7 Fun Things To Do During Your Vacay In Aruba, One Happy Island

If you are visiting this One Happy Island, you must see these landmarks to fully experience Aruba.

Your trip to Aruba is certain to be an unforgettable experience because of the good vibes and island atmosphere. But if you truly want to indulge in its culture and history, exploring these sites are a great way to start. From viewing old shipwrecks to the California Lighthouse, these are amazing things that you do not want to miss while in Aruba.

Flamingoes on Renaissance Island

Flamingoes At Renaissance Aruba
Flamingoes At Renaissance Aruba. Image by @yourbrunetteabroad on Instagram

These beautiful pink birds roam around on Aruba’s only private beaches located on Renaissance Island.

In order to visit Flamingo Beach and observe these majestic animals, you will need to purchase an island pass if you are not staying at the Renaissance Aruba Resort. It can be a bit difficult to buy tickets, as they sell out very fast, so be prepared to purchase as soon as tickets go on sale for your preferred day of visitation.

It is worth the hassle to experience this wild side of Aruba and spend the day with these mesmerizing flamingos.

The Wrecks Below Aruba’s Surface

Antilla Shipwreck
Antilla Shipwreck. Image by @jollypiratesaruba on Instagram

Below Aruba’s waters are more than ten shipwrecks that you have the chance to explore. The most popular wreck is the SS Antilla, a World War II German freighter. This ship sank due to being set on fire by the crew to prevent it from being captured by Dutch enemies while in Dutch waters. The wreck of Antilla is the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean and a popular place to dive and explore.

Other wrecks able to be traversed include the Pedernales wreck, the California wreck, the Jane Sea wreck, the Debbie II wreck, and the wrecks of two airplanes.

Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations

Casibari Rock Formations
Casibari Rock Formations. Image by @arubaparadisephotos on Instagram

These rock formations are still a mystery for scientists. Aruba is a relatively flat island, making a huge pile of rocks an interesting phenomenon.

Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations are boulders that are able to be climbed upon. Once you reach the top, you will find amazing views of the island. These rock formations are surrounded by all types of wildlife including cacti and many different animals. Keep an eye out for the ancient artwork written on the rocks by the Arawak people.

Fort Zoutman Historical Museum

Fort Zoutman
Fort Zoutman. Image by @sawsanlilyfalconi on Instagram

This is a must-see if you are looking to immerse yourself in the history of Aruba. Completed in 1798, Fort Zoutman is Aruba’s oldest standing building. It was built by the Dutch to protect against pirates, and has served many purposes since then, officially opening as a historical museum in 1983. Fort Zoutman is named after Dutch Admiral Johan Arnold Zoutman who prevented an attack on Aruba by the English.

Next to Fort Zoutman is the Willem III Tower built in 1868 that was a lighthouse and clock tower until 1963.

The best day to visit Fort Zoutman would be a Tuesday, when the weekly Bon Bini Festival takes place there from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The California Lighthouse

California Lighthouse
California Lighthouse. Image by @islaaruba on Instagram

This lighthouse was named after the aforementioned wreck of the SS California. Located on the northwestern tip of the island, this 98-feet tall lighthouse is the perfect place to go to experience jaw-dropping views and an amazing sunset.

Construction was completed in 1916, and it still operates as a lighthouse today. The lighthouse is open everyday for guests, and the price of admission is affordable.

Arikok National Park

The Natural Pool
The Natural Pool. Image by @depalmtoursaruba on Instagram

Arikok National Park is Aruba’s only national park, but that is not the only reason it is wildly popular. Arikok is filled with an amazing diversity of wildlife and plants, and offers a numerous amount to explore, such as caves, rock formations, lava formations, and much more. This national park is made up of approximately 20% of the land in Aruba, so you will not run out of things to discover.

Be sure to check out the famous landmark: the natural pool. It is a beautiful rock formation filled with Aruba’s waters located in a serene area.

The Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins

Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins
Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins. Image by @lexmelony on Instagram

A lesser known fact about Aruba is its gold rush back in the 19th century after gold was discovered on the island in 1824. This gold rush allowed Aruba to produce over three million pounds of gold, and one of the places that helped the industry out is the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins.

The Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins is a popular place to climb rocks, take in amazing views of the surrounding oceans, snap photos, and learn more about Aruba’s fascinating history.

Kennedy Kollar

Content Associate

Kennedy is an entertainment junkie hailing from Pennsylvania. When she is traveling, you can find her searching for the best gluten-free foods as well as matcha and chai teas. She loves immersing herself in new cultures and wishes to visit the less-traveled hidden gems.

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