Aruba for Friends
Collected by Frederick Simeon
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.
San Nicolas, Aruba
Located southeast of Cabez Reef, Serito is a well-kept secret in the local Aruban diving community. It’s accessible only by private charter, and only after haranguing those in the know—the locals who like to keep it to themselves to ensure that...
L.G. Smith Blvd 142, Oranjestad, Aruba
De Palm is an all-inclusive island just off shore from Aruba. The forty minute ferry ride will drop you off on this tiny Caribbean gem where, for $114 per adult, you can snorkel, snuba, or slosh down all six slides at the water park. The price...
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...
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...
3, Noord, Aruba
2 Fools and a Bull is not your typical dining experience. Chefs Fred Wanders and Paul Faas invite groups into a house centered on a main dining room, and serve a five-course, prix-fixe meal to guests seated at the U-shaped bar, explaining the...
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...
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 230, Noord, Aruba
MooMba beach in the Noord region of Aruba looks every bit like a postcard during the day that you'd send home to friends and family: shades of blue, cruise ships with silky sails dotting the horizon, and swimmers. At night, the beach and...
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...
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