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Aruba Things to Do

  • Conchi Natural Pool

    Aruba Things to Do

    On a deserted stretch of coastline, dramatic shows of water spraying over the rock occurs on a regular basis as the tide rushes to shore. In a unique formation of rock, volcanic stone circles a small depression, creating a tranquil pool known as "conchi" or "Cura di Tortuga," or more familiarly by visitors as the Natural Pool. The location of the...

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  • PICK UP BALASHI BEER BOTTLES

    Help beautiful Aruba stay that way – beautiful. You can do your part and get paid! What a bargain. Balashi Beer has a deposit on their BEER bottles. Oddly I found zillions of these laying around. I founds a rubbish bin full of them (pictured) and loads cast off in natural beauty spots. So, you can clean up after some idiot and get paid for it. The...

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  • Bushiribana Gold Smelter Ruins

    One of the island's most famous attractions, are the ruins of the Bushiribana gold smelter. It was built in 1825, by the Aruba Island Gold Mining Company, to extract gold from the ore that was being mined in the nearby hills of Ceru Plat. It operated for 10 years, before shutting down.The structure was actually built to look like a fort, so that it...

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  • Quadirikiri Cave

    Also called, "Indian Cave", the Quadirikiri Cave, is the largest, most beautiful, and most visited, cave on Aruba. It is actually a series of 3 caves, stretching for a total of 492 ft. (150 m), beneath the desert landscape. This spectacular cave, is located in the eastern section of Arikok National Park.Of the island's 3 cave systems, this one is...

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  • Take The Island Safari Tour

    We had actually booked a rental car to see the island, but after seeing how crazy the drivers here are, and how many tourists have gotten lost, we decided to cancel it, and take a tour instead. I called, and booked the "Island Safari" with ABC Islands tours, for the next day. They have 4 different tours to choose from, a half day tour, a full day...

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  • ATV Tour

    So, my wife and I did the ATV tour when we were in Aruba (Feb. 2014). I picked one of the ATV Tours on www.aruba.com (arubafuntours). I give it a 6 of out 10 stars. I've been riding ATV's since I was about 8 years old so I'm not new to ATVing at all. Our tour was supposed to be a 3 hour tour and we were done in 2 hours. We were also supposed to go...

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  • Quadiriki Caves

    I've always enjoyed caves so we put this on our list for the day we rented a Jeep to explore Aruba. The caves are located within the Arikok National Park, along with several other lovely spots. You did need to stop at the Visitor Center and pay a $10/person fee to enter the park. The visitor center gave us a map that was easy to follow. The park...

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  • Bushiribana Gold Smelter Ruins

    One of the places that was definitely off the beaten path and something you would want a jeep for was the Bushiribana Gold Smelting Ruins on the eastern portion of the island. Plenty of room to explore and take photos of these ruins of a building. It was originally used to smelt gold from the ore in the nearby mines, and was built in 1825, but was...

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  • Visit the California Lighthouse

    The California Lighthouse is located near Arashi Beach on the northwest corner of the island, Aruba. It was named for the steamship California, which wrecked in 1891 near this point. According to locals, it was open to the public until recently when someone committed suicide from it. There is a restaurant called La Trattoria el Faro Blanco...

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  • Arikok Natioinal Park

    We took a tour with De Palm Tours to the park. This is a wonderful ecological preserve where we saw wild donkeys, goats, hummingbirds and other species of flora a fauna especially the wind swept divi divi trees. It was nice to see an area of a place that was completely different from the beach and shopping areas. Arikok National Park takes up about...

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  • Check out sunset

    Most of the hotels in Aruba line the west side of the island where the beaches are wide the water is calm. So you have no excuse not to check out sunset every night.

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  • Alto Vista Chapel

    Alto Vista Chapel is a small Catholic chapel also known as "Pilgrims Church" that stands on the hills above the north shore of the sea and to the northeast of the town of Noord, on the island of Aruba, 27 km north of the coast of Venezuela. The church painted on the outside in stark bright yellow colour makes it a conspicuous religious monument for...

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  • Eagle beach

    Eagle Beach is a beach on the island of Aruba.Eagle Beach is considered the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean. At the Bounty Beach are several hotel chains that are separated only by a promenade. At the end of the beach in the north is the famous dividiviboom that much to see in commercials for the island of Aruba.Eagle Beach at sunsetEagle...

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  • Baby beach

    Baby Beach is a beach in Aruba. The bay is in the 30s of the 20th century largely artificially created by employees of the Lago refinery in Sint Nicolaas, when it will have filled with sand and the beach was. The beach is located high in the southeast of the island near San Nicolas, is one of the tourist attractions of the island. The name was...

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  • Diving & Snorkling

    Its breath taking beaches, its warm and crystal waters are what they offer for all tourists, regardless of budget, preference. Here in Aruba, there are plenty of water activities that offer for all tourists and Aruba Snorkeling is one of them.

