Americans aren’t completely stranded right now. Though there currently aren’t endless destinations to visit during the coronavirus pandemic, there are still some gems open to American tourists. Aruba is one of them. Bathed in warmth, a turquoise sea, and happy locals, Aruba is a wonderful destination for any sun chasers looking for a vacation. Here are the best things to do in Aruba.
Fun facts about Aruba
Aruba is located in the southern Caribbean Sea and is a constituent country of the Netherlands. The official languages are Dutch and Papiamento, but all locals are impressively also fluent in English and Spanish.
Another good thing to know is that Aruba is not in Hurricane Alley, which means there’s no bad time to visit. Also, the crime rates are very low, making it one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean.
Aruba’s currency is the Aruban florin, a rare currency that is worth about .56 US dollars. Bonus for US travelers, dollars are widely accepted throughout the country.
Soak up the sun on powdery, soft sandy beaches
When you think of perfect sand, you probably picture soft, powdery, sparkling white sand. You might as well have pictured Aruba too, since that’s what you’ll find throughout this island.
Eagle Beach is one of Aruba’s most beautiful beaches. Plus, it’s less crowded than some others nearby, so grab a cabana and unwind on this spectacular wide beach. Then, if you’re looking for even less crowds and water sports, head to Arashi Beach and soak up its stunning crystal-clear waters.
Check out more of the best beaches in Aruba.
Swim in Aruba’s natural pool
Your hotel’s swimming pool can’t compare to taking a dip in Aruba’s natural pool. A unique formation from volcanic rock created a cozy, tranquil pool on a deserted stretch of coastline. It’s remote, yet it’s still one of the most popular and best things to do in Aruba.
Plus, a trip to the pool gives you an opportunity to discover more of Aruba’s rugged terrain and uncover hidden parts of the island.
Pack along a rash guard to protect your skin from Aruba’s strong sun rays.
Hike throughArikok National Park
Did you think Aruba was all beachresorts and palm trees? Surprise! Aruba offers incredible hiking! Head to the east coast and you’ll find Arikok National Park, consisting of 20% of Aruba’s land. Enjoy dramatic landscapes, hidden caves and swimming holes, plus cacti along with a variety of flora and fauna, and quaint beaches.
Don’t foget to pack a reusable water bottle for your hike.
Take a trip to the Butterfly Farm
Discover hundreds of exotic butterflies from the blue morphos of South America to the monarchs of the Caribbean. It’s a perfect family-friendly thing to do in Aruba. Take a guided tour of the Butterfly Farm, learn about the evolution of butterflies, and feast your eyes upon hundreds of these beautiful creatures.
Snorkel at Arashi Beach
Go for a swim and jump intoone of Aruba’s most beautiful beaches for snorkelling. It’s a safe location with access to discover a variety of fish and a healthy reef.
Experienced snorkelers will enjoy Mangel Halto. The currents can be stronger here, but you’ll be able to discover Aruba’s most magnificent and lively reef.
Check out Aruba Bob Snorkelling for exciting guided tours.
Enjoy more outdoor adventures
There are plenty of sea adventures to enjoy in Aruba! Kayak or paddle board around the islandor even rent a boat or jet ski for added fun.
You can go on some pretty exciting adventures combining hiking, pedal kayaking, and snorkelling. The best of it all!
Christa Adams is a writer, photographer, and sustainable traveler based in Barcelona. She’s been traveling solo since 2014 has a passion for the outdoors, coffee culture, and exploring quaint European towns. Follow her adventures at www.thespiritedexplorer.com