Are you looking for unique things to do in Aruba that you’ve probably never thought of doing before? Here’s a list of unique activities in Aruba for you, and your family.

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.

Go Horseback Riding At Wariruri Beach

Guided horseback ride alongside Aruba’s scenic coastlines towards Wariruri Beach.

Wariruri is a secluded beach surrounded by a natural coastline cove.

It’s known among locals and visitors for hiking and surfing. Wariruri Beach is one of the hidden gems of beaches on the island, a must visit while on Aruba.

At wariruri beach you get a chance to take in the scenic views and make some memorable pictures.

Enjoy the freedom of riding a horse in the Caribbean.


Go horseback riding on the country side of the island towards one of Aruba’s hidden gem – Wariruri Beach. 

Tours start at $105.00

 



Horseback Tour Details & Pricing

You can easily book this horseback riding tours directly with us.

The tour is offered during the morning or in the afternoon.

Here’s some details and pricing for horseback riding tours to Wariruri beach.

  • Prices start at $105.00 per person.
  • Private tour guide included in price.
  • Confirmation email with be sent by email after your booking.
  • Guests exceeding weight limit of 250 pounds are not allowed to ride.
  • Quick lesson on riding horses included.
  • Transportation included: you will be informed about pick up time and location after you confirm your booking.
  • Activity Provider: La Ponderosa Ranch

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Hike To Natural Pool (Swim & Snorkel) + Lunch at Palm Beach!

Are you into hiking and exploring the island in an unique way?

This tour starts at Aruba’s national park (Arikok) where you will start your hiking tour alongside a countryside trail towards one of the most popular attractions on the island, the Natural Pool!

Arikok hiking tour is perfect for adventure seekers who want to discover the park in a unique way.

You can snorkel and swim here at this famous rock formation pool.

After the hiking session, you will refuel your body with a delicious lunch at, Ricardo’s, one of the best restaurants on Palm Beach (lunch included in the tour price).

Book Now – $175.00



Natural Pool Hiking Tour Price & Details

Here’s a list of important details and price for hiking tours to Natural pool.

The Tour includes:

  1. Experienced tour guide
  2. Private Tour
  3. Fruits & Water on the way
  4. Snorkeling gear
  5. Entree to the Arikok National Park
  6. Half-day Tour Exploring nature
  7. Visit seven sightseeing spots
  8. Visit coast to coast or Aruba
  9. Luxury lunch at Ricardo’s restaurant ocean Front at Eagle Beach

Book Your Natural Hiking Tour

The Natural Pool.


Do you want to explore Aruba’s National Park Arikok on a hiking tour see the popular natural pool?

Arikok hiking tour is perfect for adventure seekers who want to discover the park in a unique way.


Guided Local & Private Tour Around Aruba

There’s a lot to do in Aruba and one smart move is to go with a tour that highlights all the iconic spots on the island.

With a local guided and private tour, you will enjoy the privacy of enjoying the island with your family.

This is a half day tour that includes stops at:

  • Butterfly Farm
  • California Lighthouse
  • Feed turtles while you swim and snorkel at Mangel Halto
  • Visit the donkey sanctuary
  • And you can request iconic spots that interest you to visit.
  • Price starts at $125.00

Explore Aruba with the help of a local tour guide. Visit all the iconic spots on the island, including snorkeling and swimming. Or request to add some point of interest of your liking. This tour is perfect for families and groups looking to explore Aruba.

Price – $125.00


Details Local Guided Tours in Aruba

 Here are the stops this tour includes.

  • Butterfly Farm
  • Family picture at the Tower
  • Let’s feed the turtles
  • Donkey Sanctuary
  • Mangel Halto Beach (Swimming & Snorkeling)

Book Your Private Tour Now – $125.00


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All Inclusive in Aruba or Not

Should you stay all inclusive in Aruba or not?

You’re planning your trip to Aruba, but are new to the use of the resorts.

Is it overall cheaper to go all inclusive? Or should you just get the regular rooms rates and pay for everything else separately?

You’re not the only one wondering if all inclusive in Aruba is worth it.

So how do you make the right decision whether to buy the all inclusive package, or skip it and pay for everything separately without going over budget?

Let’s take a closer look into all inclusive versus non all inclusive in Aruba.

All inclusive in Aruba or not?

All inclusive in Aruba or not, this view is amazing! Wish you were here…

All Inclusive in Aruba Is Convenient

When you’re on an all inclusive vacation, you know you’ve paid for your food and drinks before hand. You can drink and eat anything you want, and how much you want. There’s no need to cook, serve or clean up, it’s all conveniently done for you.

