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Are you looking for a place where you can do some wine tasting in Aruba?

A place where you can get away from the crowds and just relax…

If so I have to tell you about one of the most perfect places to do so – it’s truly a hidden gem on the island.

I didn’t know this place exist, until I accidentally bumped into the owner, now it’s one of my favorite places for wine tasting in Aruba.

This place I’m talking about is called “The Wine Room” and it’s a charming place that brings wine lovers together.

So let me tell you more about “The Wine Room in Aruba” and what you should expect on your visit…

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Wine Tasting in Aruba at The Wine Room

The wine room is located in the downtown area, tucked away from the crowds.

It’s owned by native islander, Monrick Croes, who turned his passion for wines into a chic bar for wine tasting in Aruba.

The wine room is a place where you can escape the daily tolls of life and just relax!

A candlelit atmosphere greets you as you enter the wine room.

The walls are decorated with beautiful wine paintings, vintage wine art and a wine rack with over 200 bottles of the best wines in Aruba.

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A view from inside of the wine room.

One of a Kind Wines

The wine rooms list of wines covers various exclusive brand names from different vineyards around the world.

All wines are self-imported by Monrick, so you won’t find any of them for sale in a supermarket or any wine stores in Aruba.

You can also buy wines at the wine room, they are sold by bottle or case.

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Wine and steak, two of my favorites!

Wine Tasting & Food Pairing

You can’t just drink a Merlot or a Pinot, and pair it with cheese or olives, there’s so much more to it.

Monrick is not only the owner of the wine room, but he’s also going to be your host.

He has a broad knowledge in the world of wines – so he’s the perfect sommelier to show you the fine points of wine tasting and food pairing in Aruba.

The food at the wine room can be described in one word – Delicious!

Monrick does the grocery shopping, prepares all the dishes, sets your plate and serves it to you in a friendly and entertaining fashion.

The wine room’s menu has different cheese platters, vegetarian tapas, from the oven dishes like champignon Au gratin and escargots a la bourguignon, succulent steak dishes, dessert and coffee.




Wine Not? Book now!

Take a break from the ordinary while in Aruba and relax while you tempt your taste buds with a wine tasting and food pairing at the wine room.

The ambiance is perfect for friends coming together, business meetings, or a romantic night of sipping great wines and having endless conversations.

I recommend you to visit Monrick at his wine room and indulge into an explosion of flavors in your mouth and great experience with a touch of Aruban hospitality.




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There are plenty of things you can do in Aruba, but many people decide to hang around the beach and pool all day long, and never really leave their resort.

If you’re also visiting the island, but don’t know what you should do for fun, other than the beach, consider one of my many “one day in Aruba” itineraries. 

Things You Can Do in Aruba

Aruba is a small island, but the amount of things one can do doesn’t disappoint.

This itinerary doesn’t cover everything there is to do on the island, because you only have one day, but the following list of 7 exciting things you can do in Aruba promises, a feel for the islands landmarks, a taste of a local dish, plenty of relaxing time at a secret beach and great place to end the day!

If you’re not sure if you’re going to rent a car, think about it again, because you will need a car to visit these sites. Read more about our car rental rates here.

So what should you do, if you’re looking for things you can do in Aruba for one day?

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1. Take A Tour at The California Lighthouse

The lighthouse was closed for many years, but there’s enough reason to see the tower now, because it has been completely refurbished recently and is open for the public.

So, after breakfast, head over to the northwestern tip of the island, for a guided tour and historic explanation about the California Lighthouse (tour starts at 8:30 AM).

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Take a tour of the California lighthouse.

Why should you visit the California lighthouse?

For one reason only, to soak in the best view on the island from the highest point in this area!

Important to know….

  • Tour starts at 8:30 AM (and takes 45 minutes to complete)
  • Tickets can be bought at the lighthouse for $8.00 per person
  • You can buy refreshments at a nearby shaved ice truck
  • There’s also an Italian restaurant near the lighthouse.

Click here to read more about the California Lighthouse

2. See The Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins

After seeing the spectacular backdrop at the lighthouse, make your way towards the northern coast of the island, to see the remainder of an abandoned gold mill that once processed ores during Aruba’s own gold rush in the nineteenth century.

This place is called bushiribana gold mill ruins and it’s a popular stop with the local tours, so you should see it too!

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There’s still might be gold hidden around here.

Things you can do here: climb the rocks, take pictures and breathe the fresh air of Aruba’s coast.

