From off-roading to spa treatments, there's something for everyone.
While the Caribbean island of Aruba might not be as well known as Las Vegas or Miami when it comes to a destination for a bachelorette party or ladies' weekend, its pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife, and luxurious spas are just some of the reasons to put it on your list.
A short flight from most cities on the east coast — flights from New York are about four and a half hours — Aruba has all the charm of a remote paradise while being more easily accessible than some of its neighboring islands. The island is Dutch, but English is one of four widely spoken languages, and U.S. currency is accepted nearly everywhere.
With activities ranging from the relaxing to the adventurous, Aruba has something for everyone in your group.
White sand beaches and turquoise waters
The beaches in the Caribbean are tough to beat. On the south side of the island, where most of the resorts are located, the water is smooth and clear, allowing for easy swimming, kayaking, or even paddleboard yoga.
Nearly 20 percent of Aruba is taken up by the Arikok National Park, which is home to limestone caves, steep cliff formations, and a natural pool made out of volcanic rock. The park is accessible only by all-terrain vehicle or on horseback, giving an exciting edge to your trip.
Luxurious spa treatments
Visitors who need a break from the beach can indulge in a full day of relaxation at one of the island's excellent spas. The spa at the Ritz-Carlton features massages, aromatherapy, and facials that incorporate the local aloe plants for a soothing experience.
Casinos if you're feeling lucky
Aruba is home to several large casinos where visitors can try their luck at blackjack, slots, or any other classic casino game. Several resorts also offer gambling clinics, so you can stride up to the table with the confidence of a poker pro.
Aruba is only a few hundred miles off the coast of South America, and Latin influences can be found in the food, drink, and of course, the nightclubs. Locals recommend Gusto, South Beach Lounge, and Moomba Beach for drinks and dancing.