The Ultimate 10-Day Aruba Itinerary

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Lindsay Vaughn

  • Aruba

  • Beaches

  • Solo Travel

  • Relaxation

  • Entertainment

  • Local Food

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Curator’s statement

Aruba, the island that holds a special place in my heart because it’s the first Caribbean island I visited with my husband. Known as "One Happy Island," it effortlessly blends pristine beaches, European charm, and a joyful spirit that embraces all. With its year-round sunshine and average temperature of 82°F (28°C), Aruba is a paradise for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. In this ultimate 10-day itinerary, I'll guide you through the best experiences this enchanting island has to offer. Discover hidden gems, soak up the warm hospitality, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready to dive into the vibrant soul of Aruba!

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Day 1: Arrive, drive, indulge

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Start your day by landing at Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) and breeze through the process. Pick up your rental car from Alamo and hit the road. Check into the luxurious The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, where you'll be greeted with warm hospitality and stunning ocean views. Treat yourself to a mouthwatering dinner at BLT Steak, known for its delectable cuts of meat and elegant atmosphere. Indulge in a culinary journey that will tantalize your taste buds.

Day 2: Coffee, beach, romance

evening at eagle beach

Start your day with a delightful cup of coffee at Santos Coffee With Soul, where the rich flavors and cozy atmosphere will awaken your senses. Spend a blissful beach day at Eagle or Palm Beach, basking in the Caribbean sun and enjoying the crystal-clear waters. Remember to lather on sunscreen to protect your skin.

Return to your hotel for a refreshing break, allowing yourself to relax and rejuvenate before the evening's adventures. Indulge in a romantic dinner at Passions on the Beach, where your toes sink into the sand while you savor a delicious meal accompanied by the sounds of the waves gently lapping the shore.

Day 3: Pancakes, nature, Italian feast

Big old tree

Fuel up with a scrumptious breakfast at Linda's Dutch Pancakes, where you can indulge in a variety of delectable pancakes with a Dutch twist.

Explore the natural wonders of Arikok National Park, venturing into the mystical Quadirikiri and Fontein Caves, soaking in the beauty of Boca Prins Beach, and taking in the breathtaking views at the Conchi Natural Pool.

Discover the fascinating history at the Bushiribana Ruins, remnants of Aruba's gold rush era, and pay a visit to the Aruba Ostrich Farm before it closes at 4pm.

Treat your taste buds to a memorable dinner at Gianni's Restaurant, where you'll savor exquisite flavors of Italian cuisine in a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

Day 4: Flamingos, shopping, seafood feast

Beautiful Palm Island

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and a cup of coffee at Aruba Experience, immersing yourself in the flavors and culture of the island.

Discover paradise at Renaissance Island and Flamingo Beach, where you can bask in the sun, swim in the turquoise waters, and even mingle with the beautiful flamingos. Indulge in a delightful lunch right on the beach.

Embark on a shopping adventure in the vibrant streets of Oranjestad, where you'll find a mix of local boutiques, international brands, and unique souvenirs.

Savor a mouthwatering dinner at Driftwood, a seaside restaurant known for its fresh seafood and relaxed ambiance.

Day 5: Pancakes, snorkeling, butterflies, German feast

Baby beach

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at King Fred & Princess Diana Pancakes, where you'll be treated to a variety of fluffy pancakes and tasty breakfast delights.

Set sail with Jolly Pirates for a half-day snorkeling adventure, exploring the vibrant underwater world of Aruba. Take a moment to visit the iconic California Lighthouse and enjoy some refreshing coconut water.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of butterflies at the Butterfly Farm, surrounded by these graceful creatures in a tropical oasis.

Indulge in a satisfying dinner at Bavaria, where you can savor authentic German cuisine paired with a wide selection of beers.

Day 6: Breakfast, sail, feast, piano bar

boat speeds through open ocean

Enjoy a delightful breakfast with a view at Water's Edge, where you can savor delicious dishes while overlooking the azure waters.

Embark on an Aruba Lunch & Snorkel Sail or a fishing charter, immersing yourself in the beauty of the Caribbean Sea.

Delight your taste buds with a culinary journey at Salt & Pepper, where you can savor a fusion of flavors in a trendy and vibrant atmosphere. Don't miss out on the lively ambiance at The Sopranos Piano Bar for some after-dinner drinks.

Day 7: Breakfast, murals, lunch, beach, dinner

sandy beach under grass umbrella

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Kulture Cafe, where you can fuel up before exploring the town of San Nicolas and its vibrant murals.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at Rum Reef, savoring Caribbean flavors while enjoying the coastal views.

Spend the afternoon at the idyllic Baby Beach, swimming and sunbathing in a tranquil setting.

Indulge in a memorable dinner at Screaming Eagle Restaurant, known for its exquisite dishes and elegant setting.

Day 8: Breakfast, donkeys, aloe, dinner

Toast, bacon, eggs and potatoes on a white plate and plate of pancakes in the background

Enjoy a delightful breakfast at Chicken & Lobster, where you can savor a combination of two beloved dishes.

Pay a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary and interact with these gentle creatures. Discover the natural healing properties of aloe at the Aloe Factory.

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Matthew's beachside restaurant, where you can savor Caribbean flavors while overlooking the picturesque coastline.

Day 9: Island adventure, dinner delight

white sand beach with paragliders

Spend a fun-filled day at De Palm Island, where you can observe the majestic flamingos, go snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, and experience thrilling water slides. Enjoy a delightful lunch on the island.

Head back to your hotel to refresh and relax. Indulge in a memorable dinner at Papiamento Restaurant, a charming and elegant establishment known for its mouthwatering cuisine.

Day 10: Farewell, Aruba's beauty lingers

white sand beach and turquoise water

Pack up your belongings and bid farewell to the island as you head back to the airport, cherishing the memories of your amazing Aruba adventure.

Need to Know

Tips for the trip: Avoid the peak tourist season from December to April for a more serene experience. Rent a car to explore at your own pace, and don't forget to immerse yourself in the island's "One Happy Island" spirit.

Looking for more inspiration on traveling to Aruba? Read this local's guide to Aruba and this 5 day itinerary on adventure and relaxation in Aruba.

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