186. Aruba

Why Aruba

This rugged island, called Aruba, provides a bit of nature as well as some beach time. Take a drive around the island and explore what it has to offer and you’ll be delightfully surprised.

Aruba - Old Lighthouse

Aruba – Old Lighthouse


Aruba - lizard

Aruba – lizard


The island of Aruba is located in the southern Caribbean, just north of Venezuela. it’s one of the three ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao).

How To Get Here

By Train


By Plane

The nearest airport is the Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA).

Aruba - Airport (AUA)

Aruba – Airport (AUA)


Aruba - Oranjestad

Aruba – Oranjestad

The following airlines serve the Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA):

Aero Lanka (QL), Air Canada (AC), Air France (AF), American Airlines (AA), Aruba Airlines (AG), Aserca Airlines (R7), Avianca (AV), Avior Airlines (9V), Copa Airlines (CM), Copa Airlines Colombia (P5), Delta Air Lines (DL), Insel Air (7I), JetBlue Airways (B6), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), LAN (LA), Pan Am World Airways Dominicana S.A (7N), Southwest Airlines (WN), Spirit Airlines (NK), Sun Country Airlines (SY), Sunwing Airlines (WG), Surinam Airways (PY), TUI Netherlands (OR), United Airlines (UA) and WestJet (WS).

By Car

You can rent a car once on the island. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

By Ferry


Where To Stay

I stayed at the Renaissance which is one of the larger properties on the island. It’s location is right next to the downtown area and it also has its own private island. There are several other places to stay including a Hilton, Marriott, Holiday Inn and some local properties.

Aruba - Renaissance Island

Aruba – Renaissance Island




==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

Where To Eat

You can find many restaurants in the city of Oranjestad as well as around the island. One cool one to try is Fishbone where you actually sit on the beach around tables with your feet in the sand while you dine. Way cool.

Aruba - Fishbone Restaurant

Aruba – Fishbone Restaurant

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

What To Do

Relaxing, going to the beach and diving are the top things to do here. The shopping is also quite good. One thing to do is to rent a car and drive around the island. Be sure to explore the abandoned lighthouse in the north of the island.

""></span Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>> Check out some tours and airport transfers from Viator.

==>> Lonely Planet has some additional information.

Additional Information

Language: Dutch, Papiamento, English and Spanish.

Currency: Aruban florin (AWG)

Aruba Tourism



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