4 Experiences You Must Have in Aruba

How do you like to vacation? Are you the kind of person who just needs some sunscreen, a beach towel, and a clear schedule? Do you prefer to try tons of new things and search for adventures? Or do your vacations fall somewhere in between? Regardless of the type of vacationer you are, Aruba offers so much to do. We’ve listed a few activities here that we’ve found to be crowd favorites. There’s something here that just about everyone will enjoy.

Arikok National Park

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The government of Aruba has dedicated approximately 18 percent of the island to this national park. It has many walking trails that are well-kept and remain open to the public for exploring. Some tour companies offer guided tours through this massive protected area that is practically bursting with scenic views and unusual wildlife. The park is safe to explore if you stay on the main path. You may encounter a few big iguanas—but they’re harmless, like most of the other animals that inhabit the area.

The Butterfly Farm

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Photo credit Jasmine Nears

A visit to Aruba’s Butterfly Farm is an unforgettable encounter with nature in all its beauty and diversity. Step into a tropical garden teeming with butterflies from around the globe, and prepare to meet some of the world’s most colorful and unusual creatures. Observe the life cycle of these fascinating animals from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Tour guides will entertain you with commentary on butterfly habits and the miracle of metamorphosis. Arrive early in the day and witness new butterflies emerging from their chrysalis and taking their first flight. The Farm also provides a rare opportunity for butterfly photography. It’s a sure delight for all ages.

pureocean at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

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pureocean, an upscale restaurant serving globally inspired cuisine with a Caribbean twist, is hands-down one of the most romantic places on the island. Located at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, pureocean offers diners the opportunity to dine with their toes right in the sands of Palm Beach as they watch a stunning Aruban sunset. Executive Chef Anthony de Palm ensures culinary excellence. You’ll need to make a reservation in advance—you can do so via OpenTable.

Scuba Diving or Snorkeling

If you wish to learn how to dive, take a Resort Certification Scuba Diving Course. Don’t miss out on the beauty, not to mention excitement, of Aruba’s underwater world. Divers with Open Water Certification can enjoy the many diving sites Aruba has to offer—go wall diving, reef diving, or explore wrecks sunk during World War II.

If you’d prefer to remain close to the surface and snorkel, you can easily enjoy the beauty of the coral formations as well as the wreck sites, with a visibility of 100 feet at some locations. De Palm Tours offers a Snorkel Adventure tour that brings you to several must-see spots.

Did we forget to mention your favorite Aruba experience? Let us know about it in the comments!

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