Aruba's Ultimate Road Trip: Four Day Experience

Day 1

From the Sea to Nightly Shows


Start at Tres Trapi, a lesser-known snorkeling spot that promises a quiet escape on Aruba’s coastline. 

With its clear waters and diverse marine life, this hidden gem is a paradise for snorkeling enthusiasts. As you wade into the gentle waves, you’ll discover vibrant coral formations, an array of colorful fish and even the occasional sea turtle.

The calm and shallow waters make it an ideal location for both beginners and experienced snorkelers. 

Arashi beach

After Tres Trapi, make your way to Arashi Beach, a serene slice of paradise on Aruba’s coast. 

This beach is less crowded than others, giving you plenty of space to spread out and enjoy. 

Settle down on the powdery white sands and let the rhythmic sound of the waves soothe your mind. 

As the day heats up,  find shade under a palm tree palapa, the traditional thatched-roof shelters dotting the beach, or take a leisurely dip in the clear blue waters.

When hunger strikes, you’re in for a treat. Head to the local beach bar, where you can have a delicious local snacks or a hearty lunch.

Pair your meal with a cold drink, maybe a tropical cocktail or a fresh fruit juice, and let the island vibes sink in.

Whether you want to read a book, take a nap, or simply watch the horizon, Arashi Beach is the perfect spot to relax and recharge.


Just a stone's throw away from Arashi is the iconic California Lighthouse. Make your way up for a panoramic view of Aruba's stunning coastline and the nearby golf courses of Tierra del Sol.
The lighthouse was built in 1916 and was named after the S.S. California, a ship that wrecked nearby in 1891. As for its height, the California Lighthouse stands approximately 30 meters (around 98 feet) tall.

Palm Beach Dinner

In the evening, head to Palm Beach. There are lots of restaurants to pick from, so you’ll find something you like.

For more choices, check our list of Aruba restaurants.

Paseo herencia

Finish your day at Paseo Herencia.

Look around the shops, enjoy some ice cream, and don’t miss the dancing waters show.

They have shows at 7:30pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm. 

The first one has Disney songs, and the later ones have hits from famous singers like Elvis Presley and Marc Anthony. 

Day 2

Explore the south part of the Island


Drive to Mangel Halto, known for its beautiful mangroves.

Explore the hidden paradise of Mangel Halto, a lesser-known treasure on Aruba’s coastline. 

This secluded spot offers calm, shallow waters, making it an ideal destination for both novice and experienced snorkelers. 

Dive into the underwater wonderland and be captivated by colorful coral reefs and a variety of marine life.

Beyond snorkeling, Mangel Halto’s tranquil ambiance invites visitors to bask in the sun, take leisurely strolls along the shoreline, or simply unwind with a picturesque view. 


Next, head to San Nicolas. This city, once booming during its oil days, is now full of colorful street art. Take a walk, and enjoy the bright murals around you.

The open-air art gallery in San Nicolas offers a glimpse into Aruba’s contemporary culture and a chance to connect with the island’s artistic soul.

After visiting San Nicolas, you'll head to Baby Beach. En route, keep an eye out for a red anchor

The Iconic Red Anchor of Aruba

This vibrant red anchor, set against the stunning backdrop of the Caribbean sea and clear blue skies, is a must-visit landmark on Aruba’s south coast, near the entrance to the former Lago Colony.

Quick Facts:

  • Dimensions: Approximately 10 feet 6 inches wide and 15 feet, 6 inches tall.
  • Weight: 21,772 kilos. (47,999 lb)
  • Origin: Manufactured by Hoesch Dortmund Horde in Germany.

There are various tales about how the anchor landed at its current spot. One story suggests it was lost from a Very Large Crude Carrier due to rough weather. Another hints it was dropped by a small tanker with a Korean crew near the inner harbor.

Its transformation into a landmark began in the 1980s when a group of locals wanted to create a tourist attraction for the San Nicolas area. The anchor, previously stored in Oranjestad harbor, became their chosen centerpiece. On March 31, 1985, it was dedicated “To All Seamen,” marking the closure of the Lago Oil Refinery.

Thanks to the efforts of local residents and businesses, it was restored and given a fresh coat of paint, standing today as a tribute to all seamen and a testament to San Nicolas’s enduring spirit.

Your next stop is Baby Beach.

Relax at Baby Beach

Baby Beach, a true paradise on Aruba’s coastline, designed for families to enjoy together. 

Its name comes from the gentle, shallow waters that are just right for kids and adults alike. 

This family-friendly lagoon offers calm waves that are perfect for splashing around, swimming, and even trying out snorkeling to explore the underwater wonders.  

It’s like having your private oasis within the larger ocean. 

Day 3

Dive into Oranjestad & Refresh at Eagle Beach

Begin at Oranjestad

Start your day at Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital, full of shops, markets, and historic sights. 

