Aruba Travel Guide

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Aruba Things to Do

  • Alta 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. Each time we visit the island we take a day to go explore. It's a small island and the street signs .. well it's not like driving back home. They don't really go by...

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  • Bubali Bird Sanctuary

    this was very close to the butterfly farm. The entrance, across the street from the big windmill, is unmarked .. their is a viewing platform . We checked it out once and its worth a look .. ti's free. We should have went really early in the day. I wonder if more birds in the winter?? We took a walk along the canal, (wear good shoes and not...

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  • Climb Mount Hooiberg

    Mount Hooiberg is a volcanic formation in the center of Aruba. There are 589 steps (by my count) from the parking lot to the top. I recommend the hike early in the day before it gets to hot. You will find a mix of locals and tourist on the popular trail. I was a little concerned with the cell phone tower w/equipment on the top. Some of the wiring...

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  • California Lighthouse

    When we were there both times we went to see the California lighthouse up the coast as we explored the island. The road signs are tricky or non existent especially as you get out of town. Plus the traffic circles were new to us and a bit scary. We liked the lighthouse and now they have an Italian restaurant there which has a great view but less...

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  • Free bird sanctuary

    this was very close to the butterfly farm. The entrance, across the street from the big windmill, is unmarked .. their is a viewing platform . We checked it out once and its worth a look .. ti's free. We should have went really early in the day. I wonder if more birds in the winter?? We took a walk along the canal, (wear good shoes and not...

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  • Alta 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. Each time we visit the island we take a day to go explore. It's a small island and the street signs .. well it's not like driving back home. They don't really go by...

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Aruba Restaurants

  • Daniels

    Best meal in Aruba ... the atmosphere was sophicated and romantic. The lobster and steak were great. Nice wine section. Easy waking distance from the Occidental resort. hope its still there when we go back

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  • Zeerover

    Eat Like the Locals at this open air restaurant . Our cab driver and hotel concierge recommended this place as great and when the locals eat. This is a very simple open air place and great view .. right on the water. The fish was great and price was very reasonable!!… We watched them bring in fresh fish and clean it just a foot from when we ate. It...

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  • Taste of Belgium Restaurant

    My husband and I went to Aruba again in Late Oct. This time we didn’t go all inclusive and Taste of Belgium was on of the restaurant we went to several times. This was a great choice for breakfast, lunch or if you looking to drink. They have a nice selection on beer and wine … though we didn’t drink there. I liked the food and atmosphere but loved...

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  • try something new ... eat like a local

    Eat Like the Locals at this open air restaurant . Our cab driver and hotel concierge recommended this place as great and when the locals eat. This is a very simple open air place and great view .. right on the water. The fish was great and price was very reasonable!!… We watched them bring in fresh fish and clean it just a foot from when we ate. It...

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  • Dayla the server was the best .. sit in...

    My husband and I went to Aruba again in Late Oct. This time we didn’t go all inclusive and Taste of Belgium was on of the restaurant we went to several times. This was a great choice for breakfast, lunch or if you looking to drink. They have a nice selection on beer and wine … though we didn’t drink there. I liked the food and atmosphere but loved...

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  • best meal in Aruba 2004

    Best meal in Aruba ... the atmosphere was sophicated and romantic. The lobster and steak were great. Nice wine section. Easy waking distance from the Occidental resort. hope its still there when we go back

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Aruba Transportation

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    Catch The Bus To Eagle Beach - Aruba

    by CDM7 Written Nov 17, 2014

    If you are arriving into Oranjestad - West,Aruba by cruise ship then a easy way of seeing some of the island is by the excellent bus service.From the cruise terminal the main bus depot is just a 5 minute walk.Buses run about every 20 minutes,and it was not long before we were on our way to Eagle Beach,just a 10 minute bus ride away.

