Activities in Aruba

Aruba's activities keep vacationers busy day and night

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When planning a vacation in Aruba, vacationers tend to dwell on finding the perfect hotel suite, drinking tropical beverages, and relaxing on the beach surrounded by miles of sand. What many travelers don't know is that there is an abundance of activities they can plan to participate in.

Bike and Scooter Rental

If you are considering enjoying the scenery at a leisurely pace, you will encounter a variety of different places that can help make it happen. To see our detailed guide to renting a bike or scooter, visit this page.

Diving

Aruba Diving

There is also a whole world waiting to be explored under the surface of the ocean. Diving and snorkeling are great ways to learn about fish and other sea life, as well as explore coral reef and ship wrecks (of which Aruba has many). Check with your hotel to determine which of these activities they offer as a part of your room price, or where you can get a good deal on a charter.

You'll find 12 dive services and at least 35 interesting dive sites to choose from. Visit this page regarding diving opportunities in this area if you want to get additional information.

Events and Festivals

Aruba's visitors who really want to experience local culture are in luck, because not only are there large events that only take place one a year, but smaller festivals that happen once every week. These include One Cool Summer, the Bonbini Festival, and the Caribbean festival. These events are a great way to listen to local music, sample local fare, and meet local people; something you won't want to miss. Click here for more information about Aruba's events and festivals.

Fishing

Teaser Fishing Charters

The best part about vacationing on an island is the endless opportunity for water sports. A great way to spend one of your days in Aruba is out on a chartered boat, sailing around the island, water skiing, soaking up sun, fishing, and enjoying being out on the ocean.

Plenty of fishermen frequent the area, as suggested by the existence of 16 charter fishing services in this area. Those wanting to find more details about fishing in this area can do so by clicking here.

Golf

Tierra Del Sol Golf Course

Those who want to stay active while on vacation will find that there is plenty to keep them occupied. Golf and tennis are among the most popular sports for vacationers, and often times guests won't even have to leave the comfort of their resort to play. Most resorts in Aruba offer non-regulation golf courses at a discounted rate for their guests, but those looking for tougher greens may want to venture out to independent golf clubs. Also on the island is the world's largest miniature golf course, perfect for family fun. Likewise, many of Aruba's resorts offer tennis courts on property at a discounted, and often times free, rate for hotel guests.

If you or someone in your group enjoys playing golf you'll be pleased to know there are several area golf courses. The courses are The Links at Divi Aruba Golf Course, Tierra Del Sol Golf Course, and Aruba Golf Club. Click on the course name to get additional information concerning the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more. Furthermore, you can take advantage of this article if you want to get additional facts concerning golfing throughout the Caribbean.

Sailing and Boating

Jolly Pirates

More details concerning area firms that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water can be found directly below.

Boating Opportunities On Aruba
Name Phone Location
Black Pearl Sailing (297) 593-1554 1.3 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
De Palm Tours (297) 522-4400 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Jolly Pirates (297) 586-8107 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
Pelican Adventures (297) 587-2302 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
Red Sail Sports (297) 586-1603 3.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Snorkeling Aruba (297) 592-6373 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Noord
Strea Charters (297) 600-2503 0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad
The Tranquilo (297) 594-2173 Downtown Oranjestad
Wave Dancer (297) 582-5520 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad

If you're interested in reading about nearby marinas and charter operators go to this article.

Shopping

Aruba Trading Company

What's a vacation without a few souvenirs to take home? Shopping is a great way to experience the local culture, as well as bring home a piece of the island with you. Aruba boasts modern shopping malls with high end goods, shops that feature brand names alongside local goods, as well as crafts stands that sell only locally handmade wares. As an added bonus, there is no sales tax in Aruba.

If you're going to be traveling with some avid shoppers they can while away some time exploring a few of the area's 84 retail stores. If you want to find out about shopping on Aruba, you can do so by visiting this page.

Sightseeing

National Archaeological Museum Aruba

Sightseeing is another good way to spend some of your vacation in Aruba. Area sights include a few historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Read this article about area sightseeing attractions if you're interested in learning more specifics.

