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Living in Aruba is great!

It gives me the unique opportunity to explore the island at my own pace, when I want, and my journeys always lead me to find new places most tourists (and locals) don’t know much about.  

This time I made it to the other side of the island, to Boca Grandi Beach.

It’s not a new place for me, also not to those who have traveled to Aruba for years. However, this time I discovered new things to do here that made me fall in love all over again with this beach.

Let me tell you..

It’s not like any other of the beaches in Aruba, or in the world even.

Boca Grandi is known for one of the best kitesurfing spots on the island.

This beach is different.

It’s off the radar for most tourist and locals.

There’s no palm trees, but grape trees (edible, grows seasonally).

White sand, miles of it, and dunes covered in green flora and all of this beauty surrounded by clear blue waters.

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Beautiful sand dunes at boca Grandi beach…

It’s not easy to reach Boca Grandi, but if you dare to make the journey, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful scenic views and a private beach to call your own for the day.

In this article I explain how to get Boca Grandi, the top things to do here besides kite surfing just in case you decide to explore Aruba and find this “undiscovered beach”.

And some other helpful tips to make your experience here one to remember.

Where is Boca Grandi Beach?

It’s far from the hotel area, but not hard to find.

The bus doesn’t pass here. Taxis can drop you here,  but this is an expensive ride, compared to renting your own car or jeep in Aruba.

If you decide to rent a car, drive from the hotel area back to the airport and keep driving on the highway to the south side of the island. Stay on this highway following this direction through Pos Chiquito, Savaneta, San Nicolas until you reach Sero Colorado (it’s the same drive to baby beach).  

You will drive on the giant bridge in the background on your way to boca Grandi…

When you approach the entrance of Sero Colorado, you’re going to see a giant red anker.

The road to the left of the anchor leads to Boca Grandi beach, and the road to the right leads to baby beach.

The drive from hotel area to boca grandi can be 30 – 45 minute depending on traffic.



Before Boca Grandi Stop & Learn About The Red Anchor

Before you reach Boca Grandi Beach you’re going to notice a giant red anchor.

It’s not just any anchor.

This anchor laid on the bottom of the ocean near the coastal waters of Boca Grandi for decades, until it was accidentally discovered by members of a tugboat crew who worked for the nearby refinery on the island in 1970’s.

This anchor not only marks, the entrance to Boca Grandi Beach, but this anchor is also an important part of history for the island.

It’s dedicated to all seamen who worked in the refinery after it closed for good in 1985.

The anchor is approximately 10 feet 6 inches wide and 15 feet 6 inches tall and manufactured in Germany in the 1960’s.

This picture will be iconic.

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When you see this anchor, you know you’re close to boca Grandi, stop and get closer to this anchor, it has history….

The anchor continues to be “a must see” and one the most photographed landmarks on the island, by both locals and visitors alike.

Follow the road to the left of the anchor to drive to Boca Grandi Beach (the road to the right of the anchor leads to Baby Beach).

Related Article – Escape the Crowds by Visiting This Secluded Beach in Aruba

Spend The Day At The Beach How You Really Want!

Boca Grandi beach is not the traditional tourist beach, it’s mostly isolated with no amenities.

The stretch of beach here is over 1 kilometers of soft sand that turns slightly pink everytime the waves touches the shores.

Imagine what you can do on this beach that is generally undiscovered…

  • Relax, unbothered, like there’s no tomorrow
  • Sun bath and get tan
  • Have a picnic or lunch here
  • Long beach walks, and find great clean areas to swim
  • Hike
  • Read a book, undisturbed
  • What’s your favorite thing to do on the beach? You can do it here!

Boca Grandi is windy, the currents are known to be strong here, swimming is not advised in the deep blue, but staying on the shores is advisable and safe.

If you want shade from the sun, sit under one of the man made shacks.

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There’s a few of these shacks on the beach…

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Shade from the Caribbean sun…

There’s no supermarkets near Boca Grandi (only a small kitesurfing school with a small beach bar).

If you plan to spend a day, or at least a few hours at this beach, come fully prepared with food, water and drinks.

Before you go to the beach in Aruba, make sure you have checked off your list of must have items when on the beach.

Walk The Beach and Find Your Next Souvenir

Walk on miles of sand and discover the beach!

There’s no telling what you’ll find on your walks. You might see a gang of goats or if you get lucky our local donkeys roaming near the dunes or walking from a distance.

Or just walk around the dunes and see the island from a different perspective.

This is how beautiful is looks here at boga grandi…

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Can you imagine yourself standing between beautiful dunes…

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Boca Grandi beach is different, it’s unique, it’s beautiful…

If you have a great eye for “what can be” you can walk into cool driftwood, and organic materials that washed up on the shore that you can use for souvenirs.

