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We will be in Aruba from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. on April 11, 2014. It will be our 1st visit, so I want to be able to see the most for our money. We are cruising with Carnival, but I usually book excursions from outside vendors. What are the best things to see in Aruba? It will be myself (52), my husband (47) and my mother (73).


Since we have such a long day in Aruba, I am certain we will get off the boat early to do an excursion or tour, return to ship in the afternoon to clean up, and then head back out in the evening. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Besides the beaches there are


Island Tours-

private taxi tour, bus tour, mini bus tour, "yellow school bus" fun tour, jeep tour, atv tour, motorcycle/trikes tour, hiking tour, mountain bike tour, horseback tour



Aruba's Aloe Factory Tour

Alto Vista Chapel

De Palm Island

Fort Zoutman & King Willem III Tower

Arikok National Park

Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins

Baby natural bridge


Picturesque beaches, no swimming on the windward side

Natural Pool if time permits

Rock Formations

Bubali Bird Sanctuary

California Dunes & Lighthouse

Lourdes Grotto

St. Anna Church

Balashi Gold Smelter Ruins

Museums & Art Galleries-

Archaeological Museum of Aruba, Aruba Numismatic Museum, Aruban Model Trains Museum, Historical Museum of Aruba


Activities in Aruba-

Spas & Sports- Tennis, Golf

Watersports- Scuba Diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, jetski, parasailing, sailing, motorized boat tours, banana boats, sunset cruise, stand up paddleboard,

Donkey Sanctuary- kids too

Butterfly Farm- kids too

Ostrich Farm- kids too


Sky Diving

Rock Climbing & Caving





If you would like a private tour see Questions on Bully Tours in Aruba??

Bullys Taxi Tour (What are the highlights?)


For a small group tour see

private tour with SOnny Binns????

Sonny Binns Tour Bus?


Also see http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1741320


Without knowing more specifics on night time and whether you are looking for dinner or just a night out on the town...


Restaurants on the beach


Aruba Restaurant Recommendation/Advice?


Need recommendations for a nice restaurant in Oranjestad (on water prederably)


Restaurant recommendations on a Sunday


Restaurants on the Beach

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