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A happy woman in Aruba

Welcome to one happy island! Discover the top 10 things to do in Aruba.

In October 2020, I visited the colorful island of Aruba. After everything that happened this year, Aruba was my first international trip in eight months.  

I had an amazing time exploring all that the island has to offer, relaxing at some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world, participating in fun water sports and island adventures, savoring delicious food and drinks and seeing a flamingo for the first time in my life.

A woman drinking at coconut at Flamingo Beach in Aruba

Even though Aruba is one of the smallest countries in the world (20 miles long and five miles wide), the people who reside there have the biggest hearts! It is truly one of the happiest places.

Some fun facts about Aruba is that even though it is north of the equator, it is officially part of South America and is only 14 miles from the coast of Venezuela.

Aruba is considered one of the ABC islands along with Curaçao and Bonaire. All of these islands were formerly known as the Netherland Antilles, therefore, there is a lot of Dutch influence.

The Aruban people speak four languages – the native Creole language of Papiamento, English, Dutch and Spanish. There is also an average temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) year-round.

Not only did my mom and I enjoy all of the amazing things Aruba has to offer, we also enjoyed staying at Wonders Boutique Hotel, which is a private oasis located in the middle of downtown Oranjestad (the capital of Aruba).

In this article, discover the top 10 things to do during an Aruba vacation!

**During my time in Aruba, Wonders Boutique Hotel hosted me for two nights.


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Top 10 Things to do in Aruba

Traveling to Aruba in 2020:

I traveled to Aruba in October 2020 when the country was one of the several destinations opened to American tourists. Click here to read about traveling to Aruba during this time period.

Speaking as an American, I had to take and submit a negative PCR test within 72 hours upon arrival into Aruba. I had to upload my results and purchase insurance on Aruba.com and present it with my passport at customs.

Getting to and around Aruba:

Top 10 things to do in Aruba

Traveling to Aruba from the United States is easy. We took a nonstop flight from Newark International Airport in New Jersey to Queen Beatrix International Airport, otherwise known as Aruba Airport. (For European tourists, you could find nonstop flights to Aruba from Amsterdam.)

Upon arrival in Aruba Airport, Wonders Boutique Hotel can organize a representative to pick you up and take you to the hotel!

Once we were in Aruba, we found a great taxi driver who we used throughout our entire time to take us around the island. (Please email me if you are looking for a great taxi contact who will get you to where you need to go and back safely.)

Overall, Aruba is a safe destination to visit!

Top 10 Things to do in Aruba:

A woman feeding the flamingos in Aruba

Stay in a Tropical Oasis – Wonders Boutique Hotel:

During the last few days of my Aruba trip, my mom and I stayed at the beautiful Wonders Boutique Hotel, which is an adults-only boutique hotel located in a local neighborhood in the downtown area.

(Staying at Wonders Boutique Hotel should be on your list for top 10 things to do in Aruba because it is heavenly!)

Spending two nights at Wonders Boutique Hotel was one of the highlights of my time in Aruba. From the moment I first walked through the gates, I felt like I just entered a tropical palace.

What was once an old building in Oranjestad is now a small-scale boutique hotel that includes 11 beautiful cozy and stylish rooms.

Rooms at Wonders Boutique Hotel:
The hotel room of Wonders Boutique Hotel

Each room at Wonders Boutique Hotel is air-conditioned, has a comfortable king-sized bed along with a private en-suite bathroom featuring Aruban Aloe Vera products. The rooms also have gorgeous décor.

Staying at Wonders Boutique Hotel - one of the top 10 Things to do in Aruba

My mom and I stayed in the Supreme Style – Superior Room. It was a stunning, spacious and earthy garden room that had a private terrace that led out to the lush backyard that included an oasis of tropical plants and a swimming pool.

The terrace of Wonders Boutique Hotel in Aruba

Located outside of our room was a terrace that had a table with a lantern to sit down and relax both during the day and also at night. In addition, our room also had a kitchen with a stove, sink, toaster, fridge, a dining set, coffee and tea maker and more!

Tiramisu recipe in Dutch in Kitchen of hotel room

On the kitchen wall, there was a tiramisu recipe in Dutch. It was so cute! The room also included a wardrobe, flat screen television, a safety box and WIFI.

Overall, I loved staying in the Supreme Style – Superior Room and the king bed was super cozy.

Decorative hat wall at Wonders Boutique Hotel in Aruba

The other two types of rooms you could stay in at Wonders Boutique Hotel are the Cozy Colonial – King Room, which is a standard double room and the Spacious Select – Deluxe Room, which is a spacious comfort double room.

Amenities at Wonders Boutique Hotel:
A woman enjoying a tropical oasis - one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba

During a stay at Wonders Boutique Hotel, you will receive a welcome drink upon check in; have access to private gated parking, if you rented a car on the island; be able to rent beach bags, towels, chairs, coolers, snorkeling gear and more; have free access to a barbecue grill in the backyard; receive concierge service for car rentals, activities, excursions, restaurants and delivery options and a 15 percent wine and dine discount card for select restaurants and bars in Aruba.

Wonders Boutique Hotel has a private beach facility with lounge chairs on Palm Beach. There is a beach drop-off service every day where a van will pick up guests from the hotel and take them to the beach.

The breakfast area of Wonders Boutique Hotel

In addition, Wonders Boutique Hotel offers a great breakfast every morning to its guests. The menu for breakfast is located on the terrace leading out to the backyard.

On the night before, you will need to fill out a breakfast slip and drop it off at the mailbox in reception to let the owner (Gaston) know that you will be eating breakfast there the next morning.

Dutch pancakes and fruit for breakfast

During both mornings at Wonders Boutique Hotel, I had the Dutch pancakes with fruit and it was absolutely delicious!

The hotel also offers Pilates on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6 to 7pm in the garden!

The Property at Wonders Boutique Hotel:

Situated in a casita and around an oasis, Wonders Boutique Hotel has stunning plants, beautiful furniture and décor, comfortable areas to lounge and relax, tables to get work done, hammocks to take a nap in and numerous “Instagrammable” spots.

The hotel also has a pet dog and cat for you to pet. The dog will sit in the front lawn during the evenings waiting for guests to return to the property. It is so cute!

The dog at Wonders Boutique Hotel in Aruba
The cat at Wonders Boutique Hotel in Aruba

Overall, Wonders Boutique Hotel is perfect for couples’ vacation/honeymoon, a girls’ trip and even a solo getaway.

