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Aruba Local Attractions

What to do in Aruba

The many beaches and the easy accessibility of water sports are givens on Aruba, but did you know that Aruba also has a national park? Arikok Park has some fabulous hiking trails, photo vantage points, and a number of bird species that can't be seen anywhere else in the world. If you have a little pirate blood in you, you might want to try an Atlantis Submarine Expedition tour. When diving isn't your thing, this is a great way to get to experience the awesome coral reefs, and exotic sea creatures of the Caribbean, and see two authentic shipwrecks without getting wet. For land lovers, spend some time exploring the Bushiribana and Balashi Gold Mill Ruins. You'll find that most of these attractions are located in close proximity to the hotels, resorts and villas on the island. Check with your concierge for more information about specific attractions.

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Historic Gold Mine (Hiking/Walking/Exploring) - Aruba

Historic Gold Mine

During the gold rush in the 19th century, a treasure island was discovered and named "Oro Ruba", which means "red gold". Now called Aruba, this island was ascended upon by adventurers in search of gold and wealth. In 1824, gold was finally discovered and the industry there produced more than 3 million pounds of gold over the years that followed. Today, that history can be explored at two gold mines on the island -- Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins and Balashi Gold Mill Ruins. Remnants of this colorful history is still visible today.

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Historic Gold Mine, Aruba

Lighthouse (Hiking/Walking/Exploring) - Aruba

Lighthouse

In 1910, at Aruba's far northwestern end in an area known as "Hudishibana," a lighthouse was built. It was named "California" after a steamship which sank nearby 2 years prior to the lighthouse's construction. With stunning view of sandy beaches, rolling sand dunes and the rocky coral shoreline, it's no wonder the lighthouse is one of Aruba's most popular attractions. You can't go inside, but its high seaside perch makes for beautiful pictures. It's located just a few yards from the Tierra del Sol golf course and La Trattoria el Faro Blanco restaurant which translates to "Restaurant by the White Lighthouse".

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California Lighthouse, Aruba

Lighthouse (Hiking/Walking/Exploring) - Aruba

Lighthouse

In 1910, at Aruba's far northwestern end in an area known as "Hudishibana," a lighthouse was built. It was named "California" after a steamship which sank nearby 2 years prior to the lighthouse's construction. With stunning view of sandy beaches, rolling sand dunes and the rocky coral shoreline, it's no wonder the lighthouse is one of Aruba's most popular attractions. You can't go inside, but its high seaside perch makes for beautiful pictures. It's located just a few yards from the Tierra del Sol golf course and La Trattoria el Faro Blanco restaurant which translates to "Restaurant by the White Lighthouse".

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Lighthouse in Aruba

Natural Pools (Hiking/Walking/Exploring) - Aruba

Natural Pools

You'll have to venture off the beaten path, down a rocky, rough "road" (for lack of a better word) to find Aruba's natural pools, but the treacherous drive is well worth it. Hike down the steep stairs, climb over the slippery rocks and you'll find waves crashing over the top and cascading into beautifully protected pools, or "conchi" called "Cura di Tortuga". Climb up another level into a small "hot tub" where the water is warmer and the view amazing. It's fun to dive in from the rock cliffs. It's also a great place to see tropical fish, so bring your snorkel gear and a disposable waterproof camera. Again, these natural pools are a bit hard to find but there are small signs along the way. You can also find horseback and ATV tours to the pools. A great option if your rental car doesn't have 4-wheel drive. Don't forget your water shoes! Some of the rocks are sharp. Your feet will thank us.

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Aruba's Natural Pools

Natural Pools (Hiking/Walking/Exploring) - Aruba

Natural Pools

You'll have to venture off the beaten path, down a rocky, rough "road" (for lack of a better word) to find Aruba's natural pools, but the treacherous drive is well worth it. Hike down the steep stairs, climb over the slippery rocks and you'll find waves crashing over the top and cascading into beautifully protected pools, or "conchi" called "Cura di Tortuga". Climb up another level into a small "hot tub" where the water is warmer and the view amazing. It's fun to dive in from the rock cliffs. It's also a great place to see tropical fish, so bring your snorkel gear and a disposable waterproof camera. Again, these natural pools are a bit hard to find but there are small signs along the way. You can also find horseback and ATV tours to the pools. A great option if your rental car doesn't have 4-wheel drive. Don't forget your water shoes! Some of the rocks are sharp. Your feet will thank us.

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Natural Pool, Aruba

Scuba Diving (Snorkeling/Diving) - Aruba

 www.aruba.com/whattodo/scubadiving.php
Aruba's Shipwreck sites

If you're into scuba diving and exploring ship wrecks, Aruba's the place to be. Scuba Diving magazine has consistently listed Aruba as a top wreck diving spot for the last 12 years. It's a feat the island takes great pride in. The 7 wreck sites that are littered along Aruba's north and western shores are a rich historical collection including a pilot boat, Convair 240, oil tanker, fuel barge, steamship and freighters. With so many dive sites, there's something for all experience levels.

