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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 10 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Aruba

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Great crew Ryan was...
Patrick_B, Nov 2021
Island Ultimate Jeep Safari
Most do it you want to see Aruba.
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A great ride..
Mandy_M, Nov 2021
Private Airport Transfers: Round-Trip
He provided us with a lot of information on what to do in Aruba!
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Ata was friendly and...
David_K, Nov 2021
Aruba Full-Island Tour
Ata was friendly and knowledgeable and we had plenty of time to see everything without feeling rushed.
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Fun way to explore the island
Nick_B, Nov 2021
Aruba UTV Tours - New Natural Cave Pool with Cliff Jumping (2 - 3 and 4 Seater)
Great and fun way to see the other side of the island while learning the history of Aruba!
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Amazing Tour Guides and Tour!
Kristen_G, Nov 2021
ATV Off-Road Tour and Cave Pool Snorkeling
Highly recommend this to anyone traveling to Aruba who wants to see numerous parts of the country
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Alexis = best guide ever!
Jena_M, Nov 2021
UTV & ATV Aruba's Secret Beach & Cave Pool Adventure
I would highly suggest this to anyone looking to see parts of Aruba you can’t get to by car and suggest more so to take a tour with Alexis!
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Off the Aruba beaten path
Janet_G, Oct 2021
North Countryside National park & Beach Ride
We got to see a different Aruba- the National Park.
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Great experience with beautiful views
Tierra_B, Oct 2021
Natural Pool Horseback Riding Tour in Aruba
I haven’t rode a horse in a very long time, I was so happy to be able to do that while also going to see one of the most beautiful treasures of Aruba.
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Underwater oasis
Sean_G, Oct 2021
The Arusun - Aruba Catamaran Sail with Snorkeling
Able to see so many beautiful fish and swing along with them.
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The crew made the trip a...
Jane_R, Oct 2021
Sunset Sail
I will definitely recommend to friends planning to visit Aruba.
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Best adventure ever!! ARUBA....ARIBA!!!!!
Kate_A, Oct 2021
Aruba UTV Tours - New Natural Cave Pool with Cliff Jumping (2 - 3 and 4 Seater)
Thank you for an amazing day and we can't wait to see you next year!!!
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I had the best time on...
Maroly_R, Oct 2021
Island Ultimate Jeep Safari
It was amazing to be able to see all the amazing scenic beauty Aruba had to offer.
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Must See
Michael_L, Oct 2021
Aruba Half Day Island Tour
It was a joy to see so much in the tour.
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Parasailing
IrishCherryl_M, Oct 2021
Parasailing
You’ll get to see the beautiful island.
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Must do!
Jason_C, Sep 2021
Aruba ATV Tour Adventure with Kini Kini
Great excursion to see the non touristy part of Aruba.
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wonderful island
Libardo_O, Sep 2021
Aruba Full-Island Tour
I fall in love with Aruba beautiful island and the most we like it ,was our tour guide Mr Curtis wonderful man he really loves his country we went to a very expectacular areas of Arubo .
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Adventurous fun
Kristen_B, Sep 2021
Aruba ATV Tour Adventure with Kini Kini
Such a fun way to see the island.
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Must do!
Jamie_C, Aug 2021
Aruba Happy Kukoo Hour
The only downfall was not being able to dance at the bars because of covid restrictions, but other than that, 10/10
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Nice
Lousatta_L, Aug 2021
Aruba Sightseeing Tour by ATV
Tour was amazing, tour guys were knowledgeable and experienced, got to see most of Aruba historical areas.
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Tour guide of aruba
Jennifer_D, Aug 2021
Aruba Countryside Tour
Every aspect of tour was amazing The tour guide Dolfi was very knowledgeable and a delight Really got to see differ parts of Aruba
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