Relax at the Beach:

A woman sitting on a hammock at the beach in Aruba

Obviously, one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba is go to the beach! Aruba is famed for its beaches because of its powdery white sand, crystal blue waters and beautiful weather.

Out of all of the beach destinations I have been to, I will admit that Aruba had the best water for swimming. It was pure clean with no seaweed and there were very few rocks. Being in the Caribbean Sea in Aruba felt like I was swimming in a bathtub. The water was so warm and it made me never want to get out.

The three best public beaches to relax at in Aruba are Eagle Beach, Palm Beach and Baby Beach.

Visiting Eagle Beach

Eagle Beach: Known as the widest beach in Aruba, Eagle Beach is one of the most popular public beaches on the island because of its pristine and soft sand. The water is a stunning aqua blue and the beach itself also features the island’s fofoti trees, making it one of the most picturesque spots on the island.

There are also four species of sea turtles found on Eagle Beach.

(If you are looking for a public beach that is quiet, then Eagle Beach is right for you!)

A beautiful beach in Aruba

Palm Beach: Another popular beach for visitors to enjoy in Aruba is Palm Beach. Located on two miles of gorgeous white sand beach, Palm Beach is home to Aruba’s glamorous high-rise hotels.

At this stunning beach, you could find De Palm Pier, great restaurants, beach bars, souvenir shops and casinos.

(If you are looking for a fun time, then definitely head to Palm Beach!)

A woman enjoying the beach in Aruba - one of the top 10 things to do

Baby Beach: For those looking to enjoy amazing ocean views and swim in shallow waters, Baby Beach is the perfect spot.

Located on a stunning half-moon sandy expanse in a calm lagoon, Baby Beach is the best place for families with small children.

Enjoy Horseback Riding on the North Shore:

A woman horseback riding in Aruba

Another one of the top 10 things to do during a trip to Aruba is go horseback riding around the North Shore!

My brother and his girlfriend traveled to Aruba a month before the rest of us did and recommended that my mom and I do a horseback riding adventure through The Gold Mine Ranch. I’m so glad we went through them because they were professional, fun, safe and educational.

A woman doing a horseback riding tour at the Gold Mine Ranch in Aruba

During this memorable experience, we were given a horse based on our height, weight and riding level. (My horse’s name was Elegance and my mom’s horse was Victoria.) Once we were on our horse, the staff provided us with some basic instructions and then we were off!

Throughout our horseback riding adventure around the Northeast Coast of Aruba, we got to trot and even gallop. It was so much fun!

Horseback Riding - one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba

The North Shore of Aruba is located on the opposite side of the island from the popular beaches and resorts. There are stunning cliffs, the water is rougher and a darker blue and there are even mountains and desert.

On our adventure, we visited the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins along with beautiful beaches and the Hidden Valley and Lagoon. We stop at several spots that fascinated us such as natural wonders and sand dunes!

A mother and daughter horseback riding in Aruba
A mother and daughter enjoying a horseback riding tour through The Gold Mine Ranch - one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba

Our guide ensured we were safe the entire time and made it very entertaining for us.

Overall, if you are looking for a reputable horseback riding company to go through in Aruba, I couldn’t recommend The Gold Mine Ranch more! They have both group and private tours. We signed up for a group tour, but just so happened to be the only two there, so we ended up getting a private tour out of it.

A woman excited to go horseback riding in Aruba

The Gold Mine Ranch is a family-operated company who has a love for animals!

Savor Delicious Food:

A tropical drink in Aruba

Throughout the island of Aruba are a plethora of renowned restaurants for you to enjoy.

From traditional Aruban cuisine to authentic Dutch restaurants as well as American food to Italian fare, you will not have a tough time finding a great place to eat at during your trip!

Obviously, one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba is explore the restaurant scene!

Salmon poke for dinner from Madame Janette

Madame Janette: One of the best restaurants to visit during a trip to Aruba is Madame Janette.

This fine dining restaurant that offers delicious international cuisine is located inland from the popular beach areas and presents a dreamy ambiance. There are stringed lights everywhere, beautiful island vibes and great food.

During our evening at Madame Janette, I had the salmon poke dish with an Aruba ariba drink. The rest of my family enjoyed a steak dinner.

I was recommended this restaurant by my close friend and I’m so glad we went. Definitely add Madame Janette to your Aruba itinerary.

Lobster ravioli for dinner at Gianni's restaurant

Gianni’s Ristorante Italiano: A great Italian restaurant to enjoy on the island is Gianni’s, which is located in the Palm Beach area where all of the high rises are situated.

We were recommended this restaurant by our cousins and the food was awesome! I had the lobster ravioli, which was delicious; my brother had the four-cheese rigatoni dish and both of my parents had the veal parmesan. Everyone enjoyed their dinner!

If you are a cheese lover, Gianni’s has a spaghetti al formaggio parmigiano dish where you could get spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce and basil tossed in a big cheese wheel! It is the most popular dinner choice for visitors.

For dessert, I savored a delicious lemon soufflé cake, my parents shared the cheesecake and my brother had the chocolate cake.

Lemon souffle cake for dessert from Gianni's

Yemanja Woodfired Grill: Even though we didn’t get a chance to visit this famous restaurant in downtown Oranjestad due to timing, we totally would’ve gone if we stayed an extra night.

Recommended by a fellow blogger friend who once lived in Aruba as well as our taxi driver, Yemanja is a fine dining restaurant that features renowned international cuisine that is electrified with Caribbean flavors.

If you decide to go to Yemanja during your trip to Aruba, you will not be disappointed!

Spend the day at Renaissance Island:

Flamingo at Renaissance Private Island - one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba

A trip to Aruba would not be complete without seeing the flamingos!

One of the top 10 things to do in Aruba is visited Renaissance Island, which is owned by the Renaissance hotel. Unless you are staying at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, you will need to purchase an island pass here (it is free for hotel guests).

A woman having fun at Flamingo Beach at Renaissance Island

A regular adult pass for Renaissance Island costs $125 USD per person; the cost per child between five to 12 years old is $62.50 USD and it is free for children who are four years old and younger.

When we went to purchase our tickets a week before we wanted to go to the private island, they weren’t available to book until a few days ahead of time. (We went to Renaissance Island on a Thursday and purchased our tickets the Monday before.)

