Best Things to Do in Aruba

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Aruba is a study in contrasts: Pastel houses and glitzy high-rise hotels. Creole seafood and classic Dutch cuisine. Crystalline blue waters and rugged desert. But at just 20 miles long, this compact Dutch Caribbean island makes for a perfect port stop to consider for your next cruise. 

Whether you prefer to have a relaxing beach day, taste the island’s top cuisine, take part in water sports, or sightseeing, you will find it all in Aruba. We’ve rounded up our top picks of activities and member tips for travelers of all types visiting this beautiful island. No matter your interests, you will find something that’s perfect for you in Aruba! 

For Everyone in Aruba 

Aruba is a colorful Caribbean destination - Photo by Canva

Island Jeep Safari Tour

Discover the rugged and unseen beauty of Aruba on this full-day jeep safari tour from Get Your Guide. Departing from Oranjestad, the fun-filled adventure ride will bring you to the top sights of the island such as the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, California Lighthouse, and Arikok National Park. 

Member Tip: The friendliness of the people of this Island is great. The easiest and safest one to cross the street in the whole Caribbean. Beautiful beaches. Good stores. - boricua1

Aruba Highlights Tour

This 3.5-hour bus adventure from Shore Excursions Group is the perfect way to see the highlights of Aruba if your trip includes just a quick port stop in the country. In one day, you will visit the Aloe Vera Factory and Museum, Casibari Rock Formations, and Alto Vista Chapel. 

Member Tip - We love the beautiful beaches of Aruba!! Baby Beach, Palm Beach, and Eagle Beach. Gorgeous, but take your SPF! Hot Hot Hot. - Sweetnikki80

Activities For Couples Visiting Aruba 

Couples will love the sunset views in Aruba - Photo by Canva

Sunset Sailing Adventure 

This tour from Get Your Guide is (in our opinion) one of the most romantic ways to see Aruba! You will sail up the scenic coastline in a comfortable catamaran and witness a colorful Caribbean sunset. Feel the cool Aruban breeze and admire the sunset over the turquoise blue ocean waters while sipping on fruity cocktails from the open bar. 

Private Beach Horseback Riding

This ultra-romantic adventure from Shore Excursions Group is the perfect way to combine adventure and sightseeing. A private guide will lead you and your partner on a horseback-riding tour of the sights and dazzling waters of Aruba’s North Coast. Sit back and relax, as the horses guide you along the shore! 

Family Activities in Aruba 

Aruba is a great destination to visit with kids and teens. - Photo by Canva

Pirate Ship Sail 

Kids (and adults) of all ages will love this adventure on a ‘pirate ship’ along the Palm Beach Coast. Witness some of Aruba’s most exquisite white-sand beaches, snorkel at a famous shipwreck, and gaze off the bow with a drink whilst observing the local marine life. Ahoy! 

Ostrich Farm Tour

Although Africa is the native land of the ostrich, the prehistoric bird finds a perfect home amidst the rugged landscape of Aruba. On this Ostrich Farm excursion from Get Your Guide, families will explore the sprawling grounds of the farm and meet a 40-count herd of ostriches. 

For Adventure Lovers

Thrill-seekers will love activities like kitesurfing and snorkeling. - Photo by Canva

Antilla Shipwreck Sail & Snorkel

This adventure from Shore Excursions Group starts as you tender out from Palm Beach Coast to your 50-foot catamaran. Once aboard, you will sail to the Antilla shipwreck, which is home to millions of tropical sea dwellers. The Antilla, which sank more than 60 years ago, remains completely intact and is widely regarded as one of the best sunken shipwrecks to snorkel in the Caribbean! 

Member Tip - This was my favorite port. The island is gorgeous. We did a 1/2 day Jeep excursion, which showed us some very beautiful parts of the island. - regiscampbell

Kitesurfing Lessons

There may be no better place for thrill-seekers to kitesurf than Aruba. Aruba is blessed with good winds (almost year-round) combined with the flat waters of Fisherman's Huts. In this tour from Shore Excursions Group, you will learn the basics of kitesurfing on the beach and (when ready) go out on the water to try out your new skills. 

For Beach Seekers

Aruba is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. - Photo by Canva

Member Tip - We went to Surfside Beach by taxi. Chairs and umbrellas were plentiful and reasonably priced. - thecooper1

Beach Hopping Snorkeling Tour

On this half-day adventure from Get Your Guide, you will be taken to the hidden beach of Mangel Halto and the popular resort of Baby Beach for a laid-back snorkeling tour off the coast of Aruba. The crystal clear waters are unlike anything else in the Caribbean. 

Aruba Beach Day Excursion

Looking to get your tan (and sand) on? This awesome beach day adventure from Shore Excursions Group is the perfect way to relax and unwind as you enjoy the Caribbean sun. You will be taken to beautiful Palm Beach where you will enjoy access to a beach resort. Relax as the tropical breezes gently blow the fronds of majestic palms and the leaves of the Divi Divi trees. 

For Foodies

Foodies will find excursions right up their alley in Aruba. - Photo by Canva

Private Island Wine Tour 

This wine-focused experience is the perfect way to sip and sightsee across the island of Aruba. You will visit the New Natural Bridge, Bushiribana Gold Smelter, California Lighthouse, and Malmok Beach. While you are traveling from site to site, enjoy samplings of three different types of wines.

Member Tip - We have been here before so we took in some of the local sites & then had some Balashi beer & lunch at the 3 Brothers BBQ - very appetizing. - 4Goodtimes

Tapas & Wine Tasting 

Take a break from the ordinary while in Aruba and relax while you tempt your taste buds with a wine tasting experience from Shore Excursions Group. After being transported from the pier area, you will arrive at your destination and be introduced to your wine sommelier. Your wine expert will reveal to you the basics of international wines and their distinctive characteristics in this small and intimate group setting.

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