-i would say that if you want comfort and air-conditioning, do a privte taxi tour with Bully.
-if you want excitement and dirt go with an atv tour or a jeep tour.......check out kini mini tours
-a depalm or fofoti bus tour is ok too, but not as personal as a private taxi or as exciting as jeep or atv.
cycle.........have not seen many reports of cycling.
imo it is too hot...sharing the roads with cars is not real conducive to much fun.
(but that is only my opinion )
car.......we always rent a car and find this mode of travel the best for our needs.
On our first trip we did an ABC Jeep Tour and it was nice to have someone explaining what we were seeing and some of the history behind it. Our tour guide gave us a lot of insight to life on the island. Our most recent trip, we rented the Yamaha Rhino two-seater Atvs from Georges Cycles. Both options come to your hotel and pick you up. George's gives you a very bare bones map that is not the easiest to follow.
If you are adventurous and not interested in having a tour guide, then the atv's are my recommendation - we had so much fun, we rented them twice. It was $200 for a full day, or 150 for 4 hours, plus about $20 in gas.
I found that having a tour guide for our first trip, made the later adventure on our own a little easier.
Eagle Beach, Baby Beach, Arashi Beach Tierra Del Sol golf course
If you feel like renting a car and just driving, go for it. You can rent a car for about $200 a week and explore as much as you want. You can get lost but you cant stay lost. the island is only 19 X 7 miles. Most places to see are not marked very well but with a good map you can find them. If you would rather do a group tour, take something with AC. It gets hot out and about.
Driving around in a car is a great way to see the island.
You will be unfamiliar with your surroundings this first time visiting the island. For first time visitors I would highly recommend some type of guided tour. Whether a jeep tour or private guided tour, at least this way you will KNOW what you are seeing.
Like cpjones said, save time for the beach. A 3-6 hour guided tour will give you an overview of the entire 26 mile long island.
For a private guided tour I would recommend Bully the taxi driver. He is a native Aruban who speaks perfect English and easy to understand. He can customize the tour for you in any way you wish. His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org The reply will be from Amador Lacle. If you believe you did not receive a reply be sure to check your spam/junk mail folder.
I also suggest booking him for your airport transfers. There is nothing better than having someone waiting to greet you at the airport! Really the perfect start for your honeymoon.
Hi! Welcome to the forum and congrats on the upcoming marriage!
My first visit to the island was my honeymoon! We rented a car for a few days and explored on our own - tried to follow a map, got lost a few times, decided to just ignore the map and stumble upon locations - some of the BEST memories of the entire trip!
Many thanks all for info, we do like to hire a vehicle and just drive ... As in comments you can't get lost for long ..but lots of advice, thank you . Wr also fancy some tours which we shall be looking at booking over the next few months any favourites?
I recommend renting a 4 wheel drive jeep so you can experience all of the island, including the rocky East side of the island, and Arikok National Park. And if you really want some excitement, go to the Natural Pool on an ATV....do a private tour. Aruba is an AWESOME island with great people. You will love the people. That's what makes the island the BEST. Also, I recommend a sail on the Tranquilo with Capt Anthony. He's the best. And you will enjoy the sail. Have a great time. JL