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15 Aug Top 10 in Aruba

Top 10 in Aruba

For a small island in the Southern Caribbean, you would be forgiven for thinking ‘what could possibly be going on here’.  First time visitors to the island are often genuinely surprised to discover a sophisticated but unpretentious destination full of great things to do and an incredible food and bar scene. Let us help you create your Top 10 in Aruba with a few helpful suggestions to get you started from our experts.

 

Top 10 Things To Do In  Aruba

Kunuku
Jump on board the best party bus in town. Dinner, bar hopping and non-stop fun. They are also available for private bookings.

Catamaran Sunset Sail
Join in the dancing or sit out on the netting with a cocktail and let the warm breezes wash over you as you watch the kaleidoscope of colours that is an Aruba sunset.

Mountain Biking
Heads towards California Lighthouse or Arikok National Park for an exciting off road experience. Make sure you bring lots of water as it get hot out there.

De Palm Island Waterpark
A private island water theme park for all the family. Water slides, beaches, various boat rides, restaurants, games rooms, snorkelling and so much more. Half day and full day packages available. I recommend going for a full day here.

Atlantis Submarine Underwater Tour
Sink 150 feet below the surface of the Caribbean Sea as you explore coral reefs, exotic fish and some cool ship wrecks. This is a fantastic experience but not for the claustrophobic.

Diving
Aruba is known as one of the main wreck diving destinations in the Caribbean allowing divers to visit eleven wrecks and over twenty dive sites including the largest wreck in the Southern Caribbean the SS Antilla.

Game Fishing
This is unashamedly an adrenaline and testosterone filled day. The southern Caribbean is rich in big game fish such as Marlin, Tuna and King Fish.

Kite Surfing
Because of the steady prevailing easterly wind and the warm shallow waters, it makes Aruba one of the leading destinations in the world for kite & wind surfing hosting many Pan American and World Championship.

Shopping
Shopping in Aruba is most known for its various selections. Shoppers often visit Aruba for its shops devoted to jewelery, table linens, perfumes, leather goods, designer fashions, electronics, locally made handicrafts and Cuban cigars.

Arikok National Park
At almost 8000 acres it is the biggest park on the island and is a national treasure as it protects many species endemic to the island. Trails, and eco centre and trail guides make this a fascinating and informative place to visit.

Royal Plaza View downtown Oranjestad Kite surfing Aruba

Top 10 Bars In Aruba

Moomba Beach Bar
An open air laid back beach bar, that also serves food. CNN even voted it one of the best beach bars in the world!. High praise indeed.

Bugaloe Beach Bar (my favourite!)
Located on a pier over the water on Palm Beach. This is a great fun place to visit with live bands and great food and awesome sunsets.

+297
Very cool and hip bar near Palm Beach with lots of beautiful people. Also do some of the best sushi in town.

Sopranos Piano Bar
The recipe for this great bar & club is FUN. Informal, open-air, live music, DJ’s, locals & visitors mingling, Cuban cigars and a great array of top shelf drinks. Let the party begin!

Charlies Bar
The most famous bar in Aruba. Since 1941, people have been leaving all sorts of memorabilia on the walls and ceilings from cash – underwear!! The eclectic decor is just one reason for visiting though. There is a great relaxed atmosphere and there surf n turf is awesome.

Café Chaos
A very popular of the beaten tourist track pub for locals, with friendly bar tenders and great live music.

Café Rembrandt
Close to Sopranos in the Palm Beach area. This has become more of a foodie venue than a bar, but is still worthy of inclusion in this section because of its regular live music and location.

Blue bar at Renaissance
A chic and sophisticated hotspot in downtown Oranjestad. Sleek, modern and radiating hues of blue and purple, this is the place to be seen at the weekends.

Sky Lounge
This open-air cocktail lounge right in the middle of the Paseo Herencia Mall at Palm Beach screams urban chic with its contemporary light fixtures, comfortable seating at the bar, its lounge chairs around the pool, fancy lounge beds and spectacular view of the nightly waterworks show.

Rudsens
No list of refreshment establishments in Aruba could be complete without inclusion of at least 1 traditional Rum Shop. One of my favourites is Rudsen, located in Santa Cruz named after the original owners, Rudy and Senny. Now, a fascinating collection of hats, donated by patrons from all over the world decorates the ceiling. This rum shop is also known for its pastechis, a popular Aruban savoury-stuffed pastry.

