The Final 5-Day Aruba Itinerary 2024

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As I wrap up my second go to to Aruba I can’t assist however really feel amazed by how adventurous this island will be and by how a lot selection there’s for such a small place. I acquired to see all types of panorama, have every day experiences that had been all completely completely different, and get a tan within the course of!

Many who go to Aruba are joyful to lounge on a seaside chair all day and don’t want a lot journey to get pleasure from their vacay. Whereas there’s completely nothing improper with that, I simply can’t do it for lengthy and should be both strolling on the seaside, swimming, or doing one thing energetic.

In case you’re like me, the next itinerary will get you out and exploring the adventurous and outdoorsy facet of Aruba, with some seaside time included, after all!

Day One: Go for a Swim, Try the Lighthouse for Sundown

Aruba has tons of seashores – both lengthy stretches of sand or hidden behind rocky coves and inlets. I stumbled upon them always throughout my exploration, although some are a lot friendlier for swimmers than others. The next are one of the best ones for snorkeling, swimming, and normal chilling:

Palm Seaside

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Have a look at that water!

Palm Seaside is probably the most touristy seaside with high-rise resorts and many eating places and water actions.  While you see the white sand and the clear child blue water, it’s clear why. You may standup paddleboard, parasail, and naturally swim. You’ll discover individuals all alongside the sand providing actions, and most resorts additionally provide a free masks and snorkel.

Chances are high you’ll be staying on both this seaside or the subsequent one, so test it out, particularly at sundown.

Child Seaside

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Child Seaside – calm and serene

Child Seaside on the southern tip of the island is understood for having nice snorkeling and white sand. It additionally has fewer vacationers than the seashores up north. I used to be an enormous fan of this one!

Eagle Seaside

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Sundown at Eagle Seaside

Eagle Seaside is barely much less crowded than Palm Seaside and is known for its good white sand and child blue water. It’s west going through and due to this fact good for sundown. 

Tres Trapi

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Three steps result in clear, lovely water

North of Palm Seaside, you’ll discover Malmok Seaside and some different nice swimming and snorkeling spots. The image above is at Tres Trapi, that are three stairs carved into the volcanic rock that result in this pretty blue water. Lots of the snorkeling excursions cease right here, so you’ll be able to plan on seeing sea birds throughout and fish below the water in the event you deliver your masks and snorkel.

California Lighthouse

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A terrific view over Aruba

Within the afternoon, I like to recommend heading to the California Lighthouse on the northern tip of the island for sundown. You get a improbable view, and the lighthouse is a superb picture spot as nicely.

I additionally loved driving across the coastal roads close by the place you will discover sand dunes, lovely rocky outcroppings, and a extra rugged Aruba expertise. In case you stick with the path that borders the water, a standard automobile might be OK because the street is usually dust with a couple of rocks and potholes, however a 4×4 gives you final flexibility.

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You want a 4×4 for this one

If in case you have a 4×4 and really feel like persevering with onwards, I had quite a lot of enjoyable on the rocky street from the lighthouse to the Wariruri rock bridge. Following the collapse of the Pure Bridge in 2005, that is now the most important pure bridge in Aruba. The street is tough, however to me that’s quite a lot of enjoyable, and you’ll plan on having it virtually all to your self. I made loads of stops alongside the way in which and actually loved this solo journey.

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The place I caught golden hour – close to the previous gold mine.

Day Two: Arikok Nationwide Park – Caves and the Pure Pool

You may’t go to Aruba with out visiting the Arikok Nationwide Park! That is the place you will discover the well-known caves, the pure pool, and a way more rugged stretch of coast.

You completely do want a 4×4 for this journey, which you’ll self drive, though most individuals be part of both a Jeep tour or an ATV tour that takes you to the next spots:

Guadirikiri Caves

The caves and the stairway outdoors of them had been my first introduction to the rugged facet of Aruba after I visited a yr and a half in the past and I used to be completely delighted! The journey there’s an journey in itself, alongside bumpy terrain and thru cacti forests. I had a lot enjoyable getting there that the cave was the cherry on high.

Relying on time of day, you may get some pretty mild beams coming via the opening within the cave’s ceiling.

The Pure Pool

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Wow, proper?

The spotlight to Arikok Nationwide Park is undoubtedly this lovely rocky pool that types an virtually good circle. The waves crash over the edges and there’s even a ‘pure jacuzzi’ barely above, which you’ll see to my proper on this picture.

This was my favourite factor in Aruba – it was so magical it didn’t appear actual.

Dos Playa

Dos Playa is a uncommon seaside on the east coast that may be tame sufficient to swim in. It’s one of many bigger ones within the space and is standard for sundown horseback rides, too.

I went with ABC excursions to ebook this journey. They’ve each massive truck and ATV choices. Some are full-day and a few simply take you to the pure pool. Select your personal journey right here.

Day Three: Flamingo Island

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Oh hey guys

After a couple of days exploring Aruba’s extra rugged and pure facet, I really feel we’ve got to speak about Renaissance Island. This man-made flamingo island is undoubtedly lovely. It’s additionally the place you’ll be able to take photos with the well-known flamingos on the seaside and lounge in hammocks within the solar.

There are a number of seaside huts you could lease to hang around in for the day, and you’ll eat and drink on the island as nicely.

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It certain is photogenic.

There are some things to know in regards to the island, akin to the doorway charge, one of the best ways to get in, and determining methods to get shade whilst you’re there. I’ve a whole put up devoted to Flamingo Island with the entire data right here.