A woman holding a coconut in front of a flamingo in Aruba

If you have children who are 12 and under, they are only allowed to visit Flamingo Beach between 9am to 11am. After 11am, the beach is open to adults only. The only reason why there is a specific time limit for children to visit this beach is because the Renaissance hotel wanted to minimize the disturbance of the flamingo population.

Flamingos have been in Aruba for many years, but naturally made their way to Renaissance Private Island around 2005.

Taking a boat to Renaissance Island in Aruba

To get to Flamingo Beach on Renaissance Island, you will need to take a short boat ride from the dock at the Renaissance hotel. A boat leaves from the dock (both at the Renaissance and the private island) every 10 to 15 minutes.

Please note that Renaissance Private Island is open from 7am to 7pm daily.

When you purchase an island pass, not only will you have access to both Flamingo Beach and Iguana Beach, a meal and one drink is also included for you to enjoy from Papagayo Bar & Grill and the Mangrove Beach Bar.

Flamingo from Renaissance Island in Aruba

When we first arrived on Renaissance Private Island, we went to Flamingo Beach first because I was way too excited and couldn’t wait to finally see these beautiful pink creatures.

Since we traveled to Aruba during an unfortunate time period, Flamingo Beach wasn’t crowded at all. If you are traveling any other time, there will be A LOT of people at this beach trying to get photos with the flamingos.

A woman in the water at Renaissance Island in Aruba

Instagram could be quite deceiving when it comes to seeing the flamingos on Renaissance Island. When you arrive at Flamingo Beach, there really aren’t that many flamingos. They will be walking along the shoreline and will mainly have their heads in the water because they are looking for food.

You can get flamingo snacks and feed these adorable creatures and even take photos with them!

Private cabanas at Renaissance Island - one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba

There is a bar on Flamingo Beach where you could purchase a drink or coconut. You could also swim in the water at Flamingo Beach, but if you’re looking for a better spot to swim and relax at, I recommend going to Iguana Beach instead.

Iguana Beach is absolutely beautiful and offers a relaxing swimming area. I found the water to be cleaner at Iguana Beach since there were no flamingos (so you won’t be swimming with flamingo snacks and poop lol).

An iguana from Renaissance Private Island in Aruba

Just as the name says it, there are some iguanas on this beach, but you won’t find many.

A light color flamingo at Renaissance Island

If you take a walk around the mangroves at Iguana Beach, you will also come across lighter pink flamingos. At first, I thought they may have been albino, but the pinker the flamingo is, the more algae and invertebrates they have eaten. Most flamingos aren’t born pink, they are usually grey or white and turn pink as they get older.

During our time at Iguana Beach, the staff from both restaurants walked around and took food and drink orders from everyone on the island.

A Caribbean fish sandwich from Renaissance Island

For lunch that day, I had a blackened corvina sandwich with mango salsa and French fries; my mom had a salad and my dad and brother split a Margherita pizza with fried calamari. We all enjoyed a tropical beverage as well! Everything was delicious.

Also located on Renaissance Private Island are luxury cabanas, beach bungalows and overwater hammocks that you could rent for a day from $200 to $350 USD. I highly recommend booking a private cabana if you have a large group of people or if you’re looking to splurge.

Luxury cabanas at Renaissance Private Island

If you are looking to book a private cabana, you will need to do so weeks in advance and directly through the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. Read about a private cabana experience at Renaissance Island.

Explore downtown Oranjestad:

Colorful Dutch buildings in downtown Oranjestad

The colorful downtown area of Oranjestad definitely needs to be on your Aruba itinerary as one of the top 10 things to do. During a stroll through downtown Oranjestad, you could admire colorful Dutch and Caribbean architecture.

Some of the best things to do in Oranjestad is go shopping. From high-end fashion stores to local souvenir shops and markets, there are endless options for those looking for some retail therapy.

Linnear Park in Aruba is a great spot to stroll through as it is the longest linear park in the Caribbean. The park starts at Aruba Airport and stretches along the downtown area. You could also visit great foodie spots, coffee shops and explore Aruba’s vibrant art scene in Oranjestad.

There is also an eco-friendly battery-powered trolley that goes through downtown Oranjestad. It is a great way to explore the capital!

Go on a Hike:

Hiking in Aruba

Aruba doesn’t only have flat beaches, there are also beautiful hills, cliffs and nature trails for adventurers to enjoy.

Another one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba is go on a hike. I am someone who enjoys doing more than just sitting on a beach when I visit a Caribbean island, so getting to explore the off-the-beaten areas of Aruba is a real treat!

One of the best spots to go hiking in Aruba is at Arikok National Park, which is the most popular area to adventure through! It features six different trails that includes sand dunes, hills, historic caves, abandoned gold ruins and mines as well as limestone cliffs.

At Arikok National Park, you could hike to the top of Aruba’s highest point, which is Mount Jamanota. It is at this spot where you could enjoy the best views of the island.

Take an ATV or Jeep Tour:

A yellow building in Aruba

Even though we didn’t get the chance to go ATV riding around Aruba nor do a Jeep tour, I would definitely put it as one of the top 10 things to do there because it is a lot of fun and a great way to explore the island.

On a Go Cherry ATV Tour, you could explore the gold mine ruins of Aruba, admire the charming and colorful homes of the island and discover the breathtaking Aruban countryside.

The organized Jeep tours in Aruba will stop at the California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, Seroe Crystal, Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins, Natural Bridge, Guadirikiri caves and of course, the beaches.

Journey through our Underwater World

In my personal opinion and from my own experiences, the Caribbean offers the best waters for snorkeling and scuba diving!

Not only does Aruba have crystal-clear waters with a fantastic sea life, it is easily accessible from Arashi Beach, Boca Catalina, Catalina Cove, Tres Trapi, Malmok Beach, Mangel Halto and Palm Beach. There is no doubt that snorkeling or scuba diving are one of the top 10 things to do during a trip to Aruba.

Click here to discover the best companies and places to enjoy our underwater world in Aruba. Please note that you must be PADI certified to go scuba diving.

Visit a Museum:

Aruba features some of the best museums in the Caribbean.

One of the top 10 things to do during a trip to Aruba is explore a few of the museums on the island. Below is a list of museums to check out:


I hope you all enjoyed discovering the top 10 things to do in Aruba and reading about my experience staying at Wonders Boutique Hotel.