You never know what you’ll find.

It’s always curious to find out what the ocean brings to shore….

This is what I found on one of my walks…

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Walk the miles of white beach and find something awesome…

Learn How To Kitesurf (or Just Watch For Fun)

Boca Grandi Beach has on-shore winds, strong currents and plenty of small waves.

There’s a kitesurf shack on the beach, and they offer lessons. If you’re interested in a lesson or rentals don’t hesitate to ask around.

Just incase kitesurfing is not your thing, watching from the sidelines is also interesting, as surfers fly across the ocean.

Isn’t this view a beautiful one?

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Learn the art of kite surfing in Aruba from the best instructors…

Remember This Before You Visit Boca Grandi Beach

Boca Grandi Beach is surrounded by white sand dunes, and flora, so it’s important to conserve this piece of nature.

Remember this before you visit boca grandi (or any beach on the island)…

  • Do not drive on the sand or dunes (explore them by foot)
  • Keep the beach clean (no plastic, glass or cigarette on the beach)
  • Park the car before the beach sand starts and walk over the dunes to the beach.

Help keep our beaches sparkling like a gem.

Don’t drive on the sand or dunes.

Keep our beaches clean!

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Please do not drive on the beach or dunes…it’s illegal!

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Aruba is more beautiful when it’s clean…

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21 Unusual & Unique Activities in Aruba



This post includes a list of 21 unique things to do in Aruba that you’ve probably never thought of doing before, but should book for your upcoming trip.

Unique Things To Do in Aruba

The list consist of three categories from beach, air and land activities. It has both low impact energy activity and adventure for thrill seekers.

You might of never heard from these activities before (that’s the point), and some you’ve never gotten the chance to do it before, but totally should.

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21 activities in Aruba you’re missing out on!

Cost of Activities in Aruba

The cost of activities in Aruba can range from different prices, some can be free, but some can range between $20.00 and $100.00 per person.

This depends on the type of activity and can range even more up to the hundreds of dollars depending on the exclusivity of the activity.

Should You Book Activities Online, or in Aruba?

It all depends on your personal preference, if you you don’t want to be married to any activity you can wait until you’re on the island to book. But doing this, depending on the activity you’re trying to book it could be sold out for when you want it.

The best advice I can give is to book the activities online that you certainly don’t want to miss, and the other ones that you don’t really care about you can book on the island.

You can easily book the activities that are listed in this article by using the referral links to the companies website. There’s a bunch of other reasons you should book your activities online…

  • It’s fast, easy and you get the best price
  • Guaranteed access, experience a hassle-free trip
  • You will receive your voucher via email, print this voucher or show it on your smartphone at the meeting point

Keep reading to discover my list of unique and unusual off the beaten path activities while in Aruba…




Beach Activities in Aruba

The island is known for its beautiful beaches, but they’re also popular among tourist that are looking for fun motorized (and non motorized) water sports.

Next to jet ski and banana boats, there’s a dozen more water fun to experience on the island.

Here’s a few of the beach activities in Aruba that are unique and worth doing, if you dare.

1. Jet Blade, Jet Pack & Hoverboard in Aruba

If you’re looking for a wild ride consider doing jetblade in Aruba.

What’s jet blade? It’s an underfoot water propulsion equipments that lets you levitate above water. Are you ready to be propelled 30 feet in the air? 

Book the jetblade in Aruba here – It’s going to be quite a rush to your brain.


Jet Blade in Aruba – $102.50

from: Viator

There’s also a propelled jetpack available if you want to learn how to fly.

It’s designed to boost you up in the sky. Up to nine meters high, wow!

A certified instructor will teach you how to work with these machines.

Once you manage to lift yourself up you’ll have freedom of movement and fly just like a bird.


Aruba Jetpack Adventure – $102.49

from: Viator

Do you dare to do this one? If so, reserve your jetpack experience in Aruba.

If the jetpack or jetblade isn’t enough adventure for you, try the hoverboard!

The hoverboard has enough power to propel you up to 40 feet in the air.

It’s the next best thing between surfing and flying at the same time.

If you’re really skilled you could be doing some tricks within no time.


Hoverboard in Aruba – $102.50

from: Viator

Video For Jet Blade & Hoverboard

Check out this video that captures the adventure that awaits you…

2. Take A Trip on Aqua Donut

The first activities might not be for everyone, but taking a trip on the aqua donut maybe the water activity that’s right for you.

The aqua donut is a motor powered boat that you can rent out (no need for boat license).

Go with the aqua donut if you’re looking for an unusual way to relax on the beach.

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For more information visit – https://octopusaruba.com/aquadonut/

One donut boat can hold up to 10 people.

For more information visit the aqua donut page. 


