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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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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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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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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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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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Aruba Aloe Factory & Museum

Aruba Aloe Factory & Museum

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Aloe is native to Aruba and thanks to its medicinal and restorative properties, aloe has become one of the leading exports of the island nation. Visit the Aruba Aloe Factory and Museum to learn about the history of the plant and its connection to Aruba, plus see facilities such as the cutting room, testing lab, and packaging of products.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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Top activities in Aruba

Aruba ATV Tour Adventure with Kini Kini
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Aruba Happy Hour Sunset Sail with Food and Drinks
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Aruba Full-Island Tour

Aruba Full-Island Tour

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ATV Off-Road Tour and Cave Pool Snorkeling
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Sunset Sail

Sunset Sail

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Half-Day Aruba Special Champagne Brunch Cruise
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Parasailing in Aruba

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Recent reviews from experiences in Aruba

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Interesting places to see
Linda_R, May 2022
Aruba Half Day Island Tour
It was interesting to see how Aruba aloe is made at the factory.
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Awesome UTV Tour!!!
Vincent_V, May 2022
UTV & ATV Aruba's Secret Beach & Cave Pool Adventure
Hghly recommend this tour to see another part of the island away from the beach hotels.
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Recommend- tour of the Island at a nice pace
Ella_P, May 2022
Beach & Cave Island Tour
This tour was a great way to see the Island!
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Awesome excursion!
Andrea_S, May 2022
Aruba UTV Tours - New Natural Cave Pool with Cliff Jumping
Amazing way to see the other beautiful parts of Aruba!
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Amazing time. If you do nothing else do this.
Kenneth_W, May 2022
Aruban Roots 3 Hours Adventure by ATV & UTV with Kini Kini
My wife and I went on our honeymoon in Aruba and thought we’d get an opportunity to see the true island.
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UTV blast!
William_V, Apr 2022
Aruba Hidden Treasures UTV Morning Tour
Stops were a great way to see the history of Aruba.
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Best part of our Aruba trip!
Rebecca_B, Apr 2022
Aruba ATV Tour Adventure with Kini Kini
The natural cave pool was amazing and it was great seeing parts of Aruba we wouldn't have been able to see without renting a pricey Jeep.
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Learn about Aruba, take the tour!
Kim_W, Apr 2022
Aruba Half Day Island Tour
It was nice to see and learn about parts of Aruba that you wouldn’t be exposed to on your own.
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So. Much. Fun
Amanda_T, Apr 2022
Aruba UTV Tours - New Natural Cave Pool with Cliff Jumping
It was a great way to see more of the island.
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Aruba UTV your was a great way to start our day!!
Scott_S, Apr 2022
Aruba Hidden Treasures UTV Morning Tour
Such a great way to see the other side of beautiful Aruba!
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Great excursion!
barbara_w, Apr 2022
Half-Day Animal Sanctuary Tour in Aruba
It was great to see the animals as well as seeing so many parts of Aruba during the drive!
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Wild and wonderful!
James_K, Apr 2022
Island Ultimate Jeep Safari in Aruba
A great way to see the wild part of Aruba!
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Hi light of our trip!!!!!!!!
Melinda_K, Mar 2022
UTV & ATV Aruba's Secret Beach & Cave Pool Adventure
It was a blast and also a great was to see other beaches in Aruba.
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Fabulous guide. Great history lesson.
Timothy_P, Mar 2022
Highlights of Aruba Island Tour with Kini Kini
We also got to see some traditional Aruba homes and a more modern neighborhood.
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Best sunset
Cindy_M, Mar 2022
Sunset Horseback Ride
Great way to see the island and the National park.
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So fun
Renisha_S, Mar 2022
Natural Pool & Indian Cave Jeep Safari
I can’t wait to visit Aruba again!
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Excellent service
Carlos_A, Mar 2022
Best of Aruba by Bus
Hope to see him again.
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Forever family memories created!!
MATTHEW_E, Feb 2022
Aruba Sunset Cruise and Seaside Dinner
A “must do” trip to see Aruba from the ocean and an amazing sunset view!
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Great scenery and great tour guides ATV
Brandon_F, Jan 2022
ATV Off-Road Tour and Cave Pool Snorkeling
Our whole group loved it and got to see some amazing things.
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Good Tour
Mia_B, Jan 2022
Natural Pool, Caves & Baby Beach Aruba Jeep Adventure Tour
I wish we got to see baby beach however, due to miscommunication about the time pick-up we could not.
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