Attractions in Aruba

Unique Aruba offers so many great attractions there's always something to see and experience

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Aruba has a reputation for beauty that is not undeserved. Many people think immediately of the gorgeous white-sand beaches, but visitors are often pleasantly surprised to learn that the history and culture of the island have made their own contribution to it's current state of loveliness.


Baby Beach

Beaches are certainly one of the major reasons why travelers make a point of putting Aruba on their itinerary. The clear water and pristine sand are a breathtaking combination, and basking in the warm Caribbean sunshine is incredibly appealing. But there are other aspects of the island's nature to stimulate visitors. The wild animal and plant life make Aruba a truly unique vacation spot, home to desert landscapes as well as iguanas, birds, and butterflies.

You'll find several beaches to visit on the island. Regardless of whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you like having more of the beach to yourself, you should find some appealing options. Click on each beach name for more information concerning that individual beach.

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If you love to snorkel, a place providing that option is Baby Beach. Swimming and snorkeling in the shallow, calm waters are the major draws for this Aruban destination, as the water surrounding the coral only ever reaches five feet in depth. The beach remains very quiet except on days when there are cruise ship excursions here.

Another good option for visitors who enjoy snorkeling is Eagle Beach. Eagle Beach is a wide expanse of pristine white sand that stretches along Aruba's coast for miles, hugging gentle waters with small waves. The beach is easily accessible and lined with hotels directly across the street.

Malmok Beach: Easily accessible by car (plenty of parking) and taxi. Public transport is also a nice option - the Malmok bus stop lets you off right at the beach.

These are only some of the places worth checking out To visit our page about beaches, go to this page.

Landmark Attractions

National Archaeological Museum Aruba

Travelers interested in Aruba's colonial past will find plenty of fascinating outlets for their curiosity. A host of museums showcase various artifacts from different eras in the island's history while the architecture found throughout Aruba serves as a great example of the relationship it maintains with the Dutch. The presence of the Catholic church can also been seen in many of the historic cathedrals.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Aruba Aloe Balm Museum. It is Oranjestad, in western Aruba. Aloe is arguable Aruba's most significant export and an important aspect of the island's economy. Since aloe was brought to Aruba in 1890, the industry has flourished here and Aruban aloe can now be found worldwide.

Many travelers also choose to visit National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is situated in downtown Oranjestad. Located in downtown Oranjestad, this is both museum and research institution whose purpose is to educate locals and tourists alike about Aruba's colorful history and preserve that knowledge through the generations.

San Nicolas Community Museum: The San Nicolas Community Museum is is a small museum offering a very large amount of information to anyone who asks for it. Despite its name, the San Nicholas Community Museum has exhibits that span around the entire globe and all eras of the world's history.

But that's not all -- you can find other sites to visit. For a more detailed look at landmarks this topic, read this article concerning other interesting places to visit on Aruba.

Natural Attractions

Aruba Ostrich Adventures

Aruba Ostrich Adventures is one of the most enjoyable outdoor attractions. Ostriches may not be what comes to mind when one thinks of Aruba, but the Aruba Ostrich Adventure nonetheless is home to a number of ostrich that guests come from all over the island to see. While it may not be the "natural Aruba" it is still an interesting sight to see.

Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is another local attraction that provides a nice way to spend some time outdoors. Before cars became the main source of transportation in Aruba, donkeys were brought to the island to serve such a purpose. As motorized vehicles became more prevalent, the need for donkeys decreased, and their care did as well. Then, in the 1970s, a disease spread through the donkey community that wiped out a great deal of their population. The people at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary knew that something must be done, and finally in 1997 the non-profit organization opened its doors.

Of course, there are plenty of other natural attractions. To read about other natural attractions on the island, visit this page.


Looking for some action? Guests hoping to try their luck on the slots will discover quite a few alternatives on the island.

Stellaris Casino, on the premises of Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, is the vicinity of Palm Beach, in northwestern Aruba. The casino opens at 10:00 a.m. and does not close until around 4:00 a.m.

If you're simply looking to play a few slots, you could give Alhambra Casino a try. The casino is only closed between the hours of 4:00am and 10:00am.

Crystal Casino provides a selection of games for patrons to play, including Baccarat - Mini, Baccarat - Punto Banco, Blackjack, Craps, and Poker - Caribbean Stud. When one casino just isn't enough, fill your nights with entertainment at sister casinos Crystal and Seaport. Crystal Casino is open 24-hours-a-day, and features the largest table bank roll on the island.

Fortunately, there will be quite a few other choices. Follow this link to see our page regarding gaming on Aruba.

...From interesting wildlife to electrifying nightlife......


Visitors who are eager to experience all of the sights and attractions that Aruba has to offer find that the small island packs a big vacation punch. From interesting wildlife to electrifying nightlife, there is plenty to see and do on the island of Aruba.


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