21 Apr Avoiding stress in Aruba
Aruba lies close to the equator, a consistent eastern trade wind cools the island and prevents storms from hovering over the island. As a result, Aruba averages a mere 18 inches of precipitation a year, with most rain falling between October and January. This trade wind also creates impeccable conditions on the eastern coast for sports such as windsurfing. On the other hand, the calm waters of the western coast are great for scuba diving and snorkeling. The sun even rises and sets at nearly the same time every day, allowing visitors to enjoy a majestic Caribbean site any time of year. Perhaps best of all, the island is never threatened by tropical storms.
One of the biggest advantages of visiting Aruba during January and February is the ongoing Carnival celebration. Beginning with the New Year, Carnival is a nonstop festival highlighted by parades, live music and unique cultural performances. The Carnival celebration peaks with the Grand Parade – now in its 53rd year – on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. If you were wondering just how important Carnival is in Aruba, take note that the island has declared the following Monday a national day of rest!
These winter months are also a great time to explore Aruba’s Arikok National Park, a one-of-a-kind nature preserve covering nearly 20% of the island. With miles of hiking trails and numerous exotic species you won’t see anywhere else, Arikok National Park is an essential stop on your Aruba vacation regardless of when you visit.
Though it may seem strange to lie out on the beach in mid-February, that is exactly what makes Aruba so enticing. Aruba’s beaches regularly rank among the cleanest, widest and most beautiful in the Caribbean. On the island’s southwestern coast, travelers will find one beach after another, each with its own unique atmosphere and diverse activities. Nearly all of the beaches are public and plenty offer water sports equipment, swimming and diving.