Souvenirs from Aruba
Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but don't expect to find wooden shoes as a souvenir. This Caribbean island is known for intriguing artisan wood and leather craft for the home, as well as pottery vases, bowls and dishes. There is a strong Aruban artisan community, and you will find fantastic art pieces, such as paintings and sculptures that reflect the raging seas and arid inner landscapes. Luxury items are a steal here, so keep a look out for jewelry, crystal, china, and designer fashions. High end electronics ar also favorably priced, and make a most practical memento. Of course, scenic beach postcards would be an ideal Aruban souvenir for someone, especially when placed into a picture frame. Mugs, posters, magnets, key chains and plush animals are always perfect for inexpensive memorabilia, and can help you share the tropical skies with a friend.
Aruban offers many activities to keep families entertained during their stays. Long days on the beach, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing and swimming are no-brainers, but when you wish to enjoy something a little different, head to one of these fun attractions. Ostrich farms are rather numerous on the island, and many offer tours and petting zoos for these long-limbed birds. If you would rather see a flying animal, you can visit a butterfly farm. There are many golf courses, hike and bike trails, and sailing trips around the island to give you a taste of the Aruban landscapes and vistas, or you can choose to enjoy the views of shopping arcades. Aruba also has several museums dedicated to the Caribbean peoples, oceanography and sailing for those rainy afternoons. Want a more romantic way to enjoy the culture? Dance schools offer one time lessons in salsa and other Latin American styles.