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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

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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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 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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Aruba (Oranjestad) Cruise Port

Aruba (Oranjestad) Cruise Port

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In the southern Caribbean Sea sits the island of Aruba, one of four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its dry climate and reliably warm weather make it a popular destination for cruise passengers who come to golf, dive, snorkel, and soak up the sun.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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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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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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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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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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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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