You practically don’t have anything to worry about, and plenty of time to relax.

That’s what you’re on vacation for, right?

Besides having everything you need at your fingertips, here’s a few reasons you should consider when thinking about staying all inclusive in Aruba or not.


Horseback Riding Tours in Aruba

Ride your horse on the country side of Aruba alongside scenic coastlines towards the islands hidden gem – Wariruri Beach.

Price – $105.00


Aruba Is Safe, Why Stay In The Resort

The idea of exploring the island might be a scary thought for you, if it’s your first time in Aruba.

But there’s nothing to worry about, because Aruba is one of the safest islands in the Caribbean.

It’s recommended to discover the island, eat local food and mingle with the happiest people on earth.


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Too Many Great Restaurants

Most people who’ve been to Aruba will tell you it’s not worth staying all inclusive in Aruba, because there’s too many great restaurants on the island.

They are right, there’s over 200 restaurants in Aruba serving spectacular cuisines at different price ranges. But staying all inclusive doesn’t mean you have to only eat and drink at the hotel.

You still have the option for a dinner at a local restaurant.


Related ArticleHow & Where To Find The Best Restaurant “Early Bird Specials” in Aruba



Is It Worth It, If You Don’t Drink A Lot?

All inclusive in Aruba might not be worth it, if you’re an occasional drinker.

There’s plenty of other ways to get alcohol if you’re not staying all inclusive:

  • You can buy liquor at the duty free shop when you arrive.
  • Or purchase it in the supermarkets
  • Go for drinks during happy hour, special prices or 2 for 1.

If drinks are important to you, it’s going to be practical to go all inclusive. Or possibly risk your wallet to get a hangover, because of the costly bar bill. Drinks costs between $5.00 – $10.00 at the bars near the resort.


All Inclusive in Aruba is Better With Children

If you’re traveling to Aruba with kids, it’s going to be worth it going all inclusive.

It’s not only worth it, it makes your life easier, which makes for a more enjoyable vacation.

Kids can eat all day long, especially if they’re doing beach activities and swimming in the pool.

You don’t need to worry about leaving the pool to take out your wallet every time they get hungry.

Travelling With A Large Group Can Be Expensive

It can get very expensive when you’re traveling with a large group in Aruba.

Consider the high costs for transportation to off property restaurants if you’re not planning rent minivans.

Plus the cost to have a nice dinner, drinks and dessert for a large group of people, including kids.

The bill can easily add up to hundreds of dollars, just for one night out. If you don’t see yourself spending all that money, consider going all inclusive.


Take a private approach to explore the island with our Family Tour. Tour goes to most popular spots in Aruba,

Price – $125.00


Is It Cheaper To Go All Inclusive in Aruba?

Whether you drink or eat a lot are key factors when deciding to book the package.

It’s also equally or more important to calculate if it makes sense financially.

Before you make a decision, price out your all inclusive package, and compare it to what you think you will spend in Aruba for food and drinks (and other services included in your package).

You might find out that booking all inclusive compared to paying for everything separately is so close in price that it makes sense to go all inclusive. Now it’s up to you to make a choice based on your personal preferences.

Depending where you’re flying in from, your all inclusive package can be priced at a higher rate. But if the amount of money you’re going to spend during your vacation is at a lower price point than all inclusive, why pay more if you don’t have to.

Unless money is no issue, than why not?

If this is the case you can use all inclusive to enjoy the parts of it you like, and you can eat out, drink, and experience the island when you want – the best of both worlds!

All Inclusive Resorts in Aruba

There are a lot of resorts on the island, but not all of them are all inclusive. Some of them only offer certain all inclusive options. Here are the resorts that have all inclusive, and options.

  • Barcelo Aruba All Inclusive
  • Divi Aruba All Inclusive
  • Divi Dutch Village All Inclusive Beach Resort
  • Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive
  • RIU Palace Aruba
  • RIU Palace Antillas Adults Only
  • Holiday Inn Resort Aruba Beach Resort & Casino All Inclusive
  • Manchebo Beach Resort
  • Marriott Stellaris
  • Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino All Inclusive



What To Look For In All Inclusive Packages

All inclusive can be a misnomer, because some packages can provide goods and services that you might not care for, so the value might not be as good as it sounds.

There’s a lot of things to look for in all inclusive packages.

Are you going for the drinks? Ask if the resort has top shelf liquor? If not how much do you need to pay extra?