3. Rent a Private Boat in Aruba

There’s plenty of catamaran that offer excursions on the island, but a few offer the personal experience like Octopus private boat in Aruba.

Octopus offers trips customized to your personal preferences. You get to create the days itinerary with the captain and crew members, tell them what you want and they show you the best way.

They have private snorkel tours, breakfast with champagne in the morning, wine, whiskey and beer tasting sessions.

There’s over 26 different type of drinks aboard the ship. It’s a minimum of 2 hours sailing depending on your personal package. Also includes sandwich for lunch, snacks and fruits.


Octopus The Private Boat From Aruba! – $900.00

from: Viator

4. Climb Aboard A Submarine

Yes, it’s true – Aruba has a submarine and it offers a truly different experience.  

The vessel departs from Atlantis in Oranjestad towards a journey over 150 feet below the waters. The captain takes you to two popular shipwrecks, and the barcadera reef which is known for colorful marine life.

I took one of these submarine tours once, and it was quite and experience, one I’d likely do again.

Atlantis Submarine Video

Curious what the submarine looks like and the tour?

Take a peek at the fun you can have inside this submarine…

5. Take The Kids To Splash Park

Are you traveling to Aruba with kids?

Bring them to the inflatable park located on the beach that’s fun for the entire family.

There’s plenty of attractions within the park like monkey bars and massive towers that are a challenge even for the most skilled climbers.

It also has a huge trampoline, which is one of the highlights of the place.

Buy the entrance for the splash park and get the family ready to challenge each other with climbing, running, crawling and bouncing into the water!


Aruba Water Park and Tour – $45.00

from: Viator

6. Snorkel The SeaBob Way

Snorkeling is exciting and it’s always a fun thing to do on the island. But going snorkeling with underwater scooters (seabobs) makes the journey of discovering marine life unique.

Can you see yourself holding on to one of these water scooters as you blast your way through the ocean?  

The tours take place near boca catalina and bays near the area of malmok.

7. Go Diving, But at Night Time

Diving is a beautiful water activity that’s mostly done during the day, but the fact that you can also go diving at night in Aruba makes it quite unique  and a must do for scuba enthusiasts.

It’s going to be a whole new world when you go diving under the glow of the moonlight.


Red Sail Aruba Night Diving Aruba – $67.29

from: Viator

You must be a certified diver to book this excursion (and must show certification). Depending how long your last dive was, a refresher course will be recommended when signing up. This night diving excursion might not be the perfect one for beginner divers, but you can always book an introductory diving lesson in Aruba.

8. Do Yoga On a Stand Up Paddle Board

Are you attracted to blissful activities?

If so try doing yoga while balancing on a stand up paddle board. It’s one of the ultimate ways to achieve relaxation in Aruba.

What’s unique about this yoga class? It’s done by one of the most popular yoga teachers on the island Yoga Girl.

Think you’ll have a hard time being stable on the board? Don’t worry they pre-anchored it to stay in place, so the only thing you have to worry about is focusing on the meditation. A fun new trend to try even once…

For more information & bookings visit the island yoga website



Air Activities in Aruba

Most of us belong to water or land activities, but this part of the list for unique things to do in Aruba, features activities that require you to be in the sky…

These following suggestions for unique things to do in Aruba are obviously for those who are looking for a wild experience and an unforgettable time on the island.

9. Up, Up and Away on a Parasail

Can you imagine yourself up in the air enjoying the panoramic view of the island?

If so, let one of the watersport boats tow you while your strapped to a kite up to 400 feet in the air.

They offer trips for single or double flyers for adults, kids and even if your in a wheelchair!


Aruba Parasailing Adventure – $62.00

from: Viator

10. Aim High Go Skydiving

Would you go skydiving?

Not sure right? Me neither..

Maybe someday I will, maybe…

However, if there’s any place I would go skydiving for the first time, it will probably be in Aruba.

Skydiving Aruba is owned by two professional skydivers. The airplane is especially made for skydiving. And the instructors are licensed and comply with all regulations by the United States Parachute Associations.

Are you thrillseeker enough to sign up for this unique activity in Aruba?

For more information and bookings visit the skydive Aruba website.

Explore Aruba in Different Ways

The island is small in size, but don’t let the perception of Aruba being tiny make you think there’s nothing much to see on the island. In contrary there’s plenty of sites to see and unique things to do in Aruba.

The most popular way to explore the island is with a land rovers, but there’s many other unique ways to discover Aruba…

11. Segway Tour in Aruba

See the island on a two wheel all terrain vehicle that’s pretty easy to ride once you get the hang of it.

I’ve driven one of these machines before and they’re pretty fun.

They have different segways tours available starting from the hotel area alongside the coastlines towards Malmok coastlines for sightseeing.

