Aruba is only 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela and is also part of Dutch territory. Unlike most Caribbean islands, Aruba is mostly arid. But the Dutch atmosphere is strong, making it one of the most historically and culturally unique islands in the region. Temperatures soar year-round on this small island, whose longest point is only about 20 miles long.
Despite its minuscule size, the island offers dream trips for all tastes. Here we decided to go through all of their riffles and give you the five best options currently available. Our criteria during our research included price, duration, trip quality and reviews from past travelers.
Catamaran Cruise on Aruba Sunset Tours
From: $57 per person
One way to really appreciate the beauty and tranquility of Aruba is to have an open bar on the deck of the catamaran as the sun sinks below the horizon. The luxury cruise lasts about two hours, and during the journey the crew will provide storytelling and musical entertainment. When you get tired of dancing, you can return to the bar for another free drink. When it gets dark and the port lights come on, the ship will return to the harbor.
ATV sightseeing tour of Aruba.
From $80 per person
One of the best ways to tackle Aruba’s rugged terrain is with an ATV, or four-wheeler. Not only is this a more interesting way to move around, it also allows you to see more of the island in a short amount of time. The tour lasts about 3.5 hours and visits sites such as the Buhibara gold mine ruins, the Baby Bridge and other natural or historical sites of interest. The driver must be at least 18 years old.
Small group horseback riding and island tours
From $70 per person
Another great way to experience the Aruban coast without walking is on horseback. During a leisurely 90-minute ride, horses step into the mountains and through arid landscapes where wildlife such as iguanas, cacti and vultures can be spotted. Then follow the white sand beach and climb over the rocks of the north shore to view the coral coastline and sand dunes. After the horseback ride, take a private island tour in an air-conditioned minivan with a local guide.
Journey to Aruba
From $45 per person
The four-hour tour is a pleasant mix of sightseeing and visits to the island’s important cultural attractions. See highlights of the island such as the Natural Bridge, the Alto Vista Church and visit the Aruba Aloe Vera factory. Free hotel transfers are included in the price. Air-conditioned transportation and local guide included in the price.
Half Day 4X4 Gypsy Fury Tour of Aruba
From $75 per person
If you prefer something more robust than an ATV or on horseback for traveling on Aruba’s rugged north coast, then the 4×4 is the last great option to visit the more remote parts of the coast. For a 4.5 hour tour it is fairly comprehensive and manages to include a large number of islands. A local guide will explain more about the history and culture of the area, adding context to the experience.