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Located on the shore of the imperial caribbean, Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club embodies the beauty of the island.

Marriott's Ocean Club

Nestled within Tierra Del Sol is one of renowned Robert Trent Jones Ii's most celebrated creations, a world-class 18-hole championship golf course of unequalled quality and stunning beauty.

Tierra Del Sol Resort

The Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort features luxurious studio and one bedroom suites in a pristine oceanfront setting on the sugary sands of palm beach. The dramatic ocean views and a wide array of facilities and amenities make the popular Aruba Phoenix a ...

Divi Aruba Phoenix

Caribbean Palm Village creates a peaceful and private setting in the midst of a tropical garden. The resort offers two- and three-story condominiums surrounding two pool areas and two whirlpools.

Caribbean Palm Village

Set across from one of Aruba's most beautiful white sand beaches, the all-suites Divi Village offers a fun-filled, yet relaxing Vacations
 you won't soon forget. Surrounded by lush, tropical landscaping, this resort is a true caribbean escape.

Divi Village

 


Aruba Information

Make online bookings for aruba hotels !With its seemingly endless supply of white sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters, ARUBA is one of the more popular Caribbean destinations for many sun-worshipers and cruise-ship passengers. The smallest of the ABC islands, Aruba is 25km north of Venezuela and only 30km wide. Over one million visitors a year come to this tiny island of 90,000 to indulge in the glitz associated with its luxurious beachside resorts, elegant restaurants, 24-hour casinos, shops and boutiques. The harbourside capital Oranjestad attracts many of the visitors, as do resort-filled Eagle and Palm beaches just north of town. In stark contrast to these glamorous areas, the rugged interior is dotted with stands of cacti, twisted divi divi trees and herds of wandering goats. In the Mars-like landscape of Arikok National Park , mysterious boulders painted with ancient petroglyphs and limestone caves are sights not to be missed.
Watersports

Aruba offers a wide selection of water sports and related activities, many of which are based on the stretch between Eagle Beach and Palm Beach.
 
 Aruba Red Sail SportsSnorkeling excursions to nearby coral reefs and shipwrecks can be arranged with Fun Factory Sailing Adventure (tel 297/862017), departing daily from the De Palm Pier behind the
Radisson Hotel at 9.30am. The four-hour trip on board the catamaran ($55) includes an open bar, hot buffet lunch, snorkelling gear and visits to a couple of reefs and to the Antilla , a sunken World War II German freighter off the coast of Malmok. For an extra US$45 they offer the unique sport of snuba, which combines snorkeling and diving. Diving lessons and packages to area dive sites can be arranged with Pelican Watersports (tel 297/872302), located next to De Palm Pier. They offer a variety of dive packages starting at US$160; a fully certified Open Water Certification course costs US$350. Red Sail Sports (tel 297/861603), behind the Hyatt Hotel and Allegro Resort on Palm Beach, also has a series of dive courses, charter tours to area reefs and night dives.
 
 Deep-sea fishing with Pair-a-dice Charters can be arranged by calling Captain Monty (tel 297/929586). His crew usually fishes for marlin, wahoo, kingfish or barracuda. Half-day charters run US$280.
 aruba-info.com - Aruba's Kayak Adventure
Aruba's only kayak company, Aruba Kayak Adventure (tel 297/824400), offers a four-hour guided kayaking trip along the southern coast of the island near Spanish Lagoon, a legendary hiding place for pirates. The fee of US$65 includes hotel pick-up and delivery, use of kayak and brief instructions, lunch and snorkelling gear. They depart every morning at 9.30am.

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Kite surfing


Kite surfing is the hottest water sport. This sport is practised on the water with a board and a kite. Lessons include:

  • Short instruction (safety and knowledge of equipment)

  • Starting and landing of the kite

  • Navigate the kite

  • Body dragging through the water

  • Learning how to kite surf your first meters.

The lessons of approximate 3 hours now only for US $ 99 (including equipment and free transportation) Click here to make your online reservation and experience the challenge !

Sailing

A variety of sailing trips and sunset tours can be arranged with several agencies. Jolly Pirates (tel 297/5837355) operates a 70-ton schooner and organizes sailing and snorkelling trips departing from De Palm Pier (tours start at US$46). Mi Dushi Sailing Adventures (tel 297/5862010) sets sail Monday to Saturday on a sunset cruise ($25-28).

Windsurfing

Divi Winds (tel 297/5837841), between the Divi and Tamarijn resorts on Druif Beach, offers windsurfing lessons ($45), sailing lessons ($50) and board rental ($15/hr). At Hadicurari Beach, Aruba Boardsailing Productions (tel 297/5860989) rents windsurfers at US$20 per hour or US$55 for the day; lessons start at US$135/day.

