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 a large selection of beaches to consider on the island. Whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you can find a beach that appeals to you. Just click on the name of the beach for more detail concerning that particular location.

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A location that's good for snorkeling is Baby Beach. Accessible by taxi or car, Baby Beach is located on the southeastern tip of Aruba. There are parking opportunities along Baby Beach road.

Another top pick 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.

Needless to say, you'll be able to find a nice selection of choices for beaches on the island. To see our detailed guide to beaches, click here.

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. Take a free half hour long tour and see the factory which produces moisturizing Aloe Vera gel.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is found in downtown Oranjestad. Artifacts here shed light on the origins of the first inhabitants of the island and then tour you through the centuries to the cultural landscape today.

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.

These are only some of the choices you'll find. For a more comprehensive look at other sites worth seeing on the island, check out this page.

Natural Attractions

Aruba Ostrich Adventures

Aruba Ostrich Adventures is one of the natural attractions you might enjoy. <p>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.</p>

Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is a second local attraction you might enjoy. <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>

These are just a sample of the options that are available. Take advantage of this extended discussion regarding natural attractions on Aruba if you want additional information.

Casinos

Feeling Lucky? Vacationers wanting to test their luck on the slots will have plenty of venues where they can do so on the island.

Stellaris Casino, part of Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, is the vicinity of Palm Beach, in northwestern Aruba. Come on down to the largest Casino in Aruba. Forget about small rooms and crowded slot machines, Stellaris Casino offers gambling Vegas style.

If you enjoy playing the slots, you could give Alhambra Casino a try. The casino is only closed between the hours of 4:00am and 10:00am.

Crystal Casino has a collection of games for visitors to enjoy, 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.

These examples are merely a few of the available options. Click on this link to see our extended discussion of 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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