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How to Spend 2 Days in Aruba

How to Spend 2 Days in Aruba

Spending two days on the island of Aruba lets you to explore its cultural and historical attractions, take advantage of a wide range of outdoor activities such as scuba diving and horseback riding, and schedule some down time at the beach. Here’s how to plan your stay.

Day 1: Sightsee and Sip Drinks

**Morning:**Whether you hop on an ATV or jump into a 4WD Jeep, exploring Aruba’s rocky landscape and visiting its top attractions during the morning hours is best, since you’ll beat the afternoon heat and strong sun. Highlights include the California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, and the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins.

**Afternoon:**Take it easy in the afternoon on one of Aruba’s popular beaches, such as Baby Beach, a favorite among both locals and tourists. Boasting soft sand and a calm, bathwaterlike lagoon, the family-friendly beach offers huts for sun protection and snorkel gear to rent.

**Night:**Explore island nightlife on a pub crawl of Aruba. Evening bar tours take place aboard lively open-air buses and include stops at several spots. If you’re new to Aruba, a tour like this is a good way to navigate the nightlife scene with the help of a guide.

Day 2: Horseback Riding and Water Fun

**Morning:**Start the day with a peaceful horseback ride around Arikok National Park, located on the eastern side of Aruba. You don’t need to be an experienced rider since most guides offer instruction and assign you a well-suited, well-trained horse to ride. Inside the park, visit one the island's highest points to snap photos.

**Afternoon:**Join a snorkeling or scuba diving tour—designed for both beginner and experienced divers—to explore the Caribbean waters and marine life around Aruba. (Full-day options, which depart in the morning, are available too, if you’d prefer to spend the whole day out at sea.) Alternatively, rent snorkeling gear at one of the beaches and explore close to shore.

**Night:**Cap off your short stay on Aruba with a sunset sail. Dine on an open-deck catamaran as you watch the sun disappear into the sea, or choose a sailing option without the meal and dine in town.

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De Palm Island with Bus Transportation

De Palm Island with Bus Transportation

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Make the most of your trip to Aruba on this private island adventure to Paradise. Travel by air-conditioned coach to De Palm Island, where you experience the beauty and the thrill of an underwater wonderland. Get an up-close look at the tropical fish and coral reefs this part of the world is known for and lounge on sandy shores between dips into the sea. Plus enjoy a savory lunch and sweet tropical beverages while kicking back in a sunny hammock.
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  • 6 hours
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Antilla & Catalina Snorkel Sail

Antilla & Catalina Snorkel Sail

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Snorkel at Catalina Bay and the Antilla shipwreck during this afternoon excursion in Aruba. Board a catamaran and travel to these two excellent snorkeling spots, where you swim with angelfish, yellowtail snapper, and stingrays. Enjoy drinks from the open bar and snacks onboard the boat.
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  • 3 hours
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Lunch & Snorkel Sail
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Lunch & Snorkel Sail

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Discover the SS ‘Antilla’ shipwreck, one of the Caribbean's largest wrecks, on this half-day Aruba snorkeling cruise. Set sail aboard a luxury catamaran to three snorkel spots abundant with marine life, including a stop at Catalina Bay. Enjoy an open bar and a deli-style lunch, served by an expert crew on board. Includes snorkel instruction and equipment.
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  • 4 hours
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Luxury Wine and Dine Dinner Sail in Aruba

Luxury Wine and Dine Dinner Sail in Aruba

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Set sail from Aruba for a dinner cruise by catamaran, then watch the sun set into the Caribbean as you drink and dine on deck. Enjoy an open bar throughout the cruise, and nibble local and international fare from a sumptuous, three-course buffet. Take in Aruba’s shoreline scenery and cool sea breezes, then return to Palm Beach as the stars appear over the island. 
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  • 3 hours
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Aruba Sunset Sail Experience

Aruba Sunset Sail Experience

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Catch the sunset from Aruba's crystal waters on this evening cruise. Hop aboard a comfortable open-deck catamaran and set sail, taking in views of the coastline and sights such as Eagle Beach, Palm Beach, the California Lighthouse, and more. Along the way, sip a cocktail and enjoy snacks as you view the setting sun.
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  • 2 hours
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Aruba Happy Kukoo Hour

Aruba Happy Kukoo Hour

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Ride a colorful party bus bound for Aruba’s best watering holes during this fun night out. Tour the Caribbean island in a lively open-air bus, stopping at the best bars off the beaten track with your local guide. Enjoy a complimentary shot at each of four stops, as well as drink specials and the opportunity to learn some local dances. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Introductory Diving in Aruba
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Introductory Diving in Aruba

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Experience scuba diving in Aruba during a half-day introductory course, and explore a shallow reef or one of the island’s legendary shipwrecks. Learn the basics of equipment and safety in a classroom and pool, then head for open water. Practice buoyancy and communication while swimming alongside a dive instructor and discover vibrant fish and brilliant coral as you dive the Caribbean Sea for the first time. 
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  • 4 hours
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Made in Aruba Sightseeing Tour

Made in Aruba Sightseeing Tour

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Learn about Aruba's most popular exports during this entertaining and educational tour. With your local guide, visit a cigar producer, a local farm and an aloe Vera factory. Stop by the Studio Murano Fine Arts to see an 19th century old Aruban Kunuko house, see how Giuliani will use the old traditional technique of glassblowing and and enjoy lunch and one complimentary soft drink. Sample some local liquors at The Aruba Rum Tasting at the home of Jerome and Marcia where the secret Flavored Aruba Rum is made. Hear about how these exports shape Aruba's economy through engaging commentary from your local guide. Learn more about Aruba’s agriculture history by visiting the Goshen farm and enjoy a refreshing smoothie. Lunch and round-trip transportation from local hotels are provided.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Aruba UTV Adventure

Aruba UTV Adventure

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Ride a UTV through Aruba's rugged landscape during this adventure. Meet your local adventure guides and take off to see sights like the Wish Rock Garden, the Baby Bridge, Black Stone Beach, the California Lighthouse and the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins. Enjoy engaging, informative commentary during your tour and make a beach stop for a refreshing swim. Use of safety gear and round-trip transportation from Aruba hotels are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Aruba Small-Group Hiking Tour

Aruba Small-Group Hiking Tour

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Take a break from the beach and discover the island’s scenic countryside on a hiking tour. Gain insight into the region’s geography and history as you embark on a walk adapted to your group’s fitness level, benefiting from the more personalized experience of a small-group tour. Relax after an active day with included hotel or port pickup and drop-off.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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