With its position outside the hurricane belt and warm temperatures year-round, Aruba is a magnet for sun worshippers. Find the best sandy beaches on the island’s western side along a 7-mile (11.2-kilometer) strip lined with resorts. One of the most popular is Eagle Beach, also known for its nesting turtles and windblown divi divi trees. For more rugged coastline and secluded bays, head to the windward coast.
Explore underwater sites on a snorkeling or scuba diving trip. Arashi Beach on Aruba's northwestern tip and Mangel Halto Beach along the western coast are good spots for snorkeling. Choose from more than 20 unique dive sites along the southern coast. Look for barracudas and clownfish among the many marine species. See shipwrecks cloaked in corals, including the remains of the World War II German freighter Antilla. Non-divers can take a submarine tour of the ocean floor.
Above the surface, constant trade winds are ideal for watersports. Go kiteboarding, parasailing or kitesurfing. In July, watch some of the world’s best surfers compete in the Aruba Hi-Winds competition.
Away from the water, you’ll find plenty of exciting land-based pursuits. Hike to the top of Mount Jamanota, the highest point on Aruba. Embark on a four-wheel-drive adventure across the small island, stopping at the California Lighthouse and the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins. Challenge your friends to a game of golf at the Tierra Del Sol Country Club and Golf Course.
Visit the harbor city of Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital. Admire the pastel-colored buildings, evidence of Aruba’s Dutch heritage. Learn about the island’s history at the National Archeological Museum of Aruba. For dinner, book a restaurant that overlooks the sea and sample a rijsttafel plate of up to 40 dishes. Finish the evening in a casino or dancing to electronic music in a nightclub.
Fly into Queen Beatrix International Airport or sail into Oranjestad. Get around by bus or taxi or rent scooters, motorcycles or cars.
Visit Aruba for white beaches, clear water and thrilling outdoor adventures.
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is split between 2 properties. The Marina Hotel is exclusive to adults, while the Ocean Suites are a resort-style located right on the beach. The property itself is a short drive from Queen Beatrix International Airport. Guests can sail and fish from the marina, and feed iguanas on the hotel's private island.
This resort across the street from powder white Eagle Beach offers 362 guest suites, and is 13 km (8.25 mi) from Queen Beatrix International Airport, and 5 km (3.25 mi) from the shopping and dining of Oranjestad.
Located on the white sands of Palm Beach, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is a 12-minute drive from shopping and entertainment in downtown Oranjestad. It's a 20-minute drive to Arikok National Park, and 12 minutes to the Archaeological Museum of Aruba.
Facing the white sands of Palm Beach, this resort is in the high-rise hotel district on the west coast; the Bubali Bird Sanctuary is across the street, and the Butterfly Farm is a five-minute walk.
Across the street from Druif Beach and myriad water sports, this resort in the Low-Rise Hotel district provides shuttle service to Alhambra Casino and Shopping Bazaar 500 m (547 yds) away.
Located on Palm Beach in Aruba's high-rise hotel section less than 6.5 km (4 mi) from Oranjestad, this adults-only resort offers oceanview rooms, a casino, and night club.
This newly renovated 15-acre tropical haven offers 357 elegantly-appointed guest accommodations in northwest Aruba, surrounded by soft sands, turquoise seas, fragrant gardens, exotic lagoons and cascading waterfalls.