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.                   



"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

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

Photo courtesy of Cado De Lannoy


Cosecha - meaning 'harvest' in Papiamento - is a fine local art and craft gallery boutique in the heart of Oranjestad. Apart from celebrating and sharing the fruits of Dutch Caribbean creativity, Cosecha is quickly becoming a new and lively...  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



Together with the seasoned Captain Milton and his crew, guests have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience local fishing in Aruba. Teaser Charters don't hold the Caribbean record of a 1086 pound Blue Marlin for nothing. Fully equipped, top of...  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



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



The Green Bike Aruba project is an incredibly smart family initiative that finally introduced the environmentally friendly bicycle-sharing system in Aruba. With a fleet of hundred bicycles divided among the eight stations along Aruba's west...  Read More



Aruba Walking Tours is a relatively new attraction on the island, offering visitors unique strolls through Aruba's cultural and historical lanes. A two and a half hour excursion alone gives sightseers a broader and deeper view of the island's...  Read More



Aruba Heli Tours has been taking to the skies since 2002, providing passengers with the most memorable island experiences. Whoever dreamt of taking a helicopter ride can check mark their bucket list by hopping on board a Robinson 44 and soar...  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