Bright, Breezy and Beachy Aruba

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Advisor - Amanda Brownlie
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Amanda Brownlie

  • Active Travel

  • Aruba

  • Beaches

  • Islands

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Curator’s statement

Most Caribbean islands boast pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, but few are as happy, bright, and welcoming as Aruba. Delivering the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation and culture, a stay in Aruba guarantees a good time for any type of traveler. Enjoy endless cuisine options and fresh seafood, vibrant casinos, and a bounty of nature excursions (Thanks to 20 percent of the island being designated as a national park.) And it’s easier to get to than you think, with many daily direct flights from North America and Europe.

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Where to stay in Aruba

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Things to do in Aruba



You can’t go wrong with any beach on the island, but these four are extra special:

Nature Attractions

Culture + History

  • Oranjestad - Spend an afternoon in the island’s capital checking out the colorful Dutch architecture, historic sites, restaurants and shops.

  • Bon Bini Festival - Experience Aruba’s culture through music, dance and local cuisine.

Places to eat & drink in Aruba


Shrimp tacos at Lola Taqueria

Santos Coffee with Soul

All the beverages, as well as bagels, sandwiches, salads and more.

Eduardo’s Hideaway

Incredible plant-focused menu, perfect for breakfast and lunch.

Willem’s Dutch Pancakes or Linda’s Dutch Pancakes

You can’t leave the island without trying a famous Dutch Pancake — either of these options will hit the spot.

Lola Taqueria

Creative tacos on the patio.


Local place on a wharf serving seafood right out of the ocean. A decidedly un-fancy, local favorite that’s perfect for a casual dinner.

Lima Bistro

South American tapas with an Aruban twist. Upscale and perfect for a celebration, romantic date or a simply delicious dinner.


Wood-fired grill featuring Caribbean twist on international cuisine.

Papiamento Restaurant

Appears on every Aruba list, and for good reason. Set in a 100-year-old Aruban Cunucu house, it’s part museum, part lush paradise.

Taste my Aruba

Farm-to-table/sea-to-table experience. A must during your visit.

The Old Man and the Sea

Romantic, choose from over-the-water bungalow or feet-in-the-sand dining options.

Picnic Aruba

Schedule your own beach picnic!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Jamie Padden's guide, The Ultimate Aruba Travel Guide. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Aruba.

Advisor - Amanda Brownlie

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Aruba.