Offroading in Aruba

Red Rocks, White Sands and Blue Water

Aruba is best known for its beautiful beaches, luxury resorts and nightlife. You will discover a very different side to this island when you go beyond the pavement to a landscape that resembles the American west, with desert sands, red-rock monoliths and cactus. Travel over hills that once held golden riches; examine per-Colombian cave art; and tour the island's wild northeastern corner, where surf crashes against a barren shore. Stop to scramble to the top of huge boulder fields for panoramic views of the island or to plunge into the cooling waters of a sheltered cove tucked into the surf-washed shore.

Highlights

  • Best for: Beach lovers, spa and watersports fans and soft adventurers
  • Best season to visit: Year-round, as it's below the hurricane belt
  • Weather: Steady trade winds, sunny and dry winters in the 70s, 80s in the summer, with occasional afternoon or evening showers

Things to Do

Aruba Information

Offroading in Aruba Overview

More than 20 percent of the island lies within a national park and additional wild areas along the north coast provide miles of dirt roads and rock tracks passable only by four-wheel drive vehicles or ATVs. Routes lead to unique rock formations, historic points of interest and hidden coves tucked into the surf-washed shoreline. Half and all-day tours usually include swimming stops and a picnic or beach barbecue. 

Aruba Offroading Tips

The steady trade winds that blow across Aruba's northern coast can keep you from feeling the full heat of the tropical sun, but you can still get burned if you don't take precautions. Bring comfortable sun protection such as a hat and sunglasses, and remember to reapply sunscreen after swimming stops. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

Best Places for Offroading in Aruba

 At Arikok National Park a trio of caves harbor bats and ancient Arawak artwork. The Ayo Rocks are huge boulders that rise from a sandy plane—with wind-sculpted profiles that are said to resemble the shapes of birds and dragons. The ruins of Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins stand as a reminder of the island's gold rush days. Natural Pool is a rock-lined cove that shelters swimmers from the pounding surf.

What to Pack for Offroading in Aruba

Tour operators will provide drinks and snacks, but you may also want to bring a few of your favorites. Sturdy shoes will help you scramble over the rocks at scenic stops, and you might want a towel and some dry clothing after swimming stops – though the wind and sun will dry you quickly.    

Specials

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Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

BEST RATE includes 7 night studio accommodations, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 4/17/17-6/20/17. Add $239 per person for travel 6/24/17-12/19/17. Options to add on Snorkeling or Jeep Adventures. Options to add on Snorkeling or Jeep Adventures.
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Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort

BEST RATE includes 7 night studio suite accommodations, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 4/17/17-6/20/17. Add $160 per person for travel 6/21/17-12/19/17. Options to add on Snorkeling or Jeep Adventures.
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From $735 per person double occupancy

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Barcelo Aruba

20% OFF includes 7 nights deluxe accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snack and beverages including alcohol, daily scheduled activities, nightly entertainment, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 6/1/17-9/1/17. Book by 3/31/17. Options to add on Snorkeling or Jeep Adventures.
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Resorts

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Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa

Brickell Bay Beach Club is located on the beautiful white sand beaches of Palm Beach. With only 98 rooms and suites, guests will enjoy a high level of personalized service and convenient amenities including onsite restaurants and bars, room service, complimentary breakfast and free WiFi. The resort is centrally located with a wide array of top-rated restaurants, casinos and live shows within easy walking distance.
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Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort

Nestled in a delightful tropical garden dotted with freshwater pools, the Divi Dutch Village Resort is an intimate all-suite resort in the Divi Aruba resort collection—a serene spot with oversized rooms and quiet escapes—perfect for families with all generations. Diving provided by S.E. Aruba Fly ‘n Dive.
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Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

Situated on Aruba’s famed Palm Beach, the Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort offers spacious beachfront studio, one and two- bedroom suites with full kitchens, picture windows and private balconies. Additional amenities include three pools, fitness center, spa, casual and gourmet dining and swim-up bar. Scuba diving provided by S.E. Aruba Fly n Dive.
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Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort

Steps from Aruba’s white sand beaches, the Divi Village Golf Resort offers three restaurants, three pools, tennis courts, oceanfront fitness center, rock climbing wall, and a featured Links golf course. The resort offers large studio and one or two bedroom suites with full kitchens. Free shuttle to nearby casino. Diving with S.E. Aruba Fly ‘n Dive.
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Barcelo Aruba

Experience an all-inclusive scuba diving vacation set amid the pristine white sands of Aruba’s famed Palm Beach. The Barceló Aruba offers 398 rooms and suites and a Vegas-style casino onsite as well as a wide array of all-inclusive activities to fill the days and nights.
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The Mill Resort & Suites Aruba

This tropical oasis of authentic Aruba hospitality is set amid the island’s Palm Beach high-rise and casino resorts. The palm-shaded pool is a tranquil getaway at the heart of the resort. Spacious rooms and suites, some with private hot tubs and most with a full kitchen, are just across the street from the beach with complimentary shuttle service. Diving with Unique Sports of Aruba.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

Entry Requirements: The U.S. Department of State requires that all travelers to and from the Caribbean have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of return from the destination. U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a visa. For more info visit the USDoS website. EXIT REQUIREMENTS: All persons leaving Aruba must pay a Government Departure Tax of approximately USD $37.50, which may be included in your ticket.

Immunizations

No immunizations are required for travelers from the U.S., Canada or Great Britian. Check with your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at CDC Aruba.

Culture and Customs

For a prime example of Aruba's melting-pot society, try a local favorite: Keshi Yena. Made from a hollowed-out sphere of Edam cheese filled with local meats, vegetables and island spices, it combines Dutch, Spanish, and African influences into a soothingly savory yet slightly spicy mix. Ditto for island culture. Dutch is the official language, but school children also learn Spanish and English, and you may hear the lilting tones of Papiamento, which is a local mash-up that borrows from all three and adds a bit of Portuguese and French, finished off with Arawak Indian and African influences. There's still plenty of Dutch practicality in the Aruban character, but this is also an island that likes a party. Carnival, locally called Bacchanalia, takes over the island from January through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Aruba is also the only country to celebrates Dia Di San Juan with singing and dancing, and the New Year celebration known as Dandee has its roots in the Papiamento word for carousing. Aruban's love music, and the local beat, called socarengue, is accompanied with a sensual dance.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electricity in Aruba is 110 volts, 60 cycles (same as U.S.)

Aruba's country code is 297 and direct dial service is reliable. Check with your cell phone service provider for information on calling and data usage in Aruba. High-speed internet service is readily available.

Water Quality

Desalinated, filtered tap water is safe to drink. Bottled water is readily available for sale.

Language & Currency

Dutch is the official language of Aruba. English and Spanish are widely spoken.

The local currency is the Aruban Florin (AFG). Most local businesses accept U.S. Dollars and major credit cards

Time

Aruba is in the Atlantic Time Zone (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Aruba is four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Aruba is 21 miles long and 6 miles wide, a total of about 75 square miles. Aruba is one of the Lesser Antilles located below the hurricane belt in the Southernmost end of the Caribbean roughly 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela. The population of Aruba is approximately 104,263 (2016).