Discovering Aruba: A Guide to the Island's Hidden Gems

Aruba is much more than a Caribbean paradise. The world-class beaches, always-perfect weather, and welcoming culture are only a part of what makes Aruba so special. Spend just a few moments on Aruba’s shores and you’ll feel it - an overwhelming sense of happiness and peace that fills you up. 

By Anabelle LeblancMarch 29, 2024 Posted in:CaribbeanDestinationsTravel InspirationTravel Tips

Aruba, an island nestled in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, is renowned for its pristine beaches and azure waters. Yet, beyond its sun-kissed shores lies a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered by intrepid travellers. From secluded coves to historic landmarks, Aruba offers a myriad of experiences for those willing to venture off the beaten path.

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Unveiling Nature's Secrets

Home to the best beaches in the Caribbean, Aruba is where soft, cooling white sand meets the restoring turquoise sea. No matter what kind of beach lover you are, the island has just the right amount of sand, sunshine, and water to send you home with a happy afterglow that never fades. Make sure to visit Eagle Beach, voted #2 Best of the Best Beach in the Caribbean in 2024 TripAdvisorTravelers’ Choice Awards.

Embracing Authentic Culture

Immerse yourself in Aruba's rich cultural tapestry by venturing into its vibrant towns and villages. Visit San Nicolas, known as the Sunrise City, where colourful street art adorns every corner and local artisans showcase their craft. Take a stroll through Oranjestad's historic district, where Dutch colonial architecture coexists harmoniously with modern boutiques and cafes. Be sure to sample traditional Aruban cuisine, such as keshi yena (stuffed cheese) and pica di papaya (papaya hot sauce), for a taste of the island's culinary heritage.

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Diving into Natural Wonders

Aruba’s island paradise is blessed with a bounty of nature and a variety of wonders found nowhere else. In Arikok National Park, the beautiful beaches give way to rugged deserts, towering green cacti, and limestone cliffs pounded smooth by waves and trade winds. It’s where you’ll find Fontein Caves and the Natural Pool – two of Aruba’s most unspoiled and unforgettable wonders.

Seeking Mystery

Although the island is home to a trio of famous caves, the Fontein Cave welcomes the most curious of adventurers. Travellers may find themselves walking down the small, winding paths that lead down the Fontein Cave’s limestone walls. The Fontein Cave is ruled by algae, bats and the occasional crab – although it’s historically been frequented by people too.

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Savouring the Moment

From traditional Dutch to Asian, African, and Spanish, dining options are as diverse and welcoming as Aruba’s people. You can eat fresh fish straight from the sea, share a glass of wine at sunset with your toes in the sand, or indulge in classic Italian in the shadow of a century-old lighthouse.

Aruba's hidden gems invite those who dare to venture beyond its sun-soaked shores. Whether you're an adventure seeker, a cultural enthusiast, or simply in search of serenity, Aruba promises a laid-back island experience that will leave you longing to return time and time again. So, pack your bags and prepare to embark on a journey of discovery in this Caribbean paradise.

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Anabelle Leblanc

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