Welcome to Aruba
Aruba is a tropical Caribbean paradise known for crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. With a wide range of things to do in Aruba, one can relax while sipping cocktails, go on a wild adventure, lounge on the beach, or explore the history of the island. For visitors, a fantastic mix of cultures, natural beauty and delicious cuisine await. Here is our guide to help make your visit to the “Happy Island” the best it can be!
Wander The Shop Of Oranjestad
The colorful capital city of Aruba offers a wide range of options for entertainment, shopping, and dining. Wander around the vibrant downtown area and explore its unique blend of modern and historic architecture. You’ll find luxury retailers, unique boutiques, and dazzling jewelry stores.
If exploring on your own isn’t for you then check out this Aruba Downtown Historic and Cultural Walking Tour.
Hike Arikok National Park
Arikok National Park is located on the wild eastern side of the island, a vastly different coastline than the white sand beaches of the west coast. This stunning National Park comprises almost 20% of the island. When exploring Arikok National Park you’ll discover rugged terrain, a breathtaking coastline, and desert-like hills filled with cacti.
If you’re looking for hiking in Aruba this is the spot. Some of the most popular trails include Conchi Natural Pool Trail, Jamanato Trail, and Jamanota South Trail.
Check out these excellent options for touring Arikok National Park.
This Arikok Hiking Tour is perfect for those wanting to explore with a park ranger.
Go Beach Hopping
Visitors flock to the beaches of Aruba for good reason, they are gorgeous! If you are looking for calm turquoise waters and beautiful soft ivory sand, then Aruba is perfect for you.
Aruba is home to some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, you don’t want to miss Eagle Beach. This slice of paradise is known as one of the best beaches in the world, Eagle Beach has pristine white sands right next to iconic Divi Divi trees.
If you’re looking for a bit more seclusion check out Arashi Beach, Flamingo Beach, Baby Beach, Palm Beach or Boca Keto.
Snorkel and Scuba Dive
Snorkeling is incredibly popular in Aruba! The crystal-clear waters off the island make it one of the best islands in the Caribbean for snorkeling and scuba diving. Enjoy the fascinating underwater world where you can marvel at colorful tropical fish and sea turtles.
Some of the most popular snorkeling beaches include Arishi Beach, Catalina Cove and Malmok Beach. The island is perfect for divers of all levels. The most popular dive spot is at The Antilla, a German freighter ship that was sunk during WWII.
Fort Zoutman Historical Museum
As the oldest remaining building in Oranjestad, if you’re looking for history this fort museum is the place to explore. The history of the fort seeps through the walls as you view an impressive collection of documents explaining Aruba’s storied past.
Each Tuesday night Fort Zoutman hosts an island Welcome Party, everyone is invited! This welcome party is also known as Bon Bini Festival, and it’s held from 6:30-8:30 pm, celebrating Aruba’s history and culture.
Take an Adventure Tour
Aruba is perfect for thrill seekers and offers some great adventurous ways to explore the island. One way to explore the island is by booking a Jeep or ATV Tour. These 4-wheel drive off-road vehicles are perfect for exploring the dirt roads of Arikok National Park. Check out this Island’s Ultimate Jeep Safari in the National Park.
Another great option from De Palm is the Jeep Tour, the 4-hour excursion takes you to some of the island’s most iconic sites including Arikok National Park, the natural bridge ruins, and the California Lighthouse.
Check Out California Lighthouse
Known on the island as Hudishibana, the Californian Lighthouse is near the island’s northwestern tip. It boasts some of the most picturesque views of the island! Named after the S.S. California, which sank in 1910, the lighthouse offers stunning views of the beautiful coastline and coral shorelines. For something extra special head to the lighthouse at sunset.
A great way to check out California Lighthouse is by taking an Aruba Island Sightseeing Tour.
Cruise Around Aruba
Aruba has many great options in terms of getting out on crystalline turquoise waters. Relax on the water with an Aruba champagne breakfast and lunch cruise with snorkeling. Another great way to experience Aruba is a gorgeous sunset tour. For those looking for something ultra-luxurious and special check out Octopus The Private Boat from Aruba.