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Things to do in Aruba

This sun-drenched Dutch island is a favorite of honeymooners and families alike. There are countless things to do on Aruba, if you can pry yourself from its golden beaches. From glamorous casinos and harbor-side markets to hiking trails, parks, and cool natural wonders like the Tunnel of Love caves, travelers will find plenty of inspiration for what to do on Aruba. The Caribbean island may be small—just some 20 miles long—but its activities and attractions have vacationers returning year after year.

Sun-worshippers will want to head to white sandy stretches of Palm, Eagle, and secluded Baby Beach, while adventurers explore Arikok National Park, the strange Ayo and Casibari rock formations, the island’s craggy, dramatic east coast. Travelers in search of things to do on Aruba will not want to miss poking around Oranjestad, the island’s busy capital city with its charming pastel-colored buildings and hopping nightlife. Music—salsa, meringue, tumba—is integral to Aruban life, and taking in the local sounds is a must while on the island. And if you’re looking for one souvenir to bring home, make it a unique set of dominoes, the island’s national game. Whether you go with the kids or your soul mate, you will find many things to do on Aruba.

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  • Piet's Pier Bar

    The Scene: This 15-year-old hot spot is named after Piet, a Dutch sailor who used to travel the world and bring his maps back to the bar to show ev... More

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