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Best Things To Do in Aruba

Days on Aruba are full of scuba diving off Hadicurari Beach, seeing the natural wonders of Arikok National Park or shopping for Dutch cheese in Oranjestad. You can take your tots to the calm waters of Baby Beach and slightly older kids to the Donkey Sanctuary or Ostrich Farm. But save some energy for evening hours, when the flashing lights of a Palm Beach casino or the live music of an Oranjestad pub beckon. 

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#1
Eagle Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Known as "Low-Rise area" for its low-to-the-ground hotels and timeshares, northwestern Eagle Beach is one of the island's top ... read more»

#2
Palm Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Some vacationers like their water for swimming, not sporting. If this is you, ditch the "Low-Rise area" at Eagle Beach ... read more»

#3
Casino at Hyatt Regency Aruba
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Hyatt Regency Casino has 21 gaming tables, 255 slot machines and 30 video poker machines. In other words, gamblers ... read more»

#4
Donkey Sanctuary Aruba
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Get ready to be overwhelmed with cute: the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is a nonprofit organization devoted to saving the island ... read more»

#5
Stellaris Casino
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The 24-hour Stellaris Casino has 28 gaming tables, 522 slot machines and a handful of race and sports kiosks. In ... read more»

#6
Arikok National Park

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Aruban rattlesnakes, parakeets and whiptail lizards make their home in the Arikok National Park, as do numerous iguanas, goats, donkeys ... read more»

#7
Aruba Ostrich Farm
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Did you know that ostriches lay the largest eggs of any bird species? Or that they only have two toes ... read more»

#8
Hadicurari Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Located near Aruba's northwestern tip, just past the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Hadicurari Beach's strong winds beckon ... read more»

#9
Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Not everyone likes to stay camped out on a Caribbean beach, shopping in a duty-free store or diving deep to ... read more»

#10
California Lighthouse Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Named after a British steamship that wrecked just offshore in 1861, the California Lighthouse is one of the most popular ... read more»

#11
Pedernales Wreck
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: The SS Pedernales was a World War II lake tanker that was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat en ... read more»

#12
Baby Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Aruba has the remedy for the overhyped, overcrowded sprawl you might be experiencing along Eagle or Palm beaches. Take a ... read more»

#13
Bon Bini Festival
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Every Tuesday, the Bon Bini Festival (Bon Bini means "welcome" in Papiamento) attempts to enthrall you in island folk traditions ... read more»

#14
Bushiribana Ruins Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 2.0

Why go: These northern Santa Cruz ruins (that were once a gold smelter used to extract gold from Aruba's Ceru Plat ... read more»

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