Get Ready To Disembark On The Happy Island Of Aruba

To give cruise ship passengers an overview of the most important highlights that are closest to their port of arrival and departure, 10Best Local Experts have compiled an updated list of recommendations that include a variety of options to fit as many personal tastes and budgets as possible. Aruba visitors can choose between full day island tours, half day water activities or a combination of sightseeing and shopping or casino hopping. 

Of course, there are many other options to have a fun-filled day in Aruba, like an all-inclusive package on De Palm Island or a visit to Aruba's National Park Arikok, but to cover some of the best attractions close to the port of call, the two most important museums of Aruba should be included on any vacation itinerary. 

A snorkeling trip with Private Snorkeling Aruba, or an underwater experience with Atlantis Submarine Expedition, both offer a glimpse of the island's exotic marine life. If visitors want to jump on a tramcar and cruise through downtown Oranjestad to soak up the island's culture, architecture and shopping opportunities, the tramcar station is right at the entrance of the cruise ship terminal. Be ready to rail away, browse around, or take a short cab drive to Druif Beach or Eagle Beach – if a peaceful day at one of Aruba's most beloved attractions is all it takes to have a blast.                   

This sophisticated casino attracts an international crowd with its Monaco-inspired lavish furnishings and decor. The Crystal Casino is open around the clock for non-stop excitement. 14,000 square feet houses 11 blackjack tables, 270 slot...  Read More

Captain Rene welcomes you aboard his 26 foot Bayliner deckboat called Rendezvous for an unforgettable encounter with Aruba's precious marine life. Compared to other snorkeling operators, Private Snorkeling Aruba offers the intimacy of smaller...  Read More

"Travel + Leisure" magazine named this stretch of powdery soft white sand, one of the "10 Best Beaches in the World." This public beach offers plenty of parking, shady picnic areas and palapa huts. Swimming is wonderful here and local hotels can...  Read More

This fisherman's family knows all about fish, and what the local waters have to offer. Enjoy a half, or a full day of exciting Aruban fishing with one of Driftwood's fishing charters, including all fishing equipment, bait, soft drinks,...  Read More

Wharfside Flea Market
Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp

Bring your best haggling tricks and get ready to bargain for T-shirts, local arts, crafts and delicacies. This flea market at the dock of Oranjestad's harbor used to be Aruba's first public market. Years ago, before the big supermarkets started...  Read More

At ABC Tours & Attractions, tour guides take your vacation personally. For this young and innovative company, guests are the primary focus. That's why they score high with their professional, fun-filled excursions and attractions....  Read More

Aruba's main shopping street, Caya G.F. Betico Croes (named after ex-member of parliament Croes, who was responsible for setting Aruba's independence from the Dutch Antilles, back in 1986) is a half-mile long smorgasbord of international and...  Read More

If scuba diving is not your thing but the wonders of the deep fascinate you, De Palm Tours has just the thing: the Atlantis Submarine Expedition that allows you to see a stunning array of marine life, from fish and sea turtles to coral and...  Read More

Constructed in 1798, as a means of defense against pirates, this old Dutch fortress now houses the Historical Museum of Aruba. The restoration of Fort Zoutman took place in 1974 and in 1983 the Willem III Tower was finished, enabling Aruba a...  Read More

National Archaeological Museum of Aruba

This newly restored museum, which moved in 2009 into one of the island's most historic landmarks downtown, offers a fascinating glimpse at the life of Aruba's first inhabitants. The permanent exhibition provides an interactive experience for...  Read More


Meet Liliana Erasmus

Born and raised in Aruba, Liliana moved to the Netherlands to continue her college education in Marketing. Since 1998 she’s been back on her beloved island, where she is working as a...  More About Liliana