If you have any questions about my trip to Aruba, please email me at [email protected]

Basic Facts of Aruba:

Currency: Aruban Florin (The United States Dollar is accepted everywhere!), Capital: Oranjestad, Time Zone: Aruba does not follow Daylight Savings. During the summer months, Aruba is on Eastern Standard Time and then it is on Atlantic Standard Time during the winter months.

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  1. Kim Deer on October 28, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Awesome Aruba and what a wonderful and amazing experience staying at the Wonders Boutique hotel. After working all year, 10 hour days, it was such a treat to stay at this beautiful oasis at the Wonders. It was like staying at your own sanctuary ~ the grounds and pool created such a tropical vibe and it was so quiet and serene. All you hear are the beautiful exotic birds around. The rooms were spacious and decorated so beautifully. The breakfast offered there was 5 star ~ such a wonderful place to rejuvenate ~ it is also conveniently located to the downtown and other great places to visit such as the goldmine ranch for horseback riding and Renaissance Beach where you can see the stunning flamingos and much more! Love all your beautiful photos Taylor ~ it brings this beautiful happy place to life ~ love you, mom 👩 xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on November 1, 2020 at 10:54 am

      It really was such a beautiful hotel. I definitely enjoyed my time staying there. Love you too!

  2. Abigail Reagan on October 29, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Love this! I’ve always wanted to visit Aruba 🙂 I’ll definitely keep this post in mind when I eventually go!

    • Taylor Deer on November 1, 2020 at 10:55 am

      Thank you Abigail! Aruba is so beautiful, you would love it. 🙂

  3. Elena Pappalardo on November 6, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Ahh, your Aruba photos are so beautiful!! Seriously, needed these sunny vibes now that it’s Daylight Savings! Also, Wonders Boutique Hotel is super pretty!

    • Taylor Deer on November 7, 2020 at 10:26 am

      Thank you so much Elena! I loved staying at Wonders 🙂

  4. Mila Kamiński on November 9, 2020 at 5:19 am

    Wow, this looks magical … Turquoise water, pink flamingos, just incredible. You have opened Aruba for me!

    • Taylor Deer on November 13, 2020 at 9:29 am

      It really was magical! I never wanted to leave! You totally have to go to Aruba at some point. 🙂

  5. Katherine on November 20, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    The weather sounds lovely year round, and the water looks so clear and lovely! I’m glad you were able to visit safely this year.

    • Taylor Deer on November 20, 2020 at 7:56 pm

      Yes, it was so amazing! I feel very lucky that I was able to go this year. 🙂

  6. Sam on November 20, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    This brought back so many good memories of my time in Aruba and added some to the list for when I go back! Madame jenettes omg so good and I totally got pasta in the parm wheel! Love this guide!

    • Taylor Deer on November 20, 2020 at 11:57 pm

      Thank you Sam! Aruba definitely is an amazing place and offers so much! I hope to go back in the future. 🙂

  7. Emma on November 20, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    To hang out with flamingos in water that clear them chill out in an over water bungalow thing is exactly what I want right now. It looks so beautiful here

    • Taylor Deer on November 20, 2020 at 11:58 pm

      Ah yes, it was the best Emma! You totally have to go in the future. 🙂

  8. Emily on November 21, 2020 at 1:22 am

    The hotel looks phenomenal! I think I’d be happy sitting on that breakfast terrace for my entire trip.

    What an awesome place to break the travel drought. Looks like you caught up on your Vitamin D, too!

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:51 pm

      It really was a stunning hotel Emily! I highly recommend Aruba once things get better. 🙂

  9. Sharyn on November 21, 2020 at 5:11 am

    Your Aruba photos are very colourful. I visit Aruba for a day when I sailed from the UK to Australia. I remember a beautiful natural arch. I’d like to get back there one day.

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you so much Sharyn! That is amazing you got to see Aruba during your sailing trip. Also, that trip sounded epic! 🙂

  10. Léa on November 21, 2020 at 8:05 am

    All the photos are just so bright, happy and colorful! It’s a stunning post Taylor, bring me here now!! Also you look super happy and gorgeous, you must have been so happy to be able to travel 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you so much Lea! You totally have to go to Aruba one day. Also, I was super happy to get an international trip in this fall. 🙂

  11. Jiayi Wang on November 21, 2020 at 10:13 am

    You have totally inspired me to visit Aruba! Would love to meet the flamingos and see the gorgeous Caribbean architecture 🙂 Amazing post Taylor!!

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you so much Jiayi! Aruba was seriously so amazing. You definitely have to go one day. Those flamingos are so beautiful! 🙂

  12. Albi on November 21, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Those pictures are absolutely gorgeous, I would love to ride a horse on the beach or swim with flamengoes

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you so much Albi! The horseback riding was my favorite adventure in Aruba. 🙂

  13. Kelly on November 21, 2020 at 11:31 am

    What a fun and exciting trip. I haven’t been to Aruba in forever but all those pics of Flamingos make me want to go back ASAP. Thanks for sharing.

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you so much Kelly! It was such an amazing trip. 🙂

  14. Carley on November 21, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Amazing guide! I’ve never been to Aruba, but have been to Curacao – I’ve heard they’re similar but that the landscape is a bit different. I’d love to visit soon and this guide is inspiring 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you so much Carley! Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire are all very similar. They make up the three Dutch ABC islands. 🙂

  15. Josy A on November 21, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    What an amaaaaazing holiday! I’d love to see all the wildlife and have a go swimming in that gorgeous sea! The food in Aruba looks incredible too.

    p.s. Flipping love your yellow dress. 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you so much Josy! The water in Aruba was like a bathtub. Also thank you so much, I got that dress from Lulus in spring 2019. 🙂

  16. Mayi on November 21, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    You’re killing me with all this Aruba content, the photos are gorgeous. The horseback riding, the beach and food, all things I love. Thanks for sharing this amazing trip.

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you so much Mayi! It really was an incredible trip. 🙂

  17. Ophelie on November 21, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    I would really love to visit Aruba! Such a lovely island! Love your cute photos with the flamingos, it must be amazing to enjoy this beach! Thanks for all the tips Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:57 pm

      It really was amazing! You totally have to go some day Ophelie! Also, seeing the flamingos in person was so special. 🙂

  18. Helena on November 22, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    I’m so jealous, this is literally a dream trip of mine! definitely using these ideas for whenever I can visit, thank you for sharing❤

    • Taylor Deer on November 23, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      It sure was incredible! Thank you Helena. 🙂

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A happy woman in Aruba

Welcome to one happy island! Discover the top 10 things to do in Aruba.