Are non-motorized water sports included in the package?

Does the room have a mini-bar? Is room service available 24 hours?

Can you eat everything on the menu? Are there charges for certain items on the menu?

Are transfers to and from the hotel included?

Looking into what’s not included in your all package, might surprise you by saving money.

Should I Do All Inclusive in Aruba?

If it’s your first time on the island, and you want to play it safe – go all inclusive if you can afford it.

After all, your on vacation, you don’t want to be watching every penny you spend, and you certainly don’t want to go over your budget.

But if paying for it all separately is cheaper, you can also have the time of your life if you research for deals and budget correctly.

There’s couples that spend less than $100.00 a day in Aruba, and enjoy their vacation. For families this amount can be a higher, but still affordable if you do your homework and plan ahead.



What To Do During Your Vacation

The island is safe and easy to get from one point to the other.

Renting a car in Aruba and go to the other side of the island to see beautiful views.

Find new beaches that aren’t crowded from tourist, encounter hidden gem places to eat, and make everlasting friendships with locals.  

You’re already on the island, why not go out and explore and find out why millions of people return every year.

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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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The Mill Resort & Suites celebrated national flag & anthem day with a weekly Sunday brunch in Aruba.

I attended this event and experienced one of the best flag day brunch on the island.

This article recaps the flag day brunch at The Mill Resort & Suites, including more information about the hotel (which is currently being renovated and rebranded to Courtyard By Marriott).

More About National Flag & Anthem Day

The entire island celebrates national flag & anthem day each year on March 18 to commemorate a decision that change the status of Aruba within the Dutch kingdom over 4 decades ago.

The Aruban flag and national anthem (named Aruba dushi Tera) was inaugurated on March 18, 1976 to symbolize the islands own identity after the Dutch Government refused to negotiate a special status within the kingdom.

In January 1, 1986 – a political activist named Gilberto Croes, better known as “Betico Croes” successfully managed to separate the island, as a own country within the dutch kingdom.

Events Around The Island During Flag Day

A strong sense of pride is displayed each year during flag day, as locals wear t-shirts, bandanas, banners, hats and other accessories with the Aruban flag printed on it.

It’s a tradition for families to drive around and seek the different activities.

From cultural demonstrations at Plaza Betico Croes in Oranjestad, to numerous other events in different districts like cultural shows, traditional ribbon dances, and sport tournaments. Of course with traditional food and drinks available.

Next time you’re on the island during flag day, buy your branded Aruba clothes, hit the streets for festive events and  celebrate just like a native Aruban.

In the meantime, read more about our local brunch at The Mill Resort & Suites.

New Extended Breakfast Concept

The Mill Resort & Suites offers a new breakfast concept on between 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

It’s an extended buffet style breakfast / brunch, including several different stations to set up your plate.

You can choose from toast bread, frikandel, bacon, potato salad, fresh salmon, shrimps, fruits, dessert and so much more. They also have an omelette station, with a private chef to make your eggs just the way you like it. Omelettes are served with toppings like cheese, tomato, ham, green pepper, onions and mushrooms.

Seating was plenty options, with inside dining, outside under a gazebo or in the open air with a beautiful view of the new pool.

It costs $35.00 plus tax – Children between 5-12 pay half price, and locals receive a 10% discount.



Crioyo Brunch With Traditional Dishes

Since it was flag day, their local Sunday brunch had an Aruban flair to it. Locals call it “crioyo” (pronounced as kri-jo-jo) , which means “that which is native, tradition and exclusively belonging to the island”.

The food stations were filled with authentic Aruban foods.

Everyone received a welcome mimosa drink titled “nos bandera” which means “our flag” in Papiamento. And they had juice, tea and coffee available for refreshments.

Besides their normal brunch menu, they had traditional dishes like sopi oester (oyster soup), whole red fish, arroz moro (rice and peas), carni stoba (beef stew), keshi yena (layers of melted cheese, chicken and stuffings).

Side dishes like funchi and pan bati were also available.

The keshi yena and carni stoba was simply divine, a must try!

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Traditional Dishes (whole red fish, aroz moro oyster soup, keshi yena, beef stew).

Other Typical Dishes

Aruba’s food is mixed with different cultures, because of the over 50 nationalities on the island.  

But the island has some typical dishes that are tradition and native to the island.

For example, kerie kerie (minced shark meat), Cabrito Stoba (goat stew), and sopi yambo (okra soup) are just a few of the must try dishes if you want to get a taste of the local food.



