Well over a million sun-seeking tourists flock to the Caribbean island of Aruba each year, and it's incredibly easy to understand why. The weather is sunny and hot pretty much the whole year round, the white-sand beaches are just splendid, and the capital city of Oranjestad is as colorful and charismatic as the surrounding sea is invitingly blue. The likes of Eagle Beach and Palm Beach are as good as any sandy spot in the whole of the Caribbean, while their combination of beachfront resorts and cute boutique hotels provide plenty of tempting accommodation options. Tear yourself away from the beaches for an afternoon or even a day or two and you'll find that the cruise ship crowds won't follow – a shame for them, but great for you. The beaches might not be as postcard-perfect on the other side of the island, but they are still striking in their own rugged, windswept way. You'll find natural pools, divi-divi trees and rock paintings in Arikok National Park, while a visit to the pretty town of San Nicolas is rewarded by the experience of seeing what actual, day-to-day life on Aruba is like. There are a couple of great bars there, too; treat yourself to a bottle of Balashi beer – it’s brewed in Aruba!