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Things to do in Aruba

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“The best beach in Aruba hands down. Compared to beaches in front of major hotels, Arashi does NOT have seaweed in the floor of the beach, and therefore makes for a much more pleasurable experience. There’s usually less people than in Palm/Eagle beach, and it’s 5 minutes away from our property! ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beach Bar.. Great live music on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. My favorite hangout.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“You can have a look at the beautiful Paseo Herencia mall it offers different restaurants, souvenirs shops different shops like Aruba Aloe were you can buy our one local product for the skin its a very nice mall for the whole family ”
  • 15 locals recommend
National Park
“Aruba's protected Natural environment, with spectacular views of the native flora and fauna. Small entrance fee required.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“The most recently opened and well-known nightclub in Aruba. It’s located in a very safe area! The average visitor is 25-40 years old, but anyone is welcome and I recommend it if you’re looking for a fun night out. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Beach
“Baby Beach officially known as Klein Lagoen is a shallow, sheltered man-made lagoon located near Mangle Cora in Seroe Colorado, on the southeast end of the island of Aruba. It is frequented by locals and tourists. It is named Baby Beach as the water is so calm it is safe for very small children. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
National Park
“You can go sightseeing in this park by car (recommend to go with a SUV or Jeep!)”
  • 34 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Eagle Beach (or Arend Beach) is a beach and neighborhood of Oranjestad, Aruba. The neighborhood is famous for its many low-rise resorts and wide public beach.[1] It has soft white sand and has been rated one of the best beaches in the world. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Beach
“Well know area for excellent food, drinks and entertainment, across from High Rise Hotel zone.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Palm Beach Plaza is a multi-level mall, where you can shop, dine or simply watch a movie at the Caribbean Cinemas Megaplex 8. Our favorite hang out spot: Taste of Belgium; Happy hour from 5pm-7pm”
  • 13 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“Dine in the beautiful tropical garden, which is full of enormous trees and exotic plants decorated with beautiful lights, creating a unique and relaxing atmosphere. Or dine inside, in one of the several elegant furnished air-conditioned rooms. You’ll be surrounded by rare Dutch-style antiques. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“This local restaurant serves seafood right out of the ocean. The catch of the day might include wahoo, snapper, barracuda or kingfish, and when available, big shrimps. All of these can be accompanied with fries, plantains, onions in vinegar (pika), and pan bati (Aruban cornbread). Enjoy great seafood and a spectacular sunset at this restaurant”
  • 61 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“With a sunken wreck near the coast and a lot to see outside the bay, this is one of the most popular spots for shore diving. Perfect for snorkeling as well. The Mangel Halto Beach is perfect for swimming thanks to shallow water and the white powder sand.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“During the day you can buy fresh coconut water at the carts close to the light house 🥥 💦 you can have the best view at the Faro Blanco Restaurant. Sunset or romantic dinner? ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“The vibe is laid back, chill & relaxed. It's my all time favorite. Cuisine is Dutch & international.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Good dancing every saturday with live band and Proffesional latin dance instructor”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Beach Bar.. Great live music on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. My favorite hangout.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“Dine in the beautiful tropical garden, which is full of enormous trees and exotic plants decorated with beautiful lights, creating a unique and relaxing atmosphere. Or dine inside, in one of the several elegant furnished air-conditioned rooms. You’ll be surrounded by rare Dutch-style antiques. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This local restaurant serves seafood right out of the ocean. The catch of the day might include wahoo, snapper, barracuda or kingfish, and when available, big shrimps. All of these can be accompanied with fries, plantains, onions in vinegar (pika), and pan bati (Aruban cornbread). Enjoy great seafood and a spectacular sunset at this restaurant”
  • 61 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Nice place to eat and it is part of an area with more restaurants. At night you have nice listening music for all the restaurants in that area.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“The vibe is laid back, chill & relaxed. It's my all time favorite. Cuisine is Dutch & international.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pub
“Experience Happy Hour like a local! A Local favorite hangout spot, Local Store offers Wings, Burgers, Wraps & Salads, Craft Beers, in a unique cozy local ambiance.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great local seafood. The ambiance is not my favorite. Books out months in advance but if you call in the afternoon or show up at 5 pm to get reservation.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Unique!! daily open for dinner .. Upscale ; particularly coz at this restaurant you can have your dinner on a bed! Besides only restaurant on the Island that creates a weekly menu with the season items from all over the world. Love it”
  • 15 locals recommend

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