Welcome to Our Island

Sure, we’re small, but we pack more fun and happiness into 70 square miles than any other Caribbean island.

We’re known for our perfect weather and legendary beaches, near-endless stretches of alabaster sand kissed by sparkling warm seas, and hugged by the wind-curved trunks of our fofoti trees.

Venture beyond the sand and you’ll discover so much more. A sea full of life and shipwrecks. Pastel streets lined with shows, shopping, and vibrant nightlife. An authentic, inviting culture. There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Aruba, it’s just a matter of finding which ones make you happiest.

The Locals Travel Guide to Aruba

Explore a shipwreck!

Have a unique vacation experience by joining an underwater tour in Aruba by semi-submarine, real submarine, or sea trek. The slow descent to the ocean floor reveals a changing kaleidoscope of colors and movement as tropical fish weave through underwater environment.

The wonders of Aruba's underwater environment are accessible even to non-swimmers with options of submarine, semi-submarine and sea trek adventures. The remains of shipwrecks, spectacular coral reefs and an abundance of colorful sea life in Aruba comes into even sharper view through a narrated tour. The entire wreckage is 400 feet long and much of the ship is still intact today. The porthole, deck fitting and interior sections can be explored.

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Go for a drive!

Explore the fascinating desert terrain of this Caribbean island by Jeep, bus or ATV tour. Visit the gold mine ruins in Aruba, looking back at the island's past. Blaze through the trails of one of Aruba's famous "hills," from where you'll enjoy a spectacular view of the countryside!

Organized jeep tours in Aruba often stop at the California Lighthouse, charming Alto Vista chapel, Seroe Crystal, the Bushiribana gold mill ruins, famous Natural Bridge, through the back roads to the Guadirikiri caves and finishing off on one of Aruba’s pristine beaches.

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Take a hike!

The Arikok National Park is a great place to spend the entire day enjoying the dramatic landscapes. It is home to a variety of unique attractions and cultural heritage sites, including spectacular caves, original Indian rock drawings, unusual land formations made from lava, quartz diorite and limestone, guided nature walks through dry river beds to secluded bays like Moro, Boca Prins and Dos Playa.

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Tour by horseback!

With several Ranchos to choose from you can explore the very best of Aruba via horseback.All skill levels are welcome to join horseback tours on trained horses. They will provide the perfect horse to match your skill level. From the saddle you will enjoy the natural beauty of Aruba from scenic trails.

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Paddle Away!

Glide across our tranquil waters on a paddleboard or catch a wave at one of our surf breaks. Whether it's a paddleboard or a surfboard that you prefer, Aruba's coastline offers you a variety of venues to test your grit or simply enjoy the serenity of the ride.

Beginner or an expert, you'll find a suitable location for windsurfing and kitesurfing in Aruba. The constant 15-knot trade winds, along with the variety of flat-water locations and challenging wave conditions, have made Aruba one of the most popular spots on earth for windsurfers and kitesurfers.

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South Coast hidden gems

Rich in history, culture and architecture, a true reflection of the inhabitants of San Nicolas and their daily lives. The city is full of dualities. San Nicolas is both old and new, strong and traditional yet constantly evolving.

Besides its beautiful diamond in the rough appeal, San Nicolas City boasts three distinctive museums: the Museum of Industry, Community Museum and the Carnaval Euphoria exhibition.All easily accessible by any means of transport.

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Explore an ancient cave!

Enter a world filled with amazing stalactites, stalagmites, ancient Indian rock drawings and bats inside Aruba's caves.

The Guadirikiri Cave is famous for its two chambers, illuminated by the sunlight streaming through holes in the roof of the cave. The cave extends for about 100 feet. In the darker portions of the cave nest hundreds of harmless bats.

The Fontein Cave is the most popular of the caves as it is the only one that has the drawings of Arawak Indians on the ceilings, providing a real sense of island history to this cave.

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The Locals Travel Guide to Aruba

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