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Welcome to Aruba

Any traveler who dips their toes into the welcoming waters of Aruba can see what makes it the most visited island in the southern Caribbean. Miles and miles of white-sand beaches stretch along its shores, where year-round beach weather is made even more palatable by the island’s location safely outside the dreaded “Hurricane Alley.” The capital of Oranjestad features colorful colonial architecture and can easily be toured on a two-hour walk. And the ends of the island are arid, craggy, windy, and uncluttered, but still less than an hour’s drive from the city. The official languages are Dutch (because the island is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) and Papiamento (a Spanish Creole language), but English is widely spoken. Most tours visit a mix of man-made and natural island highlights such as Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, the California Lighthouse, Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations, Arikok National Park, and the Natural Pool. Travelers can choose their level of adventure, covering most of the 20-mile (32-kilometer) island on a day tour: Watching the highlights from the seat of a 4x4 vehicle, riding on horseback, or rumbling over rugged terrain in an ATV. Snorkeling and scuba diving also draw visitors, as Aruba is home to the Antilla Shipwreck, now a hot spot for underwater plant and animal life, as well as a healthy reef at Arashi Beach, but both can be seen by semi-submarine tour for those who prefer to stay dry.

Top 15 attractions in Aruba

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De Palm Island

De Palm Island

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Just off of the western coast of Aruba, De Palm Island attracts visitors from the main island looking for an all-inclusive beach day. In addition to hosting an array of outdoor activities, De Palm Island also offers simple rest and relaxation on its three beaches.More
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Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

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For many years, Aruba’s natural bridge was a top tourist attraction on the island. The bridge sadly collapsed due to erosion in 2005. However, its ruins still remain, along with a smaller natural span known as “baby bridge.” The surrounding landscape is wild and beautiful, and the smaller bridge still attracts large numbers of tourists.More
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Arikok National Park

Arikok National Park

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With deserted beaches and rocky coves, dusty plains dotted with cacti, and ancient limestone caves, Arikok National Park feels worlds away from the luxurious resorts of Aruba’s north coast. Covering almost 20 percent of the island, the park, one of the best reasons to venture south, offers a spectacular backdrop for outdoor adventures.More
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Natural Pool

Natural Pool

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Tucked away on the eastern coast of Aruba, in a basin formed by volcanic rock and fed by water from the Caribbean Sea, the Natural Pool is as simple as its name implies—but sometimes simple is simply the best. Unreachable by car, a trip to the Natural Pool in Arikok National Park is all about the adventure through Aruba’s less disturbed countryside, with a dip in pristine waters awaiting those who make the off-the-beaten-track journey.More
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Alto Vista Chapel

Alto Vista Chapel

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With the blue Caribbean sky and calm sea as its backdrop, the Alto Vista Chapel, or “Pilgrims Church,” is one of the most photographed attractions on the island of Aruba. This bright yellow chapel, which also hosts weekly religious services, is visited by Christians and non-Christians alike and is a popular stop for small-group tours.More
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California Lighthouse

California Lighthouse

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Located near the northwest tip of Aruba and the popular Arashi Beach, California Lighthouse is a landmark on this small tropical island. Known for impressive views of the Caribbean Sea, as well as the nighttime stars, the lighthouse is one of the most photogenic spots in Aruba.More
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Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins

Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins

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Located in Aruba’s desert interior, the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins are the stone remains of a gold smelter that was established by prospectors in the 19th century. Once considered sacred by the indigenous Arawak people, the site offers a unique look at Aruba’s history and can be explored with a variety of guided tours.More
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Andicuri Beach

Andicuri Beach

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Andicuri Beach stretches for 230 feet (70 meters) along Aruba’s east coast, and is known for its turquoise blue waters and limestone cliffs that offer visitors a bit of shade. The beach attracts travelers in search of a tropical experience, but strong currents and serious waves make Andicuri less than ideal for swimming and snorkeling.More
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Baby Beach

Baby Beach

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Gentle surf and waist-high waters earned Baby Beach its name and reputation as one of the most popular beaches for kids in the Caribbean. Add in soft, sugar-like sand and waters as warm as a bathtub, and it’s no wonder this sheltered man-made lagoon on the southeastern tip of Aruba is popular among locals and visitors alike.More
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Aruba Aloe Factory & Museum