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Aruba Scuba Diving, Fish bites diver

Scuba Diving (Snorkeling/Diving) - Aruba

 www.aruba.com/whattodo/scubadiving.php
Aruba's Shipwreck sites

If you're into scuba diving and exploring ship wrecks, Aruba's the place to be. Scuba Diving magazine has consistently listed Aruba as a top wreck diving spot for the last 12 years. It's a feat the island takes great pride in. The 7 wreck sites that are littered along Aruba's north and western shores are a rich historical collection including a pilot boat, Convair 240, oil tanker, fuel barge, steamship and freighters. With so many dive sites, there's something for all experience levels.

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Aruba Wreck Dive

Shopping in Oranjestad (Shop) - Aruba

Shopping in Oranjestad

In Oranjestad, head to the heart of the city where brightly painted, old Dutch colonial offer a rich shopping experience. The Royal Plaza Mall, on L.G. Smith Blvd., houses a number of shops. Next door is the 90-shop Seaport Village Mall, part of it underneath the Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Casino, and across the street on the piers is the Seaport Marketplace. There are also a number of shops on Main St. (Caya G.F. Betico Croes), a couple of blocks from the waterfront. Spend the day browsing these duty-free shops and you'll find locally made handicrafts, souvenirs, Cuban Cigars, Dutch Delft, Dutch Cheeses, liquor, jewelry, table linens, perfumes, leather goods, designer fashions, electronics, cameras, and more. Oranjestad can get really crowded when a cruise ship is docked, so the best time to shop is when there isn't a one in port. Most of the stores are open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., but some close between noon and 2 for lunch.

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Aruba Oranjestad

Andicuri Beach (Beach) - Aruba

Hidden on the North coast of the island and a well-kept secret at that, you'll need a 4WD to get there and can access via 2 different routes. High surf and a favorite of bodysurfers and bodyboarders alike! Allow for the extra time to find it--your day will be well worth it and glad you did.

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Arashi Beach (Beach) - Aruba

Nearly deserted on weekdays and occupied by families on the weekend, Arashi has good snorkeling and somewhat shallow water.

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Arikok Park (Parks/Gardens) - Aruba

 http://www.aruba.com/pages/arikokpark.htm

Aruba's only national park, 18 percent of the island is dedicated to this protected area. Color-coded hiking trails of varying difficulty, guided tours, perfect spots for off-roading, and prime vantage points for some of the most rare species of bird you'll ever see are just a handful of highlights found at Arikok Park. Beautiful and off the beaten path. No entry fee required.

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Aruba Music Festival (Festival) - Aruba

 http://www.aruba.com/amf2007/index.php

 Dates: 10/05/2007 to 10/06/2007

Enjoy sun, fun, and classic rock music at the 6th Annual Aruba Music Festival. The Festival is held at the Aruba Entertainment Center, which is located 5 minutes by car from downtown Oranjestad, and 15 minutes from the hotel district. The intimate outdoor venue offers visitors excellent sound quality and unobstructed sight lines of the stage from any seat. The venue also has a secondary stage which features entertainment prior to the main stage performance. Add to this the wonderful sights and sounds of Aruba, and you are sure to enjoy this truly unique concert experience.

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Aruba Music Festival (Concert) - Aruba

 http://www.aruba.com/amf2007/

 Dates: 10/05/2007 to 10/06/2007

Enjoy sun, fun, and classic rock music at the 6th Annual Aruba Music Festival. The Festival is held at the Aruba Entertainment Center, which is located 5 minutes by car from downtown Oranjestad, and 15 minutes from the hotel district. The intimate outdoor venue offers visitors excellent sound quality and unobstructed sight lines of the stage from any seat.

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Aruba Panorama (Live Show) - Aruba

The first of its kind in the Caribbean, “Aruba Panorama” is a 22-minute cinematic extravaganza bringing the island history and culture to life on five screens measuring 13 feet high and 66 feet wide.

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Aruba's Only 30-foot Rock Climbing Wall (Hiking/Walking/Exploring) - Aruba

Located right on Divi Beach at the Divi Winds Sports Center and available for climbs daily from 10 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4 pm.

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ATLANTIS SUBMARINE EXPEDITION (Tours/Excursions) - Aruba

 http://www.atlantisadventures.com/tour_info.php?site=1&tour=1&cat=8

Take an exciting voyage to depths of 150 feet below the Caribbean Sea. Join Atlantis Submarines, voted Aruba’s most outstanding attraction, on an unforgettable guided tour aboard the largest passenger submarine fleet in the world. Explore Aruba’s mysterious underwater realm where you can witness the remains of two shipwrecks, spectacular coral reefs and an abundance of colorful sea life. The submarine is US Coast Guard approved, fully air-conditioned with large view ports which allow you to relax and enjoy the wonders of the deep.

