With ample sunshine and beaches hugging turquoise waters as far as the eye can see, Aruba has become one of the world’s top travel destinations. Featuring seven miles of white sand beaches along its west coast, Aruba offers something most of its visitors truly need: an escape from work doldrums and exposure to some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. If you’re looking for things to do in Aruba, here are a few options you don’t want to miss.

The Beaches

The turquoise Caribbean waters of Aruba’s coast are kissed by the sun and the trade winds offer cool breezes. Along Aruba’s coastline you’ll find shade covered havens, and inviting quiet retreats. The seven-mile strip on the west coast is a hub of activity from exclusive resorts to those enjoying the comfort a lounge chair. Swimming, snorkeling, kitesurfing, waterskiing, tubing, parasailing, banana-boating, and all kinds of wet ‘n wild adventures are just steps away on Aruba’s beaches.

Aruba snorkelingPalm Beach is best known for its luxury hotels, piers, restaurants, beach bars and watersports. Take in the breathtaking, tangerine sunsets or a barefoot candle lit dinner on this beach. Baby Beach is located on the southeast end of the island. The waters along this beach are shallow. Swimmers can wade out quite a distance and still touch the sea bottom. Where the bay opens to the sea, snorkelers will see a colorful kaleidoscope of coral and tropical fish. Malmok Beach is another popular snorkeling spot with shallow waters. You’ll find some of Aruba’s larger homes here as well. Looking for a little more privacy? Manchebo Beach is a flat stretch of undisturbed white sand beach with swaying palms. Manchebo Beach is located on the west side of the island. There are many other beautiful beaches in Aruba. This is one island worth exploring.

Things To Do

Whether snorkeling, sun bathing, or walking down the beach at sunset, Aruba offers the discerning traveler all the sights, sounds, and local culture needed to fully relax. Not sure where to go or what to do? Try a quiet horseback ride or walk along the beach. The constant trade winds make Aruba a windsurfers dream. Explore twenty miles of hiking trails in Airkok National Park. Tour the island in a jeep, on a motor bike or all terrain vehicle. If you’re looking for a day of sailing, hop aboard a pleasure boat or a luxury catamaran. Rent a jet ski, tube or try your hand at reef and wreck diving or snorkeling.

The bustling island offers a wide selection of shopping in the resorts, downtown area, the upscale malls and boutiques. Aruba is a virtual nirvana for shoppers. Shoppers will find international labels at prices anywhere from 10-35% lower than those in the United States. You’ll find everything from jewelry to souvenirs – and the best part of it all? Aruba offers its visitors duty-free shopping up to $800 per person!

Shopping

Oranjstead is a nirvana for shoppers offer several malls along the Caya Betico Croes. The pink and white, three-story Royal Plaza shopping center just opposite of the harbor markets. You’ll find specialty jewelry, apparel, linens and other retailers. Take in the amazing harbor views or grab a cocktail at the after hours club. For luxury goods, Renaissance Mall is home to many international luxury retailers. From Belgian chocolates and gelato to jewelry, shoes and accessories, the Renaissance Mall will satisfy the luxury desires of any shopper. There are also entertainment options offered by the movie theater, nightlife spots and nearby Seaport Casino.

Dining

After retiring back to your ocean-view room after a busy day of shopping, your day won’t be over just yet. For dinner, you can choose from over one hundred resort and independent restaurants scattered across the high rise beach strip. Want a romantic dinner for yourself and a certain somebody you met on the beach earlier that day? Or perhaps something on the beach would be better. Whatever your taste, Aruba has a restaurant to match it. Don’t fill up though – something better than dessert awaits you just around the corner.

After a day of lounging on the beach followed by a decadent private dinner, you still have a full night ahead; perhaps one of the best reasons to visit Aruba is its nightlife. Casinos, night time cruises, bowling, beach barbecues, dancing and bars all await the intrepid traveler looking to spice things up. For those unsure of where to go (and those who want to try a little of everything), festive barhopping buses travel the strip. Companies like Kukoo Kunuku and Banana Bus specialize in friends, frenzy and fun. You can let loose, live it up, and find a little eye candy for each arm by the end of the night.

Vacation, honeymoon, or weekend getaway – Aruba has exactly what you’re looking for in a travel destination. The twenty-mile long island is easily considered the most popular island in the Dutch Caribbean. Still looking for things to do in Aruba? Give us a call. We’ll tailor a trip just for you.

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