Spending The Day in The Newly Renovated Pool

After brunch, we headed to the lobby, got our day pass wristbands and headed out to the pool area and spent the rest of the afternoon just relaxing.

As I mentioned before, the Mill Resort & Suites is currently being renovated and rebranded to Courtyard By Marriott.

The pool area is completely remodeled now with two new free form swimming pools, including a kids pool, new towel hut and jacuzzi.

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There’s plenty of new palapas and lounge chairs available.

You get a clear view of the pool and plenty of shade no matter where you sit.

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New Swim Up Bar

One of the newly renewed pools has a swim up bar called Mango’s.

The swim up bar is surrounded by a waterfall on one side with rock-lounging iguanas on it. And there’s also a terrace in the back of the bar with a BBQ under a mango tree.

You can order grilled food like meat skewers, BBQ, wraps, pinchos or salads.

Mango’s also has happy hour (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm), two for one on drinks, and entertainment with live music and DJ’s.

My first drink at mango swim up bar was the daily special.

Strawberry, cherry, and more rum please 😆

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Dink of the day, tasted as good as it looks!

Road To Courtyard

The Mill Resort & Suites started renovations and rebranding it into a Courtyard Resort by Marriott late 2017.

I spent a weekend here during the beginning stages of renovations.

Read the article transformation of The Mill in Aruba to see how the renovations looked like when it first started.

I’m not a restaurateur, but I imagine it’s not easy to renovate a property, while still in business. They are so far ahead in the construction at the moment, and you barely notice the construction works going on.

The Transformation Is Going To Be Worth It.

Not only will the interior and exterior of the resort be renovated, but a new way of offering service will be implemented that are up to Marriott’s standards.

Renovations should be completed before the end of 2018, the wait is going to be worth it!

A separate post for new updates on renovations will be published soon.


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Are the short, cold dark days making you dream about a winter trip to Aruba?

If so, you’re most probably suffering from the winter blues.

There’s plenty of remedies to treat your depression, but the best cure is a vacation in Aruba.

It’s the perfect winter escape, because the island is an oasis of sunshine, cool trade winds, baby blue seas and miles of fine white sand – way better than snow!

Enough daydreaming, it’s time for you to…

Book Your Winter Trip To Aruba

There’s a lot of airlines that offer flights to Aruba – far away from the cold weather.

Book a trip that lands your toes in the white soft beach sand before midday and start defrosting.

Even if you have a tight budget, you can still find great deals on flights and places to stay in Aruba.

Aruba vacation package deals! Click here to book flight + hotel vacations to beautiful Aruba!

If you’re still not convinced to visit Aruba this winter, here’s 5 reasons you should…

1. The Weather Is Better in Aruba

Anywhere with warm weather sounds more appealing than the freezing cold.

Did you know Aruba has the most sunny days through the year, compared to other islands in the Caribbean?

So if you’re looking for sunshine, there’s plenty of it here.

It’s the ultimate escape for thousands of visitors when the temperatures at home go below zero.

Ditch the coat and scarf for swimsuits, it’s always summer here!


2. The Beach Blue Beats The Winter Blues

Imagine waking up to a sun drenched sky and the beaches so close to you that you can smell the sea.

There’s over a dozen beaches and bays on the island.

It really doesn’t matter which beach you choose to visit, because all of them are beautiful, relaxing and better than the snow.

Whether you choose to the spend the whole day basking in the sun on palm beach, mangel halto or baby beach – a hot day is promised on the island.

Ditch the snow, come to Aruba!

3. Endless Activities For Adventure Seekers

You might think Aruba is small, and it can all be seen in one day. But don’t let the islands size fool you, because there’s plenty to do and see.

From low impact activities like yoga, massages, shopping, to snorkeling, off roading, and skydiving are a few of the different activities available in Aruba that will turn your winter depression into one happy island vibes.

If you love sightseeing, visit Aruba’s popular landmarks like the Alto Vista Chapel, Natural Bridge, Gold Mines, California Lighthouse, Casibari, Hooiberg and Grot Di Lourdes to name a few of the islands wonders worth seeing.

You can either book a island tour or rent a car in Aruba to explore the island.

The island is in constant development, one of the recent addition to Aruba’s list of popular beaches is Bushiri. It’s a new beach strip that just opened up after the government decided to dismantle one of the oldest hotels on the island.

There’s also a coney island in Aruba for this year’s winter 2018.

The park will be open from January 11, 2018 and remain on the island for a few months. Coney island features over 28 rides, for kids, teenagers and adults.




