Aruba is an island and a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the southern Caribbean Sea. located about 1,600 kilometres (990 mi) west of the main part of the Lesser Antilles and 29 kilometres (18 mi) north of the coast of Venezuela. Its capital is Oranjestad. It measures 32 kilometres (20 mi) long from its northwestern to its southeastern end and 10 kilometres (6 mi) across at its widest point. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, Aruba forms a group referred to as the ABC islands.
Aruba is one of the four countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with the Netherlands, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten; the citizens of these countries are all Dutch nationals.
Best Places To Visit In Aruba
Pinchos Grill & Bar
Balashi Gold Mill Ruins
Aruba Donkey Sanctuary
Arikok National Park
Aruba Off Road
Kukoo Kunuku Party Bus
Fun Things To Do In Aruba
Days on Aruba are full of scuba diving off Hadicurari Beach, seeing the natural wonders of Arikok National Park or shopping for Dutch cheese in Oranjestad. You can take your tots to the calm waters of Baby Beach and slightly older kids to the Donkey Sanctuary or Ostrich Farm. But save some energy for evening hours, when the flashing lights of a Palm Beach casino or the live music of an Oranjestad pub beckon.
Attractions And Sights
Get to know Aruba’s most popular sights, museums, natural and historical attractions. Climb the 587 steps to the top of the Hooiberg, visit Aruba’s Natural wonders Natural Pool and Natural Bridge or explore National Park Arikok to get a chance to view a great variety of landscapes including caves, rough hills of volcanic lava formations, sand dunes and beaches.
Aruba is surrounded by beaches and best of all they are all public and easily accessible. Most beaches typically consist of powder-fine, white sand and they are considered to be among the cleanest and most spectacular ones in the Caribbean. Some famous beaches that cannot be missed are: Eagle Beach, Palm Beach, Baby Beach.
Aruba hosts lots of special events throughout the year. Besides traditional holiday celebrations like Aruba’s National Anthem and Flag Day celebration, Aruba also presents numerous sports, musical, cultural and social events.
Things To Do In Aruba With Kids
Eagle Bowling Palace
Head to this classic bowling alley with the family when you need a little break from the nonstop Aruban sun. There is a concession stand onsite so you can indulge in some of your favorites mid-bowl. Open daily, 4 to 10 p.m.
Arikok National Park
Arikok National Park consists of and preserves about 20 percent of Aruba’s land. On a visit there, kids experience Aruba’s natural, desert-like geography — something that’s nearly impossible to do in the heavily landscaped resort region. The park is home to many types of cacti (the tall ones are “candlestick” cacti), as well as sand dunes and caves.
When we visited, days after the new visitor center opened in July 2009, rangers were still developing programs that included a new video that details the park’s flora and fauna. The park also has hiking trails on which ranger-guided hikes are planned. You can even check out a snake pit that displays Aruban rattlesnakes. The Visitor Center’s cafe sells water, soda and snacks.
Take a quick trip to this waterfront park in the middle of your adventures throughout Oranjestad, Aruba. The park showcases a lovely statue of Queen Wilhelmina, the leader of the Netherlands during the first half of the 20th century. You won’t be able to miss all the (harmless) iguanas running around.
Things To Do In Aruba For Adults
Aruba’s home to all sorts of fun and excitement, with options for adventurous explorers, families with small children, and people looking to relax and unwind, so no matter what you’re looking to do on your next vacation to the One happy island, you can rest assured that you’ll find something that strikes your fancy!
This Guide divides Aruba’s top-rated tourist attractions up into several different categories, each of which are listed below for your convenience.
Sightseeing & Tours
Beaches & Coves
Dining & Restaurants
Arts & Culture
Free Things To Do in Aruba
A great way to explore the capital of Aruba is by tramcar (or streetcar). These hydrogen-powered vehicles depart at the cruise ship terminal to take visitors and locals for a free and scenic inner city loop.
Alto Vista Chapel
Established more than 250 years ago by the Indians and the Spanish, Alto Vista is often called the Pilgrim’s Church, but is known officially as Our Lady of Alto Vista. The chapel was the island’s first Roman Catholic Church, built in 1750 and reconstructed in 1953.
“Travel + Leisure” magazine named this stretch of powdery soft white sand, one of the “10 Best Beaches in the World.” This public beach offers plenty of parking, shady picnic areas and palapa huts. Swimming is wonderful here and local hotels can set you up with equipment for water sports or other beach activities.