So your thinking about going kayaking in Aruba?

You’ve made a great choice, because it’s actually one of the most unique ways to see the island from another point of view.

Kayak The Southern Coast of Aruba

Aruba is surrounded by beautiful beaches, the most popular ones are located on the western coast (hotel area), but the beaches that are best for kayaking are at the southern coast of the island.

There’s different reasons the south coast is great for kayaking:

  • Quiet waters and lagoon
  • It has one of the largest mangrove forest on the island
  • Great for sightseeing
  • Plenty of “secret” beaches and reefs to swim and snorkel
  • Beautiful hidden coves along the route
  • Awesome underwater life

What’s it Like Kayaking in Aruba?

Imagine paddling with your friends and family, through a lagoon covered with mangroves.

You’ll “ooh and aah” while you point out to the sites along the kayak route to your fellow kayakers.

You’re going to feel up close and personal with nature as you kayak in this area of Aruba.

What Are You Going To See?

You will notice that the coast is dotted with beautiful green mangroves. These mangroves are important for the marine life.

There’s also a barrier reef  perfect for snorkeling. You’ll be amazed by the underwater life.

From colorful tropical fishes, to corals, sponges, manta rays, star fish, snails, squids, angel fish, parrot fish, zebra fish, trumpet fish, eels, and many other gorgeous underwater creatures.

The southern coast has reefs and secret snorkeling locations that will leave you amazed.

Perfect for underwater photography, don’t forget your underwater camera or waterproof phone cases.


This could be you….

How To Explore The Southern Coast of Aruba

Are you convinced you should go kayaking in Aruba?

If you’re staying near the low rise or high rise hotel area, you’re going to need:

  • a rental car (including trailer for the kayak)
  • Find and contact rental company
  • Know how to: drive to the south coast, kayak routes and must see spots (and snorkel).

It can be a hassle to transport or rent the kayak.  

All of this can take so much time away from actually going kayaking.

Booking a guided kayak tour is one of the best ways to explore the south coast of Aruba.

Guided Kayak Tours in Aruba

Consider a kayak tour if you’re a beginner at kayaking, don’t know how to get to the southern coast, unknown with the kayak trails or must see spots.

Aruba Kayak Adventure

I recommend booking a guided tour with an established and reputable company – Aruba Kayak Adventures.

They are one of the first kayak companies in Aruba and have many years of experience leading people of all abilities on kayaking.

Kayak Adventure Tour Explained

Aruba Kayak Adventures picks you up at your hotel (including drop off), and take you to the start point of the kayal tour.

After getting to know your guides, they will brief you with full instructions on safety, how to easily get in and out of the kayak, how to paddle and steer.

When you get the hang of it, off you go!

You’ll explore the mangroves at the Spanish Lagoon (legendary for pirate stories) and head out to open waters at Mangel Halto (most beautiful azure waters you’ll see) for a break.

After the break, your guide will take you for a swim and snorkeling at the barrier reef (amazing underwater life)

After you snorkel you will paddle your way back to the launch point and head out for lunch at the islands National Brewery Balashi Beer Gardens.


Mangel Halto is calling your name…

Rent a Kayak in Aruba

If you’re not that much interested in guided tours, but want to explore the southern coast of Aruba on your own than you should look consider kayak rental in Aruba. 

Aruba Kayak Adventure also rents out kayaks!

Other Places To Kayak When Renting

Besides exploring the southern coast of the island, you can also kayak the western coast beaches like: malmok, tres trapi, and boca catalina bay and arashi.

Kayaking near the western coast of the island,  watch out for boats and stronger currents (and winds).

Kayaking in Aruba can be challenging, basic physical & upper body strength are required.

Always make sure to wear a life vest when kayaking, even if you’re the best swimmer.

Places To Stay Near Southern Coast of Aruba

The southern coast of the island is different than the hotel area. In this part of the island, you’ll get a feeling of living among locals, and close to the beach (plus is more quaint and relaxing). Here’s a few accommodations in the southern coast of the island.

Serene By The Sea

Club Arias Bed & Breakfast

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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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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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Pin wine tasting in Aruba on your to do list!

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.

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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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The combination of strong winds and big waves, crashing against limestone rocks on the north coast formed a natural bridge in Aruba.

The Aruba natural bridge was one of the largest in the world.

Yes, I said was, because in 2005, the unthinkable “Aruba natural bridge collapse” happened.

But the remains of the natural bridge remains a scenic attraction until this day.

So why should you visit the natural bridge in Aruba, if it isn’t there any more?

You should visit, because there’s many other things to see and do.

The 4 Things I Liked About Natural Bridge in Aruba

I decided to visit the natural bridge, after almost more than year without going there.

While driving on the north coast of the island, I was reminded of how beautiful Aruba really is because of the….

1. The Beautiful Scenery

The way to the natural bridge in Aruba is a sand road that will give you one of the longest bumpiest rides (approximately 2 kilometers) you’ve ever experienced.

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2.8 km to natural bridge in Aruba

On your way to the natural bridge, you’ll only notice 3 colors, blue, brown and green (and different shades of them). There’s nothing else but mountains, cactus, the ocean and blue skies. Occasionally you will see a few donkeys or goats roaming around.