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Baby Beach (Beach) - Aruba

A family favorite with heavenly white powder sand and calm turquoise water. Snorkeling is wonderful here, yoo. No facilities, but there's a refreshment stand, and a couple of beach huts provide some shade. Accessible by taxi or car.

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BLUE (Bar/Club) - Aruba

This open-air martini bar, just steps from Renaissance Marina Hotel infinity swimming pool, heats up the day and night with signature martinis, tapas, and light fare. A light and music show casts a blue glow over the bar area at night, adding unique interest to the tropical atmosphere.

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Bonbini Festival (Festival) - Aruba

Every Tuesday evening, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, visit the Bonbini Festival--a local dispaly in Fort Zoutman, Oranjestad of arts and crafts, native foods, drinks, music and dancing.

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Crystal Casino (Gambling) - Aruba

Elegant, sophisticated and luxurious, the 24-hour action at the Crystal Casino never stops. Combined with the biggest table bank roll on Aruba, fewer manual shuffles per hour, more hands per shoe and regular cut, this place is a sure bet. Gleaming Austrian crystal chandeliers illuminate the players, giving each and every one of them a soft, happy glow.

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Deep Sea Fishing in Aruba (Fishing) - Aruba

 http://www.aruba.com/whattodo/deepseafishing.php

Standing at the railing of the fishing boat, the high seas and salt spray go unnoticed as all attention is focused on keeping a firm grasp on your fishing pole. At the other end of the fishing line, a 70-pound billfish fights to free itself and return to the deep seas around Aruba which it calls home. In the temperate Caribbean waters of Aruba, a variety of Atlantic game fish can be caught year-round. Sailfish, white and blue marlin, wahoo, shark, barracuda, amberjack, kingfish, bonito, and blackfin and yellowfin tuna are abundant just off the coast. The experienced captain and their first mate will help the vacationing fishing enthusiast bring in any fish, even if they have little previous experience.

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Dos Playa (Beach) - Aruba

With a white beach, surrounded by a rocky coastline, Dos Playa has great waves. Dos Playa is accessible by car. This is where the local surf fanatics go for their extreme surfing experience. Dos Playa is not for the faint of heart. You must be a very good surfer to go here. Stick to the beach if you're not up to it. Although swimming is not forbidden, swimmers are dissuaded from going to Dos Playa.

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Heli-Tours (Sightseeing) - Aruba

 http://www.arubahelitours.com/

Experience Aruba from above--on a heli-tour! Rated among the most memorable attractions in Aruba, explore the sights from a helicopter. Based at the Seaport Helipad in downtown Oranjestad, Aruba Heli-Tours is the only (privately owned) helicopter company on Aruba which provides scenic flights over the island. Just tour the island or combine the tour with Fly-In Dine. Guests rave about this experience!

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Lets go Latin! (Live Show) - Aruba

 http://www.letsgolatin.com/

The incredible Lets go Latin! show sizzles from beginning to stunning end. Twenty-six performers, 180 costume changes, 130 pairs of shoes and an amazing number of fabulous headpieces are the amazing numbers for this amazing show, which has been drawing enthusiastic crowds to the Crystal Theater at the Renaissance Resort for the last five years. Talented singers, dancers and jaw-dropping acrobats give every evenings performance a special touch.

Performing every night of the week, this talented cast shows how to really dance to Latin music! Salsa, merengue and even a flamenco pass the review in a whirlwind of colors, moves, lights and sounds.

Tickets are $44 per adult and $22 for children under 12. All tickets include a welcome drink and a $5 match-play coupon at Crystal casino. A wonderful dinner/show package is also available.

Doors open at 8:30pm and the show begins a 9:00pm Monday - Saturday.

For more information, please contact us via e-mail: info@letsgolatin.com.

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Mahi Mahi Deep Sea Fishing (Fishing) - Aruba

 http://www.aruba-mahimahi.com/index.shtml

Join Captain Peter Creutzberg, an Aruban sport fishing veteran, as he takes you on the fishing excursion of a lifetime! Whether you're a novice or a pro, the Mahi Mahi Fishing Charters has a little something for everybody. Hop on board the 42-foot Hatteras Sportfisherman with Caterpillar engines and catch Mahi Mahi, Blue Marlin, Barracuda or Wahoo. Afterward, want to eat your own catch but let someone else do the dirty work? Take it to Que Pasa, and let one of their skilled chefs prepare your finds! Located next to The Seaport Casino, in the Renaissance Marketplace area, see their website for details and reservations.