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  • Manchebo Beach

    Manchebo Beach is very similar to Eagle Beach, it has some of the nicest stretches of beaches that Aruba can offer, it host some of the low rise resort such as Manchebo, Divi Village and Tamarijn resorts and hotels.

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  • California Lighthouse

    California Lighthouse is one of the top attractions that you will find in Aruba. It is located in a silent sentry in the area known as "Hudishibana," near the island's northwestern tip.Is named for the U.S ship the California which sunk about two years previous to its construction in 1910, one negative thing with the Lighthouse is close and you...

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  • Casibari Rocks

    Casibari are composed of two sections, the biggest one is Casibari and the second one is Ayo. Both represent Aruba’s Stonehenge with its unique shape, created by the eternal trade of the winds, Geologist are uncertain about their origins, but they suspects that collision of tectonic plates created these formations forcing this massive slabs into...

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  • The Old Dutch Windmill

    This authentic Dutch Windmill is located near the Palm Beach hotels. Over the years, it has changed ownership several times - sometimes a restaurant, sometimes a bar, sometimes a nightclub. In fact, when we were there it was closed again.It's a pretty, colorful windmill that was built in 1804 in Friesland, Netherlands. Originally used to drain...

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  • Yuana Crioyo: Aruban Iguana

    Iguanas abound on Aruba! The iguanas we encountered were pretty large. A full-grown male from his nose to the tip of his tail can reach 6 feet long. Like chameleons, iguanas change color to adapt to their surroundings - from bright green to a greyish green.They are not harmful and are likely to be more scared of you than you are of them. If an...

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  • California Lighthouse

    The California Lighthouse sits high above the sea on the northwestern shore of Aruba very near Arashi Beach. There seems to be some confusion as to which ship the lighthouse was named. Research indicates it is named for the SS California, a wooden ship that sunk near the shore in 1908. Designed by a French architect, dates of construction vary...

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  • Aruba's Oldest Cactus?

    Part of the fun of touring with a local driver, is hearing all the myths and stories of a particular place. Our wonderful driver, Bully, took us to see the oldest cactus in Aruba. Located on private property near Frenchman's Pass (about 6-7 kms from Oranjestad), this huge cactus is estimated to be over 150 years old. Of course, Bully knew the...

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  • Baby Natural Bridge

    Located on Aruba's rocky east coast, the Natural Bridge was one of Aruba's most famous attractions. It was a formation of coral limestone that was cut out by thousands of years of pounding surf. The Natural Bridge was over 100 feet long and 23 feet above sea level. I remember standing on it as a child.On September 5, 2005, the Natural Bridge...

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  • Ayo Rock Formations

    Similar to Casibari, Ayo Rock Formations are monolithic boulders. These are located near Ayo village, a few kms. from the Natural Bridge. Unlike Casibari, there are no paths or steps to climb the highest boulders. It is for this reason that significantly fewer people visit here. In fact, when we were there, we were the only ones (and this was with...

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  • Nobody Does It Better Than Bully!

    Since we only had a day in Aruba we wanted to make the most of our time. Bully came highly recommended on the cruisecritic boards so after exchanging a couple of emails we made arrangements to tour the island with him. He met us promptly and loaded us into his comfortable van. He took us all around the island on our customized itinerary and let us...

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  • Casibari Rock Formations

    Clusters of huge tonalite rocks make up Casibari. These huge wind-carved boulders weigh up to several tons and seem to rise out of the desert from nowhere. There are paths around the garden-like grounds from which you can enjoy the flowers, catci, and boulders before climbing to the top of the largest boulder. Steps have been constructed to allow...

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  • The Orange Capital

    The capital of Aruba since 1797, Oranjestad ("Orangetown" in Dutch) was named after the Dutch royal house of Oranje. All of Aruba's government buildings are located in Oranjestad. The typcial Dutch-design buildings are painted in pastel colors and fishing boats and yachts are moored in the harbor.When you visit Aruba, you will most definitely end...

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  • Lovely Alto Vista Chapel

    The Chapel of Alto Vista is the first Catholic church established on the island and was also the first church established in the whole of the Caribbean. This tiny yellow church is also known as the pilgrim's church and is one of the most photographed buildings on Aruba. The chapel sits high on a bluff - with spectacular views overlooking the north...

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  • Climbing the Hooiberg

    The Haystack (Dutch: Hooiberg) is a conspicuous hill (165 meters) in the center of Aruba. It is a conical hill topped by several towers. The Haystack is visible from almost the whole island, and has a striking appearance as the lonely hill above the plain. Although the Haystack previously (erroneously) as the highest hill was considered. Jamanota...

