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Aruba Tour Ideas For Cruise Ship Visitors

Updated on January 22, 2013

Day Trip Ideas

In most typical years over 300 cruise ships come to port in Aruba, so if your on one and in the typical "so little time so much to do mode"...I’d like to offer some ideas. Many of these cruise ships are docked here for 12 to 24 hours so lets get right to some ideas. The ships dock in downtown Oranjestad and your just a short walk away from the downtown shops. These shops are the typical combo of clothes and nick-nacks. Aruba does have an above average amount of jewelry stores, so if those trinkets are to your liking you'll have fun here.

However-If you a bit more adventurous then here are a few ideas;

Go to the Butterfly Farm. Located on J.E. Irausquin Blvd., in Palm Beach - It is peaceful, tranquil, a good place to start, great for kids and adults. Allow up to 1 hour to tour the farm and to look around there. You'll get a guided tour inside the Farm which is informative to all. Ask when your aboard ship for travel arrangements to get there, once your off the ship it is about a 15 minute cab ride north of downtown.

From there you can go to the California Lighthouse. From this northern most point of the island you'll enjoy great views and an interesting perspective of the island. Allow 15 minutes to one half hour for a visit here. GREAT stop to take photos, gets you a view of the green waters on the west side of the island and of the rougher blue Atlantic ocean to the north and east. Named for the California, a large passenger ship that sank nearby off the coast in 1916, the lighthouse is no longer in operation. Not a spot for swimming, but know for it's views, it is a spot you'll remember forever.

Go to the Alto Vista Chapel, built in 1750 this chapel is a very powerful place. The road to the chapel is paved, and from the grounds you get interesting views of both cactus and the ocean. A good place to say a prayer or just gather your thoughts. Allow 15 minutes to one half hour for this stop.

I’m sure when your aboard ship someone can help you with the planning of your tour. These are just a few of the islands highlights - and if your only there for a short stay- you'll want to consider these three stops. Don’t forget the sunscreen / suntan lotion when your there-I usually pore on # 30 even on a cloudy day. Let me know how journey went !

Downtown Near Cruise Ship Dock


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    • Sylber Rey profile image

      Sylber Rey 

      8 years ago from West Texas

      As a fellow Aruba lover, excellent blog. Well done...I'll be back...

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Sounds like some good places to visit. Thanks for the tips and photos.

    • Ralph Deeds profile image

      Ralph Deeds 

      9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Interesting. I was born in Aruba. It's been a while since I've been back. You made me want to plan a vacation or cruise to Aruba.

    • Lady_E profile image


      9 years ago from London, UK

      Mmmmh Heaven. I wish I could go to all the places you mentioned. A lovely Hub.

      I would love to travel in "The World". I've seen it a few times when it docked in Greenwich, London.

      Best Wishes and thanks for sharing.


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