Aruba: Places to Explore

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  • Arikok National Park

    Nearly 20% of Aruba has been designated part of Arikok National Park, which sprawls across the eastern interior and the northeast coast. The park is the keystone of the government's long-term...

  • Eagle Beach

    This area is often referred to as Aruba's low-rise hotel area. It's lined with smaller boutique resorts and time-share resorts. Eagle Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean,...

  • Manchebo and Druif Beaches

    One beach seamlessly merges with another resulting in a miles-long stretch of powdery sand peppered with a few low-rise resorts. This part of the island is much less crowded than Palm Beach and...

  • Oranjestad

    Aruba's capital is best explored on foot. Its palm-lined central thoroughfare runs between old and new pastel-painted buildings of typical Dutch design (Spanish influence is also evident in some...

  • Palm Beach and Noord

    The district of Noord is home to the strip of high-rise hotels and casinos that line Palm Beach. The hotels and restaurants, ranging from haute cuisine to fast food, are densely packed into a few...

  • San Nicolas

    During the oil refinery heyday, Aruba's oldest village was a bustling port; now its primary purpose is tourism. The major institution in town is Charlie's Restaurant & Bar. Stop in for a drink and...

  • Santa Cruz

    Though not a tourist hot spot (by Aruba standards) this town in the center of the island offers a good taste of how the locals live. It's not architecturally interesting, but there are many...

  • Savaneta

    The Dutch settled here after retaking the island in 1816, and it served as Aruba's first capital. Today it's a bustling fishing village with a 150-year-old cas di torto (mud hut), the oldest...

  • Seroe Colorado

    What was originally built as a community for oil workers is known for its intriguing 1939 chapel. The site is surreal, as organ-pipe cacti form the backdrop for sedate whitewashed cottages. The...

  • Western Aruba

    No trip to Aruba is complete without a visit to the California Lighthouse and it's also worth exploring the rugged area of the Island's Western tip. This is the transition point between Aruba's...

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