Today I’m sharing the long overdue Aruba Travel guide. Yay!! Just going through these pictures makes me want to go back! This trip was so much fun and such a relaxing vacation. I highly recommend going to Aruba! If you’re reading this you are probably planning a vacay to Aruba or wanting to go there….So here are all the deets on how we did Aruba!
We stayed at two different Air Bnb’s during our 10 day vacation. It was so much cheaper than trying to book a room at a resort. We chose them based on our budget and location we wanted to be, so you have a lot of options to choose from! Our Air Bnb’s were literally across the street from the resorts. And if you didn’t already know, the resorts have public access to the beaches. So you can walk through all the gorgeous resorts and get straight to the beach. It was probably a ten minute walk from our Air Bnb!
Also car rentals are pretty affordable at just $30 a day (if you want a jeep, then it gets pricey!). Depending on what you plan on doing during your stay and how much traveling on the island you are doing you will most likely not need a car your whole trip. We got a car the last two days of our trip to get us back to the airport and do some exploring we weren’t able to do on foot.
We ate at a lot of places while we visited but these places stood out the most and were the places we kept going back to!
Eduardos Beach Shack- HANDS DOWN my favorite place to eat the whole trip. You can get acas bowls, smoothies, protein balls, etc. If you love fruit this is your place! It was as delicious as it looks! I loved the pitaya bowl. You can also also to get yours put in a pineapple bowl, but they never had any while I was there. If you look them up on Instagram you’ll see what I’m talking about!
Dutch Pancake House- We came here for breakfast one day and it was so yummy. They also have dessert dutch pancakes that are ah-mazing. You have to get one!
Moomba- This place is right on the beach in the middle of all the resorts. They have a delicious all you can eat breakfast you can eat on the sand under a palm tree. Their lunch was really good too, I loved their caesar salad. Moomba was always a happening place to be! I think Sunday night is THE night to go to Moomba, but you’ll have to ask a local to be sure!
Pina coladas- oh the endless Pina Coladas. Im pretty sure I had 20 of them this trip. Don’t worry they were all virgin! 😉 These are my absolute fav drink, especially on the beach! We got a lot of them from Moomba but you can get them everywhere. Even from the ladies who ask you on the beach from the resort you’re not staying at!
Another one of my favorite places to eat was this cute shack on the pier called Bungalow Bar & Restaurant. Its right along Palm beach! We had dinner there with live music playing and it was the perfect night out.
Aruba is very much a relaxing vacation. We spent a lot of time just relaxing on the beach and laying out. Taking an occasional swim in the warm Caribbean water. But when you’re ready for a little more adventure there are a lot of options: UTV rides, boat rides, water sports, etc.
A few of the things we did were snorkeling, arikok national park, beach volleyball, and watching the breathtaking sunsets. We did some snorkeling at Baby Beach (more info below) and some other local areas. Ask a local where the best place to snorkeling is that won’t be super crowded with tourists. We went to a couple random spots and saw lots of cool fish!
Theres almost always a game of beach volleyball going on. We played so. much. volleyball. It was so much fun! You can always just jump right into a team or make your own and rotate with the others. This is also a great way to make friends and meet other people visiting the island!
When you are wanting to explore the North side of the Island make sure to go through Arikok National Park! There are incredible views of the ocean and waves crashing (boca prins is where we went). We went through the Fontien Cave where you’ll see a lot of native Arawak Indian rock paintings. Next we went to Quadirikiri Cave! This cave has some ceiling openings that allows a lot of natural light into the cave, so you can actually see quite a bit! You’ll have to make sure to read the legend about indian chiefs daughter, Wadirikiri.
Unfortunately at the time we went there was an oil spill that affected the north side of the island, so a lot of attractions were closed off for oil cleaning. When you go to Aruba make sure you hit up the Natural Pools! I really wish we were able to go to these!
Lastly, you can’t forget about the sunsets on the beach. Here are some pictures but they really don’t do it justice. The sunsets were gorgeous!
My two favorite beaches we went to were Palm Beach and Baby Beach. Although you really can’t go wrong at any of the beaches. The turquoise waters and soft white sand is a dream. Mix that with the palm trees and cute beach huts and you’re set! BTW Baby Beach is known for great snorkeling! Our one regret is not going to the famous Flamingo Beach. You do have to pay $100 per person to go to this beach and there are only 6 flamingos. If we could do our trip again would would just book a night at the Renaissance, the resort that owns Flamingo beach, because then you have free access. Then you get more bang for your buck!
Thanks for reading and email me with any questions you might have! Stay tuned for my next post about what to pack for Aruba!