Aruba

Bon Bini! Mi stima Aruba!

Aruba is an island and a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the southern Caribbean Sea. It is located about 1,000 kilometers west of the main part of the Lesser Antilles and 29 kilometers north of the coast of Venezuela. 

 

When you dock in Aruba, you will walk through a Dufry area to exit the cruise terminal. There are lots of little shops you can stop at to buy local trinkets. I would buy these on your way back to the ship though so you don’t have to carry them around all day. 

 

Once you leave the Dufry shops, there will be taxi drivers hanging out to take you anywhere you want to go.

All of the roads in Aruba are modern and safe so if you want to rent a car, this is also an option for you. 

There is also a city trolley that goes most places. The trolley is free and you can hop on and hop off at your leisure. The trolley runs every 15 minutes from 5:45am until 6pm. Buses also run until 11:30pm. 

Size: 69.5 mi²

Languages: Papiamento, Dutch, English

Currency: Aruban Florin

Cruise Port: Oranjestad

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Things to do in Aruba

Here is a list of some things to do in Aruba. Be sure to research each exciting thing that you want to do so you have an updated cost, hours and transportation on how to get there. Be sure to remember to leave yourself enough time to get back to the cruise terminal in time. 

1. Eagle Beach

2. Palm Beach

3. Arikok National Park

4. Aruba Ostrich Farm

5. Sunset Sail

6. Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

7. Hadicurari Beach

8. Ayo & Casibari Rock Formations

9. California Lighthouse

10. Alto Vista Chapel

11. Baby Beach

12. The Antilla

13. Phillip’s Animal Garden

14. Fort Zoutman Historical Museum

15. Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins

16. De Olde Molen

17. Natural Bridge

18. If you’re a photographer, San Nicolas is a must! 

19. Bubali Bird Sanctuary

20. Go check out the artwork in San Nicolas, near Baby Beach

Eating in Aruba (Mi Ke Kome)

There are so many great places to eat in Aruba, it’s hard to single one place out. If you’re just walking around Oranjestad and heading back to the cruise terminal, I highly recommend Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar. This is about a block down from the cruise port in the marina area. The views here are great and the service is great also. They have some really great food and I tend to go here when in Aruba. This is somewhere I’d definitely recommend.

 

If you’re not near the port at dinner time, depending on where you are, there are other options for you to eat at.

North Coast

Lindas Pancake House/Palm Beach: Serves traditional Dutch pancakes all day

 

Nos Clubhuis/Palm Beach: Offers authentic Aruban cuisine with a large part of the menu ingredients produced locally from the farms and fishing boats around the island.

 

Ritz Aruba/Oranjestad: You could call it Aruban “fast food”. Local snacks like pastechris, Johnny cakes and croguettes are served as well as burgers, wraps and a local Dutch treat – French fries with peanut sauce.

 

The Old Fisherman/downtown Oranjestad: A local favorite lunch spot, this restaurant features authentic home-style Aruban cooking.  

Southern Side

Zeerovers/Savaneta: Serves deep-fried fresh seafood

 

La Granja/Savaneta: Serves roasted meats and local Caribbean side dishes

 

Gallo Rojo/San Nicolas: Serves fresh baked goods and sandwiches

 

Pueblito Paisa/San Nicolas: Serves authentic Colombian dishes

 

Rum Reef at JADS Dive Center/Seroe Colorado: Serves burgers, wraps, grouper sandwiches and chicken sate

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