Aruba

Dutch influence still lingers on this balmy Caribbean island, part of the former Netherlands Antilles until its independence in 1986. Aruba is a contrast: the island's arid interior is dotted with cactus and windswept divi-divi trees while secluded coves and sandy beaches make up its coast. Aruba's long and colorful heritage is reflected in its dialect. Called Papiamento, it is a tongue that combines elements of Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, African and English.

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Points of Interest

  • California Lighthouse
  • Oranjestad
  • The "Antilla" Shipwreck
  • Baby Natural Bridge
  • Ayo or Casibari Rock Formations
  • Ostrich Attraction
  • Beaches
  • Butterfly Farm
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  • California Lighthouse

    Perched on a high elevation and named after the steamship "California," which sunk off the coast of Aruba, this lighthouse was built in 1910, and offers stunning views of the island and coastline.

  • Oranjestad

    Oranjestad, Aruba's largest port, is the island's capital and offers the best shopping experience on its main street. It is also known for its impressive Dutch Colonial architecture.

  • The "Antilla" Shipwreck

    The 400-foot "Antilla" is one of the Caribbean's largest shipwrecks and also one of its most popular attractions. It was sunk during World War II and is home to many kinds of exotic sea life.

  • Baby Natural Bridge

    Baby Natural Bridge is a stunning rock and coral formation. The original Natural Bridge fell into the sea in 2005, but the smaller bridge remains a must-see island highlight.

  • Ayo or Casibari Rock Formations

    These dramatic formations are shaped by boulders, some the size of small houses and weighing several tons. Arawak Indians would visit in order to hear incoming thunderstorms and draw on the rocks.

  • Ostrich Attraction

    Dozens of extroverted ostriches and emus live at this unusual farm, where you can get an up-close look at the gawky creatures' life cycle and even try hand feeding them!

  • Beaches

    Aruba is famous for gorgeous, palm-tree lined white sandy beaches which are home to calm clear waters, making them perfect locations for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.

  • Butterfly Farm

    Aruba's Butterfly Farm is home to hundreds of exotic butterflies who fly freely within large meshed enclosures. Witness all stages of their life cycle and with guidance, handle these tiny creatures.

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CULTURAL WALKING TOUR THROUGH ORANJESTAD

2.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-380
  • Oranjestad

Get acquainted with the colorful sights and sounds of Oranjestad as you walk through its historic streets. With a local expert leading the way, you'll see many of the city's hidden gems, sample its cuisine, plus you can browse the exhibits of the National Archaeological Museum and the Historical Museum.

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Kukoo Kunuku California Lighthouse & Beach

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-285
  • California Lighthouse
  • Beaches

Enjoy hours of splashy fun in the sun with a trip to one of Aruba's gorgeous beaches on the Kukoo Kunuku bus, first stopping at Alta Vista Chapel then the famous California Lighthouse, which boasts panoramic island views.

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Discover Aruba, Aloe Factory & Beach Getaway

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-105
  • Ayo or Casibari Rock Formations
  • Beaches

Take in the delights of Oranjestad - from historic sights to the Dutch colonial architecture - from the comfort of your motorcoach. Visit an aloe plantation and museum, discover the unique Casibari Rock Formation, and photograph the views from the California Lighthouse. Conclude with free time on one of the island's pristine beaches.

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Aruba Sights, Sounds & Scenes

3.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-110
  • California Lighthouse
  • Baby Natural Bridge

This compact introduction to Aruba features a variety of attractions to pique your interests. See the Baby Natural Bridge & Natural Bridge Ruins, the Bushiribana Gold Mills Ruins, which are a shining example of Aruba's 19th-century history, tranquil Alto Vista Chapel, and the picture-postcard icon, the recently renovated California Lighthouse.

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Aruba's Top Four Highlights

3.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-115
  • California Lighthouse
  • Oranjestad
  • Baby Natural Bridge
  • Ayo or Casibari Rock Formations

Celebrate your day in Aruba with visits to four of the island's most popular and photogenic destinations. Travel inland to the famous Casibari Rocks and along the windswept North Coast to Baby Natural Bridge, two stunning geological formations. And the Alto Vista Chapel and California Lighthouse are man-made, must see sights.

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California Lighthouse, Ostrich Attraction & Shopping

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-230
  • Oranjestad
  • Baby Natural Bridge
  • Beaches
  • California Lighthouse
  • Ayo or Casibari Rock Formations
  • Ostrich Attraction

Discover Aruba's scenic highlights on a fun yet relaxing excursion around the California Lighthouse, Natural Bridge and Casibari Rock formations before visiting an ostrich attraction, where you will have an opportunity to feed these flightless birds.

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Butterfly Farm, Rock Formations & Shopping

3 hours | Aruba | AUA-235
  • Ayo or Casibari Rock Formations
  • Butterfly Farm

Tour Aruba's fascinating Butterfly Farm to learn more about these delicate insects. Then, pay a visit to the island's famous aloe factory before a stop at the breathtaking Casibari rock formation.

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Island Highlights & Beach

4.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-100
  • California Lighthouse
  • Oranjestad
  • Baby Natural Bridge
  • Ayo or Casibari Rock Formations
  • Beaches

Discover the highlights of Aruba's capital on a panoramic drive. Admire the Dutch Colonial buildings, the California Lighthouse and the Casibari rock formations. Then, relax on one of Aruba's beaches.

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Aruba Sunset Cruise

2 hours | Aruba | AUA-685
  • Beaches

Set sail for a sunset cruise aboard a custom-built catamaran. Glide past Aruba's famous beaches, along the island's south coast and up the gorgeous west coast. Soak up the views as you nibble on tasty snacks and sip on zesty cocktails, sodas, and fruit juices from the open bar.

