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Best things to do in Aruba

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Where in the world: Caribbean  /  Aruba
Savvy travelers who come for its pleasant sands and cool breezes find plenty of interesting things to do in Aruba in and out of the water. Take a relaxing stroll down the sands of Eagle Beach for a chance to spot sea turtles that use the island to hatch their young. A jump aboard an all-terrain truck will take you along Aruba's rocky coast and to dark wet caves at Arikok National Park, known for its ancient cave paintings.

Aruba is best known for its Beaches, Scuba & Snorkeling, and Gift & Specialty Shops.

Top 15 things to do in Aruba

1. Eagle Beach, Palm - Eagle Beach

Rest on soft white sand, or take a cooling dip in clear waters at Eagle Beach. The country's widest beach offers plenty of room for all kinds of activities; sunbathers, swimmers, and water sports enthusiasts occupy the beach in harmony. Watch for the four different breeds of turtles who use the beach as a hatching ground. You can grab a drink from one of the many beachside bars to fully appreciate this tropical oasis.
Suggested duration: 6 hours
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2. Baby Beach, San Nicolas

Baby Beach provides a blissful setting suitable for kids, as well as inexperienced snorkelers and swimmers. Within a calm lagoon, the shallow waters and gentle waves allow you to wade out far from shore and still touch the bottom. A number of snack kiosks and rustic huts complete the authentic Aruban setting. This makes a good alternative to the busier beaches near popular hotels, and several outfits offer snorkeling gear and beach beds for rent.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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3. Palm Beach, Palm - Eagle Beach

Try your hand at a range of water sports at Palm Beach. The white sand beach offers a host of activities for active visitors, including kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and tubing. If you're looking for something a bit more calm, take a stroll along the boardwalk, or simply stretch out on the beach's soft sands. You can take catamaran or boat tours for a chance to admire the exotic marine animals that live just offshore.
Suggested duration: 6 hours
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4. California Lighthouse and Sasariwichi Dunes, Noord

Stop by California Lighthouse and Sasariwichi Dunes for a slice of local history and arguably the finest views in this island nation. Named after an ill-fated ship that wrecked here in 1891, the stone lighthouse looks over the coastline and treats visitors to unobstructed views of sandy beaches and nearby golf courses. The surrounding area offers opportunities for dune surfing, while a nearby restaurant ensures no one goes hungry or thirsty. If you time your visit with early evening, you'll see a giant orange sun gently dropping into the sea.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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5. Off-Road Tours, Noord

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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6. Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Oranjestad

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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7. Arikok National Park, Santa Cruz

You can't help but notice waves crashing dramatically into ocean cliffs as you navigate around Arikok National Park. Try touring the park with an all-terrain vehicle or via a Jeep tour to be able to reach some of the more remote places, such as the park caves. The caves feature stalagmites, stalactites, and ancient cave paintings. Take the opportunity to hike in the park while observing the native lizards and wild goats. Bring plenty of water, as the heat is intense. You'll find a restaurant along the way, as well as a beach, but be careful as the waters can get quite rough.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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9. Arashi Beach, Arashi

A known site for snorkeling because of its clear waters, at Arashi Beach you'll find diverse tropical fish and the occasional sea turtle navigating the sea floor. Get there early to secure one of the thatched-roof beach huts to escape the sun, but consider bringing your own shade as a backup. There are no facilities on the Blue Flag-certified beach, so be sure to bring all the snacks and water you'll require for the day.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Boat Tours & Water Sports, Oranjestad

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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11. Natural Pool, Noord

Unreachable by car, Natural Pool represents a secluded swimming hole protected from the ocean swells surrounded by rugged volcanic rock. You'll have to walk, ride on horseback or use an all-terrain vehicle to reach the pool. Be sure to bring your own snacks and plenty of water, water shoes are a "must" to navigate the rocks. The reasonably strenuous hike shouldn't take longer than an hour. Be aware that it can be very dangerous to swim here in inclement weather.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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12. Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Palm - Eagle Beach

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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13. Kay's Fine Jewelry, Oranjestad

In 1989, Dan and Raj Chugani set out to build a fine jewelry business unlike any other in the Caribbean. The Foundation of the business would be to offer luxury jewelry backed by the promise of exceptional quality and service.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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14. Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Oranjestad

On the northern coast stands Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, a remnant from the 19th century gold rush in Aruba. Strong winds from the Caribbean sea power the 1874 structure, and the crumbling mill is now a popular stop on local jeep tours navigating coastal dirt roads. The dramatic backdrop of sea and sand also make it a stunning spot to soak up the scenery on foot. Follow tradition by stacking local stones on the beach and making a wish.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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15. JADS Dive Center, San Nicolas

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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