Destination: Aruba Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Christine Loomis
March 05, 2013
What the islands of the Caribbean lack in expansive geography, they more than make up for with a strikingly rich convergence of cultures that has given each of them a singular personality and historical identity. Fought over for centuries, many islands existed under a dizzying succession of national flags, typically raised by varying combinations of Dutch, English, French and Spanish rulers. These four cultures in particular, along with influences of Carib and Arawak tribes and African slaves brought to labor under the sizzling Caribbean sun, left deep impressions on this region and provide meeting-goers and incentive travelers with intriguing options for cultural immersion within easy reach of the U.S. mainland.
By David Swanson
January 30, 2012
A Dutch outpost—replete with a windmill—set against a desert backdrop. A wealthy island banking community fringed with white sand and undersea walls. A cosmopolitan city with the forts and cobblestone streets that mark the New World’s original Spanish colonization.
Learn about Aruba for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Vibrant colors, crystal-blue waters and distinctive cooking are all elements that define the Caribbean island of Aruba. Located in the southern Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela, the island has gained a reputation for being a classic tropical destination. Authentic buildings awash in bright shades and a hot, humid climate create a palpable Caribbean vibe. Considering the sunny weather and engaging surroundings, it would stand to reason that Aruba’s got it pretty good—a fact that residents like to celebrate yearly at Carnival. The island version of Marti Gras, the celebration has deep roots in the Caribbean culture.