My Eight Favorite Things to Do in Aruba

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Aruba. It’s one of the first exotic locations I remember hearing about as a child. I finally got to explore its richness earlier this year on one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. There’s certainly no shortage of things to keep you busy in Aruba … from lying on the beach listening to the breaking waves to barreling through the Caribbean on an underwater scooter.  Here are my eight favorite things to do in Aruba.

#8 on My Things to Do in Aruba List – Beaching It

I’m not a huge beach fan, so that’s why this activity only scored #8 on my list. But don’t get me wrong – it was still buckets of fun (buckets of beer, specifically). We hung out at Arashi Beach where there was a great snack bar serving really good food and cold drinks. If you arrive early enough, you can grab one of the palapas free of charge. They provide plenty of shade as you while away the hours drinking beer and listening to the surf.

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Even though I’m not one to bake on a beach, I have to admit that Arashi Beach is beautiful. And being able to sit under a palapa in the shade and hangout drinking beer puts it in my top eight things to do in Aruba. Image credit: Cindy Kalwei

#7 on My Things to Do in Aruba List – California Lighthouse & Faro Blanco Restaurant

Located near the northwestern tip of the island, the California Lighthouse is one of Aruba’s most historic landmarks. The view from the point is extraordinary and a great place to get some awesome panoramic photos of the island. When you’re finished taking pictures, head on over to Faro Blanco Restaurant for some fine Italian cuisine.

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The California Lighthouse is one of Aruba’s most well known landmarks. It’s location at the northwestern tip of the island provides outstanding panoramic views. Image credit: Val Love

#6 on My Things to Do in Aruba List – Wildlife Spotting

I realize that lizards and birds probably wouldn’t make most visitors’ top eight list, but I’m a little odd. I look for wildlife everywhere I go and Aruba did not disappoint. From the friendly Troupial that frequented our patio to the gorgeous Aruban Whiptail lizards that scurried through the bushes, Aruba wildlife added a peaceful calm of nature to my stay.

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Isn’t he beautiful? I’ve seen a lot of lizards in my life, but none as pretty as this Aruban Whiptail. Image credit: Val Love

#5 on My Things to Do in Aruba List – Gaming

I love going to casinos, especially when it’s one I haven’t been to before. Aruba boasts several gaming opportunities, but we visited Stellaris Casino, Aruba’s largest, located in the Aruba Marriott Resort.

#4 on My Things to Do in Aruba List – Sunset Cruise

I’m not sure, but it may be sacrilege to visit an island paradise like Aruba without taking some sort of sunset cruise. We went on Viator’s Aruba Sunset Catamaran Cruise. The open bar and music made for a fun and memorable evening. (But please leave your kids with sitters – it’s really not an environment conducive to small children.)

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Is there anything more beautiful than a sunset over the Caribbean? I think not. Image credit: Val Love

#3 on My Things to Do in Aruba List – Scuba Diving

I’m not a certified diver, but two of the gals in our group were. They hadn’t dived in a while, so we all three took the Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) course through Dive Aruba and they were fantastic. If you’re not already certified, I highly recommend it. The instruction was excellent and the dive was superb.

#2 on My Things to Do in Aruba List – Underwater Scooters

The second I spotted this activity on the internet I knew I had to do it. Wearing your mask and snorkel, you hold onto a fat torpedo-shaped machine and it propels you through the water. It was awesome! You have to try it. And when you do, make sure you do it with Aruba Bob. They have the best scooters and an outstanding staff. (You should be confident in your swimming skills and experienced at deeper water snorkeling.)

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Here I am … cruising through the Caribbean without a care in the world thanks to Aruba Bob. Image credit: Aruba Bob

#1 on My Things to Do in Aruba List – Snorkeling

What can I say? I love snorkeling. Aruba was the ninth country I’ve snorkeled in and I enjoyed every second of it. We were lucky enough to rent a house directly across from Catalina Cove so all we had to do was walk across the street to snorkel. If you’d like to know more about the snorkeling there, check out Snorkeling Catalina Cove Aruba.

Have you ever been to Aruba? What was your favorite activity there?

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43 thoughts on “My Eight Favorite Things to Do in Aruba

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      Really? That’s great. I’ve found that even when my travels take me to a place less than awesome, there is still wildlife to make it more interesting.

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      It was really fun, Gail. There were 11 of us, so we were able to afford a fantastic house.

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      There are so many wonderful and beautiful places to see. Aruba is certainly one of them. I hope you make it there soon, Agness.

  1. Angelic Sinova

    I’ve always wanted to visit Aruba! I went snorkeling in the Bahamas last year so I’d love to go scuba diving in Aruba someday.

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      I did a dive there, too. It is so peaceful and calm at 40′, not to mention all the great things you see while diving.

  2. Cheryl

    I really need to go to Aruba. I’ve always been such a city travel girl, but now that I’m a little older, this looks heavenly to me.

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      Cheryl – I’m just the opposite. I’ve never really been a city traveler; the more space the better for me.

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      The view from the lighthouse is awesome. Don’t forget to have a little Italian food while you’re up there!

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      It was the snorkeling that got me there. But once I did get there, I discovered there were tons of other fun things to do as well.

  3. Rebecca Swenor

    These are all great things to do in Aruba. I have not thought about visiting Aruba but I will have to look into it now. Sitting on the Arashi Beach under a palapa sipping on a drink would be so relaxing to me and the Viator’s Aruba Sunset Catamaran Cruise would be awesome too. Thanks for sharing this awesome list of things to do Aruba.

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      Rebecca – Like I mentioned in the post, I’m not one for sitting on a beach. But Arashi Beach with my friends was quite enjoyable.

  4. TIm B

    Ha Ha funny to see a Caribbean landmark called the “California” Lighthouse! I haven’t seen these snorkeling scooters before. Really want to try one out the next time get a chance to go snorkling.

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      I highly recommend them, Tim. Especially if you’re snorkeling in an area where there is current; they just zoom you right through.

  5. Claudia Krusch

    Aruba is an amazing place. It has been years since I was there and I can not wait to go back. The water is so beautiful I could sit in the beach all day.

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      The water is beautiful there, Claudia. There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to the waves.

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      I think there’s something in Aruba for everyone. Whether you just want to hang out on the beach, go snorkeling with the underwater scooters or take a Jeep expedition through the outback!

  6. Jenn Mitchell

    Aruba is such a beautiful place! There are so many destinations on my travel bucket list and this is definitely one of them.

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      I know, right! Greg and I are now traveling full time … six months in the US and six months abroad. And the next destination on our list changes at least weekly! Too many countries, too little time.

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      I love the attraction of nature in the places I visit as well, Kita. There are so many wonderful destinations!

  7. rika

    Thanks for sharing these recommendations! My husband and I have been planning our next Carribean trip. Aruba is on my list.

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      Rika – I think you will really enjoy it, especially if you stay somewhere really close to the sea.

  8. Debra J Hawkins

    The aruba beaches look like they are absolutely amazing! They are high on my list of things I want to see in my lifetime!

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      I kind of wish I had spent a little more time spotting wildlife, Sue. But I was having so much fun doing other things I ran out of time!

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      I do too, Sheri. I think experiencing new cultures helps us be more understanding and empathetic.

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