Beautiful beaches abound in Aruba, but that’s not all this Dutch locale has to offer. First-rate shopping and an abundance of outdoor activities only add to the list of enticements that make this Caribbean destination a hit all year long. Consider starting in Oranjestad. Against a backdrop of Dutch colonial architecture, Aruba’s capital and largest city offers endless entertainment options. For prime shopping and dining, head downtown and explore the area on foot or by trolley.
Some of the most breathtaking parts of Aruba lie within Arikok National Park, which encompasses nearly 20 percent of the island. Join a tour group or explore on your own. Among the sites to experience: a natural ocean “pool” ringed by volcanic rock; petroglyph-filled caves; and Jamanota Hilltop, the highest point on the island. Want even more flora and fauna sightseeing? Head over to the Gold Mine Ranch. Add unbeatable views to your itinerary with any of the three horseback tours available. Stops include Budui Beach, Baby Natural Bridge, and Hidden Valley and Lagoon.
Immerse yourself in the island’s 5,000-year-old history at the National Archaeological Museum, starting with its prehistoric inhabitants and going through Dutch colonization. Ancient artifacts of bone, shell, stone, ceramic, and glass abound, and the model village offers a glimpse into the life of early Arubans. Next up is the Aruba Aloe Museum and Factory. Aruba is the largest exporter of aloe, so give your skin some relief from the sun during a visit to this soothing spot in nearby Hato. You’ll learn how the plant was domesticated and about its many health benefits.
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