They also have segways tours that go further towards the malmok coastlines Arashi beach and the California Lighthouse. Or book a private segway tour full customized to your personal preferences.

Segways are fun for kids and give you a taste for the off-road experience on the island with jeeps, atv and utv.


Malmok Beach Sightseeing Segway Tour in Aruba – $50.00

from: Viator

12. Wear Boots and Go Hiking (or mountain biking)

Are you the type that likes to go out in nature?

If so consider a hiking trip to explore the island by foot on the islands outback trails.

Aruba is for the most part desert and dry landscape which makes for a perfect hiking opportunities.

The best place to hike is within National Park Arikok, because of the awesome trials to miramar and jamanota which gives you spectacular views of the north coastline of the island. It’s really incredible.

During the trip you’ll see cactus, rock formations, caves with ancient indian paintings, goats, donkeys, shocos (Aruba’s burrowing owl) and beautiful views, you won’t believe the stunning scenery exist in the world.

You can even book a private mountain bike tour on the island with a guide that will take you through the outback to see the island in a unique ways and point of views.


Personal Advanced Mountain Biking Tour in Aruba – $160.43

from: Viator

13. Go Off Road

No matter how many times you discover the island by jeep, utv or atv it remains one of the most unique things to do in Aruba.

What makes this activity unique? Every visit can be different and you always encounter new secret coves, caves and private beaches.

There’s different tours you can choose from atv tours that include swimming at natural pool or utv tours to iconic sites around the island and hidden bays like blackstone beach.

Depending where you want to go, a standard rental car can be enough to explore the country side of the island, however if you want to visit sites like natural pool you need to rent a jeep or book a tour to take you there.

You can also rent and drive your own utv or atv to explore the island on your own.

14. Take a Ride on a Trike

See the island on a trike guided tour.

A trike is a three-wheeled motorcycle. It’s an unique thing to do in Aruba for couples.  

Can you imagine yourself rolling through the island on this awesome looking bike?

For more information and bookings check out the trike page.  

15. Explore The Island in a Spyder

There  are other unusual ways to discover the island, similar to the trike, but this is the spyder tour.

What’s makes this tour different is the type of vehicles.

They’re fun to drive and give you an adrenaline rush.

Spyder tours go to popular landmark,  beautiful beaches and local hangout spots on the island.  

Book one of these unique looking bikes and rev through the downtown area towards scenic places.


Aruba Spyder Tour – $200.00

from: Viator

16. Ride A Horse in Aruba

Want a more relaxing and unique way to explore the island other than a motorized vehicle?

Consider seeing what the island has to offer with horseback ride.

There’s private ranches on the island that offer tours to national park arikok and even horseback tours to one of the islands hidden bays andicuri. You can even choose private horseback tours to a hidden lagoon.

Whichever excursion you take you’ll be sure to see Aruba’s beautiful views along the way.

17. Have Dinner & Watch A Frank Sinatra Show

You’re invited to enjoy a dinner and a show by native islander Fred de Jong.
The local vocalist channels Frank Sinatra through his music as you enjoy spectacular dishes and drinks in the evening. Fred de Jong also covers other popular romantic songs.

It’s a must try activity if you love Frank Sinatra’s music and culinary dishes on the island.

The show takes place once a week and is one of the unique things to do in Aruba for couples.

18. Summer Bike Vibes

Are you looking for a fun way to go sightseeing and  spend time in Aruba with friends?

Then maybe you should look into booking a trip on the summer bike vibes.

You and friends can enjoy drinks while you pedal down the strip on palm beach and eagle beach…

Find out more information & bookings visit the Aruba summer bike vibes page.

19. Sing on a Karaoke Bus

Aruba has a lot of different excursions, but there’s only one bar hopping bus that has karaoke on board.

The bus is known to also go bar hopping for free shots, bar jams and dinner tours.

Hop on the bus and sing along with a large karaoke tv screen that displays the lyrics as you make your way through the island. Visit Karaoke Party Bus Facebook page for more information.


20. See Pink Flamingos

I’m sure you’ve heard about pink flamingos on the island, and you want to visit them.

The flamingos live on a private beach owned by the Renaissance Resort.

They are the main attraction on this private island, but the private island is also great for relaxing and also offer different other unique things to do in Aruba. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
You can visit the private island free if you’re staying at the Renaissance hotel, in case you’re not staying the tickets can start from $100.00 or more. If you really want to see these flamingos, I recommend staying a night at the Renaissance Hotel to get a free pass to the island. Check here for availability to spend a day or more at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.

It’s not possible to book a day pass to the private island in advance, so I advice to call the resort ahead of time to make sure they still have day passes for sale and reserve them then.

