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 thinking about seeing the sights at a slower pace, there are 11 businesses that can help make it happen. You can go to this page dedicated to bike and scooter rentals if you're interested in learning more specifics.

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 11 dive services and at least 35 interesting dive sites to choose from. Make your way to this page dedicated to diving in this area if you'd like additional specifics.

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.

Fishing is a popular activity here, as suggested by the existence of 10 charter fishing services in this area. For more details about this specific topic, visit this guide, which discusses deep sea fishing in this area.

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.

Hoping you can spend some time on the greens during your vacation? You'll be glad to learn several exist in this area. The courses in the area are The Links at Divi Aruba Golf Course, Tierra Del Sol Golf Course, and Aruba Golf Club. To read a detailed article concerning the course, including contact information, number of holes, location, and more simply click on the name of the course. Those interested can learn more about golfing throughout Caribbean can do so here.

Sailing and Boating

Jolly Pirates

Take a moment to read this table for more information about firms that will help you spend some time on the open water.

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 4.3 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
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 want to find out about local marinas and charter options click here.

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 there are some people who enjoy exploring new shops in your group, they may be interested to know that at least 90 retailers are located in this area. Click to find our page about shopping on Aruba.

Sightseeing

National Archaeological Museum Aruba

Yet another good way to spend some of your vacation is to experience the area's sights and natural beauty. Sights of interest to visitors include a few historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors To read a more detailed discussion of available sightseeing attractions, see this page.

The table directly below enables you to learn some details regarding a firm that can help you enjoy some great sightseeing.

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
Aries Tours And Travel Travel and Tour Operators (297) 583-6785 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Aruba Kayak Adventure Kayaking Service (297) 582-5520 Downtown Oranjestad
Aruban Historic Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 582-0112 0.4 mi. North of 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
Caroline Tours & Transport Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 585-9381 5.1 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad
De Palm Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 582-4400 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Doa Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 585-4902 Macurima, Central Aruba
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
Kini Kini Transfer & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 583-3633 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
L D Island Tours And General Services Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 584-9799 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Brasil
Oduber Travel & Tours Co Travel and Tour Operators (297) 582-6664 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
Rudolfo M Arends Rental & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 587-2978 2.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Rumbaruba Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 586-2009 2.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Seaworld Explorer Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 522-4400 Downtown Oranjestad
Shirley's Travel Services Travel and Tour Operators (297) 584-8860 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Shore Tours Aruba Nv Travel and Tour Operators (297) 588-6889 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Tango Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 582-5097 1.2 mi. Northwest of Downtown Oranjestad
Watapana Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (297) 583-5191 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad

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 off the coast of Aruba. Click here to find our page concerning local snorkeling opportunities.

Spas

eforea Spa

Relaxing for a few hours in a spa might be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, since there are 22 different spas in this area. To reach our full guide to spas, go to this page.

Tennis

Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club

If you enjoy playing tennis you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 10 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below highlights some key facts. You can view the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on each name to learn more details concerning 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
Allegro Occidental Grand 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 table below provides some key facts 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
4D Theater Movie Theater (297) 586-8939 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Noord
Anthony Fitness Consulting Fitness Centers and Instructors (297) 585-5485 Piedra Plat, Central Aruba
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 Fitness Centers and Instructors (297) 586-0215 1.2 mi. South of Central Tierra Del Sol
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
Body Pulse Fitness Center Fitness Centers and Instructors (297) 584-2599 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Brasil
Bushiri Karting Speedway Go-Cart Raceways and Rentals (297) 594-2366 1.4 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Oranjestad
Campana Watersports Watersports Operator (297) 586-3735 0.4 mi. North 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
Dream Bowl Bowling Center (297) 586-0809 3.7 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Eagle Bowling Palace Bowling Center (297) 583-5038 2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Oranjestad
Gym Jumping Jack Fitness Centers and Instructors (297) 585-4040 Macurima, Central Aruba
Healthy Living Club Fitness Centers and Instructors (297) 585-6550 Piedra Plat, Central Aruba
Horse and Carriage Horse and Carriage Service (297) 594-7968 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Hustler's Billiards Billiard Hall (297) 582-7654 0.4 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
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
Pleasure Island Air Jump Adventure Sports Provider (297) 594-4436 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Brasil
Rancho Daimari Horseback Riding Site (297) 586-628 4.1 mi. North of Central Oranjestad
Skydive Aruba Air Adventures Adventure Sports Provider -- 1.1 mi. South of Central Tierra Del Sol
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 0.4 mi. North 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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