Aruba's beaches range from the seemingly endless and opalescent sands of iconic Palm Beach to the wild and untrammeled shorelines of Arikok National Park. The sea to the west is littered with eerie shipwrecks, some of which can be explored by divers. The island interior is a cactus-studded desert peppered with bizarre rocky outcrops.

Shopping is an art on Aruba. With one of the largest deepwater ports in the Caribbean, the island welcomes some seriously large cruise ships. A rich selection of shopping arcades, design studios, and malls can satisfy the shopaholic in everyone. Tax and duty keep prices high, but quality is top-notch.

Tipping is expected at restaurants and for taxis, porters, and chamber services.