Adventure in Aruba

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  • Aruba

  • Active Travel

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All-inclusive adventure in Aruba
Curator’s statement

Aruba, nicknamed “One Happy Island,” is indeed imbued with a sense of joy for life and the experience of the everyday. In addition to its numerous all-inclusive resorts, Aruba is an adventure junkie’s playground. From scuba diving to snorkeling, sailing, trekking, hiking, etc., Aruba is the place when you need to get away from it all and disconnect to reconnect.

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Things to do in Aruba

Turtle with red shell swims beneath the blue sea in Aruba

Aquatic activity 

Aruba is privy to some of the world’s best beaches with transparent blue waters. It screams sea adventure, from paddleboarding to scuba diving, snorkeling and/or sailing. So get on the water and enjoy all of its experiences. 

Shopping in Oranjestad 

The island’s capital city Oranjestad is a colorful town with Dutch-style architecture. Check out all of their vibrant buildings and indulge in the local shopping. In addition, you can get some holiday provisions like swimming accessories, swimsuits, hats and local artisan work to take home as a souvenir. 

Horseback riding along the Northeast Coast

Horseback riding is a fun way to experience the island without stepping foot on it. Different treks will take you down the beaches of the island. This is an especially bonding activity for families and a romantic option for couples. 

Aruba’s highest point

Drive to Hooiberg, a volcanic formation, the highest point on the island and climb the 561 steps to the top. You can see the entire island from here, and if it's clear, you might see Venezuela. Then, head to the California Lighthouse to watch the sunset from the beach.

Off-roading in Northern Aruba

Rent a Jeep and go off-roading on the North part of the island. Visit the Alto Vista Chapel, Bashimiri Ruins (goldmines) and the Natural Bridge, which collapsed in 2005.  After you grab some lunch, make your way to Arikok National Park and the tunnel of love.  Go past Boca Prins to the Fontain Cave for a brief tour, and then end your day at Baby Beach for a quick swim.

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A note from Kim

If you are there during Carnival, definitely attend the Grand Parade.  It is an experience you will never forget.

Eat & drink in Aruba

Bartender serves tropical drink

El Gaucho: Argentinian steakhouse with excellent cuts of meat and chimichurri sauce. 

Gasparito: Intimate dining experience with authentic Aruban food and lots of dishes with seafood and rice. 

Madam Janette: Located in the countryside, this is an award-winning Aruban eatery combining Northern European and Caribbean cuisine in its alfresco garden. 

Rumba Bar & Grill: Located in Oranjestad, this lively bistro has an open kitchen.

Cuba's Cookin': This restaurant serves genuine Cuban cuisine in Oranjestad.

Smokey Joe's: A Caribbean-style restaurant that offers alfresco dining in a festive atmosphere. 

Salt n' Pepper:  This is an excellent place for breakfast, lunch, tapas, dinner and/or drinks.

Tango:  Another Argentine grill that serves plenty of meaty goodness. 

Papiamento: A tropical outside dining experience that serves up Aruban dishes.

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