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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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Alto Vista 116, Noord, Aruba
Philip’s Animal Garden is in the business of rescuing exotic animals on Aruba. This non-profit zoo has over 50 species living in garden surroundings and lovingly attended, not just by the park staff, but by the visitors too. Come spend a few hours...
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History buffs and expert divers score big at this site just 10 minutes off the coast of Aruba. A German freighter during World War II, the 400-foot-long ship is one of the largest wrecks in the Caribbean. Today, its starboard side is...
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Hooiberg, Oranjestad, Aruba
An easy adventure for the whole family, Hooiberg (with an elevation of 541 feet) is the third largest peak on mostly flat Aruba. You don’t so much hike it as you climb the 562 concrete steps that lead to her summit. Panoramic views all the way to...
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J.E. Irausquin Blvd, Oranjestad, Aruba
At this tranquil spot in Oranjestad, hundreds of species of butterflies flutter among tropical flowers, groomed gardens, and a Japanese pond, all set beneath gauzy netting. Docents lead tours past rushing waterfalls, crystal-clear pools, and...
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Bringamosa 2-Z, Sta Cruz, Aruba
Donkeys were once the main mode of transportation on Aruba, but after cars arrived, they were left to wander the island without purpose. To give the abandoned animals a permanent home, the island founded this sanctuary in 1997. Free and...
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Conchi, Santa Cruz, Aruba
With UTVs and Jeep Tours by the dozen, one of the most exhilarating ways to experience the natural beauty of Aruba's rugged landscape is on horseback. Founded in 2012, Rancho Loco is a full working ranch and farm that offers several different tour...
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L.G. Smith Blvd, Oranjestad, Aruba
Barefoot Restaurant brings fine dining to the beach, opening onto the beach and offering beautiful views. The menu is contemporary and international, with an emphasis on seafood, from shrimp croquettes, to crab cakes, to a 'Lobster Cappuccino' (a...
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Gasparito 3 Noord, Noord, Aruba
Authentic Aruban cuisine and art are both on the menu at this unique eatery. Keshi Yena, Kerry Kerry, and Goat Stoba are just a few of the goodies served amid a warm, family-style setting and whimsical art created by Gasparito’s own in-house...
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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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Savaneta, Aruba
Located in the southeastern corner of the island, Savaneta was Aruba’s first settlement and former capital. Founded by the Dutch in 1816, it’s also home to the island’s oldest surviving home. A visit to the sleepy town offers the...
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J.E. Irausquin Blvd, 348A, J.E. Irausquin Blvd 348 A, Noord, Aruba
When traveling I like to pack light but I always forget a few essentials—luckily in Aruba the Mad Hatter is there to make sure you have stylish sun protection. A hat is a must for everyone under the Caribbean sun and this shop encourages you to...