Aruba Aloe Factory & Museum

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Aloe is native to Aruba and thanks to its medicinal and restorative properties, aloe has become one of the leading exports of the island nation. Visit the Aruba Aloe Factory and Museum to learn about the history of the plant and its connection to Aruba, plus see facilities such as the cutting room, testing lab, and packaging of products.More
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Palm Beach

Palm Beach

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Aruba’s Palm Beach hosts many of the Caribbean island’s luxe high-rise hotels, which is no surprise, as these lovely two miles (3.2 kilometers) of sand are prime real estate. The beach hosts sunbathing vacationers, refreshment stands, and water sports booths. Two piers lined with restaurants and shops offer entertainment and some much needed shade.More
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Antilla Shipwreck

Antilla Shipwreck

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Due to the Caribbean’s treacherous rock outcroppings, the waters of Aruba are lined with shipwrecks. These wrecks create fruitful diving and snorkeling sites, as they host scores of marine life, plus enticing historical stories. Aruba’s most popular is the Antilla Shipwreck, named after theSS Antilla, a cargo ship that sank in 1940.More
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Boca Catalina

Boca Catalina

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Boca Catalina boasts unspoiled white sand beaches and calm, placid waters. The postcard-worthy scenery makes for pleasant sunbathing, while free public parasols offer some shade. Boca Catalina is also one of the best beaches for snorkeling. Here, you’ll see scores of fish, black coral structures, and more in the warm Caribbean.More
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Arashi Beach

Arashi Beach

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Arashi Beach, one of Aruba’s northernmost beaches, is a secluded spot popular with diehard divers and serious sunbathers alike. Arashi’s clear water, soft sandy bottom, and generally calm surf make it ideal for swimmers and snorkelers as well.More
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Philip's Animal Garden

Philip's Animal Garden

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A nonprofit organization that provides sanctuary for over 50 species of animals, Philip’s Animal Garden raises money through tours and donations to pay for the upkeep and rehabilitation of the animals it rescues. Here, visitors can observe and interact with an assortment of tropical birds, pigs, leopards, deer, alpaca, and other animals.More

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Top activities in Aruba

Aruba UTV Tours - New Natural Cave Pool with Cliff Jumping
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Aruba Champagne Breakfast and Lunch Cruise with Snorkeling
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De Palm Island with Bus Transportation
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Aruba Atlantis Submarine Expedition
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Aruba Full-Island Tour

Aruba Full-Island Tour

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UTV & ATV Aruba's Secret Beach & Cave Pool Adventure
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Catamaran Dolphin Snorkeling Cruise: Open bar, Light Lunch & I Love Aruba Shirt
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Natural Pool Horseback Riding Tour in Aruba
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Sunset Sail

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The Arusun - Aruba Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling
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Parasailing in Aruba

Parasailing in Aruba

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Aruba Sunset Cruise and Seaside Dinner
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Recent reviews from experiences in Aruba