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  • Arikok National Park

    A famous attraction was the Natural Bridge, the longest natural bridge in the Caribbean. On September 2, 2005, this collapsed, probably due to the long erosive action of sea water and wind. Smaller natural bridges are also still present on the island, which is an addition to the remains of the collapsed bridge.

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  • Dive with Clive!

    We did 6 days of diving with Clive from Dive Aruba. Small dive groups (7 max) and long bottom times is what it is all about. We saw many of the larger dive operations getting to a site after us and would be gone by the time we exited.

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  • Blue Parrot Waterpark

    Take you snorkling gear and find the blue parrot fish. You can get to the island by boat and food is all inclusive great to spend a day here! Also great with kids as there is enough to play.

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  • Casibari Rock Formation

    This formation is located in the center of the island. Bob saw it on his land tour on our first visit to the island and he climbed it. I have not been there myself. His pictures reminded me of the huge boulders at the Baths on Virgin Gorda (photo 5)Casibari are composed of two sections, the biggest one is Casibari and the second one is Ayo. Ayo...

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  • Collapsed Natural Bridge

    My husband went on the tour of Aruba while I was snorkeling. We knew of course that the large natural bridge on Aruba had collapsed in the early morning hours of September 2, 2005, but there were still some smaller bridge like formations one of which is in the third picture. Aruba has seven other smaller natural bridge formations. The original BIG...

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  • Rope Swinging of the Mi Dushi

    This was an awesome time in Aruba for me, sicne i was adopted when i was 12, i learned how to count at this age, now i am 14 and i am the smartest person in all my special ed classes. this was so cool. i went off the swing on the back of some really cute guy. he did a flip. my advice?... let go of the swing or else be ready to smack into the boat....

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  • Natural Bridge

    The Natural Bridge is a very popular tourist attraction in Aruba. The bridge is made of coral that was carved out by the pounding waves. It extends 100 feet acrcoss and is 25 feet high. When I went many years ago, we took a tour around the island and this was one of the stops. I remember being SO excited to visit there. (I think I had seen a...

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  • Aruba Church

    The Santa Ana Church was a stop on the tour we took around the island. Inside, the alter and pulpit were done with elaborate wooden carvings that were over 100 years old. Next to the church was an interesting cemetary, see below tip.

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  • Aruba Safari Off -Road Adventure

    this was a blast. and when they say off-road they mean off-road. We took the 1/2day tour and we got to see most of the island and it's beauty.we had seen the natural bridge,ayo rock formation,Casibari rock formation. there are steps to get up to the top and the veiw is worth the climb. WEAR walking shoes,sandles dont cut it very well.When you park...

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  • Rent a Quad

    One of the best ways to explore Aruba, and especially the rougher Northside id by renting a quad.The northside is rougher and not easy to acces, even with a four by four. You can visit eg the natural pool (which is otherwise best reached by Horse), the ruins and other places. There are also really nice mini beaches which are almost private as there...

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  • Visit the Donkey Sanctuary

    Donkeys were once the major mode of transportation for the residents of Aruba. With the arrival of automobiles, these donkeys were abandoned - left on their own to search for food and water. With more and more vehicles on the island, donkeys were often injured or killed on the roads. In 1997 the Donkey Sanctuary was founded. It is a non-profit...

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  • Peace Labyrinth

    The Peace Labyrinth sits on a bluff overlooking the beautiful blue water of the Caribbean Sea. It is designated as a place for "Silent and Respectful Contemplation". A marker has the message "May Peace Prevail On Earth" (see photo 2) in a different language on each of its sides. Created stone by stone, "the Aruba labyrinth is built based on the...

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  • Horseback riding in Aruba

    A wonderful activity in Aruba. We had such a great time with the staff of El Paseo Ranch. It was well worth the money.We arranged the tour through the internet. And one day before the tour we were contacted by the staff to re-confirm our tour for the next day. On the day of the tour we were picked up on time. Emilio was our driver. He was very nice...

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  • Tour the Island and Arikok National Park

    DO NOT go through Watapana Tours. The tour guide provided us with no facts about the island or the park and we only had 15 minute stops per site which included the now broken natural bridge where you pay $.50 to use the bathroom. I have nothing good to say for my experience with the tour company but the park is awesome and you should definitely see...

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  • oranjestad capital of aruba

    Located on Aruba's picturesque southern coast, Oranjestad is the historical Dutch capital city where the tall multicolored houses of Wilheminastraat combine carved wooded doors and traditional Dutch tiles with airy open galleries and sloping, Aruban-style roofs. Along the wharf, merchants come to sell fresh fish and produce right off the boats...

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  • visit natural pool

    On a deserted stretch of coastline, dramatic shows of water spraying over the rock occurs on a regular basis as the tide rushes to shore. In a unique formation of rock, volcanic stone circles a small depression, creating a tranquil pool known as "conchi" or "Cura di Tortuga," or more familiarly by visitors as the Natural Pool.The location of the...

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