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How to Spend 3 Days in Aruba

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How to Spend 3 Days in Aruba
With consistently pleasant weather, the 21-mile-long (34-kilometer-long) island of Aruba is a popular Caribbean tourist spot. Boasting a plethora of land and sea activities, the tiny paradise offers a diverse mix of options to fill a 3-day itinerary. From ATV sightseeing tours to scuba diving lessons to sunset cruises, here’s how to make the most out of three days in Aruba.

Day 1: Island Paradise
Head out on your own ATV or as part of a 4x4 Jeep tour to see Aruba’s natural wonders and cultural highlights such as the Ayo and Casibari rock formations, with drawings by the Arawak Indians; the tiny yellow Alto Vista Chapel, which still holds services; and the California Lighthouse, considered one of the most photogenic spots in Aruba. Alternatively, join a hiking tour and discover the island’s rugged countryside on foot before the afternoon heat sets in.

In the afternoon, cool off with a relaxing swim in the calm blue waters of family-friendly Baby Beach and grab a bite to eat at a nearby snack shack. Huts are scattered throughout the beach for sun protection, and snorkel gear is also available to rent. Other beaches include Malmok Beach, which is rugged and popular for snorkeling, and Palm Beach, which borders the high-rise hotels.

Day 2: Sea Adventure
Just off the coast of Aruba lies De Palm Island, an all-inclusive destination that offers something for everyone, from families to couples. Get away from the crowds of Aruba on a day trip to this remote coral island, where you can go snorkeling, scuba diving, and ziplining. Hop on a banana boat and ride the waves, glide down a water slide, or simply grab a drink and relax on the beach.

Another option is to hop aboard a catamaran and head to Catalina Bay to explore the hidden treasures of the SS Antilla, which was sunk by its own captain to avoid Dutch possession. Be on the lookout for angelfish, parrot fish, grouper, octopus, and barracuda while swimming around the shallow coral reef. Or go deeper and join a scuba diving tour. Various options are available, such as introductory courses for beginners and 2-dive tours for advanced certified divers.

Day 3: Off-the-Beaten Path
Discover the other side of Aruba by visiting the island’s factories to learn how some indigenous products are made. Head to the Aruba Aloe Factory to find out more about the plant, or visit the Balashi Beer Brewery to see how islanders treat ocean water in order to brew beer. See how cigars are hand-rolled at the Aruhiba Cigar Factory, or head to a local rum shop to sample island-grown liquor.

Top off your visit to Aruba with a picturesque sunset sail. Enjoy a dinner of Caribbean dishes and cocktails onboard an open-deck catamaran as you watch the last rays of sun disappear. Alternatively, spend the evening barhopping around Aruba’s favorite watering holes with the help of a guide. A drink or shot at each stop is typically included with these type of pub crawls, plus you don’t have to worry about driving.
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Luxury Wine & Dine Dinner SailWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Luxury Wine & Dine Dinner Sail

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Set sail from Aruba for a dinner cruise by catamaran, then watch the sun set into the Caribbean as you drink and dine on deck. Enjoy an open bar throughout the cruise, and nibble local and international fare from a sumptuous, three-course buffet. Take in Aruba’s shoreline scenery and cool sea breezes, then return to Palm Beach as the stars appear over the island. 
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Made in Aruba Sightseeing TourDay Trips

Made in Aruba Sightseeing Tour

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Learn about Aruba's most popular exports during this entertaining and educational tour. With your local guide, visit a cigar producer, an aloe vera factory, and the local Balashi Brewery. See how Aruban glass and ceramics are made at Terrafuse and sample some local liquors at the Palmera Rum Factory. Hear about how these exports shape Aruba's economy through engaging commentary from your local guide. Lunch and round-trip transportation from local hotels are provided.
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Aruba Snorkel Cruise to SS Antilla with LunchDay Cruises

Aruba Snorkel Cruise to SS Antilla with Lunch

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Snorkel three different sites on this half-day adventure in Aruba. Visit the SS Antilla, the reef at Boca Catalina and Malmok, where you'll don the provided snorkel gear and swim in the calm Caribbean sea amongst various species of coral and tropical fish. Depart from Aruba's De Palm Pier, and enjoy lunch and and open bar on board the boat after your snorkeling adventure has finished.
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Aruba Pub Crawl

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Ride a colorful party bus bound for Aruba’s best watering holes during this fun night out. Tour the Caribbean island in a lively open-air bus, stopping at the best bars off the beaten track with your local guide. Enjoy a complimentary shot at each of four stops, as well as drink specials and the opportunity to learn some local dances. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Antilla & Catalina Snorkel SailDay Cruises

Antilla & Catalina Snorkel Sail

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Snorkel at Catalina Bay and the Antilla shipwreck during this afternoon excursion in Aruba. Board a catamaran and travel to these two excellent snorkeling spots, where you swim with angelfish, yellowtail snapper, and stingrays. Enjoy drinks from the open bar and snacks onboard the boat.
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Introductory Diving in Aruba

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Experience scuba diving in Aruba during a half-day introductory course, and explore a shallow reef or one of the island’s legendary shipwrecks. Learn the basics of equipment and safety in a classroom and pool, then head for open water. Practice buoyancy and communication while swimming alongside a dive instructor and discover vibrant fish and brilliant coral as you dive the Caribbean Sea for the first time. 
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De Palm Island with Bus Transportation

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Make the most of your trip to Aruba on this private island adventure to Paradise. Travel by air-conditioned coach to De Palm Island, where you experience the beauty and the thrill of an underwater wonderland. Get an up-close look at the tropical fish and coral reefs this part of the world is known for and lounge on sandy shores between dips into the sea. Plus enjoy a savory lunch and sweet tropical beverages while kicking back in a sunny hammock.
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Aruba UTV AdventureHalf-day Tours

Aruba UTV Adventure

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Ride a UTV through Aruba's rugged landscape during this adventure. Meet your local adventure guides and take off to see sights like the Wish Rock Garden, the Baby Bridge, Black Stone Beach, the California Lighthouse and the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins. Enjoy engaging, informative commentary during your tour and make a beach stop for a refreshing swim. Use of safety gear and round-trip transportation from Aruba hotels are included.
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Lunch & Snorkel SailDay Cruises

Lunch & Snorkel Sail

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Discover the SS ‘Antilla’ shipwreck, one of the Caribbean's largest wrecks, on this half-day Aruba snorkeling cruise. Set sail aboard a luxury catamaran to three snorkel spots abundant with marine life, including a stop at Catalina Bay. Enjoy an open bar and a deli-style lunch, served by an expert crew on board. Includes snorkel instruction and equipment.
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Sunset Tour Rancho Loco

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Watch Aruba's sunset while riding horseback atop the hills of Arikok National Park on the island's east coast. Guides at Rancho Loco match you with a horse ideal for your skill level--novice to expert riders are welcome to enjoy the sweeping land and ocean views on this excursion. Round-trip transportation from your hotel or cruise-ship port is included.
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Aruba Small-Group Hiking Tour

Take a break from the beach and discover the island’s scenic countryside on a hiking tour. Gain insight into the region’s geography and history as you embark on a walk adapted to your group’s fitness level, benefiting from the more personalized experience of a small-group tour. Relax after an active day with included hotel or port pickup and drop-off.
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