How to Spend Two Weeks in Aruba
Collected by Flash Parker, AFAR Ambassador
If you're lucky enough to have two whole weeks to explore the beautiful and alluring island of Aruba, here are the lesser-known attractions and quirky adventures that will keep you busy. When you’re not unwinding on the beach, of course.
Renaissance Island, Aruba
Aruba is not known so much for its flamingos as for its beaches and aloe. But you'll find these beautiful pink birds on Renaissance Island, which is owned by the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in the capital city, Oranjestad. While the city...
Washington 61 Noord, Noord, Aruba
Papiamento could very well be Aruba’s most romantic restaurant—the whole place has a dreamy fairytale quality and they serve the best local fare. In the lush garden, trickling pools greet you and create a sense of serenity. The space is decidedly...
The Caribbean features a lot of different ways to explore the ocean, but none are quite like the Atlantis submarine experience on Aruba. Guests embark on the afternoon adventure by taking a short boat ride out to the submarine dock itself. Then...
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...
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...
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...
Bringamosa 2-Z, Sta Cruz, Aruba
Once an integral form of transportation in Aruba, donkeys were reduced to road hazard status as cars replaced them. Donkey Sanctuary Aruba was founded in 1997 to protect the animals. It’s 100% non-profit, so your adoption goes a long way to their...
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...
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...
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...
Caya di Solo 10A, Malmok, Noord, Aruba
Located on the northwest point of the island, Aruba’s only golf course offers views across the ocean and desert. It’s also independent, meaning guests at any resort can use the championship greens, which were designed by Robert Trent...