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Aruba Shopping

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    Little Europe Aruba: Buyer Beware

    by MJDorfman Written Aug 16, 2012

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    My wife and I have been visiting Aruba for over 30 years, every single year. Every year we want to stay longer so for the last 10 years we spend our winters in Aruba, usually 5-6 weeks. We LOVE the people, the restaurants, the waters and beaches. We are sold on Aruba.
    But unfortunately when a gem like Aruba starts to get over built and over commercialized you have the less trustworthy merchants moving onto the Island.
    We have never ever had a problem with anything we purchased until this past vacation when we made a large purchase from Little Europe. As anniversary present I bought my wife earring and a new engagement ring. Of course the salesman stated it will be appraised for more than you paid etc etc. Any problem we have a service center in New York etc etc.
    Well by the time we arrived home the stones were falling out of the ring, we brought it to our local jeweler who appraised it at a much less than we paid, and he said the quality of the setting and the workmanship was very inferior and the ring will continually loose the stones. I tried numerous times to speak to the owner of the store, Little Europe, but of course - not available. Service center in New York-nonexistent. When I finally spoke to a salesman he said don't worry when you come back next year we will "exchange" it for you.
    The way Little Europe and Times Square do business they probably won't be in business next year
    Buyer Beware and STAY AWAY from Little Europe and Times Square frequent a store that has been on the island longer and doesn't call you "brother" when he first meets you.

    What to buy: Aruba is Great for watches providing you know the brand,model and price you would pay at home.

    What to pay: Anywhere from $100-$25000.

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Aruba Local Customs

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    Not really - Stacking stones and making...

    by Gypsystravels Written May 27, 2015

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    During our visit to the ruins our guide stopped to talk to us about the tradition of stone stacking. The tradition was not inspired by a local but rather by a tourist who started stacking 7 stones and as he stacked each stone making a wish. This caused other tourists to do the same and has caused a "monkey see, monkey do" of stacking stones throughout the island.

    You start off by collecting 7 stones and finding a spot to stack them in. As you look around you can see many piles of stacked stones. I recommend that you walk away from the majority of the piles of stacked stones and find a clear spot to stack your own. As you start to stack the stones you take a moment with each stone and make a wish, starting with a small simple wish and working your way up to a "big" wish.

    John and I decided to go along with this harmless act and we searched for 7 stones and spot to start stacking them. As we started to stack the stones we each made our wish.

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Aruba Off The Beaten Path

  • Saint Anna Parish and cemetery

    We took a day to leave the resort and explore .. we happened upon this cute chapel and cemetery. The cemetery was the above ground sort we had seen in New Orleans I gather due to sea level and the ground being so rocky .. the above ground is a better option.P.O. Box 509, Noord 16, Noord, Aruba

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  • Great Snorkeling and Scenery for Free

    Well, almost. If you take a public bus up to the northernmost end of Aruba there is a beach with great snorkeling right off the shore. Some of the boat trips go there. We saw as much marine life as on an all-day paid trip, sponges, coral, fish, schools of squid...Then, if you can take the heat, walk along the dirt road along the shoreline to the...

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Aruba General

  • Aruba Weather

    by alex00ander Written Mar 26, 2012

    Favorite thing: The weather in October has an average high of 88ºF and an average low of 78ºF. For more detailed information I would recommend going to the Aruba Tourism Authority's website. I posted a link below to the weather page.

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Top 5 Caribbean Islands: Aruba

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While still a part of the "ABC islands," Aruba claimed its autonomy from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986, and now is a separate entity within the Netherlands (similar to Puerto Rico and America?). The furthest westward of the Lesser Antilles, Aruba is probably your safest bet for a hurricane-free vacation, as it's truly out of the path and hasn't been hit since Hurricane Felix in 2007, which was only a Level 2 hurricane. The capital city of Oranjestad has the tall multicolored houses similarly found in other Netherlands Antilles, but there are also some treats not found on the other islands: The Antilla, a German freighter, the Caribbean's largest wreck at almost 400 feet long, is a prime dive spot off Aruba. Among the islands other water activities, deep sea fishing, parasailing, wind and kite surfing are all especially popular.

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