Aruba Guide

A Reference Guide to help you plan your trip and see all the sights.

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Sure, Aruba is small, but we pack more fun and happiness into 70 square miles than any other Caribbean island.

We’re known for our perfect weather and legendary beaches, near-endless stretches of alabaster sand kissed by sparkling warm seas, and hugged by the wind-curved trunks of our fofoti trees.
 

Venture beyond the sand and you’ll discover so much more. A sea full of life and shipwrecks. Pastel streets lined with shows, shopping, and vibrant nightlife. An authentic, inviting culture. There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Aruba, it’s just a matter of finding which ones make you happiest. Are you ready for your Aruba getaway?

Arashi Beach
Arashi is a settlement and beach on the northwestern tip of Aruba, in Noord district. It is close to Malmok, Kudarebe and the California Lighthouse. A great beach with white sand of Arashi, perfect for families to go snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing.
Natural Pool
Aruba's most famous nature attraction. A "conchi" or swimmable pool nestled amidst massive rocks on the northeast coast of Aruba.
Snorkeling & Water Sports
Aruba's crystal clear depths are home to vibrant reefs & wrecks just waiting to be explored by snorkelers and scuba divers. Kite & windsurfers harness world-class winds while snorkelers, boaters, water skiers, and swimmers enjoy our protected shoals.
Malmok Beach
Quiet beach popular for snorkeling in clear-blue water as well as sunset views.
Beaches & Coves
From watersports meccas lined with luxury resorts to secluded coves sandwiched by limestone cliffs, Aruba’s breathtaking variety of beaches offers something special for everyone.
Natural Wonders
Explore the calm sandy stretches of our west coast and the towering bocas to the north. Climb the windswept steps to the peak of Hooiberg hill, Aruba’s iconic mountaintop forged by ancient volcanoes.
Golf and Sports
If you’re looking for the best golf vacation in the Caribbean, Aruba is your place to be. Consistently ranking as one of the best golf destinations in the world, Aruba features two fantastic courses.
Donkey Sanctuary
The distinctive call of the donkey welcome visitors to Aruba's Donkey Sanctuary. The Bringamosa-based sanctuary welcomes guests, offering information and tours of the grounds. Guests can enjoy a cozy visitor center, a cold drink on the covered porch or buy original donkey-themed gifts and souvenirs in the gift shop. A visit to the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary is worth your while.
Jolly Pirates
Set sail for a 4 hour adventure aboard the 85 ft Jolly Pirates Schooners, cruising along the picturesque coastline. Enjoy snorkeling in turquoise waters on the most requested sailing excursion in Aruba. Visit the island's most popular swimming and snorkeling sites, teeming with schools of tropical fish.
California Lighthouse
One of Aruba's most famous landmarks, the California lighthouse is known for its spectacular views of the island. It's now open to the public to climb up to the highest look out point and enjoy panoramic 360 views of Aruba's most northern point.
Kukoo Kanuku Party Bus
Catch the Island spirit and get ready to paint the town red. The Kukoo Kunuku is all about making new friends while having fun. Every evening we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons and the end to many a lazy day in Paradise. From a champagne toast at sunset to a casual Caribbean dinner to a parranda (party on wheels) as we visit our favorite bars in Aruba, clubs and watering holes.
Sight-Seeing Around Aruba
By land, sea, and even submarine, an organized group or individual sightseeing tour is a safe, authentic way for you and your family to explore every beautiful corner of Aruba.
Butterfly Farm
Want a unique experience just steps from Palm Beach. Visit the charming
Butterfly Farm, a guaranteed hit for all ages.
Historic Gold Mines
Experience remnants of Aruba's gold history at various sites throughout the island, including gold mines and gold mills.
Alto Vista Chapel
Humble house of worship rebuilt in 1952. Catholic chapel offering an intimate space in an elevated desert landscape.
Aruba Dining
Aruba’s vibrant restaurant scene is your happy opportunity to sample delicious cuisine inspired by over 90 unique nationalities. To sit at our tables, savor the rich flavors of our keshi yena, and taste an authentic side of Aruba prepared with love.
Casino at The Ritz Carlton
Less than 2 miles from Esmeralda Escape is the Casino at The Ritz Carlton. At this Aruba beachfront resort, the 15,000 square foot Casino features table games, slot machines and live entertainment. Open 24 hours.
Aruba Nightlife
Aruba’s nightlife is some of the Caribbean’s best. Our beachfront lounges, exciting casinos, and lively clubs make it easy to sip cocktails, share stories, dance, and play until the sun rises again.
Arts and Culture
Aruba’s culture comes alive in the spirited rhythms, art, and dance that fill our streets, homes, galleries, and hearts.
Shopping
Aruba is a shopper’s paradise, and a haven for locally made crafts and international brands.
History
From our ancient Caiquetio Indian roots, through Spanish and Dutch rule, to our modern day standing as a constituent country of the Netherlands, Aruba’s history dates back centuries.
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