As I wrap up my second go to to Aruba I can’t assist however really feel amazed by how adventurous this island may be and by how a lot selection there may be for such a small place. I obtained to see all types of panorama, have each day experiences that have been all completely completely different, and get a tan within the course of!

Many who go to Aruba are joyful to lounge on a seashore chair all day and don’t want a lot journey to get pleasure from their vacay. Whereas there’s completely nothing fallacious with that, I simply can’t do it for lengthy and must be both strolling on the seashore, swimming, or doing one thing lively.

Should you’re like me, the next itinerary will get you out and exploring the adventurous and outdoorsy facet of Aruba, with some seashore time included, in fact!

Day One: Go for a Swim, Try the Lighthouse for Sundown

Aruba has tons of seashores – both lengthy stretches of sand or hidden behind rocky coves and inlets. I stumbled upon them always throughout my exploration, although some are a lot friendlier for swimmers than others. The next are the very best ones for snorkeling, swimming, and basic chilling:

Palm Seaside

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Have a look at that water!

Palm Seaside is essentially the most touristy seashore with high-rise lodges and plenty of eating places and water actions.  If you see the white sand and the clear child blue water, it’s clear why. You possibly can standup paddleboard, parasail, and naturally swim. You’ll discover folks all alongside the sand providing actions, and most lodges additionally provide a free masks and snorkel.

Chances are high you’ll be staying on both this seashore or the following one, so test it out, particularly at sundown.

Child Seaside

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Child Seaside – calm and serene

Child Seaside on the southern tip of the island is thought for having nice snorkeling and white sand. It additionally has fewer vacationers than the seashores up north. I used to be an enormous fan of this one!

Eagle Seaside

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Sundown at Eagle Seaside

Eagle Seaside is barely much less crowded than Palm Seaside and is legendary for its good white sand and child blue water. It’s west dealing with and subsequently good for sundown. 

Tres Trapi

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Three steps result in clear, lovely water

North of Palm Seaside, you’ll discover Malmok Seaside and some different nice swimming and snorkeling spots. The image above is at Tres Trapi, that are three stairs carved into the volcanic rock that result in this beautiful blue water. Most of the snorkeling excursions cease right here, so you may plan on seeing sea birds throughout and fish below the water in case you deliver your masks and snorkel.

California Lighthouse

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An incredible view over Aruba

Within the afternoon, I like to recommend heading to the California Lighthouse on the northern tip of the island for sundown. You get a unbelievable view, and the lighthouse is a good picture spot as properly.

I additionally loved driving across the coastal roads close by the place you will discover sand dunes, lovely rocky outcroppings, and a extra rugged Aruba expertise. Should you follow the path that borders the water, a traditional automobile might be OK because the street is usually dust with a number of rocks and potholes, however a 4×4 provides you with final flexibility.

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You want a 4×4 for this one

When you have a 4×4 and really feel like persevering with onwards, I had quite a lot of enjoyable on the rocky street from the lighthouse to the Wariruri rock bridge. Following the collapse of the Pure Bridge in 2005, that is now the biggest pure bridge in Aruba. The street is tough, however to me that’s quite a lot of enjoyable, and you may plan on having it virtually all to your self. I made loads of stops alongside the best way and actually loved this solo journey.

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The place I caught golden hour – close to the outdated gold mine.

Day Two: Arikok Nationwide Park – Caves and the Pure Pool

You possibly can’t go to Aruba with out visiting the Arikok Nationwide Park! That is the place you will discover the well-known caves, the pure pool, and a way more rugged stretch of coast.

You completely do want a 4×4 for this journey, which you’ll be able to self drive, though most individuals be part of both a Jeep tour or an ATV tour that takes you to the next spots:

Guadirikiri Caves

The caves and the stairway exterior of them have been my first introduction to the rugged facet of Aruba once I visited a 12 months and a half in the past and I used to be completely delighted! The journey there may be an journey in itself, alongside bumpy terrain and thru cacti forests. I had a lot enjoyable getting there that the cave was the cherry on high.

Relying on time of day, you may get some beautiful mild beams coming by means of the opening within the cave’s ceiling.

The Pure Pool

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Wow, proper?

The spotlight to Arikok Nationwide Park is undoubtedly this lovely rocky pool that types an virtually good circle. The waves crash over the perimeters and there’s even a ‘pure jacuzzi’ barely above, which you’ll be able to see to my proper on this picture.

This was my favourite factor in Aruba – it was so magical it didn’t appear actual.

Dos Playa

Dos Playa is a uncommon seashore on the east coast that may be tame sufficient to swim in. It’s one of many bigger ones within the space and is standard for sundown horseback rides, too.

I went with ABC excursions to ebook this journey. They’ve each huge truck and ATV choices. Some are full-day and a few simply take you to the pure pool. Select your individual journey right here.

Day Three: Flamingo Island

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Oh hey guys

After a number of days exploring Aruba’s extra rugged and pure facet, I really feel we’ve to speak about Renaissance Island. This man-made flamingo island is undoubtedly lovely. It’s additionally the place you may take footage with the well-known flamingos on the seashore and lounge in hammocks within the solar.

There are a number of seashore huts which you could hire to hang around in for the day, and you may eat and drink on the island as properly.

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It positive is photogenic.

There are some things to know in regards to the island, similar to the doorway payment, one of the simplest ways to get in, and determining how one can get shade when you’re there. I’ve a whole submit devoted to Flamingo Island with the entire data right here.

