Spending two days on the island of Aruba lets you to explore its cultural and historical attractions, take advantage of a wide range of outdoor activities such as scuba diving and horseback riding, and schedule some down time at the beach. Here’s how to plan your stay.
Day 1: Sightsee and Sip Drinks
Morning: Whether you hop on an ATV or jump into a 4WD Jeep, exploring Aruba’s rocky landscape and visiting its top attractions during the morning hours is best, since you’ll beat the afternoon heat and strong sun. Highlights include the California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, and the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins.
Afternoon: Take it easy in the afternoon on one of Aruba’s popular beaches, such as Baby Beach, a favorite among both locals and tourists. Boasting soft sand and a calm, bathwaterlike lagoon, the family-friendly beach offers huts for sun protection and snorkel gear to rent.
Night: Explore island nightlife on a pub crawl of Aruba. Evening bar tours take place aboard lively open-air buses and include stops at several spots. If you’re new to Aruba, a tour like this is a good way to navigate the nightlife scene with the help of a guide.
Day 2: Horseback Riding and Water Fun
Morning: Start the day with a peaceful horseback ride around Arikok National Park, located on the eastern side of Aruba. You don’t need to be an experienced rider since most guides offer instruction and assign you a well-suited, well-trained horse to ride. Inside the park, visit one the island's highest points to snap photos.
Afternoon: Join a snorkeling or scuba diving tour—designed for both beginner and experienced divers—to explore the Caribbean waters and marine life around Aruba. (Full-day options, which depart in the morning, are available too, if you’d prefer to spend the whole day out at sea.) Alternatively, rent snorkeling gear at one of the beaches and explore close to shore.
Night: Cap off your short stay on Aruba with a sunset sail. Dine on an open-deck catamaran as you watch the sun disappear into the sea, or choose a sailing option without the meal and dine in town.