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There’s quite a lot to love about this special little Latin-infused Dutch paradise, even for the adventurous and culturally curious traveler. The thing is, you tend to have to search a little longer and a little harder to experience Aruba’s uncommon Caribbean charms.
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San Nicolas, Aruba
Given Aruba’s love for Carnival, it's no surprise San Nicolas residents stage and celebrate a colorful, cultural Caribbean Festival every Thursday night. Imagine pop-up tents featuring fruit smoothies, street food, hand-crafted treasures, colorful...
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Santa Cruz, Aruba
Turquoise waters and reclusive snorkeling conditions sound both ideal and cliched, but Mike's Reef in Aruba offers that definitive postcard-worthy aquatic experience. "My father started Tranquilo Aruba in 1977," says the son of founder Captain...
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Schelpstraat 42, Oranjestad, Aruba
The Archaeological Museum of Aruba does a great job of curating artifacts, creating exhibits that trace the region's evolution, and teaching all visitors about the rich past of the Amerindian culture. Throughout its history Aruba has been heavily...
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San Fuego 70, Santa Cruz, Aruba
Aruba has the cleanest, most inviting beaches one could ask for. The warm weather and cool breezes are just some of the many reasons this island continues to enthrall all who visit. Although the island is small, the terrain is quite diverse. We...
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Casibari, Aruba
Just north of Hooiberg you’ll find a series of boulders so seemingly out of place you’ll swear they must’ve fallen from the sky. Amerindians were so taken by them they considered the area sacred, leaving ancient carvings in the rocks that you can...
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Savaneta, Aruba
Zeerovers is the restaurant people come to when they want to eat truly traditional Aruba cuisine. It is always full of locals, so you know it has to be good! The small restaurant sits directly on the water and serves the freshest fish (and drinks)...
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Havenstraat 36 Oranjestad, Oranjestad, Aruba
This is one of the best places to cool off in Aruba, especially if you’re shopping near its downtown Oranjestad location. You’ll find more than 60 flavors here, each produced with natural, organic ingredients; no artificial flavors, colors,...
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Lloyd G. Smith Blvd 9 Suite 17, Oranjestad, Aruba
Hand crafted Mopa Mopa masks and figurines can be found at markets and art shops around Aruba. Artisans create the colorful, metallic overlays on each piece by boiling leaf buds in an old Amerindian tradition and stretching them into place with...
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J.E. Irausquin Blvd 230, Noord, Aruba
Uncommon bars like Charlie’s and the Palm Beach nightclubs make it easy to overdo it in Aruba. The cure: Moomba’s Caribbean Pirate. This hangover-killing mix of spiced rum, brown cane sugar, Red Bull, lime and pineapple juice helps you rejuvenate...
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14 Turibana Noord, Noord, Aruba
Arubaglassceramics is just the kind of community-driven, culture-focused hidden gem AFAR travelers hope to stumble upon. The non-profit sells local art and teaches workshops with a focus on traditional techniques. Their glassblowing, glass bead...