Aloe Aloe Aruba

The aloe vera plant is a succulent plant, the extract of which has a reputation for being able to heal certain types of skin ailments. For years the Caribbean country of Aruba used to be the largest exporter of aloe vera in the world. Now visitors to the island can find out more about this interesting plant thanks to new free tours at the Aruba Aloe Museum and Factory.

The island of Aruba is administered by the Dutch, and is part of the Lesser Antilles island group. It is located just 27 kilometres off Venezuela and, unlike most other Caribbean countries, has quite an arid climate, which is why aloe vera is grown so successfully there.

Ironically, because its dry climate meant that huge plantations could not thrive there, Aruba was spared many of the excesses of the slave trade, and its mix of cultures is actually quite diverse.

The Aruba Aloe Museum and Factory tour gives you the opportunity to get an inside look into the production process of the Aruba Aloe products and learn all about the history of aloe on the island. The modern facilities stand at the same fields that were already in use 160 years ago, where farmers had carefully planted the first aloe vera plants back in the 19th century.

Aloe vera has quite a long history. Its healing properties were discovered centuries ago and it has been used as an ingredient in medications throughout the world by many different cultures. It was used already during Egyptian times for several ailments.

It is even said that Cleopatra used Aloe to enhance the natural beauty of her skin.

Aruba Aloe Balm was founded in 1890 by Cornelis Eman. It is one of the oldest companies dealing with Aloe vera in the world and also one of the first in the world to produce cosmetic products based upon the Aloe Vera gel.

These days, Aruba Aloe products are being exported all over the world and they are used extensively by a number of spas across the island, including signature treatments at the Okeanos Spa at Renaissance Aruba Resort, the Larimar Spa at Radisson Aruba and the Intermezzo Day Spa at The Westin.

As Aruba is just 33 kilometres in length, it is a short drive from Oranjestad, the capital of the island, the Aruba Aloe Museum is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 12 noon. The tour duration is about 25 minutes and is suitable for all ages. No reservation is needed unless you are part of a large group.

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