21. Try The Escape Room

Last but not least on my list of unique things to do in Aruba is the escape room.

It’s a live action entertainment experience where you are locked in a room and the only way to get out is to figure out mysteries to unlock the door.

You’ll be handed clues and puzzles and  have 60 minutes to solve the case.

Don’t worry incase you panic and need to exit before time, you can. This activity is great for a group of friends looking for a kick and  something unusual to do in Aruba.

Video Escape Room

Want to see more about the escape room? Check out this video…

For more information & reservations visit the escape room page.

Plan A Trip To Aruba

It’s not a secret that Aruba is special and turns every first time visitors into loyal repeat guests.

If you’ve been to the island once, you know what I’m talking about.

Planning a trip to Aruba is not an easy task, but once you’ve gotten yourself a plane ticket and a place to stay, prepare  for an unforgettable time of your life on the island.

Start researching the hotels deals on the island with one of my favorite tools to research hotels…

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How To Travel 3 Days in Aruba Itinerary

If your planning to spend 3 days in Aruba or more, here’s one of my complete travel itinerary with things to do, where to eat local and how to enjoy the most out of your vacation.

Relaxation is top priority when on vacation, but once your zenned out, the island awaits for you to be explored…

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Day One – Island Tour & Local Eats

Get acquainted with Aruba’s iconic landmarks with an island tour!

There are plenty of tour companies that offer different tour packages -half day, full day and private excursions. The guides are sure to show you the most beautiful spots, while they explain the history and culture behind it all.

You can also blaze your own trail through the desert terrain on the north side of the island by renting your own vehicle. (I recommend to rent a car to explore the island, even if it’s for a day).

You can easily visit popular landmarks, like the California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins and Natural Bridge with a standard rental car. But you’re going to need a jeep to visit Natural Pool (Conchi), Daimari Beach or other similar attractions that have rocky trails.

Whether you discover the island in your own rental car, or by tour. It’s going to be a journey towards beautiful beaches, scenic coastlines, historic landmarks, and mysterious looking caves.

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Explore the island, visit popular landmarks.

You’ve probably worked up an appetite for local cuisine after discovering the north part of the island.

Pikas Corner and Local Store are restaurants known to serve food with a local flair.

Pikas Corner has a menu with traditional Aruban dishes and snacks. Try their soup appetizers (sopi yambo), entrees like cucumber stoba, kerie-kerie or balchi pisca. For dessert order the locals favorite, bolo di cashupete (cashew cake).

Local Store has one of the best burgers on the island. They serve it with self made funchi fries and sriracha mayo sauce. Love craft beers? They also have them, and a lot of variety.

If you still have energy after exploring the island, head over to Bugaloe Beach Bar, for happy hour and live music (from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM)

Sing along and dance to music and enjoy the special prices on drinks.

It’s okay to call it a night, if you’re feeling tired, because tomorrow morning is another day to explore the island.

Day Two – Snorkel, Happy Hour & Fine Dining

For the most important meal of the day, head over to Linda’s Dutch Pancake House to get a delicious Dutch style breakfast.

You can put different toppings on your pancakes – strawberries, apple, mango, whip cream, cheese, bacon and pepperoni. These are just a few of the options for toppings (gluten free and lactose free pancakes also available).

Or go to Bright Bakery for breakfast: coffee and traditional Aruban morning snacks, freshly made sandwiches, pastries, local spiced cakes (drigidek), sweet rolls, and donuts.  

After breakfast, it’s going to be the perfect time to go snorkeling.

There’s plenty of catamaran snorkeling excursions like Sail Away Tours and Tranquilo that will take you to popular snorkeling sites around the island.

Or bring your own snorkeling gear and beach hop to bays like Mangel Halto, Tres Trapi or Boca Catalina Bay.

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Jump in, go snorkel…

Mangel Halto is known for clear blue waters, abundance of colorful fishes, sea horses, squids and manta rays.

Tres Trapi is known as “star city”, because of the amount of sea stars on the bottom of the ocean.

Boca Catalina Bay is also great for snorkeling, because of the variety of sea life – even turtles pass by here.

After snorkeling, take a stroll through the downtown area and shop for souvenirs at the Local Flea Market, hunt for unique art made by local artisans at Cosecha Art Gallery or find new items in the recently renovated Downtown Shopping Area.

What’s for lunch?

I recommend West Deck for a Caribbean inspired lunch, with an open view of the beach at Governors Bay.

They offer tapas and traditional local bites such as fried funchi with dutch cheese. Or try Aruban keshi yena, which is another local favorite.

Since you’re in the downtown area, take a stroll on the newly constructed linear park to one of the islands newest hangout spots – Surfside Beach Bar.