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Snorkeling Cruise & Antilla Shipwreck

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-810
  • Beaches
  • The "Antilla" Shipwreck

A sleek sailing catamaran whisks you off on a snorkeling expedition to one of Aruba's famed coral gardens and, conditions permitting, to one of the largest shipwrecks in the Caribbean.

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Catamaran Snorkel & Beach Getaway

3.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-820
  • Beaches

Take in panoramic views of Aruba's beaches from the deck of a custom-built catamaran. Anchor at the west point of the island to snorkel, then sail to Palm Beach for a swim and complimentary beverage.

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Semi-Submarine, Shipwreck & Island Drive

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-655
  • Baby Natural Bridge
  • California Lighthouse
  • The "Antilla" Shipwreck
  • Ayo or Casibari Rock Formations

See Aruba by land and sea on an exhilarating tour that includes both a semi-submarine cruise and an island highlights drive past the rock formations, the Baby Natural Bridge and the California Lighthouse.

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'Mi Dushi' Sail, Snorkel, Antilla Shipwreck & Lunch

6 hours | Aruba | AUA-815
  • Beaches
  • The "Antilla" Shipwreck

Discover the wonders of sea life in the crystal Caribbean waters on an exhilarating three-stop snorkeling adventure on board the Mi Dushi, a colorful, four-level-deck watercraft. Lunch is included.

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4x4 Natural Pool Swim & Snorkel Safari

3.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-345
  • California Lighthouse
  • Baby Natural Bridge

Hit the open road in a Land Rover and discover the island from an off-roading point of view. Varroom past desert homes called "cunucus," the Baby Natural Bridge, the Bushiribana Gold Mine ruins, and drive by the California lighthouse. Then, cool off with a dip in the Arikok National Park's natural pool!

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DINNER, DANCING & KUKOO KUNUKU PARTY BUS

5 hours | Aruba | AUA-330
  • Oranjestad

Get ready for a night out on the town-Aruba style. The colorful Kukoo Kunuku Bus will whisk you to the beach for a champagne toast followed by a casual Caribbean dinner. Dancing, a pub crawl with a complimentary drink at each stop, complete your just-for-two or just-for-fun evening.

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Exclusive Sunset Schooner Cruise

2 hours | Aruba | AUA-680
  • Beaches

Watch the sun set upon the sparkling Caribbean Sea on a magical, two-hour evening sail along Aruba's scenic west coastline aboard a luxury 115-foot wooden Schooner. As the sky changes from pink to orange to fiery red, sip handcrafted cocktails as you sail along the picturesque shoreline.

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4WD Island Tour, Baby Natural Bridge & Arashi Beach

4.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-340
  • California Lighthouse
  • Baby Natural Bridge
  • Ayo or Casibari Rock Formations
  • Beaches

Explore Aruba by 4WD Land Rover. Get off the beaten path and visit such natural landmarks as Casibari Rock, Natural Bridge, and Bushiribana Ruins. Photograph the picturesque chapel and swim at Arashi Beach.

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Atlantis Submarine Expedition

2 hours | Aruba | AUA-670
  • Beaches

Discover the undersea splendors, sea life and shipwrecks of Aruba on board the Atlantis submarine, designed to take you on a thrilling underwater excursion in air-conditioned comfort.

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SEGWAY, SWIMMING & SNORKELING ADVENTURE

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-570
  • California Lighthouse
  • Beaches

Let the good times roll when you hop onto a Segway 2x2 for a look at Aruba like you've never seen it before. Your sightseeing tour includes riding to the California Lighthouse and enjoying thirst-quenching refreshments. After the tour, cool off with snorkeling (equipment included), swimming and sunning at Arashi Beach.

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Discover Scuba Diving

3.75 hours | Aruba | AUA-920

Learn to dive in one day and discover the beauty of Aruba's underwater world. Under the guidance of a professional instructor, you'll learn the basics of scuba diving during a one hour pool session and a one tank boat dive before exploring coral formations wrapped around the Pedernalis shipwreck.

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Countryside Horseback Ride

3 hours | Aruba | AUA-430
  • Baby Natural Bridge
  • Beaches

Head to a local ranch, saddle up and discover Aruba's countryside as well as one of its many sandy beaches in true cowboy style on horseback.

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A Day at De Palm Island & Lunch

6 hours | Aruba | AUA-275
  • Beaches

Ride the ferry to fun-filled De Palm Island, where your beach resort "passport" allows access to many activities, including snorkeling, banana boat rides, a zip line, air jumpers, and dining.

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Helmet Dive, De Palm Island Beach & Meal

6.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-900
  • Beaches

Now, even non-divers can enjoy a fascinating sea trek among the colorful marine life in Aruba's clear waters off De Palm Island on a helmet dive, which allows you to keep your glasses on and your hair dry.

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UTV Off-Road Adventure

3.25 hours | Aruba | AUA-555
  • Beaches
  • California Lighthouse

From the seat of a UTV, your guided off-road safari takes you through the island's western outback past the Ayo rock formations with photo stops at the Chapel of Alto Vista, the Gold Mine Ruins and California Lighthouse.

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UTV THROUGH ARUBA'S OUTBACK & NATURAL POOL SWIM

3.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-560
  • Baby Natural Bridge
  • Oranjestad

Take adventure into your own hands when you jump behind the wheel of a UTV. Each two person vehicle will travel in a caravan formation through the wild beauty of Aruba's outback, skirting along the rugged coastline with visits to Natural Pool in Arikok National Park and Bushiribana Gold Mills Ruins.

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