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Tips on What To Do in Aruba

Although it's tempting to spend every day lying on the bone-white sand, you don't want to miss out on Aruba's wild side. Vacationers can easily spend a week in Aruba exploring the desert-like outback, enjoying the water sports, sampling the nightlife or simply lounging on the shores.

Beaches

Aruba's expansive beaches are littered with happy families, casual store fronts, twisted divi-divi trees and most importantly, an abundance of doughy sand. Three Aruba beaches hold the distinction as the most popular among tourists. Palm Beach on the island's northwest side appeals to those who like plenty of activity cocooned in the shadow of high-rise hotels and beach bars. A little ways south, Eagle Beach offers a more quiet shore front, ideal for sunbathing. Way down on Aruba's southwestern tip, Baby Beach earns its name from the calm waters safe for even young ones to enjoy.

Whatever beach you choose, previous vacationers advise you pack a hat and plenty of sunblock. Aruba's strong tradewinds are great for watersports but can take you by surprise and make it hard to determine when you're sunburned.

Sports & Leisure

Translucent water, high winds and a craggy inland make a perfect storm for adventure lovers on an island vacation. In Aruba, some of the key attractions include watersports like windsurfing and scuba diving (recent visitors recommend Hadicurari Beach on the northwest) or taking an all-terrain vehicle tour around the north coast's limestone cliffs.

Sightseeing

If you really want to see Aruba, rent an ATV for a day or two of exploring. Arikok National Park is a must-see ecological preserve where visitors can learn about indigenous island wildlife. Close out a day with a sunset near the California Lighthouse on Aruba's northwest tip.

Shopping

Aruba has a few souvenirs shopaholics should be sure not to miss like Dutch cheese, aloe vera or tiny divi-divi trees. Head to the capital city of Oranjestad to make your purchases. But keep in mind that unlike other people from the Caribbean, Arubans consider price haggling to be rude.

Attractions for Kids

Aruba has plenty family-friendly activities. The mild waters and winds around Baby Beach attract many young families looking for a safe place to sunbathe. Head to the Santa Cruz area to pet donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, then snap photos of your tots feeding the animals apples and carrots. 

Nightlife

Aruba's nightlife can rival that of many large cities. Options for an evening in Oranjestad include a loud dance club, a lower key pub crawl, pulling slots in a casino or setting sail on a booze cruise. Local magazines like "Aruba Daily" chronicle the best nightlife for the evening — you can pick them up in many hotel lobbies.

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