In October 2020, I visited the colorful island of Aruba. After everything that happened this year, Aruba was my first international trip in eight months.  

I had an amazing time exploring all that the island has to offer, relaxing at some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world, participating in fun water sports and island adventures, savoring delicious food and drinks and seeing a flamingo for the first time in my life.

A woman drinking at coconut at Flamingo Beach in Aruba

Even though Aruba is one of the smallest countries in the world (20 miles long and five miles wide), the people who reside there have the biggest hearts! It is truly one of the happiest places.

Some fun facts about Aruba is that even though it is north of the equator, it is officially part of South America and is only 14 miles from the coast of Venezuela.

Aruba is considered one of the ABC islands along with Curaçao and Bonaire. All of these islands were formerly known as the Netherland Antilles, therefore, there is a lot of Dutch influence.

The Aruban people speak four languages – the native Creole language of Papiamento, English, Dutch and Spanish. There is also an average temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) year-round.

Not only did my mom and I enjoy all of the amazing things Aruba has to offer, we also enjoyed staying at Wonders Boutique Hotel, which is a private oasis located in the middle of downtown Oranjestad (the capital of Aruba).

In this article, discover the top 10 things to do during an Aruba vacation!

**During my time in Aruba, Wonders Boutique Hotel hosted me for two nights.


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Top 10 Things to do in Aruba

Traveling to Aruba in 2020:

I traveled to Aruba in October 2020 when the country was one of the several destinations opened to American tourists. Click here to read about traveling to Aruba during this time period.

Speaking as an American, I had to take and submit a negative PCR test within 72 hours upon arrival into Aruba. I had to upload my results and purchase insurance on Aruba.com and present it with my passport at customs.

Getting to and around Aruba:

Top 10 things to do in Aruba

Traveling to Aruba from the United States is easy. We took a nonstop flight from Newark International Airport in New Jersey to Queen Beatrix International Airport, otherwise known as Aruba Airport. (For European tourists, you could find nonstop flights to Aruba from Amsterdam.)

Upon arrival in Aruba Airport, Wonders Boutique Hotel can organize a representative to pick you up and take you to the hotel!

Once we were in Aruba, we found a great taxi driver who we used throughout our entire time to take us around the island. (Please email me if you are looking for a great taxi contact who will get you to where you need to go and back safely.)

Overall, Aruba is a safe destination to visit!

Top 10 Things to do in Aruba:

A woman feeding the flamingos in Aruba

Stay in a Tropical Oasis – Wonders Boutique Hotel:

During the last few days of my Aruba trip, my mom and I stayed at the beautiful Wonders Boutique Hotel, which is an adults-only boutique hotel located in a local neighborhood in the downtown area.

(Staying at Wonders Boutique Hotel should be on your list for top 10 things to do in Aruba because it is heavenly!)

Spending two nights at Wonders Boutique Hotel was one of the highlights of my time in Aruba. From the moment I first walked through the gates, I felt like I just entered a tropical palace.

What was once an old building in Oranjestad is now a small-scale boutique hotel that includes 11 beautiful cozy and stylish rooms.

Rooms at Wonders Boutique Hotel:
The hotel room of Wonders Boutique Hotel

Each room at Wonders Boutique Hotel is air-conditioned, has a comfortable king-sized bed along with a private en-suite bathroom featuring Aruban Aloe Vera products. The rooms also have gorgeous décor.

Staying at Wonders Boutique Hotel - one of the top 10 Things to do in Aruba

My mom and I stayed in the Supreme Style – Superior Room. It was a stunning, spacious and earthy garden room that had a private terrace that led out to the lush backyard that included an oasis of tropical plants and a swimming pool.

The terrace of Wonders Boutique Hotel in Aruba

Located outside of our room was a terrace that had a table with a lantern to sit down and relax both during the day and also at night. In addition, our room also had a kitchen with a stove, sink, toaster, fridge, a dining set, coffee and tea maker and more!

Tiramisu recipe in Dutch in Kitchen of hotel room

On the kitchen wall, there was a tiramisu recipe in Dutch. It was so cute! The room also included a wardrobe, flat screen television, a safety box and WIFI.

Overall, I loved staying in the Supreme Style – Superior Room and the king bed was super cozy.

Decorative hat wall at Wonders Boutique Hotel in Aruba

The other two types of rooms you could stay in at Wonders Boutique Hotel are the Cozy Colonial – King Room, which is a standard double room and the Spacious Select – Deluxe Room, which is a spacious comfort double room.

Amenities at Wonders Boutique Hotel:
A woman enjoying a tropical oasis - one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba

During a stay at Wonders Boutique Hotel, you will receive a welcome drink upon check in; have access to private gated parking, if you rented a car on the island; be able to rent beach bags, towels, chairs, coolers, snorkeling gear and more; have free access to a barbecue grill in the backyard; receive concierge service for car rentals, activities, excursions, restaurants and delivery options and a 15 percent wine and dine discount card for select restaurants and bars in Aruba.

Wonders Boutique Hotel has a private beach facility with lounge chairs on Palm Beach. There is a beach drop-off service every day where a van will pick up guests from the hotel and take them to the beach.

The breakfast area of Wonders Boutique Hotel

In addition, Wonders Boutique Hotel offers a great breakfast every morning to its guests. The menu for breakfast is located on the terrace leading out to the backyard.

On the night before, you will need to fill out a breakfast slip and drop it off at the mailbox in reception to let the owner (Gaston) know that you will be eating breakfast there the next morning.

Dutch pancakes and fruit for breakfast

During both mornings at Wonders Boutique Hotel, I had the Dutch pancakes with fruit and it was absolutely delicious!

The hotel also offers Pilates on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6 to 7pm in the garden!

The Property at Wonders Boutique Hotel:

Situated in a casita and around an oasis, Wonders Boutique Hotel has stunning plants, beautiful furniture and décor, comfortable areas to lounge and relax, tables to get work done, hammocks to take a nap in and numerous “Instagrammable” spots.

The hotel also has a pet dog and cat for you to pet. The dog will sit in the front lawn during the evenings waiting for guests to return to the property. It is so cute!

The dog at Wonders Boutique Hotel in Aruba
The cat at Wonders Boutique Hotel in Aruba

Overall, Wonders Boutique Hotel is perfect for couples’ vacation/honeymoon, a girls’ trip and even a solo getaway.