There’s a truck right next to the gold mill ruins that sells refreshments (and they also have bathrooms you can use, for $1.00).

If you want to squeeze in another attraction, check out the natural bridge, on the same dirt road, not far from the gold mill.

3. Climb The Casibari Rock Formation

Head out from bushiribana to the city of Paradera, to climb one of Aruba’s wonders – a natural rock formation.

Walk around this beautiful park, to see the islands native flora and fauna.

The natural boulders are stacked on each other, creating the highest lookout point in Paradera. 

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Climb the big boulders to get a beautiful view of the island.

How did these boulders get stacked on top of each other? I don’t know, that’s the mysterious thing about this site. One things I know for sure, the view from the top of the rock formation is breathtaking. 

There’s a bar, right next to the park entrance, they sell local souvenirs and refreshments. You can also use the bathroom here, if you need to.

Related – 21 Unusual & Unique Activities in Aruba

4. Eat Fried Fish & Shrimps For Lunch

After you’ve seen some of the islands popular landmarks, it will be probably be in the middle of the day already, and if you’re like me, you’d be feeling hungry. So, what’s the best way to deal with your cravings? With one of the island’s favorite dish – fried fish! 

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Enjoy your basket of fried fish, shrimps and a few cold Beers.

I’m sure you’d want to eat where the locals eat, and one of the many places locals like to go is to zeerovers, located in the city Savaneta.

The menu is simple (and inexpensive), but delicious! On the list of food they serve is fresh fish, shrimps, flatbread (called pan-bati), fries, plantains and their homemade tartar sauce. 

The place has a great local ambiance and is the perfect way to relax, so you can continue with the remaining activities in your itinerary.




5. Experience Peace Near Lourdes Grotto

When you’re done at zeerovers, drive to the south side of the island, to see the Lourdes grotto, one of the most religious sites in Aruba. Named in commemoration of the famous religious landmark in France, the Lourdes grotto is a unique Roman Catholic shrine built into the rocks.

There’s a statue of the virgin Mary in the rocks, and it is said to protect and bless all those who visit her.

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A place to say thank you and refection.

Why should you visit the Lourdes grotto?

Because it’s a hidden gem in Aruba, so if you have the chance to see it for yourself, you should!

Many visitors (including some locals) don’t know this even exist.

Click here to read more about Lourdes grotto here.

6. Private Time At a Secluded Beach

Every itinerary needs to include some beach time, and this one features one of Aruba’s secret beaches.

Located in San Nicolas, there’s a secluded beach called Grape field. It’s perfect for undisturbed long walks, wading in the sea, or just to have a “private time” at the beach with your family.

Read more about Grape field beach here.

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A private beach all to yourself.

7. Spend Happy Hour At Bugaloe

At the end of your private beach session, head back to your resort, and have your little moment to, relax, freshen up and put on your casual clothes for happy hour, at one of the island’s most popular beach bars – bugaloe! 

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End the day with a bang at bugaloe.

Happy hour starts at 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM (special prices on selected drinks and beers).

Enjoy a nice dinner and drinks, on the pier overlooking the sunset in Aruba.

Enjoy the evening with live music and dancing as the rum keeps flowing until late into the night.

Read more about bugaloe beach bar here.

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One of the best things about living in Aruba is that I can go snorkeling when I feel like it. I just grab my snorkeling gear and head out to one of my favorite snorkeling spots in Aruba…

During all my years of underwater exploring I’ve found some really beautiful places to snorkel in Aruba.

Some beaches are known for snorkeling between locals and tourist. And other beaches are hidden gems among snorkeling spots in Aruba.

I want to show you 6 (of many other) snorkeling spots in this blog post…

6 Snorkeling Spots in Aruba You Should Visit

How the idea of writing about beaches that are good snorkeling spots in Aruba came about…

I was contacted by the digital content specialist from Aruba Tourism Authority (who is now a good friend of mine) and we came up with the idea to write about some of the most beautiful beaches that are good snorkeling spots in Aruba.

Aruba is small, but the amounts places to snorkel doesn’t disappoint…

The island has more than 6 beaches, so of course the list is incomplete (until I create the ultimate guide for the best snorkeling spots in Aruba).

So to make things easy for you, I chose to snorkel at 6 of the closest beaches to the hotel area (so you can easily find them). The beach in the number 6 spot is the only one that is far from the hotel area, but worth the trip!

