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What to Do If You Have a Week in Aruba

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What would you do with a week in paradise? For some, doing nothing means everything, and that means sitting out in the sun on a sandy beach. For others, a week in paradise is all the fruity cocktails in the world, followed by a bit of island exercise. However you take your paradise, our guide to a great week in Aruba will set you on a course toward island bliss.
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Pitastraat 115, Aruba
Aruba's arid climate has birthed an unusual assortment of hardy Caribbean flora, such as the iconic divi-divi tree (also found on Curaçao and Bonaire). The underrated Aruba Aloe Museum and Factory in Hato offers an interesting lesson on Aruba's...
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Featuring a series of boulders that appear to have been gathered, piled, and deliberately set across a few square miles of desert, this site carries a certain air of mystery. Scientists remain baffled about the geological event that could have...
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Noord, Aruba
More than 180 species of bird can be spotted at any one time on Aruba, while during the winter migration, more than 300 call in on the island. The Bubali Bird Sanctuary's wetlands usually have visiting herons, egrets, pelicans, and more. Arikok...
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Oranjestad, Aruba
At Reina Beatrix International Airport you'll find paintings and sculptures from local and international artists in the lounges, prayer hall, meditation room, and sculpture garden; the latter features Ryan Oduber's whimsical Double Nothing domino...
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Noord, Aruba
Aruba is home to some 115,000 permanent residents from more than 90 different nations. Dozens of churches and other sacred spaces are spread across the island, and while Roman Catholicism predominates, many religions have their own places of...
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Berea di Piscado, Noord, Aruba
Beach tennis is played on a volleyball court with a fat paddle and deflated tennis ball, which means there is little chance of a fast ball whizzing past your face while you attempt to cradle a rum cocktail in your free hand. Beach Tennis Aruba...
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California Lighthouse, Noord, Aruba
Aruba's music scene is vibrant and marked by a number of festivals that charge locals and visitors with a special kind of island energy. The Caribbean Sea Jazz Fest, held every October over two days, showcases local and international jazz, poetry,...
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Matividiri 60, Aruba
Aruba is perfect for families who love animal encounters. The African ostrich has made Aruba its second home; the Aruba Ostrich Farm is home to some 80 big birds (including emu), each with its own quirky personality. The Donkey Sanctuary in Santa...
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Pos Chikito, Aruba
Mangel Halto is located in Pos Chiquito on the southeast coast just south of the Spanish Lagoon. This is the perfect spot whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or even if you just want a nice spot to watch the sun set. This Caribbean...
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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...
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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...