Aruba

Things to do in Aruba

You can keep busy on this Caribbean island even if you only came here to lie on the sand and try your luck at some roulette. But there are other worthy things to do in Aruba. The California Lighthouse, located near Arashi Beach, is named for an old shipwreck called California. It has views over the flat land stretching all directions, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Oranjestad. One of the most interesting things to do in Aruba is to step back into its colorful history. Fort Zoutman dates back to the 18th century, and its Willem III Tower was built to warn of approaching pirates.

Be sure to visit the Aruba Historical Museum while on the premises and study how the mix of African, European, Caribbean and indigenous cultures created Aruba’s unique character. Whether you explore by kayak, snorkel or scuba, the waters of Aruba hold colorful marine life as well as shipwrecks beneath the surface. What to do in Aruba if you don’t want to work that hard? Take a glass-bottom-boat tour, or even a submarine tour to see wreckage well below the surface.

Located on Palm Beach, the glittering starlit themed Radisson Aruba Casino sits adjacent to the hotel's lobby.

The luxurious Radisson Resort is proud of its new oceanfront, 13,000-square-foot Larimar Spa, named from the aqua-colored healing stones indigenous to the Caribbean.

Locals gather here to sip Aruban brews, and you can pick up provisions (groceries, sunscreen) at a fraction of the price you’d pay in the resort area.

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 everyone where he'd been.