Cruise to Aruba

White sands and Crashing Waves in the Beaches of Aruba.

Top 5 things to do in Aruba

  1. Windsurf the famous trade winds
  2. Explore the once red-light district of San Nicolas
  3. Discover Aruba's wild side at Arikok National Park
  4. Play Caribbean Stud Poker at a casino
  5. Try the Creole cooking at The Old Cunucu House
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Maybe you can be all things to all people. After all, when it comes to destinations, Aruba does so effortlessly with her own friendly, cosmopolitan smile. Aruba's beaches are rightly world-famous, providing the perfect playgrounds for divers, snorkelers, water-sporters and do-nothingers alike.  Get your cameras ready: Aruba's capital city, Oranjestad, celebrates its Dutch heritage with historical attractions and colorful colonial architecture.

A port of call on many southern Caribbean itineraries, Aruba is one of the famous “ABC Islands” that is out of the hurricane reach. So you can expect that many visitors flock to this small island. Venture to the island’s extreme ends to experience the rugged terrain and almost empty beaches but hold onto your hats here for these windswept vistas are not for the delicate type. Are you ready to experience what makes Aruba "One Happy Island" as its stated on their license plates?

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Aruba Highlights


  • Gooey, Gouda-topped onion soup at Papiamento Restaurant
  • Amstel Bright Beer (only found on the ABC islands) at the popular Charlie’s in San Nicolas
  • Fresh grilled snapper with your feet in the sand at Flying Fishbone Restaurant


  • Hold beautiful butterflies or gently touch caterpillars at The Butterfly Farm
  • Spend the day splashing around at the water wonderland at De Palm Island
  • Explore the caves and sand dunes at Arikok National Park via 4X4 Jeep


  • Escape the crowds and cuddle up under a palapa on the quiet sands of Arashi Beach
  • Lunch by the sea with your feet in the sand at the Flying Fishbone Restaurant
  • Get wild (on the water) and learn how to kite surf at the Aruba Kite Surfing School


  • Handcrafted figurines decorated with the traditional art of dye-making called mopa mopa
  • Aruba Aloe made on the island for your sun-kissed skin
  • The creamy, boozy and popular ponche crema found at souvenir stores

Shore Excursions

  • Snorkel the shallow waters over a sunken World War II German cargo ship
  • Discover the water wonderland at the all-inclusive De Palm Island
  • Explore the desert-like environment of Arikok National Park by 4X4 Jeep or horse


  • Head to the California Lighthouse for epic panoramic views
  • Discover the lava, quartz and limestone rock formations at the Arikok National Park
  • Climb the 561 steps to the summit of Haystack Mountain where you can see nearby Venezuela.

Solo Exploration

  • Play nine holes at the ocean view golf course of The Links at Divi Aruba
  • Explore the history and Caribbean Dutch architecture that fills the capital city of Oranjestad
  • Aruba is the windsurfing capital of the Caribbean so it only seems right that you should take a lesson


  • Arashi Beach – private and easily reached by bus from the terminal across from the pier
  • Eagle Beach – serene white-sand beach and a great place for families
  • Palm Beach – most popular beach in Aruba and lined with trendy bars and restaurants


  • Explore the once red-light district of San Nicolas
  • Go on a tour of Aruba's Aloe Museum and Factory
  • Check out the Caribbean Dutch architecture found in Oranjestad
  • Taste the Creole cooking at The Old Cunucu House near Palm Beach