My journey started early in the morning as I made my way near the hotel area. You should always come prepared when snorkeling, so I made a quick stop at a Chinese store where I bought bottled waters, snacks to munch on, ice to put in the cooler and a few cold beers for later in the afternoon…

After a short drive I reached my first stop – the beach (Arashi) near the California lighthouse.

Before 3 o’clock in the afternoon I was snorkeling by the last beach on this list.

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Holding a beautiful sea star

I wrote about this snorkeling trip that was featured on Aruba Tourism Authority’s blog (and made and awesome short shore snorkeling video.

Click here to check out the 6 beaches good for snorkeling in Aruba.

Fish Identification Guide

If you like to spot fishes during snorkeling check out my “Fish Identification Guide”.

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The family cruise is planned and the kids are exited about the trip. In a few days you’ll be setting foot for the first time on the island. However, you don’t have a lot of time to explore the island, because the cruise ship is only docking for a couple of hours. You want to experience the island as much as possible, but you have no clue of what to do. So you’re wondering what to do on a cruise stop in Aruba?

Here are some tips to make your cruise stop on Aruba an ever lasting memory.

Explore the picturesque downtown buildings

Take a walk in the downtown area and notice all the colorful buildings that boasts some of the most beautiful dutch colonial architecture. They’re eye catching and a must see for architecture fans. Buildings featuring dutch designs are Royal Plaza, Town Hall, Census Building, Willem III Tower, Plaza Daniel Leo, Archaeological Museum, Ecury House and the Aruban Courthouse.

Shop till you drop

The downtown area of Aruba has a mile long stretch of shops. It’s literally a shoppers paradise. The main-street is filled with local shops, famous boutiques and jewelry stores. You can buy just about anything your heart desires. From souvenirs to bring back home to luxury items only found on the island. Stores open from Monday to Saturday (8:00 AM-6:00 PM).

Look for souvenirs at the flea market

The wharf-side flea market is a great place to get a taste and feel of Aruban culture. Here you can find hand made souvenirs crafted by locals. Whether you’re looking for artworks, t-shirts, slippers, hats or mugs from Aruba – you’ll find it all. Farmers usually bring fresh fruits to sell. And fisherman bring their catch of the day. If the kids are thirsty you can buy a some refreshing coconut water from a nearby shack.

Bring some single dollars, because they only accept cash.

Go fishing

Is your family adventurous? Then rent a charter boat for some fishing fun at the Renaissance Marina. The Renaissance Marina is a walking distance from the cruise port.You can choose between bottom fishing and Mahi-Mahi fishing just to name a few options. You might just hook a big fish.

Visit the I love Aruba sign

Aruba started a movement with the I Love Aruba sign. Now, every other island in the Caribbean has their own sign, but Aruba’s sign is the most popular one in the Caribbean. The sign is about a 10 minute walk from the cruise port (in front of Renaissance Marina).

Get the whole family in front of the sign and take a picture.

Take a dip by surf-side beach

Feeling like taking the kids for a dip in Caribbean waters? You can do so at surf-side beach. It’s a quiet family beach next to the highway between the airport and downtown area. You can walk it from the cruise port. Walking to this beach is also a nice treat, because you can walk next to the sea shore where the waves just keep kissing your feet as they come and go.

It’s a perfect spot to relax under a tree, watch the kids play and take a dip.

Still wondering what to do on a cruise stop in Aruba?

There are many activities around the island. However, visiting these places of interest requires you to rent a car, take a taxi or use public transportation. We always advise a family to rent a car, even if it’s for a few hours. Because it’s less stressful than public transportation. And more handy and cheaper than taking a taxi.

With that said here’s some extra options for what to do on a cruise stop in Aruba. 

Island Excursion

If you’re family wants to see the rugged part of Aruba, than a tour around the island is the best way to do it. In front of the cruise port you will find different tour bus companies that offer island expeditions. Let them guide you around the country side to explore Aruba’s desert like nature and wildlife.

They’ll bring you back to the cruise port after the tour before boarding time.

Beach Hopping

Pack your backpacks with bathing suits, towels, sunblock, snacks and plenty of water. Visit the sun-kissed beaches on the island and find out for yourself why Aruba’s beaches make the top 10 list every year. Visit Eagle Beach and Palm Beach to experience the most popular stretches of beaches on the island. For more secluded beaches visit Malmok, Arashi and Mangel Halto.

This concluded our list of what to do on a cruise stop in Aruba.

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