Aruba sign on the beach

Eagle Beach

This beach is known for its low-to-the-ground hotels and timeshares. You can rent watersports equipment or take a sunset cruise on a catamaran. There are great restaurants near by. If you come at the right time of year, you can interact with wildlife such as new baby turtles will hatch and crawl to the ocean around June. Eagle Beach is open to the public 24/7 and access to the beach is free.

Aruba Palms and SeaPalm Beach

The waters along Palm Beach are tranquil and its known for its unique turquoise color. It is located just above Eagle Beach on Aruba’s western coast. Travelers are often impressed with the water’s bright, clear blue color and the soft, white sand of the shoreline that varies by location. Palm Beach is open to the public at any time of day, and many of the hotels will allow you to change in their lobby bathrooms or purchase refreshments at their concession stands or beach bars.

Hyatt Regency Casino

This casino has 21 gaming tables, 255 slot machines and 30 video poker machines. Regular casino hours are noon to 4 a.m. daily. But prime time to visit is Tuesday through Sunday evenings when the betting house hosts “Carnival in Rio” nights featuring live music and dancing.

Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

This Donkey Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization devoted to saving the island’s donkeys and educating locals and tourists on their care. Donkeys used to be the main form of transportation on the island; now many of them are sick and injured. This donkey sanctuary makes sure to properly care for and shelter donkeys. People find the animals to be sweet, docile creatures eager to interact with everyone. The Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s no admission fee to visit, but you’re encouraged to make a donation to the organization’s effort to save the Aruban donkey.

Stellaris Casino

This is a 24-hour casino that has 28 gaming tables, 522 slot machines and a handful of race and sports kiosks. Stellaris Casino is part of the massive Aruba Marriott Resort complex along Palm Beach.

Hadicurari Beach

Bright ocean pier sunrise with colorful clouds over azure watersHadicurari Beach is great for windsurfers and kite boarders due to its strong winds. The area’s shallow, iridescent water is also good for snorkeling. Hadicurari is free to visit all the time, but it’s an especially popular beach in late June or early July during the Aruba Hi-Winds kite surfing and windsurfing tournament.

Pedernales Wreck

The SS Pedernales was a World War II lake tanker that was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat en route to a refinery on Aruba. The center portion of the vessel still remains submerged off the shore of Palm Beach, approximately 25 feet below sea level. You will see tons of small reef fish.

Bon Bini Festival

Every Tuesday, the Bon Bini Festival (Bon Bini means “welcome” in Papiamento) attempts to enthrall you in island folk traditions, with lively dancing, colorful costumes, thrumming drums, tasty food and potent drinks. The Bon Bini Festival takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fort Zoutman and King Willem III Tower in Oranjestad. Admission is $5 and food, drinks and local crafts are available for purchase.

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Colorful buildings in Oranjestad on the island of ArubaBucuti & Tara Beach Resort is an adults-only resort located on 14 acres close to Aruba’s westernmost point. This resort has 104 guest rooms, suites and penthouses that offer intimacy and seclusion, along with private balconies, free Wi-Fi and locally made Aruba Aloe bath products to use in solar-heated showers. All guests receive a complimentary full American breakfast buffet daily. There are three different restaurants on site. The resort has an oceanfront freshwater infinity pool, as well as a beach bar. The spa offers a variety of treatments, from hot stone massages to coconut milk and aloe wraps, as well as a selection of signature treatments. The 24-hour fitness center at Bucuti & Tara features a wide variety of cardiovascular and weight-training gear, including treadmills, bikes, free weights and other exercise accessories.

For Reservations call: +297 583 1100

The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton is located on the beach on Aruba’s northwestern coast. Each stay starts with a complimentary welcome drink at check-in and extends to the spacious rooms, all of which feature marble bathrooms with separate showers and large soaking tubs, 46-inch LCD TVs and furnished balconies. The four restaurants at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba feature fresh, local produce and seafood in a variety of culinary styles. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba features two oceanfront swimming pools. Towels and lounge chairs are available at both pools, as is poolside food and beverage service. The 15,000-square-foot spa at The Ritz-Carlton features 13 treatment rooms and a full menu of island-inspired services, including facials, body wraps and scrubs, plus massages that feature natural, herbal ingredients. The fitness center at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba features a variety of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, as well as fitness classes like yoga and Zumba and multiple classes on the beach.

For reservations call: +297 527 2222

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino

This resort has 357 guestrooms equipped with a 42-inch LCD TV and an iHome clock radio, as well as signature Hyatt Grand Beds. Guests have 10 restaurants and bars to choose from at the Hyatt Aruba Resort. The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort offers an 8,000-square-foot swimming complex complete with a two-story waterslide, waterfalls and a freshwater lagoon filled with tropical fish. The ZoiA Spa at the Hyatt Regency features a long list of treatments that use locally sourced ingredients, including a variety of massage therapies, facials and body treatments. The spa also offers a full-service salon with hair and nail treatments. The 24-hour fitness facility at the Hyatt is equipped with treadmills, bikes, resistance machines, free weights and more.

For reservations call: +297 586 1234

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Standard guest rooms at this resort feature neutral decor with modern amenities, some of which include 37-inch flat-screen televisions, mini-refrigerators and coffee makers. Rooms also come with signature beds, wet bars and large, private balconies that overlook the ocean or surrounding resort. Guests may choose from several dining options at the Aruba Marriott Resort, including international offerings at La Vista, local seafood at the beachside Atardi, fresh sushi and sashimi at Ketsu Sushi Bar and fine dining at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. The resort offers a large free-form pool with a swim-up bar and cascading waterfalls for families, plus an exclusive adults-only pool. The Balinese-inspired Mandara Spa at the Aruba Marriott Resort features a comprehensive menu of treatments for men and women, including a variety of massage therapies, facials and body scrubs and wraps. The 6,500-square-foot facility offers a steam room, therapy baths and a full-service salon. The fitness center at the Aruba Marriott Resort features cardiovascular and weight training equipment, yoga mats and complimentary group classes.

For reservations call: +297 586 9000

Hotel Riu Palace Aruba

Hotel Riu Palace Aruba Hotel Riu Palace Aruba offers 450 guest rooms with balconies or terraces and hydro-massage bathtubs. Plus, booking a room here grants guests full reign of breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, along with four à-la-carte restaurants. Standard guest rooms at the Hotel Riu Palace Aruba are traditionally Caribbean in design and feature flat-screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibars and liquor dispensers that are stocked daily, coffee makers and air conditioning. The Hotel Riu Palace Aruba offers a huge main pool with a swim-up bar and a smaller shallow pool. The Vita Novus Spa at the Hotel Riu Palace Aruba offers a variety of massage therapies, facials and body wraps. The hotel has a fitness center that is equipped with a variety of cardiovascular and weight-training equipment.

For reservations call: +297 586 3900