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Best 4 hour excursion ever!!
Ryan_H, Aug 2022
UTV & ATV Aruba's Secret Beach & Cave Pool Adventure
Great way to see Aruba, off-roading.
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Amazing Experience!
Andy_H, Aug 2022
Aruba UTV Tours - New Natural Cave Pool with Cliff Jumping
What a great way to see the hidden gems of Aruba.
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Awesome!
Melanie_G, Aug 2022
UTV & ATV Aruba's Secret Beach & Cave Pool Adventure
You get to see the desert side of the island with awesome views.
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Do it!
Lindsay_C, Aug 2022
Aruba UTV Tours - New Natural Cave Pool with Cliff Jumping
You definitely get to see a lot of aruba in just a few hours.
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Fun island to visit in Aruba
satya_P, Aug 2022
De Palm Island: Own Transportation
Great place to visit in Aruba.
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Must do excursion on your Aruba trip
THOMAS_P, Aug 2022
Natural Pool Horseback Riding Tour in Aruba
What a wonderful experience even if you're not a horse person this is a must do trip it was wonderful seeing another side of Aruba the more volcanic side it was rustic and beautiful it was the opportunity to see Aruba the way most people do not see it absolutely on your must do list when visiting Aruba thank you to the crew and guides
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Great time
Erica_G, Aug 2022
Aruba ATV Tour Adventure with Kini Kini
Our tour guide and driver were hilarious and I felt like we got to see interesting parts of Aruba that I would not have uncovered without Kini Kini
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Fun Fun Fun
fredy_m, Aug 2022
Action-Packed Half Day Aruba UTV Tour on a Polaris Razor & Cave Pool
If you're looking a fun way to see Aruba with a little adrenaline , this is the tour and company !
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Sue_T, Jul 2022
Aruba Half Day Island Tour
There was ample time to visit each site and move on to the next.
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Aruba up close and personal
Spirit_W, Jul 2022
Aruba UTV Tours - New Natural Cave Pool with Cliff Jumping
I got to see the island on its most beautiful form.
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Fabulous adventure
Anthony_C, Jul 2022
Aruba ATV Tour with Off Road Adventure in Single and Double Seater
We are looking forward to visiting Aruba again.
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Awesome sunset cruise
Alvin_J, Jul 2022
Aruba Sunset Sail Experience
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Jacob_C, Jul 2022
Natural Pool, Caves & Baby Beach Aruba Jeep Adventure Tour
Having the opportunity to visit the caves and pool.
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Beautiful adventure
Laura_W, Jul 2022
Natural Pool Horseback Riding Tour in Aruba
Wonderful way to see the natural beauty of Aruba.
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Great Excursion
Loucita_S, Jul 2022
Island Ultimate Jeep Safari in Aruba
This was a great way to see the island of Aruba nd learn some fun facts.
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The perfect night out
David_G, Jul 2022
Nightlife Barhopping Tour with DJ and Dancing on Party Bus in Aruba
Every stop had its own flavor and I got to see more of Aruba.
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E Ticket Ride
Ana_A, Jul 2022
Island Ultimate Jeep Safari in Aruba
Great way to see the island and learn some fun facts about Aruba.
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More than a ride to Baby Beach
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Baby Beach Day Roundtrip
On the way back to our hotel he took us to see wild donkeys and took pics of us at the Aruba sign.
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Highly recommended
Robert_M, Jul 2022
Private Airport Transfers: Round-Trip
Always happy to see you.
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Great time
jeremy_c, Jul 2022
Semi-Submarine Expedition in Aruba
Arubas ocean is such a beautiful thing to see especially in a submarine.
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All about Aruba

Currency
Aruban Florin (AWG)
Time Zone
AST (UTC -4)
Country Code
+297
Language(s)
English

People Also Ask

What is Aruba known for?

White-sand beaches, wind-swept desert-like vistas, some of the Caribbean Sea's best wreck diving, and year-round tropical weather are just a few of the reasons why visitors are drawn to Aruba. The island is also notable for its charming pastel-colored, compact capital, Oranjestad.

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What is the best month to go to Aruba?

Aruba’s weather is consistently warm all year round and the island has the good fortune of sitting well outside of the Caribbean’s hurricane belt, which means that you can visit in the summer months with little threat of tropical storms. The summer months also typically draw far fewer visitors than winter.

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How many days should you spend in Aruba?

Aruba is a relatively small island and its main attractions can easily be covered in just a few days. To truly soak up its atmosphere, however, and enjoy some downtime soaking up the sun on its gorgeous beaches, aim to spend at least five days.

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What is there to do in Aruba besides the beach?

From 4-wheel driving over sand dunes to horseback riding along the rugged trails in Arikok National Park, Aruba is a prime destination for outdoor adventure away from the beach. Scuba divers and snorkelers should explore Aruba’s reef- and shipwreck-filled waters, and everyone should spend a few hours strolling the colorful streets of Oranjestad.

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What is there to do at night in Aruba?

From beachfront lounges to flashy casinos, Aruba’s diverse nightlife caters to all tastes. Palm Beach is a favored after-dark destination and its many bars and clubs offer perks to draw in visitors such as happy-hour specials and free salsa classes. If you can’t decide on a spot, hop on a party bus.

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What do the locals do in Aruba?

Just a stone’s throw from Baby Beach, and far from the resorts, tranquil Rodgers Beach boasts the same white sand and turquoise waters but none of the crowds. In Savaneta, Zeerovers restaurant is a popular local hangout that serves seafood freshly plucked from the sea and is a prime sunset-viewing spot.

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