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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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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 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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Arikok National Park

Arikok National Park

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With deserted beaches and rocky coves, dusty plains dotted with cacti, and ancient limestone caves, Arikok National Park feels worlds away from the luxurious resorts of Aruba’s north coast. Covering almost 20 percent of the island, the park, one of the best reasons to venture south, offers a spectacular backdrop for outdoor adventures.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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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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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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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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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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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Aruba

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Excellent
Kamalla_B, Jul 2021
Aruba ATV Tour Adventure with Kini Kini
Can’t wait to visit Aruba again and go on the ATV tour with them again!!
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Rob is the best!! Highlight of our trip!
Jon_R, Jul 2021
Private snorkel excursion to a pristine coral reef in Aruba - Eco-friendly!
Highly recommend to anyone wanting a intimate experience and who want to see an amazing, quiet part of Aruba!
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Jeff Tours - 5 *****
FairNap, Jul 2021
Half day Tour
Got to see many places in Aruba not just points of interest but places where locals go to.
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10 stars
Darchella_W, Jul 2021
Aruba Happy Kukoo Hour
The entire atmosphere was great I would recommend this to anyone coming to visit Aruba that's over 21 of course.
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Definitely recommend!
Alicia_E, Jun 2021
UTV & ATV Aruba's Secret Beach & Cave Pool Adventure
Our UTV tour was the perfect way to see different parts of the island.
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Great
Jane_D, Jun 2021
Colorful Beach Bus Sightseeing Tour of Aruba
Got to see Aruba - paradise.
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Great Aruba Hike!
Avilio_R, Jun 2021
Hike with private guide to Aruba's highest point
You will get to see local birds and the variety of plants on the island.
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Best excursion!
Emily_K, Jun 2021
ATV Off-Road Tour and Cave Pool Snorkeling
The atving was so much fun, and we got to see the natural bridge, jump in a cave pool, visit a beautiful beach and explore a rock formation and gold processing center.
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Alex Rocks
Thomas_S, Jun 2021
Aruba UTV Tour Adventure (2-Seater) with Kini Kini
It was a fantastic way to see the island.
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Aruba explorers
Chris_M, Jun 2021
2 Seater Utv Rental
This is a wonderful way to see Aruba without being tied to a group.
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Great Aruba Island Tour
Korey_A, May 2021
Aruba Full-Island Tour
I highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting the island as you will learn a lot about Aruba, it’s history, and stop to see amazing island spots.
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Must do activity....
Hector_H, May 2021
Aruba 7 Stops Northcoast UTV Afternoon Tour
So many things to see and explore.
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Great value, great tour
Gregory_M, Apr 2021
Aruba Half Day Island Tour
We learned a lot about Aruba and had the opportunity to see most of the island.
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GREAT WILL DO IT AGAIN. Staff was great.
Karen_J, Apr 2021
Sunset Sail
Must do if u plan to visit aruba.
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Great experience
Jed_S, Apr 2021
Natural Pool Horseback Riding Tour in Aruba
A real way to see Aruba.
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Great time for everyone!
CatH, Apr 2021
Natural Pool Off-Road Safari
This is our second trip to Aruba and we were so glad we got to see a different side of the island with this excursion.
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amazing time!!! great way...
Lele, Mar 2021
ATV Off-Road Tour and Cave Pool Snorkeling
great way to see the island, go to some hot spots, and have some fun!
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Very good time
Igor_Z, Mar 2021
Jolly Pirate Morning Sail and Snorkel Cruise in Aruba
We were able to see a lot despite windy weather Great snorkeling opportunities 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 time
Lauren_S, Jul 2021
Sunset Sail
But overall we enjoyed ourselves and thought it was a great way to see Aruba.
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