Aruba is one of the prettier and more developed islands in the “ABC” chain (Aruba, Bon Aire, Curacao) located just north of Venezuela in the Caribbean. The island is mostly known for its pretty beaches, stunning water, and ship wreck diving. It is relatively dry here and also helpful that it lies outside of the hurricane belt so your trip is less likely to get ruined. As they say here, Bonbini or Welcome to Aruba!
Here is my top 10 for Aruba
1. Stay at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.
This is a large property and seems to have it all located in heart of Oranjestad. There is shopping, dining, a casino, and they even have their very own private beach island with flamingos just off shore.
2. Visit Renaissance Island
One of the nice perks of staying at Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is that you have water taxi access to Renaissance Island. The island has nice white sand beaches, beautiful water for swimming or snorkeling, tropical fish, iguanas, and flamingos. It is the flamingos that I came for but I enjoyed the other amenities as well. I suggest getting here early to avoid the crowds.
3. Enjoy the beautiful sunsets day after day
As anyone who knows me will tell you, I love sunsets! The skies, clouds, and beautiful waters make for spectacular sunsets nearly every day during my stay.
4. Visit Eagle Beach.
This is the nicest beach in Aruba. With its sparkling azure waters and white sand, I came back several times. Definitely worth a visit!
5. Dine at Atardi, Marriott’s beach front restaurant
This might be one of the best kept secrets on the island. I do not normally think about hotel restaurants too much but this one is perfectly situated on a beautiful Palm Beach for amazing sunsets night after night. The seafood is great, the ambiance is more on the romantic side, and the service was friendly. Here you can get a table right on the beach for an amazing evening.
6. Visit Natural Pool
There are many other pretty beaches and things to see in Aruba. One place I recommend is Natural Pool. The pool is formed by volcanic stone and creates a stunning natural pool. The weather did not work out for me but it is well worth a visit.
7. Explore the island and check out Aruba’s other beautiful beaches.
Many claim Arashi Beach is the best place to go snorkeling in Aruba due to its abundant underwater life and gentle currents. They might be right! Explore the island!
8. Visit downtown Oranjestad
Here you will find brightly colored Dutch architecture, shopping, and dining.
9. Check out Pinchos Grill and Bar
This restaurant is located in downtown Oranjestad and offers sunset and ocean views in a casual atmosphere. The food here was delicious.
10. Get a window seat and enjoy the sunset on your flight out
I received an unbelievable goodbye from beautiful Aruba with an amazing sunset. Always try to do this if you can. I really enjoyed my visit to Aruba!