Aruba, a Dutch Caribbean island located just 17 miles off the South American coast, is known throughout the world for its white sand beaches and its dry climate that persists year-round. But Aruba is much more than just beaches and weather—although the island is tiny, there’s still plenty to see and do off the beaten path during an Aruba vacation.
If you’re into geology or Pre-Columbian history, check out the Ayo Rock Formations, just a short drive from Aruba’s capital of Oranjestad. Not only are these strangely-shaped rock formations still unexplained by science, but they also feature ancient paintings known as petroglyphs left behind by the island’s indigenous Arawak people.
If nature is more your speed, take a trip to Arikok National Park, which takes up about 18 percent of the island’s area. Several species that can’t be
found anywhere else live in the park, including snakes, birds, and plant life. You can also check out the park’s hiking trails, which pass through both gold mine and plantation ruins.
Lastly, if you’re feeling like some more exercise, you can heads towards Hooiberg, the volcanic mountain in the center of the island. Walk
the 562 steps to its peak and on a clear day you can see Venezuela!
Although guided tours of the island are available, Aruba is easy to navigate and there’s no reason not to strike out on your own. This way, you can enjoy Aruba on your own schedule and see the things you want to see.
Before You Go…
Pick up our Aruba map. This GPS map will give you turn by turn directions to your destination using a point of interest (POI), city point, and/or latitude and longitude, with the ability to preplan driving destinations before getting into your car.The easy to follow instructions allow you to download and install the map into Garmin BaseCamp desktop software and transfer it to your Garmin GPS in minutes. This installable map is compatible with ALL Garmin GPS units .
It’s like having your own personal travel guide with you on your trip!
|Screen capture from our Aruba map|