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Mangel Halto (Beach) - Aruba

A favorite place for picnics (local and tourists). White powder sand, shallow water. Accessible bu public bus, taxi or car.

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Natural Bridge (collapsed on September 2, 2005) (Sightseeing) - Aruba

Natural Bridge (collapsed on September 2, 2005)

The Natural Bridge, the most famous landmark in Aruba, which stood for thousands of years, disappeared one evening in September 2005. The same wave action that carved out the limestone structure caused it to collapse. The 100-foot-long natural arch loomed 25 feet above sea level. It was an awesome spectacle and is still worth a quick visit.

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Okeanos Spa at Renaissance Resort (Spa) - Aruba

Okeanos (Greek for "ocean") Spa offers fitness center, facial and massage rooms, hydrotherapy room, spa lounge, saunas, male and female locker facilities, juice bar and the latest cardiovascular, free weight and exercise equipment. The Spa's signature service is exclusive outdoor massages on Sonesta Island, the resort's private 40-acre island.

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Rancho Notorious Horse, Bicycle and Quad Racer Tours (Tours/Excursions) - Aruba

 http://www.ranchonotorious.com/index.shtml

Explore Aruba on horseback, bike or quad racer! The scenery is just beautiful.... Explore the coastline on one of these famous guided Horseback riding, Mountain biking or fully automatic Quad Racer Tours. The tours include the beaches, lighthouse, natural bridge and many more of Aruba's famous sites. Two, two-and-a-half and three-hour tours are available six days a week (closed on Sundays). They specialize in small groups and personalized tours with friendly, attentive, multi-lingual guides, and the bar at the ranch provides refreshments and souveniers. Their headquarters are located just a few minutes from Aruba's high-rise hotels, and free round trip transportation is offered to participants.

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Rodgers Beach (Beach) - Aruba

Soft, white powder sand and excellent swimming in reef-protected water. No facilities. Accessible by taxi or car.

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Seaport Casino (Gambling) - Aruba

Tropical, luxurious and enticing, the Seaport Casino is the only waterfront, marina-view casino on the island. With great daily bingo games and a wild, riveting slots program that offer endless incentives, it's the place where locals and tourists become fast friends while enjoying the action.

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sightseeing (Sightseeing) - Aruba

please people get out there! Go on one of the jeep tours that are available or rent your own.sad as it sounds too many of ua are satisfied to travel and see only the palm tree landscaped hotels. aruba is a beautiful island,each coast has a different coastal feeling. Arubans are genuine, friendly people meet as many locals as you can. we were lucky enough to be there during carnival which is in january and that was a treat we will never forget.

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Stellaris Casino (Gambling) - Aruba

 http://www.stellariscasino.com/

The Stellaris Casino at the Aruba Marriott Resort is 18,000 square feet and Aruba's LARGEST casino! Offering a Las Vegas style gambling experience, it boasts of 32 gaming tables, including Craps, Roulette, Let It Ride Poker, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker and Blackjack; as well as offering over 500 of the newest and most exciting Slot Machines. Highlights include weekly Slot Tournaments, Blackjack Tournaments, and the famous “Aruban Nights.” Gamble or dance the night away with live music -- You can't go wrong!

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Tattoo Party Cruise (Bar/Club) - Aruba

 http://www.arubaadventures.com/tattoo/

Dance under star filled skies while Tattoo's talented crew entertains you! Take the plunge off our wild & wicked Rope Swing and three level Water Slide as the midnite hour tolls. Don't leave Aruba without getting TATTOO'D!

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The Links at Divi Aruba (Golf Course) - Aruba

 http://www.divigolf.com/

9-hole golf course surrounding the luxury Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort. It was created to become the top Caribbean golf vacation destination. It is open to the public with preferred tee times for Divi Resort guests and members, and offers professional golf instruction for both individuals and groups.

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The Lounge (Bar/Club) - Aruba

The Lounge, Midnight Grill offers great food and live entertainment all night long. Overlooking the Crystal Casino, this party-all-night hot spot is open until 6am for Arubas latest meal.

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Aruba's newest tour offering -- The Screamer -- is the ultimate open sea adventure. If you're ready for the thrill-ride of your life and looking for that maximum adrenaline rush, look no further -- you're ready for The Screamer.

This incredible twin-engine, 1200HP, turbo-charged jet boat will provide 60 non-stop minutes of real fun and excitement as it weaves in and out, throwing walls of ocean spray around you! Experience a mix of high-speed runs, 180-degree spins, wild fishtails, awesome power slides and unbelievable brake-stops that will have your screaming for more.

The Screamer is the perfect adrenaline rush for adventure thrill seakers of all ages.

The tour departs from Pelican Pier conveniently located on the beach in front of the Holiday Inn Resort.

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