14 days in Aruba & Curacao Itinerary

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Oranjestad, Aruba
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Willemstad, Curacao
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Oranjestad, Aruba — 5 nights

When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
Step out of Oranjestad with an excursion to Baby Beach in San Nicolas--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Arikok National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Eagle Beach, stroll through Arashi Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Ayo Rock Formations, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Oranjestad trip itinerary builder site.

Boston, USA to Oranjestad is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Boston in January, with highs in Oranjestad at 86°F and lows at 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Willemstad.
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Willemstad, Curacao — 8 nights

Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Change things up with these side-trips from Willemstad: Church of Sint Willibrordus (in Sint Willibrordus), Kleine Knip (in Sabana Westpunt) and Museo di Ka'i Orgel (in Barber). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, take in the waterfront at Handelskade, kick back and relax at Playa PortoMari, and Head underground at Hato Caves.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Willemstad road trip planning site.

You can fly from Oranjestad to Willemstad in 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Willemstad can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for home.
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Aruba travel guide

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Happy Island
A Dutch outpost in the Caribbean, sun-drenched Aruba provides a mix of modern seaside resorts and quiet coastal areas ideal for those wishing to escape the crowds. Vacations in Aruba, known affectionately as the "Happy Island," generally combine water-based activities with tours of the untamed backcountry, where you can discover unusual rock formations, historic churches, ostrich farms, and animal sanctuaries. Island capital Oranjestad offers some of the finest shopping and cultural sightseeing in Aruba, with an eco-friendly electric streetcar providing quick access to all of the city's major attractions, including numerous shops, restaurants, and hotels.
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Curacao travel guide

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Take a trip to Curacao and lounge on its picture-perfect beaches and coves. Although part of the Kingdom of Netherlands, the island's population has developed its own distinct culture, a blend of Afro-Caribbean and Latin American, with a Creole language called Papiamento. Along with its neighbors, Aruba and Bonaire, Curacao sits outside the Caribbean "hurricane zone" and boasts a warm, breezy climate throughout the year. On a Curacao vacation, you can laze, dive, or snorkel on its scenic stretches of sand, visit charming plantations in the interior, or roam the streets of Willemstad, renowned for its distinct architecture.
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