Top 10 Books on Aruba

 

Aruba is an island and a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the southern Caribbean Sea, located about 1,600 kilometres (990 miles) west of the main part of the the the the Lesser Antilles and 29 kilometers (18 miles) north of the coast of Venezuela. It measures 32 kilometers (20 miles) in length from its north-west end to its southeast end and 10 kilometres (6 miles) wide at its widest point. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, Aruba forms a group known as the ABC Islands. Aruba and the other Dutch islands in the Caribbean are often called the Dutch Caribbean. Aruba is one of the four countries that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands, together with the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten; the citizens of these countries are all Dutch. Aruba has no administrative subdivisions but, for the purposes of the census, it is divided into eight regions. Its capital is Oranjestad.

 

Moon Aruba

  • With its deep blue sea and some of the most breath-taking beaches in the Caribbean, Aruba is almost a paradise. Find your version of paradise with Luna Aruba.
What you will find in Moon Aruba:
  • Advice is given by the local author Rosalie Klein, who shares her audacious experience and love for her adopted country
  • Detailed directions and maps to explore on your own
  • In-depth coverage of Oranjestad, Eagle Beach and Manchebo Beach, Palm Beach, Malmok and Noord, Northern Coast, San Nicolas, Savaneta and Pos Chiquito
  • Activities and ideas for all travellers: take a walk inside or go snorkelling in the calm turquoise waters. See incredible geological formations and native birds with a surprisingly bright plumage in the Arikok National Park, or experience Carnival parties with locals. Try local dishes such as Keshi yena (stuffed cheese) or kid stoba (stewed goat), or try the freshest ceviche while dining on the beach.
  • Strategic routes in an easy-to-navigate format, such as The Best of Aruba, Best Beaches, Explore the Outback and Best Bets for the Budget-Conscious
  • Updated information on landscape, culture, history and environment
Essential knowledge for travellers in terms of health and safety, recreation, transportation and accommodation from resorts to bungalows with beaches, packed insufficient light to hold the beach bag

Read it For:
This book contains Colourful photos which are very vivid and useful.
Don't Read it For:
This book is only for one who is travelling in Aruba, not for the research purpose.
What makes this book stand out?:
With the practical advice of Moon Aruba, its countless activities and the vision of an expert on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.

Fodor’s In Focus Aruba, 2nd Edition of Fodor’s Travel Publications Inc.

Fodor helps you to free your travel possibilities by providing you with the useful tools you need to experience the travel you want. At the forefront, Fodor offers the guarantee of our experience, the guarantee of selectivity and the details of choice that really define a destination. It's like having a friend in Aruba!

Read it For:
a Quick and useful guide. Condensed and straight to the point.
Don't Read it For:
If your time is not worth it, it's not in this book. Fodor's discriminatory classifications, including our top-level Fodor's Choice designations, assure you that you will know the most interesting and entertaining places in Aruba.
What makes this book stand out?:
Fodor's In Focus Aruba presents options for a variety of budgets, interests and tastes, so you can make the decision to plan the trip of a lifetime.

Hunter Travel Guide Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao Alive

A complete review, now with colourful maps and photographs of this complete guide to the famous ABC islands, located off the Venezuelan coast. Discover the quiet life of Bonaire, play at the Aruba casino, visit the designer haute couture shops in Curaçao and relax on the beautiful white sand beaches of the three. Here is the definitive guide to discovering the high life and interesting places of ABC, written by authors who have sacrificed their holidays to investigate this book (bad things!). This Alive guide focuses on shopping (tearing out some tax-free offers), hotels and restaurants (colourful local cuisine and good food alike), with a focus on the cream of the crop. Also included are sightseeing tours, historical walks, nature discovery and water sports. Activities-oriented sections from Sunup to Sundown fill the day with beaches, deep-sea fishing charters, scuba-diving trips, moped rides and much more, while After Dark tells you about the best happy hours, clubs and more lively bars where things really jump! The practical A-Z sections for each island provide all the practical details: airline offices, timetables and banking locations, emergency telephone numbers, shopping hours, tourist information booths.

Read it For:
Easy-to-read maps and a detailed index complete the image.
Don't Read it For:
This is a very deep book not an overview of any place.
What makes this book stand out?:
Those planning a trip will consider specific information a treasure of facts. From adaptations of critically acclaimed paths to critique and attention to wildlife, this is full of information needed to plan a visit.

An Island Away

Paradise, but not for amateurs. In Aruba, away from sparkling beaches and glamorous hotels, you'll find a sophisticated city full of bar brothels, flexible costumes and a tourist trap known as Charlie's Bar. Luz, a young Colombian who works as a prostitute to pay your family's debt only to discover a place that gives as much as it carries, risking your soul too.

Read it For:
A very interesting account on the non-touristic / tourist side of the island. It really makes you feel like you're there with the characters
Don't Read it For:
This book is set in San Nicolás, which is a very different place from the High Rise area of Aruba.
What makes this book stand out?:
Daniel Putkowski takes you away from sparkling beaches and glamorous hotels in this refined and thriving city of bar brothels, flexible costumes and a tourist trap known as Charlie's Bar
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Nights in Aruba

This revolutionary gay life novel focuses on Paul, a restless traveller between two parallel worlds. He is the respectful elderly son, middle-class parents living in Florida, and a homosexual man has plunged into the world's delirium of bars, restrooms and stadiums one night in New York City. With ironic irony and subtle lyricism, Holleran reveals the tragedy and comedy of a man's struggle to reach an agreement with middle age, homosexuality, truth, love and life itself.

