There is no need to rush while in Aruba. It is a small island, so visitors have the chance to get the most of even a brief stay. Find out how to fill in your half day from arrival to departure by exploring downtown attractions, going to the water or simply wandering around.
Explore downtown attractions
One of the top must-dos upon arrival in Aruba is a downtown tour in the new solar-powered tramcar in Oranjestad. Get on this nostalgic carriage at the cruise ship terminal for a circular trip around Aruba's capital city.
Downtown Oranjestad — Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp
You can hop off at several popular spots. Downtown favorites are the National Archeological Museum of Aruba, the Fort Zoutman Historical Museum and Willem III Tower and the Wilhelmina Park, located next to the Renaissance Marketplace.
For a stroll along L.G. Smith Boulevard, visit the island's newest addition - Linear Park - where the whole island joins together to walk, jog and catch a breath of fresh air while enjoying city and ocean views.
I Love Aruba sign downtown — Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp
Go to the water
If a visit to the beach is the only wish on the list, then pick out one of the 10 best Aruba beaches before taking a cab to your half day of fun in the sun.
Druif Beach is a wonderful choice for a quick swim, or for sunbathers wanting to stay close to the cruise ship terminal.
For a scenic drive along the shore, go all the way to one of the island’s favorite attractions: California Lighthouse. Spend the rest of your stay at Arashi, which is the ideal beach for relaxing and snorkeling.
For action-packed adventures, book a jeep tour to explore fascinating natural and historical sites like Casibari Rock Formations, Alto Vista Chapel and Arikok National Park Foundation, where caves with ancient Indian drawings, hiking trails, sand dunes and natural pools await. This is a great way to get to know the island.
For a half-day fishing trip, visit the Renaissance Marina. Driftwood Charters prepares your fresh catches of the day at their Driftwood Restaurant across the street.
Aruba from a bird’s eye view can be arranged by helicopter ride or by sky diving.
Alto Vista Chapel — Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp
Too much excitement? Too hot? Too fast? Don’t fuss. Aruba offers excellent shopping facilities, plus many places to wind down.
Browse the downtown shops and malls, sniff around the harbor flea markets, buy souvenirs or that very special gift for that very special someone.
Have a cocktail. Try a delightful cup of coffee or soothing Italian ice cream at Lecca Lecca Italian Gelateria. Or give in to a local pastry called a pastechi at the Pastechi House, while strolling down the main street.
Make your couple of hours in Aruba memorable. The island is all yours.