Day 4: Decide an Aquatic Exercise, Sundown Cruise

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Don’t miss this!

On day 4 I like to recommend selecting one or two of the adventurous actions out there on the island after which a pleasant enjoyable sundown on the water or on a seaside close by.

The next are some nice choices:

Scuba dive

The water is obvious and there are many fish in Aruba. There’s additionally a shallow wreck, which is a uncommon discover within the diving world. All of those are nice causes to leap in and see what’s up unda da sea.

I did a morning dive final time I used to be on Aruba and was impressed by the corals and fish. In case you are used to Southeast Asia, don’t count on the identical that you’d discover in Sipadan or Raja Ampat, however nonetheless, for many who love diving this can be a great place to get below the water.


You may lease arise paddle boards all alongside Palm Seaside the place the water is calm sufficient to go out for an hour or two of exercise. The great factor about Aruba is it’s virtually all the time breezy so standup paddleboarding is sort of nice in Aruba. Make sure to take a look at the partially submerged wreck round Malmok Seaside for a novel expertise!

Snorkel a Wreck

In case you’re not into diving, you’ll be able to nonetheless snorkel round a wreck close to the California Lighthouse. A number of boat journeys depart at completely different instances per day to take you on the market. I did a cruise within the morning and a night sundown cruise final time I used to be right here, each of which went to the wreck. I’d give the sting to the sundown cruise as there have been fewer individuals within the water then, however having the ability to get on a ship and get out on the water is a should it doesn’t matter what time you select to do it in Aruba. You may ebook it right here.

Day 5: Dawn at Trinity Bridge, Sundown at Mangel Halto

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Trinity bridge

Let me simply begin by saying I’m undecided what the correct title of this place is – I’ve heard ‘tripod bridge’ and I see it because the ‘trinity bridge’ on, however both means this bridge is neato. It’s a set of three sea bridges that look attractive within the early morning hours when the solar comes up and illuminates the rocks. You’ll want a 4×4 to get right here however when you have one useful from the opposite actions, you’ll want to get there within the early morning, earlier than the tour teams arrive.

You may discover the cacti, Ayo Rock Formation, and rugged shoreline alongside this a part of the island within the AM, or simply sit back – I do know this has been a reasonably packed itinerary.

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Lovely Mangel Halto

For the afternoon/night, I extremely suggest heading to Mangel Halto for a secluded seaside, pretty mangroves, and ideal positioning for the sundown. From there you’re near Zeerover, a well-known seafood restaurant.


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Such a cute lodge!

Aruba has many high-rise resorts and all inclusive resorts, but additionally many smaller boutique resorts that may be a way more peaceable expertise.

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A pleasant, quiet, enjoyable pool space

I stayed within the Boardwalk Small Lodge and beloved the intimate really feel of it. It’s positioned simply behind the Ritz Carlton on Palm Seaside and has an space on the sand to sit back on and a beautiful pool, however with out the massive and impersonal really feel of a large resort. I had an enormous room too, with a separate residing space, full kitchen, and an enormous closet. I may simply have simply moved proper in!

I additionally love that it’s owned by two sisters. Woman energy! You may see casita choices and ebook right here.

Getting Round

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I LOVED my Jeep!

Though most of the choices I discussed above are made simpler or are solely doable with a 4×4 rental (all the main automobile rental firms can be found on the airport – however do ebook forward of time), you may also be part of a tour to see virtually every little thing listed above. If in case you have particular issues from this itinerary you wish to see, ask the fellows at ABC which tour can be one of the best one.

I discovered driving in Aruba to be fairly simple and easy. There are many roundabouts, and typically individuals will end up of roads proper in entrance of you, so simply drive defensively and don’t go too quick. General it was wonderful and pretty stress-free. I additionally extremely suggest downloading the Aruba map on offline maps. It’s free, it labored nice, and I by no means acquired misplaced with it.

Different Issues To Do in Aruba

If in case you have extra time in Aruba and want to add on to the 5-day itinerary, then I extremely suggest trying out extra of Santa Cruz or visiting Noord within the northeast a part of the island. The Aruba Donkey Sanctuary, positioned in Santa Cruz, is a non-profit group devoted to the welfare of the island’s donkey inhabitants, and an superior place to hug a donkey.

In case you determine to go to Noord, I like to recommend trying out the Gold Smelter Ruins, the remnants of a gold mine. Only a brief stroll to the east, you’ll discover a wood signal and the highest of a steep stepladder. It will lead you down towards a plateau of volcanic rock and to the Aruba Pure Cave Pool. Be warned, although! This native spot is greatest for adventurers. You’ll want to leap about fifteen ft to get into the pool after which climb up slimy rocks (and keep away from the crabs!) to get out.

If you wish to be taught one thing new, I additionally suggest trying out Hadicurari seaside the place Vela gives windsurfing and kitesurfing classes. The wind and waves are calmer right here making this a great spot for rookies to be taught.


Blissful travels in Aruba! I hope this itinerary lets you see a extra adventurous facet of the island and to fall in love with it as a lot as I did. It’s the right place to unwind – simply sufficiently small to see a ton of it in only a few days, however simply large enough to maintain you wanting to come back again to see extra.

*This put up was delivered to you in collaboration with Aruba Tourism Authority, nonetheless this itinerary was completely crafted and created by yours actually. 


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