4. Participate in Carnival Parades & Festivals

Shake off those gloomy winter blues by participating in one of Aruba’s carnival parades. Carnival is one of the biggest traditional celebrations on the island.

The parades moves slowly through the capital of Aruba, Oranjestad and through the main streets of San Nicolas, which is considered to be the cultural heritage of the island.

Everyone is welcome to participate in these parades, however you do have to sign up in time before the groups get sold out.

You can also stand along the roadside and watch the parade go by while participants dance to locally produced music and colorfully decorated costumes.

Here’s the dates for Carnival in Aruba 2018.

Turn your back on the chilly winter and embrace a pleasurable warm summer weather during Aruba’s Carnival.

Experience carnival in Aruba.

5. Drink, Eat, Relax & Repeat

When most people are stuck in winters freezing grip, you can be relaxing under palm trees drinking a pina colada like there’s no tomorrow.

There’s plenty of restaurants in Aruba that offer exquisite meals that can’t be found anywhere else in the Caribbean. Enjoy the evening in Aruba’s at different lounges, bars, clubs and over a dozen casino’s.

Wake up in the morning and repeat it all over again, at the beach with a cold balashi!

Ice cold beer waiting for you in Aruba.

Escape The Cold

Escape the cold and book a winter trip to Aruba.

When you return home you will be rejuvenated and full of energy.




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It’s Carnival season in Aruba – keep on reading to find out the Aruba Carnival dates 2018.

Aruba Carnival Dates 2018

This schedule covers the dates for all the mayor carnival events.

  • January 6 – Torch Parade in Oranjestad – 8:00 PM
  • January 14 – Balloon Parade in San Nicolas – 2:00 PM
  • January 19 – Children & Youth Queen Election – Entertainment Center – 7:00 PM
  • January 20 – Tumba Contest – Aruba Entertainment center – 8:00 PM
  • January 21 – Children Calypso & Road March Contest – Carnival Village – 6:00 PM
  • January 22 – Pre Finals Caiso & Soca Monarch – Carnival Village – 7:00 PM
  • January 26 – Carnival Queen & Mrs. Carnival Election – in Oranjestad – 7:00 PM
  • January 27 – Children’s Parade in Noord – 2:00 PM
  • January 27 – Final Caiso & Soca Monarch – Carnival Village – 7:00 PM  
  • January 28 – Transfer of command – Government Main Office – 10:00 AM
  • January 28 – Grand Children’s Carnival Parade in Oranjestad – 2:00 PM
  • February 1 – Hebbe Hebbe Fest – Parkinglot Post Office oranjestad – 8:00 PM
  • February 3 – Jouvert Morning & Pyjama Party in San Nicolas – 4:00 am
  • February 3 – Aruba’s Grand Lighting Parade in Oranjestad – 8:00 PM
  • February 4 – Grand Children’s Parade in San Nicolas – 2:00 PM
  • February 4 – Buring of Momito at Carnival Village in San Nicolas – 7:30 PM
  • February 8 – Lighting Parade in San Nicolas – 8:00 PM
  • February 10 – Grand Carnival Parade in San Nicolas – 12:00 AM
  • February 11 – 64th Grand Carnival Parade in Oranjestad – 12:00 AM
  • February 11 – Burning of King Momo (ending of Grand Parade) 7:30 PM
Aruba carnival dates 2018

Aruba’s carnival is a must experience!

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Carnival History in Aruba

The roots of Carnival in Aruba can be traced all the way back to the 1920’s.

It all started when social clubs organized private costume and masquerade parties.

In 1955 the first grand parade was organized for the public in the downtown area.

Aruba’s carnival has grown leaps and bounds since that first parade.




Aruba’s 64th Carnival

Aruba is known for its beautiful beaches and sunny weather, but carnival brings thousands of visitors to the island for the experience.

If you’ve never been to Aruba before, you should plan to visit during carnival season. Because, it’s a perfect way to get a feel for what Aruba has to offer.

You get to experience sensational musical events, queen elections and different parades.

The parades go through the main streets of Oranjestad and San Nicolas featuring spectacular display of majestic designed costumes, participants dancing to the rhythm of local music and a great ambiance by the public who know how to keep a party going.

Carnival is an integrated and important part of the islands cultural heritage. It’s the largest cultural festival on the island!

However, it’s not only a time of celebration, but it’s also a way of breaking away from the daily toils of life and enjoying.

Aruba’s carnival is known around the world for being an unique and safe event.

Everyone is invited and allowed to participate.




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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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