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The Perfect Weekend Itinerary in Aruba

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Just because you’ve only got one weekend to spare doesn’t mean you need to miss out on a varied, relaxing and adventurous visit to Aruba! With a carefully planned itinerary this tiny island with its white sandy beaches and azure waters can provide a quick yet immersive Caribbean experience.

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Aruba Suggested Itinerary:

Day 1

  1. Check into hotel
  2. Relax by the beach or pool
  3. Go shopping
  4. Grab dinner
  5. Try your luck at the casino or find some live music

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Day 2

  1. Snorkeling Tour
  2. UTV Tour
  3. Dinner by the beach

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Day 3

  1. Flamingo Beach
  2. Head home

Or

  1. Walk/run along the beach boardwalk
  2. Try some Dutch pancakes
  3. Get a spa treatment
  4. Head home

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Aruba Tips:

  1. US currency is accepted
  2. Get to the airport early (2.5-3 hours) for departures and wait until the second checkpoint before you grab food or go shopping.
  3. You have to purchase tickets for Flamingo Island at the Renaissance Hotel early in the morning. It is recommended you get there around 6:30-7 am as they only sell 20 day passes each day to non-hotel guests. You may want to stay at this hotel if this island is on your must-do list.
  4. Most of the hotels and shopping area are located on Irausquin Blvd.
  5. Some tours are limited on Sunday so plan accordingly.
  6. You can easily catch a taxi from the airport. Note they only accept cash. The rates are based on accommodation and range from $15-30 (average= $25).

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Top Restaurants in Aruba

BLT Steakhouse at the Ritz-Carlton

For an elegant night out, try BLT Steakhouse for aged steaks or the raw bar.

THE KITCHEN TABLE BY WHITE

This famous restaurant only has 16 seats, so you’ve got to make a reservation far in advance! You’ll enjoy a seven course meal of Caribbean cuisine.

2 FOOLS AND A BULL

This restaurant also only seats 16 and requires advance reservations to experience their 5 1/2 course menu and wine pairings. The sommelier will host you and guide you through the wining and dining experience. Note: You’ll be seated at one large U shaped table with other guests.

Top Activities in Aruba

SNORKELING/DIVING

Aruba’s gorgeous blue waters are full of sea-life AND shipwrecks! We recommend taking a morning or afternoon three hour snorkeling tour to see what’s hidden below the surface of the ocean.

ATV/UTV Tour

These UTV Tours run 4 hours. Bring sunglasses, tennis shoes, and active clothes. If you choose a tour that visits the natural pool on the Windward Coast you’ll want to wear a swimsuit under your clothes so you can cool off in the water!

PHILLIPS ANIMAL GARDEN

This organization rescues and rehabilitates exotic animals. You’ll see creatures like the potbelly pig, the jaguarundi, and the red kangaroo.

BABY BRIDGE

You’ve got to see this beautiful natural bridge formed from coral limestone!

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BUSHIRIBANA GOLD MILL RUINS

During the 19th century Aruba had a healthy gold mining industry. Today the old mill stands in ruins. The ruins look similar to a fortress because the building was designed to keep pirates at bay.

GAMBLING

We suggest the Stellaris Casino, Crystal Casino or Seaport Casino because they are open 24 hours a day and you can have as late of an evening as you like.

FLAMINGO BEACH

Check out the famous flamingos at Flamingo Beach! But you’ll have to make a plan in order to see them. These flamingos are located on the Renaissance Private Island, and a day pass will cost you $100.

WATERSPORTS

Watersports are popular in Aruba, and we particularly enjoyed parasailing! It’s a great way to view Aruba’s sparkling ocean waters and beautiful sandy beaches!

SUNSET CRUISE

We suggest getting out on the water at least once during your Aruba trip! Cruising is best around the sunset hour to take advantage of the way the sun goes down over the ocean. There are many options to charter a sailboat or catamaran!

As you can see, it’s very possible to fulfill your Caribbean vacation desires even if you only have a few days to spare. Have you ever fit a dream vacation into just one weekend? Let us know in the comments where you went and how you pulled it off!

If you do have more days to dedicate to your Aruba vacation, check out more of our suggestions for a romantic and adventurous couple’s trip here

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