As I wrap up my second go to to Aruba I can’t assist however really feel amazed by how adventurous this island might be and by how a lot selection there may be for such a small place. I obtained to see all types of panorama, have day by day experiences that had been all completely totally different, and get a tan within the course of!
Many who go to Aruba are glad to lounge on a seaside chair all day and don’t want a lot journey to get pleasure from their vacay. Whereas there’s completely nothing flawed with that, I simply can’t do it for lengthy and have to be both strolling on the seaside, swimming, or doing one thing lively.
In the event you’re like me, the next itinerary will get you out and exploring the adventurous and outdoorsy facet of Aruba, with some seaside time included, after all!
Day One: Go for a Swim, Try the Lighthouse for Sundown
Aruba has tons of seashores – both lengthy stretches of sand or hidden behind rocky coves and inlets. I stumbled upon them consistently throughout my exploration, although some are a lot friendlier for swimmers than others. The next are one of the best ones for snorkeling, swimming, and basic chilling:
Palm Seashore is essentially the most touristy seaside with high-rise inns and many eating places and water actions. Whenever you see the white sand and the clear child blue water, it’s clear why. You possibly can standup paddleboard, parasail, and naturally swim. You’ll discover folks all alongside the sand providing actions, and most inns additionally supply a free masks and snorkel.
Chances are high you’ll be staying on both this seaside or the following one, so test it out, particularly at sundown.
Child Seashore on the southern tip of the island is understood for having nice snorkeling and white sand. It additionally has fewer vacationers than the seashores up north. I used to be a giant fan of this one!
Eagle Seashore is barely much less crowded than Palm Seashore and is legendary for its excellent white sand and child blue water. It’s west going through and subsequently excellent for sundown.
North of Palm Seashore, you’ll discover Malmok Seashore and some different nice swimming and snorkeling spots. The image above is at Tres Trapi, that are three stairs carved into the volcanic rock that result in this pretty blue water. Lots of the snorkeling excursions cease right here, so you may plan on seeing sea birds throughout and fish below the water when you carry your masks and snorkel.
Within the afternoon, I like to recommend heading to the California Lighthouse on the northern tip of the island for sundown. You get a incredible view, and the lighthouse is a superb picture spot as properly.
I additionally loved driving across the coastal roads close by the place you could find sand dunes, lovely rocky outcroppings, and a extra rugged Aruba expertise. In the event you keep on with the path that borders the water, a traditional automobile might be OK because the street is generally grime with just a few rocks and potholes, however a 4×4 gives you final flexibility.
When you have a 4×4 and really feel like persevering with onwards, I had a variety of enjoyable on the rocky street from the lighthouse to the Wariruri rock bridge. Following the collapse of the Pure Bridge in 2005, that is now the most important pure bridge in Aruba. The street is tough, however to me that’s a variety of enjoyable, and you may plan on having it nearly all to your self. I made loads of stops alongside the best way and actually loved this solo journey.
Day Two: Arikok Nationwide Park – Caves and the Pure Pool
You possibly can’t go to Aruba with out visiting the Arikok Nationwide Park! That is the place you could find the well-known caves, the pure pool, and a way more rugged stretch of coast.
You completely do want a 4×4 for this journey, which you’ll self drive, though most individuals be part of both a Jeep tour or an ATV tour that takes you to the next spots:
The caves and the stairway exterior of them had been my first introduction to the rugged facet of Aruba after I visited a 12 months and a half in the past and I used to be completely delighted! The journey there may be an journey in itself, alongside bumpy terrain and thru cacti forests. I had a lot enjoyable getting there that the cave was the cherry on high.
Relying on time of day, you may get some pretty gentle beams coming by the opening within the cave’s ceiling.
The Pure Pool
The spotlight to Arikok Nationwide Park is undoubtedly this lovely rocky pool that varieties an nearly excellent circle. The waves crash over the perimeters and there’s even a ‘pure jacuzzi’ barely above, which you’ll see to my proper on this picture.
This was my favourite factor in Aruba – it was so magical it didn’t appear actual.
Dos Playa is a uncommon seaside on the east coast that may be tame sufficient to swim in. It’s one of many bigger ones within the space and is widespread for sundown horseback rides, too.
I went with ABC excursions to e-book this journey. They’ve each massive truck and ATV choices. Some are full-day and a few simply take you to the pure pool. Select your individual journey right here.
Day Three: Flamingo Island
After just a few days exploring Aruba’s extra rugged and pure facet, I really feel we’ve got to speak about Renaissance Island. This man-made flamingo island is undoubtedly lovely. It’s additionally the place you may take footage with the well-known flamingos on the seaside and lounge in hammocks within the solar.
There are a number of seaside huts which you could hire to hang around in for the day, and you may eat and drink on the island as properly.
There are some things to know concerning the island, reminiscent of the doorway payment, the easiest way to get in, and determining methods to get shade when you’re there. I’ve a complete put up devoted to Flamingo Island with all the data right here.