They have happy hour (from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM) and also inexpensive rentals for beach chairs and parasols. Prices are $6.00 per chair – parasol are $4.00 each – two chairs and parasol is $15.00

Don’t forget to make dinner plans before happy hours ends.

Picking a restaurant for dinner can be tough, with so many dining options and high quality dishes. That’s why I recommend trying at least 3 new restaurants when on the island and continue from there.

Try a chic dinner in bed experience at Screaming Eagle (French fusion boutique-cuisine). Or make reservations at The Wine Room for a private wine tasting and a three course steak menu dinner. Or visit Mexico at Los Soles – a Mexican culture gourmet restaurant and sip powerful margaritas.

If you’re feeling lucky after dinner, try your luck at Excelsior Casino (largest poker room), Crystal Casino (carnival bingo every wednesday) or Alhambra Casino (slot machines and table games).




Day Three – Explore San Nicolas & Sunset Sail

Keep enjoying the local foods the island has to offer by visiting Don Pastechi Factory one of the best places to get pastechis in Aruba. It’s a fried pastry filled with different toppings like cheese, tuna, chicken and even pizza.

Or head south of the island for coffee, omelette, sandwiches, arepas, and mix your own smoothies at Antesala Cafe.

After breakfast keep going southeast of the island, to the district of San Nicolas, better known as the cultural heritage city of Aruba.

Once here you can discover over a dozen Murals painted by local and international artist. There’s also a Cosecha Art Gallery in the middle of the promenade that’s worth checking out if you like to buy more locally made art.

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Artistic murals, worth checking out!

San Nicolas displays a lot of its history inside 3 of its museums.

Visit the Community Museum that has 2 rooms filled with antique items and memorabilia from the “old days” of Aruba.

There’s also the Museum of Industry which narrates Aruba’s industrial history.

If you are enthusiastic about miniature items, than you’d probably want to check out the private Train Museum which has the largest collection of trains, planes, automobiles and buses on the island.

In case you need a quick bite to eat, visit Mundi Health Cafe for wraps, salads, sandwiches and a some refreshments to keep you going through the day.

Now that your refeuled keep going south until you reach one of Aruba’s most precious bays, Baby Beach.

After taking in all the beautiful views at this side of the island, put on your fins and mask to go snorkeling with colorful parrot fishes, yellow soldiers and other nemos.

You’ve probably worked up an appetite after your snorkeling session.

Visit Kamini’s Kitchen if you want to experience home style curry food, seafood and vegetarian cuisine. Or try Oneil’s Caribbean Kitchen, for the best jerk chicken and oxtail on the island.

Before the sun hides away, step aboard a catamaran and sail the waters during sunset.

As the sun makes its way down, you’ll start reminiscing about your vacation so far, before you know it your planning for next 3 days in Aruba vacation. Aruba Sunset Catamaran Cruise – $57.00
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Surfside beach Aruba is a beautiful strip of turquoise water and white sand beach near the coasts of the downtown area.

There’s plenty of cool spots to check out and fun things to do here.

Let me explain….

Where Is Surfside Beach Aruba?

Surfside Beach is located near the downtown area, close to the highway on your way to your hotel from the airport.  

You can easily reach surfside beach with the bus or taxi.

If you want to rent a car in Aruba, you can easily drive to surfside.

There’s lots of free parking space in this area. Read this article if you want to know the rules about paid parking in the downtown Aruba





Things To Do At Surfside Beach Aruba

Surfside is known for turquoise shallow waters, white sand shores and peacefulness.

It’s located about a mile away from the cruise port and a few minutes from the airport.

Many locals visit surfside during the weekend to spend time with their family, but during the week, the beach is so quiet, practically making it your own private beach.

Besides swimming, spotting planes land and watching cruise ships come in, there’s plenty of cool spots to check out and plenty to do at Surfside beach in Aruba.

So whether you’re looking for a place to spend some time after you explore the island with a tour, or just want a some fun in the sun, check out these fun things to do near the area of Surfside beach Aruba.

1. Experience Local Culture

If you want to catch a glimpse of Aruba’s theater and cultural center, you should visit Cas di Cultura.

Cas di Cultura was developed by a local cultural association since 1949.

Here you will find various talent nights, theater shows by locals and visitors, school plays and Broadway musicals.

2. Enjoy A Walk in The Park

Surfside beach has a new park called “linear park”.

You can walk for miles, enjoy the fresh Caribbean air and exercise on the different gym equipment for free.

The linear park spans from near the airport through surfside beach until the downtown area.

It’s very well visited by locals who jog or walk early in the morning and during the evening times.

3. Take Kids To a Playground

If you’re on vacation with kids, you should take them to a playground called “Neptali Park”.

It’s a community playground, which is well visited by local children and their parents.

