Caribbean islands are practically synonymous with stunning sunrises and sunsets and Aruba’s size (about 20 miles long and only six miles wide) means it’s easy to catch a glorious sunrise or sunset over the water in a single day. From one end of the island to the other, you’ll find plenty of places to relax with incredible views, morning and night, that give you a sense of harmony with nature and your fellow travelers. And though the sun will eventually set on your trip to Aruba, the sensations you feel here will burn brightly inside you for years to come. This itinerary explores the many ways to see Aruba’s famous sunrises and sunsets across the island, while having more than a little fun in between.
Day 1San Nicolas to the California Lighthouse
After a morning in San Nicolas, head to Arikok National Park, which makes up nearly a quarter of Aruba and offers lots of adventures. The rugged desert terrain here meets the coastline for stunning views, and flora and fauna are abundant. Head to the Conchi Natural Pool to see an oasis protected from the surrounding rough sea, climb up Jamanota Hilltop for a view from the top of the island, explore caves, or head to Dos Playa or Boca Prins beaches for a day by the water.
For a killer sunset this evening, make your way to the northern side of the island to the California Lighthouse. The Lighthouse has a 360-degree view, and at sunset, you can watch the glowing sun dip slowly into the Caribbean—a reminder that while all good things come to an end, the moments you gather in Aruba will always stay with you.
Once the sun has fully set, check in at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino, located on Palm Beach. This hotel wows with newly designed rooms, a sprawling pool with beautiful cabanas, numerous restaurants, and an impressive spa.
Day 2Palm Beach to Eagle Beach
For lunch, head to Lola Taqueria, a fun taco bar on Palm Beach with a wide variety of tacos, including octopus, local Caribbean sea bass, carne asada, and even Korean chicken. MooMba Beach Bar & Restaurant is another casual lunch option with live music, two bars, and offerings such as seafood salads and fried grouper. Then, for an elevated dinner, try Papillon, a French-Caribbean fusion restaurant where items like filet mignon with red wine truffle sauce and Cajun-spiced tuna steaks with mango compote grace the menu.
For sunset tonight, Eagle Beach is the place to be. Just south of Palm Beach, Eagle Beach is the widest beach in Aruba and known for stunning tangerine-hued sunsets. Eagle Beach is also home to the famous fofoti trees, making this scene the perfect place for snapping that sunset photo you’ll be sharing with others for years to come. After the sun sets, head back toward Palm Beach when the area begins to buzz after dark as the casinos, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs come alive.
Day 3Baby Beach to Mangel Halto Beach
After a morning at the beach, head to Bushiribana to see gold mill ruins. Gold was first discovered in Aruba in 1824, and the island produced more than 3 million pounds of gold in total. Bushiribana is abandoned today, but visitors can walk through the ruins and explore the site. It’s a great place to snap a photo, as the site sits right along the Caribbean Sea, creating a dramatic backdrop.
Tonight’s sunset is a quiet affair at Mangel Halto—a secluded beach with shallow waters and mangroves that paddle boarders and snorkelers love exploring. Grab a picnic and head to the public beach and enjoy a romantic beach dinner as you watch the sunset away from the crowds.
Day 4Surfside Beach to Andicuri Beach
For a unique Aruban experience, check out the Ayo Rock Formations near Ayo Village. These massive stone boulders remain a mystery, as they appear to have been placed in their location amidst the flat landscape. In ancient times, Aruba’s indigenous peoples might have created this site to worship the Gods, but its purpose remains unknown today. Petroglyphs and paintings by the native Arawak people were found here, and trails weave through the huge stones, making it easy for visitors to explore.
Tonight’s sunset takes us to Andicuri Beach on Aruba’s windward coast for a low-key sunset that locals love. Andicuri boasts a wide bay surrounded by coral-stone cliffs, creating a dramatic setting to watch the sun go down. Bring your own picnic or bottle of champagne and toast to another perfect day in Aruba.
From north to south, there are almost too many great spots around the island to watch the sun rise or set, so you’ll be sure to find an oasis that suits you and your loved ones perfectly. Aruba is so full of wonder and beauty; you’ll certainly feel the Aruba Effect—a lingering feeling of happiness that makes the return flight home with you. And no matter how many times you watch the sun go up or down in Aruba, you’ll always leave wanting more.