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How to Spend 1 Day in Aruba

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How to Spend 1 Day in Aruba
Known for its turquoise waters, rugged coastline, and popular beaches, the island of Aruba is a tiny tropical paradise that’s packed with plenty of outdoor activities, cultural sights, and picturesque views. Explore the island by sea with swimming and snorkeling tours and by land with ATV or 4WD tours. Here’s how to get the best of Aruba in just one day.

Morning: Ride an ATV Around Aruba
Start your day with an adrenaline rush as you ride an ATV around Aruba's rugged landscape. Along the way, take in the island’s main sights, including Wish Rock Garden, Baby Bridge, Black Stone Beach, the California Lighthouse, and the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins. Exploring Aruba’s craggy terrain by ATV is the perfect way to get the lay of the land, especially for adventurous travelers. Alternatively, join a guided 4WD Jeep tour to visit sights not easily accessible by standard vehicles. Plus, you’ll be able to sit back and relax while your guide/driver is behind the wheel.

Afternoon: Snorkel, Swim, and Scuba
Cool off from the afternoon sun with a refreshing dip in the Caribbean. Aruba is a popular destination for avid scuba divers and snorkelers, but you don’t need previous experience to enjoy these activities. Beginning divers can sign up for an introductory lesson, which typically starts with instructions in a pool before students explore a shallow reef or one of the island’s legendary shipwrecks. Advanced divers can either rent equipment or join a 2-dive group tour. Alternatively, head out on a catamaran to see the colorful sea life while snorkeling.

Night: Sail at Sunset 
Whether from the beach, the water, or simply your balcony, catching the sunset in Aruba is a must. For a magical experience, set sail aboard a catamaran on a dinner cruise. Drink tropical cocktails and dine on traditional island fare as you watch the sun sink into the Caribbean waters. If you prefer to dine on land, choose a sunset sailing option that offers snacks and wine instead. Alternatively, certified divers can sign up for a guided night dive and use a special fluorescent light to see marine life such as corals, anemones, and crustaceans.
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Luxury Wine & Dine Dinner SailWine Tasting

Luxury Wine & Dine Dinner Sail

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Set sail from Aruba for a dinner cruise by catamaran, then watch the sun set into the Caribbean as you drink and dine on deck. Enjoy an open bar throughout the cruise, and nibble local and international fare from a sumptuous, three-course buffet. Take in Aruba’s shoreline scenery and cool sea breezes, then return to Palm Beach as the stars appear over the island. 
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  • 3 hours
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Made in Aruba Sightseeing TourDay Trips

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Made in Aruba Sightseeing Tour

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Learn about Aruba's most popular exports during this entertaining and educational tour. With your local guide, visit a cigar producer, an aloe vera factory, and the local Balashi Brewery. See how Aruban glass and ceramics are made at Terrafuse and sample some local liquors at the Palmera Rum Factory. Hear about how these exports shape Aruba's economy through engaging commentary from your local guide. Lunch and round-trip transportation from local hotels are provided.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Aruba Snorkel Cruise to SS Antilla with LunchDay Cruises

Aruba Snorkel Cruise to SS Antilla with Lunch

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Snorkel three different sites on this half-day adventure in Aruba. Visit the SS Antilla, the reef at Boca Catalina and Malmok, where you'll don the provided snorkel gear and swim in the calm Caribbean sea amongst various species of coral and tropical fish. Depart from Aruba's De Palm Pier, and enjoy lunch and and open bar on board the boat after your snorkeling adventure has finished.
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Aruba Pub CrawlDining Experiences

Aruba Pub Crawl

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Ride a colorful party bus bound for Aruba’s best watering holes during this fun night out. Tour the Caribbean island in a lively open-air bus, stopping at the best bars off the beaten track with your local guide. Enjoy a complimentary shot at each of four stops, as well as drink specials and the opportunity to learn some local dances. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Antilla & Catalina Snorkel SailDay Cruises

Antilla & Catalina Snorkel Sail

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Snorkel at Catalina Bay and the Antilla shipwreck during this afternoon excursion in Aruba. Board a catamaran and travel to these two excellent snorkeling spots, where you swim with angelfish, yellowtail snapper, and stingrays. Enjoy drinks from the open bar and snacks onboard the boat.
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Introductory Diving in ArubaScuba Diving

Introductory Diving in Aruba

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Experience scuba diving in Aruba during a half-day introductory course, and explore a shallow reef or one of the island’s legendary shipwrecks. Learn the basics of equipment and safety in a classroom and pool, then head for open water. Practice buoyancy and communication while swimming alongside a dive instructor and discover vibrant fish and brilliant coral as you dive the Caribbean Sea for the first time. 
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De Palm Island with Bus TransportationDining Experiences

De Palm Island with Bus Transportation

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Make the most of your trip to Aruba on this private island adventure to Paradise. Travel by air-conditioned coach to De Palm Island, where you experience the beauty and the thrill of an underwater wonderland. Get an up-close look at the tropical fish and coral reefs this part of the world is known for and lounge on sandy shores between dips into the sea. Plus enjoy a savory lunch and sweet tropical beverages while kicking back in a sunny hammock.
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Aruba UTV AdventureHalf-day Tours

Aruba UTV Adventure

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Ride a UTV through Aruba's rugged landscape during this adventure. Meet your local adventure guides and take off to see sights like the Wish Rock Garden, the Baby Bridge, Black Stone Beach, the California Lighthouse and the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins. Enjoy engaging, informative commentary during your tour and make a beach stop for a refreshing swim. Use of safety gear and round-trip transportation from Aruba hotels are included.
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Lunch & Snorkel SailDay Cruises

Lunch & Snorkel Sail

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Discover the SS ‘Antilla’ shipwreck, one of the Caribbean's largest wrecks, on this half-day Aruba snorkeling cruise. Set sail aboard a luxury catamaran to three snorkel spots abundant with marine life, including a stop at Catalina Bay. Enjoy an open bar and a deli-style lunch, served by an expert crew on board. Includes snorkel instruction and equipment.
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Sunset Tour Rancho LocoNature and Wildlife

Sunset Tour Rancho Loco

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Watch Aruba's sunset while riding horseback atop the hills of Arikok National Park on the island's east coast. Guides at Rancho Loco match you with a horse ideal for your skill level--novice to expert riders are welcome to enjoy the sweeping land and ocean views on this excursion. Round-trip transportation from your hotel or cruise-ship port is included.
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Aruba Small-Group Hiking TourHiking

Aruba Small-Group Hiking Tour

Take a break from the beach and discover the island’s scenic countryside on a hiking tour. Gain insight into the region’s geography and history as you embark on a walk adapted to your group’s fitness level, benefiting from the more personalized experience of a small-group tour. Relax after an active day with included hotel or port pickup and drop-off.
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