Relax at the Beach:

A woman sitting on a hammock at the beach in Aruba

Obviously, one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba is go to the beach! Aruba is famed for its beaches because of its powdery white sand, crystal blue waters and beautiful weather.

Out of all of the beach destinations I have been to, I will admit that Aruba had the best water for swimming. It was pure clean with no seaweed and there were very few rocks. Being in the Caribbean Sea in Aruba felt like I was swimming in a bathtub. The water was so warm and it made me never want to get out.

The three best public beaches to relax at in Aruba are Eagle Beach, Palm Beach and Baby Beach.

Visiting Eagle Beach

Eagle Beach: Known as the widest beach in Aruba, Eagle Beach is one of the most popular public beaches on the island because of its pristine and soft sand. The water is a stunning aqua blue and the beach itself also features the island’s fofoti trees, making it one of the most picturesque spots on the island.

There are also four species of sea turtles found on Eagle Beach.

(If you are looking for a public beach that is quiet, then Eagle Beach is right for you!)

A beautiful beach in Aruba

Palm Beach: Another popular beach for visitors to enjoy in Aruba is Palm Beach. Located on two miles of gorgeous white sand beach, Palm Beach is home to Aruba’s glamorous high-rise hotels.

At this stunning beach, you could find De Palm Pier, great restaurants, beach bars, souvenir shops and casinos.

(If you are looking for a fun time, then definitely head to Palm Beach!)

A woman enjoying the beach in Aruba - one of the top 10 things to do

Baby Beach: For those looking to enjoy amazing ocean views and swim in shallow waters, Baby Beach is the perfect spot.

Located on a stunning half-moon sandy expanse in a calm lagoon, Baby Beach is the best place for families with small children.

Enjoy Horseback Riding on the North Shore:

A woman horseback riding in Aruba

Another one of the top 10 things to do during a trip to Aruba is go horseback riding around the North Shore!

My brother and his girlfriend traveled to Aruba a month before the rest of us did and recommended that my mom and I do a horseback riding adventure through The Gold Mine Ranch. I’m so glad we went through them because they were professional, fun, safe and educational.

A woman doing a horseback riding tour at the Gold Mine Ranch in Aruba

During this memorable experience, we were given a horse based on our height, weight and riding level. (My horse’s name was Elegance and my mom’s horse was Victoria.) Once we were on our horse, the staff provided us with some basic instructions and then we were off!

Throughout our horseback riding adventure around the Northeast Coast of Aruba, we got to trot and even gallop. It was so much fun!

Horseback Riding - one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba

The North Shore of Aruba is located on the opposite side of the island from the popular beaches and resorts. There are stunning cliffs, the water is rougher and a darker blue and there are even mountains and desert.

On our adventure, we visited the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins along with beautiful beaches and the Hidden Valley and Lagoon. We stop at several spots that fascinated us such as natural wonders and sand dunes!

A mother and daughter horseback riding in Aruba
A mother and daughter enjoying a horseback riding tour through The Gold Mine Ranch - one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba

Our guide ensured we were safe the entire time and made it very entertaining for us.

Overall, if you are looking for a reputable horseback riding company to go through in Aruba, I couldn’t recommend The Gold Mine Ranch more! They have both group and private tours. We signed up for a group tour, but just so happened to be the only two there, so we ended up getting a private tour out of it.

A woman excited to go horseback riding in Aruba

The Gold Mine Ranch is a family-operated company who has a love for animals!

Savor Delicious Food:

A tropical drink in Aruba

Throughout the island of Aruba are a plethora of renowned restaurants for you to enjoy.

From traditional Aruban cuisine to authentic Dutch restaurants as well as American food to Italian fare, you will not have a tough time finding a great place to eat at during your trip!

Obviously, one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba is explore the restaurant scene!

Salmon poke for dinner from Madame Janette

Madame Janette: One of the best restaurants to visit during a trip to Aruba is Madame Janette.

This fine dining restaurant that offers delicious international cuisine is located inland from the popular beach areas and presents a dreamy ambiance. There are stringed lights everywhere, beautiful island vibes and great food.

During our evening at Madame Janette, I had the salmon poke dish with an Aruba ariba drink. The rest of my family enjoyed a steak dinner.

I was recommended this restaurant by my close friend and I’m so glad we went. Definitely add Madame Janette to your Aruba itinerary.

Lobster ravioli for dinner at Gianni's restaurant

Gianni’s Ristorante Italiano: A great Italian restaurant to enjoy on the island is Gianni’s, which is located in the Palm Beach area where all of the high rises are situated.

We were recommended this restaurant by our cousins and the food was awesome! I had the lobster ravioli, which was delicious; my brother had the four-cheese rigatoni dish and both of my parents had the veal parmesan. Everyone enjoyed their dinner!

If you are a cheese lover, Gianni’s has a spaghetti al formaggio parmigiano dish where you could get spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce and basil tossed in a big cheese wheel! It is the most popular dinner choice for visitors.

For dessert, I savored a delicious lemon soufflé cake, my parents shared the cheesecake and my brother had the chocolate cake.

Lemon souffle cake for dessert from Gianni's

Yemanja Woodfired Grill: Even though we didn’t get a chance to visit this famous restaurant in downtown Oranjestad due to timing, we totally would’ve gone if we stayed an extra night.

Recommended by a fellow blogger friend who once lived in Aruba as well as our taxi driver, Yemanja is a fine dining restaurant that features renowned international cuisine that is electrified with Caribbean flavors.

If you decide to go to Yemanja during your trip to Aruba, you will not be disappointed!

Spend the day at Renaissance Island:

Flamingo at Renaissance Private Island - one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba

A trip to Aruba would not be complete without seeing the flamingos!

One of the top 10 things to do in Aruba is visited Renaissance Island, which is owned by the Renaissance hotel. Unless you are staying at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, you will need to purchase an island pass here (it is free for hotel guests).

A woman having fun at Flamingo Beach at Renaissance Island

A regular adult pass for Renaissance Island costs $125 USD per person; the cost per child between five to 12 years old is $62.50 USD and it is free for children who are four years old and younger.

When we went to purchase our tickets a week before we wanted to go to the private island, they weren’t available to book until a few days ahead of time. (We went to Renaissance Island on a Thursday and purchased our tickets the Monday before.)

