Top 10 Must-Do Activities in Aruba for a Memorable Vacation

  1. Horseback Riding Tours: Take in Aruba’s landscapes in the most authentic way possible: on horseback. Several tour operators offer a range of horseback riding tours around different parts of the island. You can journey along the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Baby Natural Bridge, and even through Arikok National Park. Most tours run a couple of hours, starting in the morning and late afternoon to avoid the heat. Tours include riding and safety instructions, and guides share history and information about the island during the ride.
  2. Off-Roading, Jeep & ATV Tours: If you crave adrenaline, consider off-road, Jeep, or ATV tours. Aruba boasts hundreds of miles of trails perfect for such adventures. Tours often focus on Arikok National Park, an area rich in natural beauty. Whether you want to ride along with a group or rent your own off-road vehicle, options are available. Expert local guides can show you some of the island’s most scenic yet desolate areas.
  3. Visit the Aruba Ostrich Farm: At the Aruba Ostrich Farm, you can meet some of the world’s largest birds. The farm is home to about 80 ostriches, and visitors are allowed to feed them, hold real-life ostrich eggs, and learn all about these fascinating, ancient creatures. This activity offers a unique and fun experience that’s different from your typical beach or water-related activities in Aruba.
  4. Take a Dip in Arikok National Park’s Natural Pool: Arikok National Park, covering 20% of Aruba, is home to a breathtaking natural pool. Here, you can swim or cliff jump amidst crashing waves. Conchi Natural Pool, located on the rugged northeastern coast, can be reached by hiking from the park entrance or by a rented Jeep or park tour. This activity offers a refreshing break from the heat and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the island’s natural beauty.
  5. Explore Volcanic Landscapes: Arikok National Park also boasts arid volcanic landscapes, towering cacti, and breathtaking views of the Caribbean. A network of roads and trails wind through these landscapes, and you can explore this unique environment through an off-road adventure tour. This is an excellent way to experience a different side of Aruba’s natural beauty.
  6. Dive into History: Diving enthusiasts will find the waters off Aruba’s northwest coast a treasure trove. Here lie the wrecks of the SS Pedernales and SS Antilla, British and German ships sunk during World War II. Now serving as artificial reefs, these wrecks teem with marine life, making them popular diving sites. This activity offers a unique combination of history, adventure, and nature.
  7. Windsurf at Hadicurari Beach: Known for hosting international windsurfing competitions.
    Hadicurari Beach is a must-visit for windsurfing enthusiasts. Lessons are available for beginners, while experienced surfers can rent gear and head straight into the waters. The beach’s location between Malmok Beach and Palm Beach makes it a perfect spot for this activity.
  8. Kayak Through Mangroves: For a serene water adventure, consider a glass-bottomed kayak tour through Aruba’s largest mangrove forest. This activity lets you observe the vibrant fish, sea turtles, and other marine life that thrive along Aruba’s coast. The tour includes pick-up and drop-off at accommodation, and the chance to snorkel in the tranquil waters of the mangroves.
  9. Skydiving: For an adrenaline-packed experience, take a skydive with Skydive Aruba. Not only do you get the thrill of free-falling at high speeds, but you also get a bird’s eye view of the entire island. From Oranjestad to Arikok, the view from the sky is unmatched. Jumps take about two hours to complete and the price includes transfers to and from the drop zone. Anyone over the age of 13 can skydive, making it an activity that the whole family can enjoy​.
  10. Relax Under Divi Divi and Fofoti Trees: Finally, for a quintessential Aruban experience, find a spot under the island’s famous fofoti and divi divi trees. Found growing on the beach and inshore, these trees provide natural shade and a perfect place to unwind after a day filled with activities. They’re also a popular subject for photography, so don’t forget to bring your camera!​
Aruba Tourist Channel