Aruba, just 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela, is known for its beaches, world-class resorts and impressive casinos. Outdoor activities such as scuba diving, deep sea fishing, windsurfing, parasailing and boating are offered in abundance.
First claimed by the Spanish in the 1400s, Aruba has been part of the Royal Dutch Kingdom for more than 350 years. Dutch is the official language, but most island residents also speak English and Spanish.
The island's colorful past also provides many attractions for guests.