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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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Natural Bridge

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A testament to the power of the elements, the Natural Bridge of Aruba was created from the strength of the ocean carving through thick coral limestone. Thousands of years of water and wind pushing at the coral had created an opening in it that allowed the ocean waves to get through while leaving a layer on top that people could walk across. The location also boasted excellent views of nearby and ruggedly handsome Andicuri Beach. Sadly, on September 2, 2005, the power of nature and erosion finally won out and the bridge that thousands had marveled at collapsed in the early morning hours. Before its demise, the Natural Bridge was the largest nature created bridge in the Caribbean, stretching across more than 100 feet and rising 23 feet above the sea. The rocky remains of the bridge can still be seen and are located a short distance from the popular Natural Pool in Aruba, another nature-made wonder that is a large swimming hole located amongst huge rocks right next to the sea.More
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De Palm Island

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De Palm Island is a small island off of the western coast of Aruba that attracts people from the main island looking for a new experience. In addition to hosting an array of outdoor activities including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and beach volleyball, De Palm Island also offers several options for those seeking rest and relaxation. All-inclusive packages make it easy to spend an entire day in the water, lounging on the beach and having your fill of unlimited food and drinks. If you can pull yourself away from the cabana, grab a snorkel and get a glimpse at the beautiful coral reefs teeming with tropical sea life, including the blue parrotfish, native only to this area. As far as family entertainment goes, this is a one-stop shop for water sports for the kids and cabanas with an open bar for the adults. You'll need to take a ferry or catamaran to the island, both of which leave regularly from Port De Palm.More
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Natural Pool

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The Natural Pool is a tucked away basin formed by rock and volcanic stone circles that fills with ocean water. The pool is also known locally as "Conchi" or "Cura di Tortuga," because it is said that the pool was once used to hold sea turtles before they were sold (tortuga means turtle in Papiamento, the official language of the Caribbean). Visitors can swim and snorkel here, although the area is really not that big. On calm days, the pool is great for a dip, but keep in mind that swimming here is risky when waves leap the rock barrier.More
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Aruba (Oranjestad) Cruise Port

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Come along on the Island Tour Excursion, which includes stops for nature and history lovers. The Natural Bridge is formed of coral limestone and is one of the largest natural bridges in the world. See the old cities of Savaneta and San Nicolas, former capitals of the island. Or, you can marvel at the Ayo Rock formation and Cave, which display some of the oldest Arawak Indian drawings on the island. For a deeper look into the economy and local products of Arbua, try the Essense of Aruba shore excursion. Participants are educated in the history and process of Aruba’s signature aloe industry, cigar factory, and beer and rum production.More
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Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins

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The desert interior of the Caribbean island of Aruba is never more interesting than when visiting the Bashiribana Gold Mill Ruins. Set among the stark beauty of the Aruban desert and the blue Caribbean sky, the ruins are the stone remains of an old gold smelter. Established by gold prospectors hundreds of years ago and once considered sacred by the Arawak Indians, this is a serene and unexpected step into the history of Aruba and a great exploratory photo opportunity for those that love history, desert beauty or just good old-fashioned exploration.More
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Andicuri Beach

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California Lighthouse

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Alto Vista Chapel

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Little could be more picturesque or more Caribbean chic than the Alto Vista Chapel on Aruba. With the big Caribbean sky and peaceful sea as your backdrop, the Alto Vista Chapel, or “Pilgrims Church,” is one of the most photographed attractions on the island. Built by Spanish missionaries in 1750, the Alto Vista Chapel still conducts services and is said to be the oldest continuously operating church in the Caribbean. Sitting alone on a hill on an island in the Caribbean, the scene is instantly inspiring, and the grounds and gardens immaculately manicured. Easily one of the nicest stops while out exploring Aruba, the Alto Vista Chapel is not to be missed.More
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Antilla Shipwreck

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The waters of Aruba are lined with shipwrecks, thanks to the treacherous rock outcroppings that the Caribbean has long been notorious for. Luckily, these shipwrecks make for great tourist attractions and amazing dive and snorkeling sites, as they play host to scores of marine life, as well as enticing historical stories of bygone eras. The Antilla Shipwreck is Aruba’s most popular shipwreck site, named after the SS Antilla – a Hamburg America Line cargo ship. Launched in 1939, the poor Antilla operated for less than a year before running aground. Today, however, it makes for a great snorkeling and diving opportunity, as it acts as a safe-haven for the abundant sea life of the Caribbean, and lobster, sea turtles and manta rays are regularly seen here.More
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Baby Beach

