With miles of some of the best beaches in the Caribbean it’s no wonder that Aruba has remained a favourite destination for those seeking out a tropical island retreat. Its exotic setting is perfect for days spent lounging in the sun, but let’s not forget about all the other incredible things you can do when visiting Aruba! Here are eight sights that are well-worth visiting Aruba for.
Making up almost 20% of the island, the Arikok National Park offers stunning vistas and active types the chance to venture off a little bit and explore the less commercialised side of Aruba.
Only accessible by a 4×4, the natural pool (or Conchi as it’s locally known) can be found in the national park amidst the rough rocks of Aruba’s eastern coastline. Grab your swimming costume and be at one with nature here after you tire of the morning sun lounger routine back at the hotel.
We know what you’re thinking, seen one windmill and you’ve seen them all, but trust us – you haven’t! The De Olde Molen windmill in Aruba was built in Holland and later dismantled and reassembled in Aruba.
A beautiful medley of orange roofs and green trees make up the capital of Aruba. Oranjestad is where you can find charming boutique stores and luxury designer names in the harbour while the parliament building offers an insight into the islands fascinating history.
Well we couldn’t write about Aruba without mentioning one of the island’s main beaches now could we? A favourite with the locals, Arashi Beach is where you can find a rocky shoreline and clear shallow waters that are perfect for the little ones and anyone interested in seeking out some pretty marine life.
Similar to the internet-famous cave in Mexico, the Quadriki Caves feature two large domed chambers with sunlight streaming through holes in the ceiling. There’s even a bit of folklore attached to the caves so make sure to enquire about the love story when you’re there!
If diving is your kind of thing then booking an excursion on Aruba is a must. The Antilla Shipwreck is where you can delve in and around a World War II wreckage in perfect visibility conditions. Not to exaggerate, but it’ll probably be the best go-pro footage you’ll ever get.
Probably the most romantic spot on the island, the California Lighthouse is where you can find a charming Italian restaurant and an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy sipping on a cocktail while watching the sun dip behind the horizon. It really is as magical as it sounds.
With so much more than just beautiful beaches, Aruba really is a great all-rounder for anyone looking for a tropical getaway in the Caribbean. What are your favourite spots on the island? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
This article was originally posted by Franki Cobbett