If you make it to Oranjestad in Aruba, don’t miss these great places on this beautiful island:
Hadicurari Beach has strong winds that attract both kite boarders and wind surfers. It has a pebbly coastline with beach shacks, as the beach has a nickname of Fisherman’s Huts. It’s a good place for snorkeling since the water is shallow.
Arikok National Park
Aruban National Park is home to wildlife like rattlesnakes, lizards, goats, donkeys, and parakeets that live on an ecological reserve. Plus, you can explore caves, limestone cliffs and sand dunes or visit an abandoned gold mine. It’s quite large, so it likely takes more than one day to see its wonders.
Aruba’s Donkey Sanctuary Aruba is run by a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing the island's donkeys, which used to be how people got around on the island. The donkeys get care and food and love to see the visitors and interact with them. You can buy carrots and apples to feed the donkeys.
Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations
The Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations is a group of hiking trails full of cacti and boulders and other interesting sights. Plus, you can get a great view at the top of the whole island. It’s free, and it’s best to go in the daytime to beat the heat of the Caribbean sun.
The Wilhelmina Park is a small park on the waterfront featuring a statue of Queen Wilhelmina. She was the leader of the Netherlands in the first part of the 20th century. Good place to go for a walk and see lots of iguana lizards.
The Museo Museum is inside Fort Zoutman, an 18th-century fort and one of the island’s oldest structures. It has information on the pre-European and colonial times of Aruba.