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.

Beaches

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.

There are several beaches to consider visiting on the island. Regardless of whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer a quieter stretch of sand, you're likely to find what you want. Just click on the beach names for a detailed guide to that beach.

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A beach where snorkeling is popular 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 snorkelers is Eagle Beach. Recently noted as one of the Top 10 Beaches in the World by Trip Advisor, Eagle Beach is a well-loved family beach where picnics and camping are commonplace. Water sports are popular on Eagle Beach and rental equipment and organized water activities are available to visitors.

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.

Aruba has a wider range of beach choices. For a more thorough discussion of 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 worth visiting is Aruba Aloe Balm Museum. It is Oranjestad, in western Aruba. Monday to Friday tours are offer from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Saturday tours run from 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon.

Another popular destination is National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is located within downtown Oranjestad. Open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

San Nicolas Community Museum: The main focus of the museum is indeed San Nicholas and Aruban history, showcasing exhibits that offer insights to how the people lived and how communities functioned. In addition though, the museum also features prehistoric fossils, original international art work, as well as first-hand accounts and primary sources of world events.

These are just a few of what's on the island. To get more information on other sites worth seeing on the island, click here.

Natural Attractions

Aruba Ostrich Adventures

The topography of Aruba allows vacationers to choose between several different landscapes to explore. In one instant you can be touring the awe-inspiring wonder that is natural underground caves, and the next hitting the desert terrain of the northwest coast for some dune-sliding. Top it off with a dip in the hidden natural pool that is Cura di Tortuga, and you will have seen a myriad of natural wonders all in one trip.

Aruba Ostrich Adventures is one of the outdoor attractions you should consider visiting. 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.

A second place worth a visit is Donkey Sanctuary Aruba. 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.

These are only a few of what's on the island. To read our full guide to natural attractions on the island, click here.

Casinos

Feeling lucky? Travelers interested in testing their luck on the slots will discover quite a few places to do so on the island.

Stellaris Casino, which is part of Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, is the vicinity of Palm Beach, in northwestern Aruba. Vegas style gaming indeed. There are 26 table games like Let it Ride Poker, Three Card Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Blackjack available so you can prove just how lucky you are.

If you like to play the slots, you should check out Seaport Casino. Enjoy a night of gambling at sister casinos Crystal and Seaport. Seaport Casino offers some of the best odds in Aruba, especially for gamers who get their hands on a Free Play Cash Card.

Copa Cabana Casino provides a collection of games for guests to play, including Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Other Games, and Poker - 3 card. If you're over 18, you won't want to pass up a chance to get your heart racing and your blood pumping as you experience the thrill of playing a Vegas style casino game. Stop by Copa Cabana for a night of unparalleled fun.

Luckily, you'll be able to find plenty of additional choices too. Use this link to read our page dedicated to 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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