A woman holding a coconut in front of a flamingo in Aruba

If you have children who are 12 and under, they are only allowed to visit Flamingo Beach between 9am to 11am. After 11am, the beach is open to adults only. The only reason why there is a specific time limit for children to visit this beach is because the Renaissance hotel wanted to minimize the disturbance of the flamingo population.

Flamingos have been in Aruba for many years, but naturally made their way to Renaissance Private Island around 2005.

Taking a boat to Renaissance Island in Aruba

To get to Flamingo Beach on Renaissance Island, you will need to take a short boat ride from the dock at the Renaissance hotel. A boat leaves from the dock (both at the Renaissance and the private island) every 10 to 15 minutes.

Please note that Renaissance Private Island is open from 7am to 7pm daily.

When you purchase an island pass, not only will you have access to both Flamingo Beach and Iguana Beach, a meal and one drink is also included for you to enjoy from Papagayo Bar & Grill and the Mangrove Beach Bar.

Flamingo from Renaissance Island in Aruba

When we first arrived on Renaissance Private Island, we went to Flamingo Beach first because I was way too excited and couldn’t wait to finally see these beautiful pink creatures.

Since we traveled to Aruba during an unfortunate time period, Flamingo Beach wasn’t crowded at all. If you are traveling any other time, there will be A LOT of people at this beach trying to get photos with the flamingos.

A woman in the water at Renaissance Island in Aruba

Instagram could be quite deceiving when it comes to seeing the flamingos on Renaissance Island. When you arrive at Flamingo Beach, there really aren’t that many flamingos. They will be walking along the shoreline and will mainly have their heads in the water because they are looking for food.

You can get flamingo snacks and feed these adorable creatures and even take photos with them!

Private cabanas at Renaissance Island - one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba

There is a bar on Flamingo Beach where you could purchase a drink or coconut. You could also swim in the water at Flamingo Beach, but if you’re looking for a better spot to swim and relax at, I recommend going to Iguana Beach instead.

Iguana Beach is absolutely beautiful and offers a relaxing swimming area. I found the water to be cleaner at Iguana Beach since there were no flamingos (so you won’t be swimming with flamingo snacks and poop lol).

An iguana from Renaissance Private Island in Aruba

Just as the name says it, there are some iguanas on this beach, but you won’t find many.

A light color flamingo at Renaissance Island

If you take a walk around the mangroves at Iguana Beach, you will also come across lighter pink flamingos. At first, I thought they may have been albino, but the pinker the flamingo is, the more algae and invertebrates they have eaten. Most flamingos aren’t born pink, they are usually grey or white and turn pink as they get older.

During our time at Iguana Beach, the staff from both restaurants walked around and took food and drink orders from everyone on the island.

A Caribbean fish sandwich from Renaissance Island

For lunch that day, I had a blackened corvina sandwich with mango salsa and French fries; my mom had a salad and my dad and brother split a Margherita pizza with fried calamari. We all enjoyed a tropical beverage as well! Everything was delicious.

Also located on Renaissance Private Island are luxury cabanas, beach bungalows and overwater hammocks that you could rent for a day from $200 to $350 USD. I highly recommend booking a private cabana if you have a large group of people or if you’re looking to splurge.

Luxury cabanas at Renaissance Private Island

If you are looking to book a private cabana, you will need to do so weeks in advance and directly through the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. Read about a private cabana experience at Renaissance Island.

Explore downtown Oranjestad:

Colorful Dutch buildings in downtown Oranjestad

The colorful downtown area of Oranjestad definitely needs to be on your Aruba itinerary as one of the top 10 things to do. During a stroll through downtown Oranjestad, you could admire colorful Dutch and Caribbean architecture.

Some of the best things to do in Oranjestad is go shopping. From high-end fashion stores to local souvenir shops and markets, there are endless options for those looking for some retail therapy.

Linnear Park in Aruba is a great spot to stroll through as it is the longest linear park in the Caribbean. The park starts at Aruba Airport and stretches along the downtown area. You could also visit great foodie spots, coffee shops and explore Aruba’s vibrant art scene in Oranjestad.

There is also an eco-friendly battery-powered trolley that goes through downtown Oranjestad. It is a great way to explore the capital!

Go on a Hike:

Hiking in Aruba

Aruba doesn’t only have flat beaches, there are also beautiful hills, cliffs and nature trails for adventurers to enjoy.

Another one of the top 10 things to do in Aruba is go on a hike. I am someone who enjoys doing more than just sitting on a beach when I visit a Caribbean island, so getting to explore the off-the-beaten areas of Aruba is a real treat!

One of the best spots to go hiking in Aruba is at Arikok National Park, which is the most popular area to adventure through! It features six different trails that includes sand dunes, hills, historic caves, abandoned gold ruins and mines as well as limestone cliffs.

At Arikok National Park, you could hike to the top of Aruba’s highest point, which is Mount Jamanota. It is at this spot where you could enjoy the best views of the island.

Take an ATV or Jeep Tour:

A yellow building in Aruba

Even though we didn’t get the chance to go ATV riding around Aruba nor do a Jeep tour, I would definitely put it as one of the top 10 things to do there because it is a lot of fun and a great way to explore the island.

On a Go Cherry ATV Tour, you could explore the gold mine ruins of Aruba, admire the charming and colorful homes of the island and discover the breathtaking Aruban countryside.

The organized Jeep tours in Aruba will stop at the California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, Seroe Crystal, Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins, Natural Bridge, Guadirikiri caves and of course, the beaches.

Journey through our Underwater World

In my personal opinion and from my own experiences, the Caribbean offers the best waters for snorkeling and scuba diving!

Not only does Aruba have crystal-clear waters with a fantastic sea life, it is easily accessible from Arashi Beach, Boca Catalina, Catalina Cove, Tres Trapi, Malmok Beach, Mangel Halto and Palm Beach. There is no doubt that snorkeling or scuba diving are one of the top 10 things to do during a trip to Aruba.

Click here to discover the best companies and places to enjoy our underwater world in Aruba. Please note that you must be PADI certified to go scuba diving.

Visit a Museum:

Aruba features some of the best museums in the Caribbean.

One of the top 10 things to do during a trip to Aruba is explore a few of the museums on the island. Below is a list of museums to check out:


I hope you all enjoyed discovering the top 10 things to do in Aruba and reading about my experience staying at Wonders Boutique Hotel.