Information about a firm that can show you the most interesting local sights can be seen in the following table:

Sightseeing Services On Aruba
Name Type Phone Location
ABC Aruba Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 582-5600 1.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Oranjestad
Action Tours Aruba Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 587-8710 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Aruba Kayak Adventure Kayaking Service (297) 582-5520 Downtown Oranjestad
Aruba Motorcycle Tours & Rentals Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 641-7818 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad
Aruba Walking Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 582-0112 Downtown Oranjestad
Atlantis Submarines Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 522-4400 Downtown Oranjestad
Banana Bus Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 593-0757 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
De Palm Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 582-4400 1.0 mi. Northwest of Downtown Oranjestad
El Tours Aruba Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 585-6730 4.9 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad
Fantasy Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 592-4737 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Horizon Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 584-0540 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Brasil
I-land Aruba Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (316) 174-0778 ext. 3 0.6 mi. East of Central Tierra Del Sol
Kini Kini Transfer & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 583-3633 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Pelican Adventures Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 586-3210 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Pelican Adventures Travel and Tour Operators -- 2.8 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Rancho Notorious Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 586-0508 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Seaworld Explorer Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 522-4400 Downtown Oranjestad
The Gold Mine Ranch Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 586-4954 Central Aruba

Snorkeling

Seaworld Explorer

If you like the idea of going snorkeling you'll be pleased to know you can easily find places to do so in the waters surrounding Aruba. Click this link to view our page dedicated to local snorkeling opportunities.

Spas

eforea Spa

Going to a spa might be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, given the fact that there are 17 spas located in this area. Use this link to see our article concerning this topic.

Tennis

Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club

If you like to play tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 10 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following list can help with your decision making process. At a glance, you can see the number of courts available, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on the names to read about other aspects of the property.

Accommodations with Tennis On Aruba
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club 4.4 mi. North of Central Oranjestad 2 check
Marriott's Aruba Surf Club 4.3 mi. North of Central Oranjestad 2 check
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino 3.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad 2 check check
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - Beach Resort & Casino 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad 4 check
Barcelo Aruba 3.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad 2 check
Costa Linda Beach Resort 2.9 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad 2 check
Playa Linda Beach Resort 4.0 mi. North of Central Oranjestad -- check check
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort 1.7 mi. Northwest of Downtown Oranjestad 3 check
Casa Del Mar Resort 2.8 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad 4
Mill Resort & Suites 3.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad 2 check

For example, Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

Aruba Watersports Center

The chart right below summarizes some details concerning other activities.

Other Activities On Aruba
Name Type Phone Location
2Bfit Personal Training Studio Fitness Centers and Instructors (297) 588-7715 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Aqua Windies Watersports Equipment Shop (297) 583-5669 2.8 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Arawa Waterpark Amusement/Theme Park (297) 588-1438 2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad
Aruba Fun City Amusement Arcade (297) 586-8939 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Aruba International Raceway Park Auto Racetracks (297) 584-1315 1.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Nicolas
Aruba Racquet Club Tennis Club (297) 586-0215 1.2 mi. South of Central Tierra Del Sol
Aruba Surf & Paddle School Watersports Operator (297) 593-0229 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
Aruba Vacation Waterpark Amusement/Theme Park (297) 585-0550 Central Aruba
Aruba Watersports Center Watersports Operator (297) 586-6613 1.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Noord
Bushiri Karting Speedway Go-Cart Raceways and Rentals (297) 594-2366 1.4 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Oranjestad
Caribbean Cinemas - Aruba Megaplex 8 Movie Theater (297) 586-0074 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Noord
Community Pool San Nicolaas Swimming Pools (297) 584-3824 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Brasil
Corpus Sanus Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors (297) 588-3555 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Delphi Watersports Aruba Watersports Operator (297) 733-5688 1.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Noord
Eagle Bowling Palace Bowling Center (297) 583-5038 2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Fun 4 Every 1 Watersports Watersports Operator (297) 593-2747 1.1 mi. West of Central Noord
Island Cabana Aruba Watersports Operator (297) 593-0166 1.6 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
Joe Fitness Center Fitness Centers and Instructors (297) 588-3562 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Parkietenbos Paintball Field Paint Ball Excursion Operator -- 2.6 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad
Skydive Aruba Air Adventures Adventure Sports Provider -- 1.1 mi. South of Central Tierra Del Sol
Sunshine Watersports Watersports Operator (297) 593-0085 1.4 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
Trinidad Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- 1.1 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Oranjestad
Vela Aruba Windsurfing Operator (800) 223-5443 1.4 mi. Northwest of Central Noord
YMCA Fitness Centers and Instructors (297) 582-3072 1.0 mi. East of Downtown Oranjestad

With so many popular activities, it's hard to have a dull day on Aruba, even if the island isn't covered in the stereotypical lush, tropical foliage. Instead, this quirky island offers up its own slice of paradise - a small desert amid sparkling seas. Whether you're looking to spend a night out on the town, splurge in duty-free stores, or just explore island history, there's plenty for vacationers to do while in Aruba.

 

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