I was in Aruba back in 1999, as part of a cruise ship destination.
Incredibly lovely beaches, especially at night, really heavenly, and good food in the restaurants, but very expensive. There's a little bit of night life if you are interested in that.
Heavily touristed, a former Dutch colony, so lots of shopping, "duty free" stores, nothing to see or do historically or culturally, really, and the island itself is mostly desert, and not worth seeing. Just stick around in Oranjestaad, the capital, and that is all you will need to do.
Some of the local liquers are worth buying to take home, such as the blue Curacao, and chocolate liqueuer, and a bottle of the Aloe Vera lotion that's native to Aruba (the only industry, everything has to be brought in, even gasoline and drinking water, but the Tourism revenue makes everything affordable for them.) the duty free wristwatches and all that stuff might not be such a bargain in the end, check prices before you buy. If you collect license plates, for about $10 you can get a nice set of expired Aruba "The Happy Island" rental car license plates...
There is even a Mercedes dealer out of town, but I didn't see it. It looked generally pretty prosperous and safe, and things are pricey.
and the Islands of Bonaire and Curacao are nearby if you'd like to visit them, and they are pretty much more of the same.
The weather is windy and hot, but not terribly humid, I thought. Generally pretty safe. A week would probably more than enough.
A great place to just kick back with your girlfriend/wife, eat and drink well,luxury hotels are really nice, and the beaches are superb...
I thought about a day trip for shopping to one of the big malls on the coast of Venezuela, and found it could be arranged to get there by hiring a boat (just 20miles away) but was told that they were gangs of thieves in the malls, they would mob tourists on the elevators, crash into them, knock them down and then steal away everyone's wallets, purses and passports in the mass confusion.
So, I decided not to go to Venezuela for the day.
I'd recommend Aruba.
A couple of other BWOT people might be able to chime in. Gerbeki is familiar with it, and Eddie lives right there in nearby Curacao. He even remembered the the garnet red diesel W210 Mercedes taxi that had the FULL Lorinser treatment I saw, and knows the owner, who replaced the car with a newer blue model.
Must be nice to be able to drive a new Lorinser Mercedes down there, the local economy does well.
You'll need a passport but no visa. (At least that was all I did then). Customs was a breeze, no problem.
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