There are lots of Aruba Attractions. Aruba is one of the best touristic islands in the Caribbean. The island is one of the ABC islands, sister to Curacao and Bonaire.
Caribbean Map showing the location of Aruba
But Aruba is independent with close ties to the Netherlands and Bonaire and Curacao are an integral part of the Netherlands Antilles, also known as the Dutch Antilles.
Aruba should be visited by a few days or a week minimum, there is so much to see and do… But if you happen to visit for a day on a cruise ship or on an island-hopping Adventure, here are a few of the most important things to do in Aruba.
Oranjestad the Capital of Aruba
Oranjestad, literally "Orange Town" is the capital and largest city of Aruba. Oranjestad is located on the southern coast near the western end of the island country. In the local language, Papiamento, Oranjestad is often referred to simply as "Playa". The population of the capital is approximately 40,000.
The city is named after the first King William I of the Netherlands. The name was conferred on the city in the 1820s when interest in Aruba increased due to the discovery of alluvial gold deposits.
Palm Beach is the best beach in Aruba
Aruba Attractions on its waters
Hi speed boat. Take a ride or let’s say “fly” over the water across Aruba’s Caribbean Sea, aboard a high speed 55 feet powerboat.
The ride stops for about 3 hours at the private island of De Palm where you can spend time at the exotic beaches and visit Kokoa Bar.
There is all kind of water sports and chairs and umbrellas are available for rent.
The Catamaran that "flies" over the waters of Aruba
Catamaran Cruise around the Island
Stop for snorkeling and view the spectacular Aruba’s colorful tropical fish. A second stop will take you to the Antilla, a World War II German freighter for another snorkeling chance. And continue to Pelican Pier to enjoy some of Aruba’s cuisine delicacies.
Board the Atlantis’ Sub Seeker power boat for a short ride to the wrecks of the Mi Dushi I and the Morgenstern. It dives to some 150 feet under sea level and you may even ‘kiss’ the fish.
Awesome Marine Life on the waters of Aruba
Scuba Diving Caribbean for everyone. You can take the tour of beginners One Tank Dive or a more advance certified Two Tank Dive. Either one will show you the beautiful coral reefs surrounding the coasts of Aruba.
Glass Bottom Boat
Board a bottom Glass boat and enjoy multi colored tropical fish, shipwrecks and natural reefs covered with exotic sea life.
Screamer Jet Boat Experience
This one is real excitement. This high-speed boat is incredible; with 1,000 HP it practically flies over the water up to 45 knots. Be prepared to get wet from the ocean spray and feel like you are on one of these rollercoasters.
Sea Trek Experience
Sea Trek is one of a kind experience. Walk 20 feet below the surface surrounded by the sea life that lives at the bottom of the ocean.
It is a combination of Scuba and Snorkeling that is becoming very popular in Aruba. Watch the sea life without the inconvenience of the Scuba heavy equipment.
Kukoo Kunuku a special way to tour the Island of Aruba
Aruba Attractions Inland
This is a very special and different tour. It is on board a hand painted bus cooled by the trade winds. It includes visit to the beach with Caribbean Music. Visit the Residencia Sylvia, a beautiful home of a government executive. Enjoy dinner and drinks surrounded by the sounds of Caribbean Music.
Jeep Adventure on a 4X4
This is a guided tour through Aruba’s most famous attractions. VISIT Alto Vista Chapel, the Wishing Rocks and the old pirate forts on top of the hills. Then stop at Arashi Beach for a well-deserved swim on Aruba’s turquoise waters.
A Kayak Adventure in Aruba
Go to the Spanish Lagoon and paddle your way to the protected waters of Manguel Halto Beach.
This is a one-hour tour ride along Malmok Beach, your horse will take you through the waters along the beach, all this accompanied by your guide.
Tierra del Sol Golf Course in Aruba
Play Golf like a pro
Visit the Tierra del Sol Golf Course, created by Robert Trent Jones Jr. This golf course could be a challenge for any golfer because it is surrounded areas of rocks and sands.
Admire Aruba’s natural wonders
Tour the Butterfly farm. VISIT THE Aloe Vera Factory and watch how they process the leaf all the way to lotion. Visit the natural bridge and view countless Divi trees. On the way back to Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, visit the ruins of Gold Mill in Boca Mahos.
This is a 10-foot inflatable boat. You’ll get instructions on how to ride it. This is one of kind experience Aruba Attractions are many.
I just mentioned a few of Aruba Attractions. Do you have the time? Are you going to leave things for “mañana”? Enjoy today. Life is short...
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