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Aruba Carnival

In this month’s issue is an article on the Aruba Nightlife. Aruba’s dance clubs, bars and casinos offer fun, dancing, and music every night of the week. But, the biggest parties of the year are during Aruba Carnival.

Hotels fill quickly, so if you are planning to visit Aruba for the Carnival festivities, you should be making your reservations now, if you have not already. If you are looking for a great inexpensive place to stay during your visit, try the Boardwalk.

In Aruba, Carnival is celebrated for about one month from mid-February to the beginning of Lent. Planning for 2010 has started and the tentative schedule for some of the activities are:

(Please Note: this is a draft of the activities being planned, and not a complete list. Also dates and times of activities may change.)

2010 Carnival Schedule (Draft 11-4-09)

January 31, Sunday — Aruba Children Parade in San Nicolas @ 1:00 p.m.
February 5, Friday — Aruba Youth Queen Election @ 8:00 p.m.
February 6, Saturday — Noord Children Parade in Noord @ 1:00 p.m.
February 6, Saturday — Aruba Tivoli Lighting Parade in Oranjestad @ 8:00 p.m.
February 7, Sunday — Aruba Big Children Parade in Oranjestad @ 1:00 p.m.
February 11, Thursday — Aruba Carnaval Queen Election @ 8:00 p.m.
February 13, Saturday — Jouvert Morning Pajamas Parade in San Nicolas @ 4:00 a.m.
February 13, BIG SATURDAY — Aruba Carnival Parade in San Nicolas @ 1:00 p.m.
February 14, BIG SUNDAY — Aruba Big Carnival Parade in Oranjestad @ 11:00 a.m.

Please be sure to check back with Aruba-Sunsets.com for updates as we approach the 2010 Carnival Season.

Aruba Nightlife

All-Night Fun in Aruba

All-Night Fun in Aruba by Justin Burch

As Aruba is one of the most vibrant, action-packed islands in the Caribbean, it is no surprise that Aruba is also one of the few islands where visitors can truly have fun around the clock. Aruba's capital city – Oranjestad – is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Caribbean and home to numerous restaurants, clubs, theatres and even casinos. As a result, tourists in Aruba can find a number of dining and entertainment options to keep the excitement going from sunset to sunrise.

The numerous restaurants and cafes of Oranjestad provide the best way to start a night in Aruba. Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner or a meal accompanied by live music, there are plenty of great options throughout the city. As Aruba attracts an array of international tourists, the restaurants of Oranjestad feature a wide variety of exotic cuisine. However, many of Aruba's favorite eateries boast a uniquely Caribbean flavor, including menus created with fresh seafood as the focus. Many of Oranjestad's restaurants also feature outdoor dining to allow visitors an opportunity to enjoy the island's scenery and perfect evening weather.

After dinner, many visitors to Aruba make their way to one of the exciting live shows that are produced throughout the year. Aruba's most popular show is the top-rated Let's Go Latin at Renaissance's Crystal Theater. The over-the-top musical takes the stage every Monday through Saturday at 9 PM. In addition to Let's Go Latin, tourists can also visit numerous other stage shows throughout Oranjestad, including several influenced by the island's rich cultural history.

When the shows let out, the next stop for the adventurous tourist should be one of Aruba's bars or clubs. Regardless of your nightlife tastes, Aruba will have a hotspot that caters to your desires. Older travelers often visit Aruba's classy cigar bars and jazz clubs, where top-shelf drinks can be enjoyed while soaking up Caribbean-tinged tunes. Younger travelers will want to check out some of Aruba's boisterous night clubs for late-night dancing and locally-inspired cocktails. While some of the clubs in Aruba cater to American and European tourists with popular music and well-known drink options, there are plenty of friendly bars and dance halls that revel in the Caribbean setting and allow visitors to enjoy an exotic night on the town.

After the bars and clubs close in the wee hours, those hoping to keep the night alive can head over to the Crystal Casino, Aruba's only 24-hour casino. Located only steps from the beach at the Renaissance Aruba Resort in Oranjestad, the Crystal Casino offers all the best table games and video machines found in the casinos of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Even if you don't want to put your money on the line, the Crystal Casino can be a great place to mingle with fellow travelers or simply observe some late-night excitement.

As sunrise approaches, the committed night owls begin making their way to the cafes that line the beaches of Oranjestad. Not only can you watch the sunrise over the city, but you can enjoy breakfast or coffee right on the beach. If you are waking early, these cafes and coffee shops are also a great place to plan your day in Aruba or catch up on the news.

Whether you are in search of a non-stop party or simply want to enjoy the cultured pleasures of Aruba's nightlife, this exciting island always has the perfect adventure in store. Though there is so much to see and do during the daylight hours in Aruba, a trip to some of Oranjestad's late-night hotspots will allow you to experience another side of this vibrant Caribbean destination.

Justin Burch writes articles about travel in Aruba for the Marriott Resorts.

Article Source: Kravities.com

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