Day 4: Decide an Aquatic Exercise, Sundown Cruise
On day 4 I like to recommend choosing one or two of the adventurous actions accessible on the island after which a pleasant stress-free sundown on the water or on a seaside close by.
The next are some nice choices:
The water is evident and there are many fish in Aruba. There’s additionally a shallow wreck, which is a uncommon discover within the diving world. All of those are nice causes to leap in and see what’s up unda da sea.
I did a morning dive final time I used to be on Aruba and was impressed by the corals and fish. If you’re used to Southeast Asia, don’t count on the identical that you’d discover in Sipadan or Raja Ampat, however nonetheless, for individuals who love diving this can be a great place to get below the water.
You possibly can hire rise up paddle boards all alongside Palm Seashore the place the water is calm sufficient to move out for an hour or two of exercise. The great factor about Aruba is it’s nearly at all times breezy so standup paddleboarding is kind of nice in Aruba. Remember to try the partially submerged wreck round Malmok Seashore for a novel expertise!
Snorkel a Wreck
In the event you’re not into diving, you may nonetheless snorkel round a wreck close to the California Lighthouse. A number of boat journeys depart at totally different instances per day to take you on the market. I did a cruise within the morning and a night sundown cruise final time I used to be right here, each of which went to the wreck. I’d give the sting to the sundown cruise as there have been fewer folks within the water then, however having the ability to get on a ship and get out on the water is a should it doesn’t matter what time you select to do it in Aruba. You possibly can e-book it right here.
Day 5: Dawn at Trinity Bridge, Sundown at Mangel Halto
Let me simply begin by saying I’m undecided what the correct title of this place is – I’ve heard ‘tripod bridge’ and I see it because the ‘trinity bridge’ on maps.me, however both approach this bridge is neato. It’s a set of three sea bridges that look beautiful within the early morning hours when the solar comes up and illuminates the rocks. You’ll want a 4×4 to get right here however when you have one useful from the opposite actions, make sure you get there within the early morning, earlier than the tour teams arrive.
You possibly can discover the cacti, Ayo Rock Formation, and rugged shoreline alongside this a part of the island within the AM, or simply sit back – I do know this has been a fairly packed itinerary.
For the afternoon/night, I extremely suggest heading to Mangel Halto for a secluded seaside, pretty mangroves, and excellent positioning for the sundown. From there you’re near Zeerover, a well-known seafood restaurant.
Aruba has many high-rise inns and all inclusive resorts, but additionally many smaller boutique inns that may be a way more peaceable expertise.
I stayed within the Boardwalk Small Lodge and liked the intimate really feel of it. It’s positioned simply behind the Ritz Carlton on Palm Seashore and has an space on the sand to sit back on and a stunning pool, however with out the large and impersonal really feel of an enormous resort. I had an enormous room too, with a separate residing space, full kitchen, and an enormous closet. I may simply have simply moved proper in!
I additionally love that it’s owned by two sisters. Woman energy! You possibly can see casita choices and e-book right here.
Though lots of the choices I discussed above are made simpler or are solely potential with a 4×4 rental (all the foremost automobile rental corporations can be found on the airport – however do e-book forward of time), you can even be part of a tour to see nearly every part listed above. When you have particular issues from this itinerary you wish to see, ask the fellows at ABC which tour can be one of the best one.
I discovered driving in Aruba to be fairly simple and easy. There are many roundabouts, and generally folks will end up of roads proper in entrance of you, so simply drive defensively and don’t go too quick. Total it was high-quality and pretty stress-free. I additionally extremely suggest downloading the Aruba map on maps.me offline maps. It’s free, it labored nice, and I by no means obtained misplaced with it.
Different Issues To Do in Aruba
When you have extra time in Aruba and want to add on to the 5-day itinerary, then I extremely suggest trying out extra of Santa Cruz or visiting Noord within the northeast a part of the island. The Aruba Donkey Sanctuary, positioned in Santa Cruz, is a non-profit group devoted to the welfare of the island’s donkey inhabitants, and an superior place to hug a donkey.
In the event you resolve to move to Noord, I like to recommend trying out the Gold Smelter Ruins, the remnants of a gold mine. Only a brief stroll to the east, you’ll discover a picket signal and the highest of a steep stepladder. This may lead you down towards a plateau of volcanic rock and to the Aruba Pure Cave Pool. Be warned, although! This native spot is finest for adventurers. You’ll want to leap about fifteen toes to get into the pool after which climb up slimy rocks (and keep away from the crabs!) to get out.
If you wish to be taught one thing new, I additionally suggest trying out Hadicurari seaside the place Vela affords windsurfing and kitesurfing classes. The wind and waves are calmer right here making this an excellent spot for learners to be taught.
Blissful travels in Aruba! I hope this itinerary lets you see a extra adventurous facet of the island and to fall in love with it as a lot as I did. It’s the right place to unwind – simply sufficiently small to see a ton of it in just some days, however simply large enough to maintain you wanting to return again to see extra.
*This put up was dropped at you in collaboration with Aruba Tourism Authority, nonetheless this itinerary was totally crafted and created by yours actually.