Destination Bucket List: Aruba

With its desert-like climate, dry weather and consistent 80 degree days, the island of Aruba is the ideal escape — literally anytime of the year.

It’s situated in the southern part of the Caribbean and is well known for its trade winds — Aruba is a breezy place. Here, you’ll find not only palm trees but Fofoti trees (or Divi-divi trees) that are shaped and twisted by those strong winds over the years.

Aruba really is “One Happy Island”.


What to experience

1. PALM BEACH

The world-renowned Palm Beach Aruba is a magnificent two-mile-long strip along the coast of the island. It is home to luxury hotels, glamorous restaurants, stylish beach bars, cafés and high-end boutiques.

2. ARIKOK NATIONAL PARK

The sprawling Arikok National Park is unquestionably one of the most beautiful parts of the island.

Hiking is one of the top draws of the area, with trails weaving through groves of spiny cacti, ancient farmhouses, turtle nests and rugged cliffs.

3. EAGLE BEACH

Eagle Beach truly is one of the best places to spend a day in Aruba. 

The neighborhood is famous for its many low-rise resorts and wide public beach. It has soft white sand and has been rated one of the best beaches in the world.

4. RENAISSANCE ISLAND

Leave the cares of the world behind as you venture over to a private island complimentary to Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino guests. Renaissance Island features Aruba’s only private beaches and is just an 8-minute water taxi ride away.

Here lies a true oasis with family-friendly beaches or beaches just for adults. 


What to eat

1. PINCHO’S GRILL AND BAR

Perched at the end of a pier at Aruba Surfside Marina is one of Aruba’s most romantic restaurants — Pincho’s Grill and Bar. The best time to book a table at is just before sunset, so you can dine while watching the sun sink below the water.

2. THE KITCHEN TABLE BY WHITE

While also open for breakfast and lunch, dinner is when The Kitchen Table by White really shines. With only 16 seats around their U-shaped demonstration table, this farm-to-table restaurants offers an eight-course dinner experience.

3. NOURISH

This wellness-oriented restaurant appeals to vegans and gluten-free dieters who don’t want to scrimp on flavor. 

Go for breakfast or lunch and dine in a garden setting at communal tables with benches. The menu includes unique bites like “bliss balls” (nut-based energy boosters with natural ingredients, such as matcha or peanut butter), along with smoothie bowls, salads and avocado toast.


How to play

1. NATURAL POOL

The Natural Pool, also known as “Conchi”, is a small, naturally occurring pool on the rugged, rocky, volcanic coastline of Aruba.

Located in Arikok National Park, getting here is half the fun.

There are two ways to get to Natural Pool. The most common way is to enter Arikok National Park and hire a guide with an ATV vehicle to drive you out to the pool. You can also drive your own ATV, but you need to make sure you have authorization from your rental car company. This is a tricky road to drive so don’t underestimate it!

The second way to get to Natural Pool is to drive to Daimari Beach and hike to the Pool from here. It’s a bit of strenuous hike, but it adds an element of fun and adventure to the experience.

2. OFF-ROADING

Unlike many other of the Caribbean’s rainforest-clad islands, Aruba’s landscape is something of a dusty, more desert-like affair — aka perfect for off-roading.

3. CAVING

At the edge of Arikok National Park are shady caverns full of ancient paintings, stalactites, skylights and (only a few) bats that are sure to make you feel like a true explorer.

Unlike Aruba’s beaches, these caverns rarely full of tourists, giving you a unique up-close experience with the island’s natural formations.

4. SNORKELING

The clear, calm waters of Aruba make snorkeling a can’t-miss activity.

Head to Arashi Beach or Boca Catalina for pristine waters full of tropical fish. Or, pick one of the many hotels on the island that have their own snorkeling and wildlife area.

5. CYCLE TO CALIFORNIA LIGHTHOUSE

A fun way to get active on your vacation is to tour the island on two wheels.

One great outing is to California Lighthouse at the north end of Aruba. Named after a steamship that crashed there in 1891, this 30 meter high stone lighthouse has stood tall on this spot for over 100 years!

So, ready to head out on your trip? Reach out to your BeachMaster with any pre-trip questions.

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