One of the best reasons to go to Aruba is because it truly has something for everyone. Want to just lounge on the beach for three days? Go to Aruba. Want to adventure to natural pools and play with flamingos? Go to Aruba. Want to snorkel or deep sea fish. Yup - Aruba is the place to go.
Spanning from relaxing to adventuring here are all the things you can't miss on a trip to Aruba.
The "tourist" beach of Aruba, Eagle beach is stunning and huge so you never feel overly crowded. There are tons of restaurants to wander into and the waves are perfect.
Another popular beach to visit is Palm beach where the waves are incredibly calm. Raft rentals are available and will cost you about $5 a day. You can bring your own if you have room in your bag!
Try to visit Palm Beach on a Saturday night so you can head to Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill and sing your heart out at karaoke night. There are tons of drink specials during the event since everyone needs a bit of liquid courage.
Conchi - or Natural Pool
One of the most talked about, and most gorgeous, natural elements in Aruba is the Conchi - or natural pool. The location is in the national park on the north side of the island and is pretty remote. You can get there yourself by hiking, ATV, Trail Rated 4x4 or ride on horseback with a tour.
Hop on an all-day cruise and work on your tan while also intermittently swimming with some fish. One of the best places to snorkel in Aruba is near the S.S. Antilla, a famous WWII shipwreck. It's the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean and you're sure to see tons of sea life.
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Read on: What to pack for a trip to Aruba
Kick it up a notch and get certified (if you aren't already) and SCUBA dive while in Aruba. It's seriously, one of the best places in the world to SCUBA and you'll experience a range of diverse and colorful species underwater.
Chill on the beach with Flamingos
Yeah. That's a thing in Aruba. The Renaissance Resort & Casino owns a private island that is naturally inhabited by gorgeous flamingos. You can either stay at the hotel and visit at your leisure or show up early and book one of the coveted guest spots to visit the island.
Here is a full guide to visiting the flamingos in Aruba from Anna Everywhere.
Our Lady of Alto Visto Chapel
A gorgeous chapel on the north side of the island.
Aruba’s old Dutch capital is best explored on foot so you can take in the many pastel-coloured Dutch buildings that line its streets. Shopping is also excellent here and be sure to try out local Aruban cuisine.
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Arikok National Park
A definite must visit while in Aruba is Arikok National Park. You don't have to hike to enjoy it, you can join a jeep or ATV tour instead. The entrance has a small entry fee, giving you access to caves, natural pools, and various hiking trails.
A picturesque white lighthouse stands near the northwest tip of Aruba. The California Lighthouse is a popular photo spot for visitors to Aruba and it's easy to see why - beautiful overlook, perfect white beach, and the nearby California White Sand Dunes make it a great excursion.
Eat Local Fish
Head to Zeerover - a small, local eatery in the fishing village of Saventa. You'll get delicious seafood at amazing prices, especially considering it was caught hours before.
Final Thoughts on Aruba
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. Here are some books I recommend...
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