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101 South Shore Road, Southampton SN02, Bermuda
Surrounded by swaying palm trees, colorful tropical flowers, and the perfection of pink sand and sapphire-soaked water, the 100-acre piece of property known as the Fairmont Southampton is Bermuda’s ultimate luxury destination. Spacious rooms...
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The Reefs Resort & Club blends a cheerful and sunny persona with a formal elegance that could only be described as uniquely Bermudian. Bright botanical prints and small splashes of color complement crisp white linens, deep wood tones, and tile...
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Aruba
The renowned two-mile-long strip known as Palm Beach is home to Aruba's high-rise hotels and dotted by water sports concessions, piers, beach bars, restaurants and shops. Arguably, it's the epicenter for much of the island's tourist activities,...
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J.E. Irausquin Blvd, Aruba
Life is flippin' awesome!
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Aruba
Aruba is small enough that serious cyclists can pedal around the entire island in a single day, though those who prefer to take it easy—and families with young kids—will appreciate the exotic terrain, easy trails, and multitude of beach breaks....
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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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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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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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Noord Cura Cabai 2a, Savaneta, Aruba
The Old Man and the Sea in Savaneta is an ideal place for a romantic island dining experience, amid the 'clicking palms,' overlooking the water. Feel the sand beneath your feet, and listen to the waves gently lapping the shoreline as you enjoy a...
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San Fuego 70, Santa Cruz, Aruba
My first taste of the Caribbean was not a rummy cocktail or a fried plantain: It was a blast of salty dirt, delivered to my face when I stood up in the back of a Jeep as we rattled up Aruba’s hardscrabble east coast. My friend Will and I...
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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...
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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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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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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...
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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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Aruba
Gold was discovered in Aruba in 1824, more than twenty years before the California Gold Rush! Three million pounds of the precious ore have been extracted in Aruba over the years. Explore gold mill ruins like the ones at Bushiribana, and perhaps...
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Savaneta 270, Savaneta, Aruba
Enjoy fresh seafood right from the source at this local spot in Savaneta, a seaside town that was once the capital of Aruba. Enjoy a cold Chill beer as you wait on line. The menu, in both Papiamento and English is simple. Once it's your turn, be...
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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...
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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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Aruba
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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Noord, Aruba
Since 1890, Aruba Aloe has produced the world’s finest aloe products. Their legendarily gentle and soothing lotions and moisturizers are 100% Aruban, cultivated and produced on a 150-acre factory and plantation complete with a museum well worth...
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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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J.E. Irausquin Blvd 228 F, Aruba
Screaming Eagle Restaurant offers a chic fine dining experience with an island atmosphere. Chef Erwin Hüsken has created a menu that celebrates island life (but that also offers surf and turf options), alongside innovative cocktails and a...
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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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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...
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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...
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L.G. Smith Boulevard 101, Noord, Aruba
Size is king at this massive Palm Beach resort, which boasts supersize offerings including the largest casino in Aruba, with more than 500 slot machines and 26 gaming tables, as well as the island’s largest spa, with treatments that range...
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L.G. Smith Blvd, Noord, Aruba
Almost as soon as you venture away from the main tourist strip on Aruba, you start to discover an unusual and incredibly interesting history to this Caribbean island. One of the focal points of this local history is the California Lighthouse,...
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Berea di Piscado, Noord, Aruba
Set sail aboard the Jolly Pirate in the clear waters of Aruba and you can look forward to a day of snorkeling, swimming, swinging, and sipping endless rounds of Pirate’s Poison. For a mere $57 per person, you can don your mask and ogle fish at...
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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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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...
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Oranjestad, Aruba
The fly-fishing guide Captain Laurenz was waiting at our hotel and was early (6am), which was a great start of the morning. His flat boat is laying in the harbour at Renaissance Marina, Downtown Oranjestad and fits a maximum of two fishermen. We...
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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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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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Arashi Beach, Noord, Aruba
A trip to Aruba demands at least one snorkeling excursion. Take a trip to Arashi Beach and spy the California Lighthouse, where the sea plays host to the wreck of the Antilla, a 400-foot German freighter. Red Sail Sports offers full- and half-day...