The Best Things In Aruba Are Free

Any globetrotter who’s booking a trip to Aruba knows what this decision ensues: ultimate Caribbean pleasure, pampering, passion, pizazz and price tags.

Although these vacation needs are easily fulfilled while leisuring around the resort and touristy areas, visitors ought to know that there is another fascinating world to be discovered just a few steps away from their all inclusive comfort zone.

While Aruba’s Palm Beach strip is dotted with top of the bill resorts, lively beach bars, the latest water sport facilities, kiosks, sunbathers, swimmers, joggers and strollers, other local beaches like Arashi, Baby Beach or Eagle Beach offer the same pristine waters and soft white sands in a more tranquil environment.

There is no need to wonder, find your favorite spot in the sun - access to all the beaches on this island is free of charge. And so are many natural and historical attractions like the Quadirikiri Caves, Alto Vista Chapel or the Bushiribana Gold Smelter Ruins.

Exploring the island of Aruba can be achieved in a number of ways. Off-roading trips in 4x4 jeeps or Quad racers are among the popular tours, but also horseback riding, sailing and snorkeling are great options to discover more about this destination. For those wanting to dig a little deeper into the island’s culture and history, the Aruba Aloe Factory and Museum offers a complementary tour of the Aloe Vera industry and background. Find out more about Aruba’s free attractions in the list below. 

Santa Cruz

At a mere 541 feet, this is not Aruba's highest peak, but Hooiberg is the most accessible climb on the island with its five hundred and sixty two steps (count them). Save this climb for a clear day since you will be able to see all the way to...  Read More

This museum, factory and store in one, is a must-visit for everyone interested in Aruba's history as world's largest exporter of the aloe vera plant. By taking a fifteen minute tour, visitors will learn about the island's aloe industry past and...  Read More

Northwest Coast

This historic lighthouse, built in 1910, is not named after the rolling sand dunes behind the cliff on which it is situated, but rather for its proximity to the wreck "S.S. California" - a ship that sank nearby in 1891, before the lighthouse was...  Read More

Northeast Coast
Photo courtesy of Dino Erasmus

In the mid-19th century, Aruba experienced a gold rush and small mines were built throughout the countryside. The gold smelter ruins at Bushiribana is still visible and serves as a reminder of Aruba's golden years that started in 1824 with a...  Read More

Northeast Coast
The Natural Bridge
Photo courtesy of Liliana Erasmus

Years of pounding waves carved amazing natural formations out of the coral limestone, along Aruba's wild northern coastline. The first and most popular Natural Bridge was 25 feet high and 100 feet long, attracting and inspiring a multitude of...  Read More

Northeast Coast

Ayo Rock Formations is located to the northeast of Hooiberg and just a couple of minutes away from Aruba's Donkey Sanctuary and Casibari – another popular but more crowded spot to explore the island's unique collection of massive diorite...  Read More

Two of Aruba's most exciting sites are the Quadirikiri and Fontein caves. Both are part of the island's National Park Arikok, but only the Quadirikiri caves are free to access without park entrance fees, because of its separate location (outside...  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

Northeast Coast
Alto Vista Chapel
Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp

Established more than 250 years ago by the Indians and the Spanish, Alto Vista is often called the Pilgrim's Church, but is known officially as Our Lady of Alto Vista. The chapel was the island's first Roman Catholic Church, built in 1750 and...  Read More

A great way to explore the capital of Aruba is by tramcar (or streetcar). These hydrogen-powered vehicles depart at the cruise ship terminal to take visitors and locals for a free and scenic inner city loop. No matter where passengers hop on and...  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

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