If you have any questions about my trip to Aruba, please email me at [email protected]

Basic Facts of Aruba:

Currency: Aruban Florin (The United States Dollar is accepted everywhere!), Capital: Oranjestad, Time Zone: Aruba does not follow Daylight Savings. During the summer months, Aruba is on Eastern Standard Time and then it is on Atlantic Standard Time during the winter months.

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36 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on October 28, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Awesome Aruba and what a wonderful and amazing experience staying at the Wonders Boutique hotel. After working all year, 10 hour days, it was such a treat to stay at this beautiful oasis at the Wonders. It was like staying at your own sanctuary ~ the grounds and pool created such a tropical vibe and it was so quiet and serene. All you hear are the beautiful exotic birds around. The rooms were spacious and decorated so beautifully. The breakfast offered there was 5 star ~ such a wonderful place to rejuvenate ~ it is also conveniently located to the downtown and other great places to visit such as the goldmine ranch for horseback riding and Renaissance Beach where you can see the stunning flamingos and much more! Love all your beautiful photos Taylor ~ it brings this beautiful happy place to life ~ love you, mom 👩 xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on November 1, 2020 at 10:54 am

      It really was such a beautiful hotel. I definitely enjoyed my time staying there. Love you too!

  2. Abigail Reagan on October 29, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Love this! I’ve always wanted to visit Aruba 🙂 I’ll definitely keep this post in mind when I eventually go!

    • Taylor Deer on November 1, 2020 at 10:55 am

      Thank you Abigail! Aruba is so beautiful, you would love it. 🙂

  3. Elena Pappalardo on November 6, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Ahh, your Aruba photos are so beautiful!! Seriously, needed these sunny vibes now that it’s Daylight Savings! Also, Wonders Boutique Hotel is super pretty!

    • Taylor Deer on November 7, 2020 at 10:26 am

      Thank you so much Elena! I loved staying at Wonders 🙂

  4. Mila Kamiński on November 9, 2020 at 5:19 am

    Wow, this looks magical … Turquoise water, pink flamingos, just incredible. You have opened Aruba for me!

    • Taylor Deer on November 13, 2020 at 9:29 am

      It really was magical! I never wanted to leave! You totally have to go to Aruba at some point. 🙂

  5. Katherine on November 20, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    The weather sounds lovely year round, and the water looks so clear and lovely! I’m glad you were able to visit safely this year.

    • Taylor Deer on November 20, 2020 at 7:56 pm

      Yes, it was so amazing! I feel very lucky that I was able to go this year. 🙂

  6. Sam on November 20, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    This brought back so many good memories of my time in Aruba and added some to the list for when I go back! Madame jenettes omg so good and I totally got pasta in the parm wheel! Love this guide!

    • Taylor Deer on November 20, 2020 at 11:57 pm

      Thank you Sam! Aruba definitely is an amazing place and offers so much! I hope to go back in the future. 🙂

  7. Emma on November 20, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    To hang out with flamingos in water that clear them chill out in an over water bungalow thing is exactly what I want right now. It looks so beautiful here

    • Taylor Deer on November 20, 2020 at 11:58 pm

      Ah yes, it was the best Emma! You totally have to go in the future. 🙂

  8. Emily on November 21, 2020 at 1:22 am

    The hotel looks phenomenal! I think I’d be happy sitting on that breakfast terrace for my entire trip.

    What an awesome place to break the travel drought. Looks like you caught up on your Vitamin D, too!

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:51 pm

      It really was a stunning hotel Emily! I highly recommend Aruba once things get better. 🙂

  9. Sharyn on November 21, 2020 at 5:11 am

    Your Aruba photos are very colourful. I visit Aruba for a day when I sailed from the UK to Australia. I remember a beautiful natural arch. I’d like to get back there one day.

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you so much Sharyn! That is amazing you got to see Aruba during your sailing trip. Also, that trip sounded epic! 🙂

  10. Léa on November 21, 2020 at 8:05 am

    All the photos are just so bright, happy and colorful! It’s a stunning post Taylor, bring me here now!! Also you look super happy and gorgeous, you must have been so happy to be able to travel 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you so much Lea! You totally have to go to Aruba one day. Also, I was super happy to get an international trip in this fall. 🙂

  11. Jiayi Wang on November 21, 2020 at 10:13 am

    You have totally inspired me to visit Aruba! Would love to meet the flamingos and see the gorgeous Caribbean architecture 🙂 Amazing post Taylor!!

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you so much Jiayi! Aruba was seriously so amazing. You definitely have to go one day. Those flamingos are so beautiful! 🙂

  12. Albi on November 21, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Those pictures are absolutely gorgeous, I would love to ride a horse on the beach or swim with flamengoes

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you so much Albi! The horseback riding was my favorite adventure in Aruba. 🙂

  13. Kelly on November 21, 2020 at 11:31 am

    What a fun and exciting trip. I haven’t been to Aruba in forever but all those pics of Flamingos make me want to go back ASAP. Thanks for sharing.

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you so much Kelly! It was such an amazing trip. 🙂

  14. Carley on November 21, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Amazing guide! I’ve never been to Aruba, but have been to Curacao – I’ve heard they’re similar but that the landscape is a bit different. I’d love to visit soon and this guide is inspiring 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you so much Carley! Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire are all very similar. They make up the three Dutch ABC islands. 🙂

  15. Josy A on November 21, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    What an amaaaaazing holiday! I’d love to see all the wildlife and have a go swimming in that gorgeous sea! The food in Aruba looks incredible too.

    p.s. Flipping love your yellow dress. 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you so much Josy! The water in Aruba was like a bathtub. Also thank you so much, I got that dress from Lulus in spring 2019. 🙂

  16. Mayi on November 21, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    You’re killing me with all this Aruba content, the photos are gorgeous. The horseback riding, the beach and food, all things I love. Thanks for sharing this amazing trip.

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you so much Mayi! It really was an incredible trip. 🙂

  17. Ophelie on November 21, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    I would really love to visit Aruba! Such a lovely island! Love your cute photos with the flamingos, it must be amazing to enjoy this beach! Thanks for all the tips Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on November 21, 2020 at 10:57 pm

      It really was amazing! You totally have to go some day Ophelie! Also, seeing the flamingos in person was so special. 🙂

  18. Helena on November 22, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    I’m so jealous, this is literally a dream trip of mine! definitely using these ideas for whenever I can visit, thank you for sharing❤

    • Taylor Deer on November 23, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      It sure was incredible! Thank you Helena. 🙂

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