See the best of Aruba with these tours
Aruba is known as “a happy island” and is one of the most amazing places to visit in the Caribbean. One of the best ways to explore this little piece of paradise is on an organized tour. Aruba is a top destination with more than idyllic beaches and all-inclusive resorts.
Although Aruba is small, it has plenty to see and do. Take a tour and go wreck diving, swim in natural pools, explore towering sand dunes, 4×4 in its cactus-strewn interior, go horseback riding or enjoy a cultural tour. There are several reasons why Aruba is unlike any other island in the world, and the island is just waiting to be your next destination.
What and where is Aruba?
Aruba is a constituent country of the Netherlands just off the coast of Venezuela (so it’s a country in its own right but not fully independent). Officially it is called the country of Aruba and is one of the few places in the Caribbean where the official language is Dutch (as well as Papiamento – a Portuguese creole).
- Capital: Oranjestad
- Population: 115,000
Aruba isn’t necessarily quite what you’d expect of a Caribbean island. It has a drier climate with an arid landscape dotted with cacti. Here, one can expect sunny skies all year round with stunning blond beaches. It is also out of the path of hurricanes.
The island also has some of the best wreck diving in the Caribbean and is a popular place where cruise ships can stop.
Aruba Horseback Riding Tour
Most Aruba tours are geared toward those coming by cruise ship. A great option for a shore activity is to take a horseback riding tour in Aruba. The Gold Mine Ranch offers regular morning rides with free pick up. This is the only ranch on the island that takes guests horseback riding to the beaches of the Northeast Coast, Hidden Valley and Hidden Lagoon.
- Duration: 2 hours
- Cost: $85.00
- Duration of the visit: 10:30 a.m.
The tour lasts two hours and includes pickup/drop-off from your hotel or cruise terminal in Oranjestad.
Aruba Kiteboarding Experience
Aruba offers fun tours on land (like horseback riding), in water (like diving), and on water – like kite surfing. Active Holidays in Aruba is one of the companies that offer kitesurfing experiences and is the oldest kitesurfing school on the island. For learners, they provide tutoring experiences so everyone can enjoy this exciting sport.
- Duration: 2 hours
- Cost: $125.00
- Age: 15 years and over
The experience includes free pickup and is for ages 15+. Customers will use the latest model from Cabrinha Kite Equipment. The package includes 2 hours of lessons and a soft drink.
ATV Tours of Aruba
Another way to explore the island is to take an ATV tour. Around Aruba offers a selection of mountain bike tours around the scenic island. Their 4 hour ATV tour really opens up the interior of the island. Many untapped destinations on the island require an ATV to visit.
- Duration: 4 hours
- Single-seater: $120.00
- Tandem: $160.00
- Included: Pick up/drop off, Bandana, Soft drinks
- Visiting hours: 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
- Visiting days: from Monday to Sunday
The ATV tour is adventurous and thrilling, with stops at the island’s largest exotic animal sanctuary, Philip’s Animal Garden. There are many other interesting stops along the way like Alto Vista Chapel, Baby Bridge, Bushiribana Ruins, Wariruri Beach, Natural Bridge, Shark Bay, Andicuri Beach, Three Bridges, Black Beach Stone, the Boca pool with cliff jumping, the Ayo rock. Training.
Romantic Sunset Sailing Tours in Aruba
Aruba is the beautiful Caribbean, and therefore everyone must take a sailboat tour around the island. The Aruba Red Sail offers a romantic sunset cruise with an excellent Caribbean buffet dinner on a luxury catamaran. On board, enjoy their open bar with Caribbean cocktails and the local Balashi beer.
- Duration: 2.5 hours
- Cost: $85.00
- Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy a mixed seasonal salad, a group with Creole sauce or a chicken with mushrooms in white wine sauce, or their other mouth-watering menu options. Sounds perfect for romantic couples! The Caribbean offers an endless choice of breathtaking destinations, which sometimes makes the choice very difficult!