52 Reasons to Visit Aruba
1 On a clear day, you can see Venezuela from Aruba. You can also see Venezuela from some of the highest points on the island; Seroe, Jamanota, and Arikok.
2 Watch newborn sea turtles make their way into the sea from Eagle Beach, which is the widest beach on the island.
3 Enjoy happy hour with live steel-drum play at the Pirate’s Nest Restaurant from 4-6 p.m. daily.
4 Try the locally brewed Balashi beer.
6 Give in to luxurious pampering at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino.
7 Check out the newly renovated Brickell Bay Club, a boutique hotel offering 100 rooms and suites in the charm of the Dutch Caribbean.
8 Take a tour through the state-of-the-art Aruba Aloe Factory and learn all about the aloe plant, introduced to the island in 1840, at the Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory
9 Visit the modern Archaeological Museum to learn about Aruba’s Amerindian cultural heritage; the oldest museum attraction is a cunucu house built in 1870.
10 Visit Aruba’s only black sand beach located on the north side of the island.
11 Check out Flamingo Beach at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.
12 Pamper yourself at one of the renovated suites from Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, each featuring studios, one-bedroom suites, and two and three-bedroom penthouses.
13 Get a feel for the local culture at the Cunucu Arubiano, the new adults-only luxury boutique resort featuring stays in individual “casitas,” each designed to reflect the old-Aruban and Dutch-influenced architecture of the early 19th century.
14 Follow the call of nature and admire unique examples of indigenous flora and fauna species found only at the Arikok National Park.
15 Go green at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, which recently received its Green Globe certification, recognizing the resort’s dedication to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards.
16 Immerse yourself in the ultimate spa experience at the newly-remodeled Okeanos Spa featuring “Menu 22,” a special spa menu with authentic indigenous Aruban Aloe in all of its treatments. www.renaissancearuba.com.
17 Break a sweat at the seaside fitness center of Divi Aruba All Inclusive.
18 Catch a romantic sunset at the California Lighthouse (construction in 1910), offering views of the entire island, located on Aruba’s most northwesterly point.
19 Reconnect with your partner and enjoy each other’s company on the private beach of the Radisson Aruba Resort.
20 Admire the Dutch colonial architecture of the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort and stay at one of their 72 spacious fully-equipped studios and suites.
21 Shop ‘til you drop at Paseo Herencia Mall: the shopping & entertainment center is a new “old style” plaza surrounded by shopping, dining and a state of the art movie theater.
22 Plan the perfect dinner at one of the restaurants at the South Beach Centre. Choices include Hard Rock Cafe, South Beach Lounge, Buster’s Garage, and Café Rembrandt.
23 Shopping spree in Aruba? The Renaissance Marketplace at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino offers plenty of boutique retail and specialty shops to satisfy your shopping urge.
24 Visit the Tunnel of Love, so-called because of its heart-shaped entrance. A 300-foot long tunnel winds through rock formations and narrow passages.
25 Soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches of either Eagle, Baby or Palm Beach.
26 Dance the night away at the annual Soul Beach Music Festival – star-studded line-up guaranteed every year.
27 Help keep Aruba clean by volunteering in the annual Reef Care Project (July 3-4), Aruba’s most ambitious environmental initiative with about 800 participants every year.
28 Explore the ruins of the Bushiribana Gold Mill on the north coast.
29 Wandering the streets of Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad, and admiring the historical Dutch downtown area.
30 Indulge in an exclusive dining experience at the Papiamento restaurant, inside a 175-year-old authentic Aruban manor house. Don’t miss an impressive tour of the wine cellar.
31 Snorkel or try a new underwater adventure, there are plenty that awaits you and your family in Aruba.
32 Have a perfect night at Mr. Jazz restaurant, Aruba’s first place that you’ll never want to leave. Live music and top quality cuisine will want you ask for more.
33 Golf with the pros at Tierra del Sol’s 18-hole, par 71 course, a favorite amongst avid golfers due to its rugged natural surroundings.
34 Hone your water-ski skills with lessons available at Palm, Eagle or Druif Beach.
35 Take an underwater tour to discover various sites and witness Aruba’s extraordinary marine environment.
36 Enrich your encounter with nature by visiting the Butterfly Farm, a tropical garden which offers tours that will entertain you with butterfly habits and the miracle of metamorphosis.
37 Plan a visit to the “California Dunes” at Hudishibana. Popularly named for the offshore wreck of the famous ship “”California,”” the isolated northwestern tip of the island features some of the most spectacular scenery.
38 Hike through the Ayo rock formations and Casibari Boulders and explore the island’s ancient site.
39 Hang out at Charlie’s Bar in St Nicolas, a famous bar since the 1940s, when scuba divers began to hang their underwater discoveries on the walls.
40 Discover the undiscovered in San Nicolas, Aruba’s second largest city.
41 Unwind at the Dutch Café Rembrandt and enjoy live music and delicious food.
42 Dance with the locals at the Bon Bini Festival every Tuesday. “Bon Bini” means “welcome” in Papiamento: welcome the fun, music and dance.
43 Feel the sea breeze as you recline along the deck of a slick catamaran for an exclusive sailing experience.
44 Take a plunge for a scuba diving adventure or become certified for Open Water Diver.
45 Swim through Boca Catalina, a small, secluded bay accessible by steps, part of Malmok Beach.
46 Choose the all-inclusive at the Occidental Grand Aruba with unlimited meals, snacks and beverages, water sports, night activities and more.
47 Visit exotic animals, from the Butterfly Farm to Ostrich Farm to even Donkey Sanctuary: Aruba has animals everyone loves. Not to mention the Iguanas roaming the island.
48 Find value in a trip to Aruba with our “One Cool Family” program that gives kids discounts each summer from June 1st to September 30th.
49 Bride and grooms-to-be can also save in Aruba with the “One Cool Honeymoon” program, which includes discounts and specials but most importantly a free night upon their return to the island. In fact, many couples honeymoon in Aruba. Who can blame them?
50 Explore the island your own way: one favorite is horseback riding. Take an early ride or one at dusk to stay cool.
51 Try something new – Aruba offers SNUBA, a combination of Scuba and Snorkeling at DePalm Island.
52 Stay warm during your trip. Weather is never a worry in Aruba, its 82 degrees and sunny year-round, not to mention it’s outside of the hurricane belt, so no need to worry when planning a trip.
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Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.