Colorful malls and main streets beckon to visitors who stroll unhurried by. The downtown harbor front area of Oranjestad bursts with colorful malls that produce a distinctive architectural trademark. Here you will find a shoppers paradise and a host of casual and fine dining restaurants, bars, bistros and casinos. Most malls are open-air to allow you to enjoy the beautiful weather. They are brightly lit at night, giving the downtown core a glowing neon display in vivid colors.
Aruba is the windsurfing capital of the world. The consistent 15-knot trade winds and varied water conditions make the island a hub of windsurfing activity. From beginners to experts, the island offers a location for everyone.
Is your head still in the clouds? Aruba’s countryside is sure to ground your attention with a refreshing hike through some of Mother Nature’s best work. On the north side of the island, there is the incomparable 100-foot-long Natural Bridge, which was carved out of coral rock by the constant pounding of waves. It is truly unforgettable and a natural magnet for romantics at heart.
In the center of the island is Hooiberg, a 541-foot hill, which can be seen from any direction. The climb may reward you with a glimpse of Venezuela.
With the existing marine life, Aruba offers divers the opportunity to see some of nature’s most amazing wonders. Aruba is one of the Caribbean’s most diverse dive locations. Starfish, parrotfish and stingrays as well as tube sponges, seafans and a wide range of corals make up the colorful underwater landscape in Aruba. There are a number of challenging dives for the veteran diver. Night diving is also a special adventure and is not limited to the experienced diver. Many of Aruba’s dive sites are located in shallow waters, which range in depths of 30-60 feet, making the island a perfect location for both novice and advanced divers.
In addition, snorkeling is another rewarding option. Equipment can be rented anywhere along the hotel area. Fascinating spots include Arashi Beach, Boca Grandi, Baby Beach and many others. You also may opt for a tour that combines sailing and snorkeling.
Atlantis Submarine provides a fun adventure. It features various dive sites, such as the Barcadera Reefs, an airplane crash or wreckage of a 70-year-old fishing boat. The tour guide keeps you intrigued with an hour-long narration of fascinating stories about the different dive sites.
Aruba has several options for golf lovers. There is the Tierra del Sol golf course with the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean sea. There are two 9-hole courses to choose from and one of the largest miniature golf courses surrounded by waterfalls and beautiful surroundings.
Underground caves, such as Fontein, display ancient Caiqueitos drawings. This is also the place where you can find a real-life Tunnel of Love, named for the heart-shaped entrance that leads you into 300 feet of romantic passageways.
Various fish can be caught year-round in Aruba. Sailfish, White and Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Shark, Barracuda, Amberjack, Kingfish, Bonito, as well as Black fin, Blue fin and Yellow fin Tuna are plentiful. Be sure to plan in advance for fishing charters, especially during the high season. Their demand has grown in the last couple of years because of their fantastic reputation and you wouldn’t want to miss your chance.
Other sightseeing adventures include the California Lighthouse, De Olde Molen, a Dutch windmill brought over in 1804, and the Balashi and Bushiribana gold mill ruins.
One can enjoy an off road adventure that includes a guided jeep tour of the California Lighthouse, the Alto Vista Chapel, the gold mill ruins of Bushiribana, the Natural Bridge, and the Ayo Rock Formation.
Couples may also crave an athletic glimpse of the island which can be obtained through renting cycles, cars or jeeps.
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