Day 4: Decide an Aquatic Exercise, Sundown Cruise

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Don’t miss this!

On day 4 I like to recommend choosing one or two of the adventurous actions obtainable on the island after which a pleasant enjoyable sundown on the water or on a seashore close by.

The next are some nice choices:

Scuba dive

The water is evident and there are many fish in Aruba. There’s additionally a shallow wreck, which is a uncommon discover within the diving world. All of those are nice causes to leap in and see what’s up unda da sea.

I did a morning dive final time I used to be on Aruba and was impressed by the corals and fish. If you’re used to Southeast Asia, don’t count on the identical that you’d discover in Sipadan or Raja Ampat, however nonetheless, for many who love diving it is a great place to get below the water.


You possibly can hire arise paddle boards all alongside Palm Seaside the place the water is calm sufficient to move out for an hour or two of exercise. The great factor about Aruba is it’s virtually all the time breezy so standup paddleboarding is kind of nice in Aruba. Make sure you take a look at the partially submerged wreck round Malmok Seaside for a novel expertise!

Snorkel a Wreck

Should you’re not into diving, you may nonetheless snorkel round a wreck close to the California Lighthouse. A number of boat journeys depart at completely different instances per day to take you on the market. I did a cruise within the morning and a night sundown cruise final time I used to be right here, each of which went to the wreck. I’d give the sting to the sundown cruise as there have been fewer folks within the water then, however having the ability to get on a ship and get out on the water is a should it doesn’t matter what time you select to do it in Aruba. You possibly can ebook it right here.

Day 5: Dawn at Trinity Bridge, Sundown at Mangel Halto

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Trinity bridge

Let me simply begin by saying I’m unsure what the right title of this place is – I’ve heard ‘tripod bridge’ and I see it because the ‘trinity bridge’ on maps.me, however both manner this bridge is neato. It’s a set of three sea bridges that look beautiful within the early morning hours when the solar comes up and illuminates the rocks. You’ll want a 4×4 to get right here however in case you have one helpful from the opposite actions, make sure to get there within the early morning, earlier than the tour teams arrive.

You possibly can discover the cacti, Ayo Rock Formation, and rugged shoreline alongside this a part of the island within the AM, or simply relax – I do know this has been a reasonably packed itinerary.

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Stunning Mangel Halto

For the afternoon/night, I extremely advocate heading to Mangel Halto for a secluded seashore, beautiful mangroves, and excellent positioning for the sundown. From there you’re near Zeerover, a well-known seafood restaurant.


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Such a cute lodge!

Aruba has many high-rise lodges and all inclusive resorts, but additionally many smaller boutique lodges that may be a way more peaceable expertise.

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A pleasant, quiet, enjoyable pool space

I stayed within the Boardwalk Small Lodge and cherished the intimate really feel of it. It’s positioned simply behind the Ritz Carlton on Palm Seaside and has an space on the sand to sit back on and a stunning pool, however with out the large and impersonal really feel of a large resort. I had an enormous room too, with a separate residing space, full kitchen, and an enormous closet. I may simply have simply moved proper in!

I additionally love that it’s owned by two sisters. Woman energy! You possibly can see casita choices and ebook right here.

Getting Round

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I LOVED my Jeep!

Though lots of the choices I discussed above are made simpler or are solely attainable with a 4×4 rental (all the key automobile rental corporations can be found on the airport – however do ebook forward of time), it’s also possible to be part of a tour to see virtually every thing listed above. When you have particular issues from this itinerary you wish to see, ask the fellows at ABC which tour can be the very best one.

I discovered driving in Aruba to be fairly straightforward and easy. There are many roundabouts, and typically folks will end up of roads proper in entrance of you, so simply drive defensively and don’t go too quick. General it was high-quality and pretty stress-free. I additionally extremely advocate downloading the Aruba map on maps.me offline maps. It’s free, it labored nice, and I by no means obtained misplaced with it.

Different Issues To Do in Aruba

When you have extra time in Aruba and wish to add on to the 5-day itinerary, then I extremely advocate testing extra of Santa Cruz or visiting Noord within the northeast a part of the island. The Aruba Donkey Sanctuary, positioned in Santa Cruz, is a non-profit group devoted to the welfare of the island’s donkey inhabitants, and an superior place to hug a donkey.

Should you resolve to move to Noord, I like to recommend testing the Gold Smelter Ruins, the remnants of a gold mine. Only a quick stroll to the east, you’ll discover a picket signal and the highest of a steep stepladder. This can lead you down towards a plateau of volcanic rock and to the Aruba Pure Cave Pool. Be warned, although! This native spot is greatest for adventurers. You’ll want to leap about fifteen toes to get into the pool after which climb up slimy rocks (and keep away from the crabs!) to get out.

If you wish to be taught one thing new, I additionally advocate testing Hadicurari seashore the place Vela presents windsurfing and kitesurfing classes. The wind and waves are calmer right here making this an excellent spot for inexperienced persons to be taught.

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Pleased travels in Aruba! I hope this itinerary lets you see a extra adventurous facet of the island and to fall in love with it as a lot as I did. It’s the right place to unwind – simply sufficiently small to see a ton of it in just some days, however simply large enough to maintain you wanting to return again to see extra.

*This submit was delivered to you in collaboration with Aruba Tourism Authority, nonetheless this itinerary was completely crafted and created by yours actually. 


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