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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.

Points of Interest

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

More about Aruba Points of Interest

  • 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.

21 Excursions

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Best of Aruba: Island Highlights & Beach

4.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-100 A U A - 1 0 0

Easy Activity

From $79.95

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Discover Aruba, Aloe Factory & Beach Getaway

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-105 A U A - 1 0 5

Moderate Activity

From $49.95

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Aruba Sights, Sounds & Scenes

3.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-110 A U A - 1 1 0

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From $59.95

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Aruba's Top Four Highlights

3.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-115 A U A - 1 1 5

Moderate Activity

From $64.95

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California Lighthouse, Ostrich Attraction & Shopping

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-230 A U A - 2 3 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $69.95

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Butterfly Farm, Rock Formations & Shopping

3 hours | Aruba | AUA-235 A U A - 2 3 5

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $74.95

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A Day at De Palm Island & Lunch

6 hours | Aruba | AUA-275 A U A - 2 7 5

Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $189.95

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Kukoo Kunuku California Lighthouse & Beach

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-285 A U A - 2 8 5

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From $64.95

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DINNER, DANCING & KUKOO KUNUKU PARTY BUS

5 hours | Aruba | AUA-330 A U A - 3 3 0

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $104.95

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Local Connections: 4WD Island Tour, Baby Natural Bridge & Arashi Beach with Expert Guide

4.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-340 A U A - 3 4 0

Moderate Activity

From $109.95

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4x4 Natural Pool Swim & Snorkel Safari

3.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-345 A U A - 3 4 5

Moderate Activity

From $104.95

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CULTURAL WALKING TOUR THROUGH ORANJESTAD

2.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-380 A U A - 3 8 0

Moderate Activity

From $34.95

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UTV Off-Road Adventure

3.25 hours | Aruba | AUA-555 A U A - 5 5 5

Moderate Activity

From $314.95

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Aruba's Natural Splendors by UTV

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-560 A U A - 5 6 0

Moderate Activity

From $259.95

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Semi-Submarine, Shipwreck & Island Drive

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-655 A U A - 6 5 5

Easy Activity

From $89.95

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Atlantis Submarine Expedition

2 hours | Aruba | AUA-670 A U A - 6 7 0

Easy Activity

From $114.95

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Snorkeling Cruise & Antilla Shipwreck

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-810 A U A - 8 1 0

Moderate Activity

From $74.95

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Catamaran Snorkel & Beach Getaway

3.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-820 A U A - 8 2 0

Moderate Activity

From $79.95

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Helmet Dive, De Palm Island Beach & Meal

6.5 hours | Aruba | AUA-900 A U A - 9 0 0

Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From $219.95

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Discover Scuba Diving

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-920 A U A - 9 2 0

Strenuous Activity

From $104.95

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Certified Scuba Diving & Antilla Shipwreck (Two Sites)

4 hours | Aruba | AUA-930 A U A - 9 3 0

Strenuous Activity

From $134.95

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