For parking, opt for the spot behind the bus station. Rates are reasonable and you can pay in Aruban Florins or USD. 

For a 2-hour duration, you’ll be charged roughly $1.11. 

If you’re not one to carry coins around, consider getting the rechargeable Aruba parking SmartCard. It’s available for AWG 15 and comes preloaded with AWG 10. 

Plus, it doesn’t expire – a great keepsake!

From your parking space, you can either walk to the city center or hop on the free tram.

The tram stop is conveniently located across the street at the cruise terminal.


Main Street

Stroll down the vibrant main street of Oranjestad, a bustling hub filled with colorful buildings, charming boutiques, and a rich blend of cultural influences.

Seaport Marina

Discover the lively Seaport Harbor, a scenic spot bustling with local boats, where fishermen showcase their daily catch.

Renaissance Marketplace

Explore the Renaissance Marketplace, a lively spot in Aruba combining shopping, dining, and entertainment, reflecting the island's diverse charm.

Fort Zoutman

Have a unique opportunity to visit the oldest remaining building in Oranjestad, built in 1796 for coast line protection.

Seaport Village

Along this scenic coastal road stands the Seaport Village Mall, with its striking candy-pink facade, reflecting clear Dutch architectural influences.

Plaza Daniel Leo

In the heart of downtown, you'll find several open-air squares, conceptualized as refreshing pockets amidst the urban hustle. Notably, Plaza Daniel Leo stands out as a prime example.

Dive into Local Flavor with Pastechi:

As you navigate through the streets of Oranjestad, don't miss out on trying a local delicacy: the Pastechi.

These traditional Aruban snacks are much-loved by both locals and tourists. Imagine deep-fried crescent dough, crispy on the outside and generously filled with tasty ingredients like chicken, beef, tuna, pizza or cheese.

Find these golden brown delights at various spots throughout Oranjestad. It's a perfect mid-day treat to refuel your energy for the adventures ahead!


Post-Oranjestad, head to Eagle Beach, the shining gem of Aruba’s coastline, welcomes you with its inviting white sands and stunning blue waters.

This serene haven has received a special honor, winning the 2023 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award from Tripadvisor. Not only is it crowned as the top beach in the Caribbean, but it also proudly claims the remarkable position of #2 in the World.

With the iconic Divi Divi trees adding their touch, Eagle Beach invites you to slow down and soak up the sun. The gentle waves create the perfect rhythm for unwinding on the pristine shoreline, making it the ultimate spot to create unforgettable memories.

Take a refreshing dip or just lay back and enjoy the sun. Feeling adventurous? Rent a jet ski for some waves and thrills.


As the day winds down, make your way to the iconic Divi Tree, a must-see landmark. This unique, twisted tree serves as an idyllic backdrop, especially during sunset.

The changing colors of the sky mixed with the silhouette of the Divi Tree make for a mesmerizing view and a perfect end to your day

Day 4

Exploration of Aruba's Natural Beauty & Heritage


Start your journey at the Casibari Rock Formations, a striking natural spectacle in Aruba. These boulders provide unique climbing opportunities, with panoramic views at the summit. 

A must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking scenic beauty.


Your next stop is Ayo Rock Formations, amidst these magnificent natural sculptures, you can find ancient Indian drawings, shedding light on the island’s early inhabitants and their stories.

Lunch tip:

consider packing a picnic to savor amidst the beauty of Aruba

Natural Bridge

After Ayo Rock Formations, head towards the coastline to visit the remnants of the Natural Bridge a mesmerizing coral limestone formation shaped by time and the elements.

This remarkable wonder is an essential stop on any Aruba adventure, offering a glimpse into the island's geological history. Even though the bridge fell due to nature's power in 2005, its impact on Aruba's ever-shifting scenery still shines.

The way it was formed and eventually crumbled serves as a memory of how land and water constantly interact.

Frenchman's Pass

A drive through the historic Frenchman's Pass is a journey back in time. This narrow passage, flanked by high rock walls, has a rich history tied to conflict between indigenous Arawaks and invading French pirates.

Legend has it that the ghosts of these warriors still haunt the passage, ensuring that the tales of their bravery live on.


Welcome to the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, a place where you can connect with these charming creatures and be part of a heartwarming story. This sanctuary offers a safe haven for rescued donkeys, providing them with a peaceful and caring environment.

As you stroll through the sanctuary, you’ll have the chance to interact with these gentle animals, feed them (bring carrots or apples), and even adopt one if you’re moved to do so. What’s more, there is no admission fee, making it an accessible and interactive experience for everyone.

It is not just a visit; it’s a chance to be a part of a meaningful cause and create lasting memories with these friendly donkeys. 

Aruba's shores whisper tales of timeless beauty

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