There’s different swings, slides, merry go rounds and more other different recreational equipments.

The park open from 4:00 PM and closes after the sun sets (closed on Monday) – entrance to the park is free of charge.

You can drink from a water cooler or buy other refreshments or snacks from a vending machine.




4. Relax At Reflexions Beach Bar

Reflexion beach bar offers a nice pool to cool down, if you don’t want to swim at the beach. They also have a restaurant, to enjoy a nice breakfast, lunch or dinner.

You can even rent an umbrella or chair here and place an order for one or two cocktails on the beach….

You’ll also find umbrella and chair rentals here.

5. Happy Hour at Surfside Beach Bar

There’s a second beach bar, on surfside called “Surfside Beach Bar”.

This beach bar is known for their happy hours, on Wednesday and Saturday, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. It’s a great spot to hang out, drink and enjoy the view of the Caribbean.

You should try their delicious skewers, and infamous “Surfside Boom” drink, which knocks the blues out of everyone who tries it 🙂

They also serve lunch, dinner and coffee.

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Surfside Beach Bar Aruba

6. Splash Around The Inflatable Water Park

There’s an inflatable water park waiting for you at surfside beach in Aruba.

It’s called splash park.

The idea of this inflatable water park in unique on the island.

Splash park is great place to take your family members for a challenge on their obstacle course.  so expect to have a lot of fun here with your family.

So prepare to bounce on trampolines, swing on monkey bars and climb high towers.

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Splash Park!

7. Go on A Dive Excursion

Discover surfside’s underwater scenery with S.E. Fly N Dive school.

Sign up for a dive excursion and let the dive instructors shows you different dive sites, shallow reefs and shipwrecks.

Even if you’re not a certified diver, they offer half day training courses which includes theory and skills lessons, with a chance to dive in the open waters.

Your tour includes snorkeling or dive equipment, open bar and sandwiches.

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Go diving…

8. Dine Barefoot on the Beach

There’s a few restaurants in the area of surfside beach worth mentioning and one of them is called “Barefoot”.

Barefoot is one of the many restaurants where you can dine with your feet in the sand as the sound of ocean waves in the background sets a tropical mood.

Enjoy a delicious dish while you overlook the Caribbean sea.

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Dine barefoot on the beach.

9. Dine On a Private Pier

Pinchos is another restaurant near the area of surfside beach in Aruba.

It’s a chic grill and bar on a private pier overlooking the turquoise waters.

The atmosphere at Pincho’s is very romantic during the evening.

Visit pinchos for a variety of grilled mouthwatering dishes & delicious beverages.

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Dine on a private pier overlooking the water.




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There’s an event that both locals and visitors should attend – Experience San Nicolas World Animal Day.

If you’re on the island, consider adding this to your to do list.

Experience San Nicolas World Animal Day

There’s going to be different happenings in the main streets of San Nicolas dedicated to animal day which is on October 4, 2017 (but celebrated this Sunday by Cosecha).

All events will take place on October 1, 2017 in the main streets of San Nicolas from 10:00 AM to 14:00 PM.

If you want to know what exactly is going to take place during experience San Nicolas world animal day, please read further….

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Museum of Industry

The museum of industry is located inside a iconic water tower. Inside the museum of industry, a guide will tell you the remarkable story of the industrial development on Aruba during the last two centuries in San Nicolas.

You can also take part in the anniversary challenge at the museum of industry.

The anniversary challenge is a set of 5 questions related to San Nicolas in which you can win weekend stays and other interesting prizes during the day.

Entrance is 2 for 1 and it’s open from 10:00 AM to 14:00 PM.

Community Museum

Enter the community museum and see all the antiquities and old artifacts that will take you through a passage in time of San Nicolas.

The community museum is located adjacent to the central bus station (in San Nicolas) and is also open from 10:00 AM to 14:00 PM.

Visit the community museum to get a glimpse of the lifestyle back in the days.

Entrance at the community museum is also 2 for 1.




Cosecha Art Gallery

Cosecha is offering a free workshop by local artist Robert Solognier also known as “Kala” at their creative center.

During the workshop you will learn how to make a bowl out of old newspaper. The bowl is going to be turtle shaped in connection with world animal day. There’s also paint available for you to color your bowl the way you like it.

Cosecha will be open for the workshop from 11:00 AM to 15:00 PM.

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Learn how to make this colorful paper bowl…

Other Things To Do At Experience San Nicolas

There’s much more to do during experience San Nicolas….

Different stores and shops will be open that offer various deals and promotions.

For example, O’neil Caribbean Kitchen, if you want to eat local and Caribbean dishes.

The owner of O’Neil was the chef at Jamaica Mi Krazy. After they closed he decided to continue the soul food legacy on his own.