Palm Beach Aruba Kukoo Kunukoo Bus Party Bus Aruba

 

Top 10 Restaurants In Aruba

Carte Blanche
Chef’s table concept. There are only 14 seats in this top restaurant located at the Bucuti Beach Resort and it tends to be booked weeks in advance.

Quinta Del Carmen
Wonderful relaxed dining experience in the backyard of a charming 100 year old mansion.

Wilhelmina
The same owner as Carte Blanche, open this exciting new restaurant in October 2015. Located in a fully renovated Art Deco building, Chef Dennis specialises in ‘World Cuisine’ using the best of local and international ingredients. Despite it’s tender age, Wilhelmina is already establishing an exciting reputation.

Elements 
One of the best oceanfront dining experiences around set on one of the world best beaches. There is a gifted culinary team on site who also offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menus.

Pure Ocean
Casual and elegant barefoot dining on the beach. Glorious sunsets, warm breezes and gently lapping waves offer the perfect accompaniment to the eclectic menu that never seizes to surprise and tantalise.

West Deck
Set on a large wooden deck over the white sandy beach and right by the water’s edge. All the tables have spectacular ocean views, the landing planes and a close up view of the cruise ships departing during the cruise season. This is a relaxing casual dining location for all the family.

Screaming Eagle
With one of the top chefs on the island at the helm, Screaming eagle was voted the top restaurant in the Caribbean by Caribbean Journal for 2015. Serving classy French fusion in a chic boutique  location you will just want to keep coming back again and again and again.

Yemanja
A sister property of the Screaming Eagle chef. The food which is a blend of Caribbean and European fusion is all cooked on a wood fired grill. Located in the heart of down town, Yemanja is ever popular.

Old Cunucu House
This authentic Aruban restaurant blends the best of colonial influences from its Spanish, Dutch, English and French past. You cannot leave Aruba without dining here at least once.

Pinchos Grill and Bar
Pinchos is a casual yet chic grill and bar on a pier completely over the clear blue waters of Aruba. This intimate & romantic location offers guests a very unique experience. All tables are right over the water, under the stars and accompanied by the twinkling of candle lights.

 

Top 10 Beaches In Aruba

Eagle Beach
Eagle Beach is a frequent award-winner and has recently been voted into the top 10 of best beaches worldwide in a poll of TripAdvisor UK users.

Palm Beach
From wide shaded huts and quiet retreats to busy sunbathing and buzzing beach bars, the seven-mile strip of Palm Beach which runs in to Eagle Beach includes a little something for everyone.

Malmok Beach
Close to Malmok Reef, it boasts unique coral walls with small underwater caves. It is a frequent site for Moray and spotted ells, as well as barracuda.

Arashi Beach
A snorkelers dream, on the north side of the island. This quite escape is the perfect beach  for a romantic picnic.

Rogers Beach
A hidden strip of powder white sand located around the corner from Baby Beach. This is the one the locals won’t tell you about as they want to keep it to themselves! Only joking about this, but I wouldn’t blame them if they did try to keep it as a ‘state secret’.

Baby Beach
Close to Aruba’s second city of St Nicolas on the south-eastern tip, it borders a tranquil lagoon, making it ideal for families with small children – hence its name. Huts provide shade and there are picnic areas as well.

Mangel Halto
Located in Pos Chiquito on the southeast coast, it is a perfect snorkelling spot with calm, shallow waters rich in sea life, supported by an intriguing network of mangroves.

Surfside
Just a 20 minute walk from downtown Oranjestad, Surfside remains a hidden gem from tourists. Reflexions Beach Club is on hand for lounge chairs and drinks and if you still dont want to go home at the end  of the day it is also the location of Pinchos Restaurant and romantic beach dining.

Flamingo Beach
Located on Renaissance Island, this quite and secluded beach is brought to life by the site of Pink Flamingos strolling the waters edge.

Boca Grandi
Distinguished by rolling sand dunes netted in local sea grapes and dune grasses. It attracts local and international kitesurfers.

Dos Playa
The top surfing beach for local surfers and body boarders. It has hosted international competitions. This is for experienced swimmers only.

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