fully equipped kitchens, spacious living areas and private balconies or patios with ocean, pool or garden views. Nearby, guests have access to The Links at Divi Aruba golf course and driving range, lighted tennis courts, water sports center, fitness center, rock climbing wall, casino and nightlife. An all-inclusive option is available.
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