Arubapalooza – Visit Aruba
Summer may be over on the mainland, but the fun is far from over on a Caribbean destination known for its perfect weather and powdery white beaches. Celebrated as one of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean, Aruba – One happy island – is the fall location for beach lovers, adrenaline junkies, relaxation seekers and anyone looking to find a slice of paradise. Fall marks the start of “Arubapalooza,” the island’s season extravaganza encompassing countless cultural, culinary, music, fashion-oriented events and festivals. Arubapalooza offers visitors an unparalleled experience to discover beauty in the island’s contradictions, where pristine turquoise waters collide against the desert-like terrain of the north shore; where peace and relaxation coexist with wild and rugged adventures; and where Dutch influence meets American ease.
For starters, the newest addition to Arubapalooza allows guests to keep white in season with the launch of “Little White Dress Night.” A more vibrant and Caribbean-inspired take on the ever-popular Little Black Dress night, this nightlife initiative takes place every Monday this fall and is supported by more than 25 bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Visitors and locals, both male and female alike, donning white will receive exclusive specials ranging from free white sangria to complimentary “little white desserts” and more.
The cultural extravaganza continues on Tuesday with the weekly Bonbini Festival that takes place in downtown Oranjestad in the outdoor courtyard of Fort Zoutman, Aruba’s oldest building. Meaning “welcome” in the island’s official language of Papiamento, “Bonbini” encourages visitors to sample the flavors of the island, its history, people, music and dance during this spirited evening.
Each Thursday from 6-10 p.m. in the town of San Nicolas, the multicultural charms of Aruba’s “Sunrise City” are on display at the lively Carubbian Festival. Visitors stroll through the streets while vendors sell crafts, souvenirs, and delicious Aruban and Caribbean street food. The event is an interactive parade up and down the main street of San Nicolas.
Arubapalooza is in in full swing this fall with events like the 7th Annual Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival and Aruba In Style 2013, the leading fashion and lifestyle event in the Caribbean, as well as numerous other cultural attractions for visitors to enjoy on the One happy island.
Nestled in the Southern Caribbean on the outside fringes of the hurricane belt, Aruba boasts year-round cooling trade winds and an average 82-degree temperature, providing visitors the chance to model their favorite white attire and discover the true meaning of happiness.
To learn more, visit aruba.com.