The view here is amazing…

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Small cove near the coastlines

A picture might show you how beautiful it is, but this is something you have to experience first hand.

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Welcome to natural bridge Aruba.

2. Beautiful Remodeled Shop

The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the natural bridge was the bright yellow snack bar and souvenir shop.

It was the first “thirst aid stop” created by a local family more than 45 years ago – and it’s still the only refreshment shop in this area of the island.

The shop was sold to a local tour company (De Palm Tours), which renovated the entire place.

They remodeled the thirst aid shop into a beautiful typical old style home on the island, known as a cunucu house.

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The remodeled natural bridge store

The interior has been completely renovated. Fully air conditioned, with a new bar, dining area, restrooms and a gift shop.

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A few of the items sold at the gift shop.

They sell different clothing brands from Aruba, slippers, hats for all ages. You can also get pica di papaya (papaya pepper) if you like the extra spice in your food.

They also sell mini alcoholic bottles, sunscreen, mosquito repellents and Aruba aloe island remedy face lotion.

3. I Like The Cool Art on the Wall

The new owners lifted the natural bridge shop by adding a very cool and interesting mural, depicting the natural bridge in its original form.

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Isn’t this mural beautiful?

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4. Baby Natural Bridge

Although the original bridge collapsed already, there’s plenty of several other natural bridges near this side of Aruba’s coastlines.

There’s a bridge right next to the remains of the natural bridge, known as the “Baby Natural Bridge in Aruba”.

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The baby bridge in Aruba

Here’s a picture of the remains from the natural bridge.

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Remains of the natural bridge that collapsed in 2005

The natural bridge in Aruba is a beautiful place to take pictures, because of the backdrop of the surrounding windswept rocky hills and the ocean.

You can’t visit Aruba and not go to the natural bridge – your trip to this part of the island will be well worth it. If you want to explore the island, read 9 things to do at surfside beach or have a romantic beachside dinner in Aruba.

Good To Know….

Before you visit the natural bridge in Aruba, it’s important to know that….

  • You have to pay $1.00 to use the restroom
  • Entrance to the natural bridge is free.

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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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Lourdes grotto in Aruba is considered to be a “hidden gem” among religious monuments on the island. Because no one really goes there, it’s usually very quiet and peaceful.

So if you’re religious and want a place for private prayers or reflection you should definitely visit Lourdes grotto in Aruba.

Read this complete post to find out…

  • The story behind Lourdes grotto in Aruba
  • What you can do there
  • And how you can find it.

So how did this peaceful place come about…

The Story Behind Lourdes Grotto in Aruba

It all started in 1858 (in Lourdes, France)…

When the virgin Mary mysteriously appeared and revealed herself to a 14 year old girl and told her “I am the immaculate conception”.

After the little girl told a priest about the mysterious appearance, word got out about the encounter of the little girl and Virgin Mary. Since then a lot of people have visited the place where the apparition took place and many “cures” that have been reported after visitors started praying. 

This apparition and mentions of miracle cures attracts millions of visitors even to this day, making the grotto in Lourdes (France) one of the most beloved shrines for Catholics.

The Lourdes Grotto in Aruba is a remembrance of the popular landmark in France.

The Grotto in Aruba was formed naturally in the huge rocks. 

The statue of Virgin Mary was placed in 1958 by a local priest at that time named “Erkamp” and parishioners in to celebrate 150th year of the virgins appearance. 

Every 11th of February there is a walk organized for the Catholic community. They walk from the St. Theresita church in San Nicolas to the Lourdes Grotto where they pray and give a ceremony.

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The statue of virgin Mary.

What Can You Do At The Lourdes Grotto in Aruba?

It is very quiet at the Lourdes Grotto in Aruba…

The peacefulness makes it a perfect place for you to leave prayers for friends and family.

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Altar to leave your prayer card and candles.

Many people visit and leave prayer cards for loved ones who are going trough hard times. Or they visit to say thank you for any kind blessings they have just received.

Lourdes grotto in Aruba is a perfect place to reflect, if you’re looking to do so.

The Lourdes grotto in Aruba, is completely isolated by nature. There is no place nearby to buy food and drinks.  

You might see a few goats and donkeys roaming around. Or hear the sounds of humming birds in the far distance.

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The view of the Lourdes grotto

Where is the Lourdes Grotto in Aruba Located?

The Lourdes Grotto is located in the city of San Nicolas. Drive from the airport as if you’re going to the south of the island to San Nicolas. When you’re entering the main streets of San Nicolas you will notice a police station, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Make left after KFC and keep going straight up the road and you will find the Lourdes grotto about a mile away.

If you pass by the grotto at night, the Statue of Virgin Mary may appear as an “apparition” to you.

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Other Things Near Lourdes Grotto Aruba

There is another natural grotto across the main Lourdes Grotto.

This grotto also features beautiful religious statues. 

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The second grotto

Every 11th of February there is a procession of people with Catholic faith that walk from a church in San Nicolas named St. Theresita to the Lourdes Grotto to celebrate the appearance of Virgin Mary.

If you’re interested in Catholic Churches in Aruba read about the Alto Vista Chapel in Aruba.

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