Read it For:
This book has beautifully descriptive passages and is clearly written well.
Don't Read it For:
This book is not suitable for children as it contains some sexual information.
What makes this book stand out?:
The New York magazine describes this book as "a very vivid and deeply serious revelation of the homosexual world." It was first published in 1983, so maybe it was a revelation at that time, but I found it a bit confusing, and I do not think it was about the homosexual world. I could be wrong because I am reading this many years later.

Birds of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao: A Site and Field Guide

The birds of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are the essential guide for all those travelling to those islands. It shows more than 280 species seen in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao and provides descriptions and indications of the best places to watch birds, from the famous white sand beaches to the hidden water wells to the majestic national parks.

Read it For:
This field guide is essential for all birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts interested in this part of the world.
Don't Read it For:
This book is a must for birdwatchers who travel to the islands, but the limited coverage area will limit the convenience of many libraries in North America, with the exception of those with vast ornithological properties.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is the first complete field guide for the birds of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. Complete coverage of bird species on the islands, including residents, migrants and vagrants. About 1,000 illustrations in 71 colour plates representing all species and all the main feathers and races. The synthetic text on opposite pages’ highlights key identifying characteristics, including voice, habitat, behaviour and status.

Dive Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao: Complete Guide to Diving and Snorkelling

Every year, a growing number of divers and diverse dive into turquoise seas, fabulous coral walls and mythical marine life. This impressive series provides: - Updated information on individual dive sites - Valuable tips on techniques and equipment - Essential information for all levels of divers, from beginners to dive masters - Practical travel tips and directions to the best restaurants and local accommodation - Magnificent underwater colour photography - Useful area maps

Read it For:
Detailed coverage of the main underwater destinations in the world.
Don't Read it For:
It has some stories. But it's not the best dive guide for Bonaire. Even a little 'outdated.
What makes this book stand out?:
Interlink dive guides are indispensable companions for anyone planning a trip to the world's most exciting and challenging dive sites.

Aruba: The Tragic Untold Story of Natalee Holloway and Corruption in Paradise

A father's mission to find his daughter "I'm a father who has no idea what happened to his son, the questions go through my head all day, I keep awake at night, she's dead, she's alive, she's prisoner somewhere, is she hurting her? Are you crying for me? These are the passionate words of Dave Holloway, father of Natalee Holloway, whose disappearance in Aruba caused a media frenzy and an international scandal. This book is the heart-breaking story of his research, the complete account of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

Read it For:
This is an excellent book. There much information in this book that has not been widely disseminated in the media.
Don't Read it For:
This book contains disturbing thing like rape and violence.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is the first story of one of the most disturbing and mysterious stories of the decade. Using photographs never seen before his family album and Christmas's childhood stories, Holloway recounts the horror of finding personally between crack houses and dumps for Christmas, working alone, with authority, even with psychics, while enduring obstruction of Aruba officials.

Frommer’s Portable Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao

Travel to Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao; It is as easy as A, B, C, with the guidance of our expert author, who has a doctorate in ecology and an M.A. In conservation of the environment, it shows you how to travel "in green" and enjoy your holidays in an ecological way. Going down to Bonaire's "Diver's Paradise" Making the most of the Curaçao Carnival.

Read it For:
The information was at the point. Concise. Exactly what you need on the street.
Don't Read it For:
Some obsolete information (it takes you to the Natural Bridge that has fallen a bit) but still a pretty useful guide.
What makes this book stand out?:
Through travel writing, Christina P. Colón has combined her three biggest passions in life: conservation, education and travel. With a doctorate in ecology and an M.A. in environmental education, he explored the jungles of Borneo, the forests of Belize, the shores of Bora Bora, the forests of the Bronx and the beaches of Brooklyn. In addition to conducting scientific research, conducting lectures as a teacher and creating academic publications, he has produced videos, enriched and written websites or contributed to numerous travel guides, including Frommer's Caribbean ports, Crommer's Caribbean and Ports of Call, Frommer's Caribbean, Cruise Vacations for Dummies, the New York Times guide for New York City and several Fodor guides in the United States.

Dangerous Girls

It was spring break last year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise and some other close friends have gone on an imprudent trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country that is not his own, fighting vile and disdainful accusations. While Anna decides to find her friend's murderer, she discovers the harsh truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of the truth and the pain of youthful love. While waiting for the decree of the judge, it is clear that everyone around her thinks that she is not only guilty but also dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than you can imagine.

Read it For:
This was a fantastic yellow thriller to read in the summer. It's a perfect mix of suspense, tension and beachiness.
Don't Read it For:
In this book, the whole process was a farce. It was plagued by poor police work, lies and ill-informed media that made it a bit difficult to read. It became a bit ridiculous because it was so badly managed.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book has been compared to Gone Girl. If you're looking for the Teen version of Gone Girl, Dangerous Girls is the book for you.

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