Atlantis Submarine

A different and exciting way to explore Aruba's underwater realm is on board the island's only passenger submarine . The Atlantis Submarine (tel 297/5886881) descends to 150ft and passengers can view schools of tropical fish, coral reefs and the remains of the Mi Dushi shipwreck. It leaves from the Atlantis Pier located across from the Renaissance Resort in downtown Oranjestad.

Eating and Drinking

Captain Cooks Bakery Seaport Marketplace Mall. Serving delicious breakfast specials for US$5. Fresh bread, fruit shakes plus deli meats available daily from 7.30am until midnight (open 9.30am on Sun).

Cuba's Cookin' Wilhelminastraat 27 tel 297/5880627. Genuine Cuban cuisine and lively entertainment are on offer at this traditional nineteenth-century country house. Try the lobster enchilada. Entrees US$20-30. Daily from 6pm until 10 or 11pm.

Don Carlos L.G. Smith Boulevard tel 297/5836246. You can't get any closer to the water than this place serving reasonably priced authentic Italian cuisine directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Very popular with young families, it can get rather busy. Daily 11.30am-4.30pm & 5pm-midnight.

El Gaucho Wilhelminastraat 80 tel 297/5823677. Tender, juicy Argentine steaks grilled to perfection; for a real treat try the 16oz gaucho steak. Cosy atmosphere with an adjoining cocktail lounge and an extensive wine list. Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm.

aruba-info.com - Iguana Joe'sIguana Joe's 2nd floor, Royal Plaza Mall tel 297/5839373. Long one of Aruba's most popular restaurants. Delicious dishes include quesadillas and crispy calamari; vegetarian options also available. Don't miss out on their enormous tropical drinks like the famous Pink Iguana, a smooth, refreshing strawberry colada. Mains under US$20. Open Mon-Thurs 11am -11pm, Fri & Sat 11am-1am & Sun 4-11pm.
Qué Pasa? Wilhelminastraat 2 tel 297/5834888. Popular dinnertime restaurant and bar with a small art gallery offering moderately priced Italian meals and other international dishes. Mains US$25. Daily 5pm-midnight.

Taj Mahal Wilhelminastraat 4A tel 297/5884494. The only Indian restaurant in town. Delicious authentic dishes, averaging US$6, all prepared to order. Mon-Sat 11am-10pm & Sun 6-11pm.

Villa Germania Seaport Marketplace Mall tel 297/5830078. One of the few places in town open for breakfast ($5-8), Villa Germania also has home-made European cuisine like schnitzel and sauerkraut and desserts for lunch and dinner (mains US$12-20). Open terrace faces the harbour. Daily 8am-10pm.

The Waterfront Seaport Marketplace Mall tel 297/5835858. Specializing in seafood dishes as well as burgers and chicken dishes. Open for breakfast ($6-10), lunch and dinner (mains US$7-15). Daily 8.30am-11.30pm.

Nightlife

At night, the dazzling lights of Oranjestad attract party buses and scores of revellers who visit as many bars, nightclubs and casinos as possible before daybreak. Many of the restaurants and bars have live local bands on weekends, and most hotels and resorts offer theme nights and activities for their guests. If you're heart is set on spending an elegant evening, the glitzy Las Vegas style dance shows at the Crystal Theater in the Renaissance Resort are well worth the price of admission. Crystal Theater Downtown at the Aruba Renaissance Beach Resort on L.G. Smith Boulevard tel 297/5836000. An impressive heart-thumping "Let's Go Latin" dance show ($37) with live music and dancers. Show times are from Mon to Sat beginning at 9pm. The resort also has a 24-hour casino. 

Carlos 'n Charlie's Weststraat 3A tel 297/5820355. A popular bar with tourists who dance to tunes from the 1960s to the 1980s. The music gets going after 11pm. US$3 cover charge.

Café Bahia Weststraat 7 tel 297/5889982. A staircase leads upstairs to an open-air dance floor. Local bands usually play on weekends, happy hour is on Fri 5-7pm and ladies night is Wed. Closes 3.30am on weekends and 2am on weekdays. No cover charge.

Club E-Zone Bayside Mall on Weststraat 5. The largest indoor dance floor in town plays European music and attracts a fairly young crowd of tourists.

La Fiesta 2nd floor Adventura Mall on Klipstraat tel 297/5889982. This trendy terrace bar attracts both locals and tourists. Latin beats are mixed with European and American tunes.

Mambo Jambos 2nd floor Royal Plaza tel 297/5833632. Tables are removed on Fri and Sat for dancing; other nights this place is great for hanging out and listening to music. It's also a restaurant serving sandwiches and snacks. Latin tunes played throughout the day. Daily 10.30am-4am.

Radisson Aruba Caribbean Resort Casino on Palm Beach tel 297/864045. Casino surrounded by lavish drapery and Caribbean palms. The lounge and sports bar are also popular.

Stellaris Casino At the Aruba Marriott on Palm Beach tel 297/5869000. One of the island's favourite casinos. 

 
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