Or you can visit Joy’s, which is a buffet style restaurant that sells the food per kilo.

Other stores that are also going to be open in the main streets of San Nicolas are, El Gayo Rojo (great for refreshments and snacks) WEMA (for all your hardware supplies) and clothing department stores (Alankar, JM Enterprises and La Aruba Store).

If you’re on the island, you should take the time to visit San Nicolas to wander the streets and appreciate all the beautiful street art, restaurants and free workshop at Cosecha.

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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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If you haven’t been to Aruba for a while, you might not recognize it anymore. Because there’s a lot of new things in Aruba, especially in the downtown area and the main street.

Despite all the new things in Aruba, there’s still more developments being made around the island.

So what are new things in Aruba that are noteworthy since your last visit in Aruba? (or what should you look forward to).

What are the new places you should try for dinner? Or which new bars have live music, dancing and happy hour? Are there beaches that finally have facilities so you can change or use the bathroom?

8 New Things in Aruba You Should Look Forward To

A few years ago beach shacks were hardly to be found on the island, if you wanted a refreshment or a quick lunch, you had to buy it from the closest food truck or shave ice stand. But now all of this is changing, because beach shacks are being constructed on Aruba’s beaches. 

Starting from Arashi, a public beach in the north-western part of the island, there’s a new beach shack.

It’s called Arashi Beach Shack.

This beach shack has been open for a while already. They offer refreshments and local snacks. There’s also a changing room, bathrooms and an outdoor shower.

Now you have more reasons to spend the whole day snorkeling and relaxing on Arashi….

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View of the Arashi beach shack.

Two other beach shacks are being constructed near Eagle beach.

The first beach shack is on the beach strip close to MVC Beach Aruba and the second beach shack is next to Costa Linda Beach Resort.

Both of these beach shacks also offer snacks, drinks, changing rooms, bathrooms and outdoor shower.

They are not done with these two beach shacks yet, but it looks like they will be officially open very soon.

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Beautiful mural from coco loco beach shack

Front view of the coco loco beach shack.

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New beach shack close to MVC Aruba on Eagle Beach.

New Bars You Should Check Out

There a few bars that recently opened in Aruba, but two of them are considered to be “new things in Aruba” and are creating a lot of buzz between visitors and locals.

They have been recently opened a few months ago, which is still “new enough” to call hidden gems on the island….

The first bar you should look forward to visit is called legends pub, located right in the back of McDonald’s in the high rise area. It’s a great place to visit for live music, food, drinks and to watch your favorite sporting events on big screen tv’s….

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Nice place to relax and listen to live music.

House music is becoming a lifestyle right now for many people around the world and if you enjoy good house music you should visit the new heart music bar.

Located right on the sasaki weg highway (next to Pizza Hut), it’s a walk in bar with an outdoor garden area and decks to dance.

A lot of locals go here, because it’s awesome place to hang out. The inside of the cafe has a mesmerizing design with a backyard and comfortable couches under the blue sky.

Heart music bar is not only known for their house music, but they also have a very interesting 4 hour long happy hour (7.00 – 11.00 pm). Their happy hour are 2 for 1 on drinks and $2.80 for a beer.

If you like house music, you should visit while you’re in Aruba….

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Local spot for house music and drinks.

New Souvenir Shops in the Downtown Area

One of the new things you should look out for in Aruba is a beautiful little plaza near the cruise port area. It’s a small shopping center that going to display local arts and souvenirs. There’s also a terrace area where you can sit with palm trees providing shade.

This plaza is something I look forward to visiting when constructions are finalized. And if you like to buy local souvenirs or arts you should visit also on your next trip to Aruba.

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New shopping area near the cruise port.

New Airport Hotel & Business Center

One of the news things in Aruba that made this list is a airport hotel & business center.

The hotel is far from done, but the developments are pretty far already. 

This hotel is going to be perfect if you’re traveling and staying in Aruba for a day or two (or a few hours) and you don’t want to stay in the hotel area.

If you have some business or meetings to take care of while doing a layover in Aruba, this is going to be the place to be.

It’s going to be different to stay on other part of the island, but it’s always good to try something new….

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Aruba Airport Hotel & Business Center

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Steel structure for the new airport hotel.

New Places To Stay

Aruba has a lot of places to stay, from apartments and villas to big brand name resorts.

One of the developments that have been going on for a while now is a new condominium from the Azure beach residences. This condominium is located close to the Amsterdam beach manor.

It’s far from being finished, but definitely makes the list for new things in Aruba.

So if you’re interested in buying a peace of paradise, you should look into this new condo, before it sell out!

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New condominium being built near Eagle beach.

If you’re going to Aruba in the coming months, plan your trip accordingly and add some of these new things in Aruba on your to do list.

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