There are many things that may surprise you about the Caribbean nation of Aruba. Like the fact that it’s part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, despite lying just off the coast of Venezuela. Or, that it’s one of the safest islands in the whole of Caribbean.
The abundance of great things to do in Aruba might also be a pleasant surprise. Flying to Aruba is convenient you can grab an online offer at any time and get set to explore the happy island, a place that feels like home … only better!
Fun Things to do in Aruba
1. Tour Aruba’s Diverse Beaches
Aruba is famous for its diverse beaches. The beaches are a major reason why people visit the island. They are also among the best things to do in Aruba. From gorgeous sandy stretches to wild and rugged coastlines, there’s a beach on Aruba for all tastes. Settle down, pop some great tunes on and enjoy the views.
The picturesque Eagle Beach is known for its twin trees that stand proudly on the white sands. Relax, unwind and soak up the sun. It’s a great place for nature lovers too, with sea turtles visiting the beach to lay their eggs. Pelicans patrol many of Aruba’s beaches.
Other scenic beaches that are great for swimming and sunbathing include Rodger’s Beach, Druif Beach and Palm Beach. The shallow waters of Baby Beach make it popular with families. Excellent beaches for snorkeling include Boca Catalina, Arashi and Mangel Halto (watch out for the mosquitoes here though, they’re killer). If you’re into surfing, check out Grapefield and Andicuri. For more excitement, Boca Grandi is perfect for kite surfing.
2. Discover Aruba’s Natural Attractions
Aruba has several excellent natural attractions. Arikok National Park is a favourite, with its interesting rock formations and array of flora and fauna. Creatures that call the park home include various lizard and snake species, wild goats and donkeys, and numerous types of birds. Many cacti grow on the rocky terrain. The natural pool of Conchi is one of the park’s key attractions.
There are several natural arches around Aruba, each one offering great photo opportunities. You can see ancient rock art on the huge boulders at the Ayo Rock Formations. Head to Casibari Boulders to see even more interesting sights!
3. Enjoy the Views From Hooiberg
Climb 500 feet to the top of Hooiberg, also known as Haystack Mountain, and enjoy the panoramic vistas over the island. You can usually see the Venezuelan coast too. Do be aware that climbing the mountain involves ascending more than 550 steps—take plenty of water with you!
4. See Aruba’s Historic and Cultural Side
Aruba is home to several places of historic and cultural interest. One of the most popular things to do in Aruba is to visit Fort Zoutman. Dating back to the late 1700s, Fort Zoutman is one of the oldest legacies from the Dutch colonial era. Today, it contains the Historical Museum. You can see more of the island’s Dutch heritage at the Old Mill. It was built in the Netherlands in the 19th century, and reconstructed in Aruba in 1960.
Religious sites include the Grot di Lourdes, created in honour of the miracle in Lourdes, and the quaint Alto Vista Chapel. California Lighthouse is another impressive sight to admire.
5. Visit Donkey Sanctuary Aruba
Donkeys were introduced to Aruba around half a century ago for transportation. Although the wild donkey population suffered a sharp decline in the 1970s, numbers grew again. Donkeys can now been seen in the wild on Aruba again. Donkey Sanctuary Aruba operates to care for injured, sick, abused and elderly donkeys. You can get up close and personal with the creatures and learn more about their habits when you visit the sanctuary.
Other great things to do in Aruba include sampling local cuisine, admiring the colorful Dutch-era buildings in Oranjestad and soaking up the lively vibe of San Nicolas. And if for some crazy reason Aruba doesn’t sound like it’s for you then I recommend checking out this list of the 25 best islands to visit in the Caribbean to give you a bit more inspiration.
Book your flights to appreciate the best of Aruba;
I had an incredible time there and I’m sure you will too!