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Baby Beach, so-called for its bathtub-like waters that are shallow enough for young children, is a sheltered man-made lagoon on the southeastern tip of Aruba. The water is only as deep as 5 ft (1.5 m) and the soft sand is friendly to bare feet, making it a popular place for locals and tourists alike. This beach is best suited for families with young children and people new to snorkeling. The shallow, calm waters offer a safe environment in which all beachgoers can enjoy their day at the shore.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Aruba

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Must do
Kazue_T, Feb 2021
Island Ultimate Jeep Safari
Fantastic way to see Aruba!
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Great off road experience
Andrew_R, Jan 2021
Aruba UTV Tours - New Natural Cave Pool with Cliff Jumping (2 - 3 and 4 Seater)
Highly recommend this tour to see the sights of Aruba.
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Private & Perfect
Suanaye_W, Jan 2021
Aruba Island Sightseeing Tour
I was able to see and visit a GREAT deal of the island with great photos as a memory.
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GREAT TOUR!
Eva_T, Dec 2020
Aruba Island Sightseeing Tour
If you want to see and learn about Aruba, take this tour!
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Best activity in all of Aruba
Michael_H, Nov 2020
Aruba 7 Stops Northcoast UTV Afternoon Tour
Be prepared to get covered in mud and see the best sights Aruba has to offer
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Fun way to see the Island!
TrixieC, Oct 2020
Aruba Hidden Treasures & Ostrich Farm UTV Morning Tour
This tour was a great way to see a lot of what Aruba has to offer.
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Aruba Country Side
Rachel_L, Oct 2020
Aruba Countryside Tour
It was nice to see the countryside of Aruba and see all the beautiful homes.
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All of it
Rick_P, Sep 2020
Aruba ATV Tour Adventure
This is by far the best way to see Aruba!
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The best thing we did in Aruba
Jeffrey_S, Jan 2021
Aruba Jeep Adventure Tour
This tour is a must if you want to see all the sites in Aruba in a short period of time.
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The best Tour on the Happy Island!
Anne_O, Jan 2021
Aruba Hidden Treasures & Ostrich Farm UTV Morning Tour
We were able to see views of the island that we would not have discovered ourselves.
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Wonderful
Cornell_L, Jan 2021
Aruba Sightseeing Tour by ATV
We got to see places that I did not expect to see.
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A fun day
MissyLynn, Jan 2021
De Palm Island with Bus Transportation
The ocean colors are incredible- the activities on De Palm Island, the water slides and banana boat rides add to this all day excursion.
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Nice time to see some Island animal life!1
Randall_W, Dec 2020
Half-Day Animal Sanctuary Tour in Aruba
It was nice to see how well they care for these animals.
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Horseback riding in Aruba
Beachbumlily, Dec 2020
Natural Pool Horseback Riding Tour in Aruba
You really get to see wild Aruba!
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Ahoy, Mateys!!!
Brian_K, Nov 2020
Aruba Champagne Breakfast and Lunch Cruise with Snorkeling
We went to a total of two snorkel spots, the final near a shipwreck an were able to see several schools of fish.
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Leaving Aruba Has Never been Easier
Brian_K, Nov 2020
First Class Experience Aruba VIP Airport Hosting Departure
I suggested this service to two guys I met at the hotel and was happy to see them again in the airport lounge.
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Most exciting 4 hours in Aruba!!!!
Donna_B, Nov 2020
UTV & ATV Aruba's Secret Beach & Cave Pool Adventure
By taking this tour we we're able to see other parts of Aruba that we would have never seen.
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LOCAL LIFE IN ARUBA
Hypeness1, Sep 2020
Guided Private UTV tour with personal Driver(No acces to National park)
We went to the bottom of island to see the Colorado Lighthouse.
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ABC Tours Go Above & Beyond
Gabrielle_W, Sep 2020
Island Ultimate Jeep Safari
I feel like I got to see every attraction Aruba has to offer.
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A MUST-DO in Aruba! Amazing Million-Dollar $ Views for your Instagram
Jordan_H, Sep 2020
Guided Mangel Halto and Baby Beach Snorkeling Tour from Aruba
It was worth the trip to see the rest of the island.

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