While Bluegreen Resorts offers spectacular vacation experiences throughout the United States and Caribbean, its resort in Oranjestad, Aruba, gives you access to the perfect combination of white sand beaches, desert landscapes, an exciting nightlife, and sparkling ocean waters. From Bluegreen’s La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino, you can easily access all the island has to offer.
It’s possible to explore Aruba’s natural wonders and attractions by participating in the many tours and outdoor activities available in the area. Here are some of the ways to discover Aruba from every angle:
Paddle Board Tours
By joining a paddle board tour, you can explore various locations on Aruba while gliding over pristine waters on a stand up paddle board. There are numerous groups on the island that offer paddle board tours that help visitors discover lesser-known and more secluded parts of Aruba.
For example, one company leads a popular mangrove/eco tour in a quiet canal on the island’s south side. Paddle boarders can enjoy a relaxing paddle board experience as they catch glimpses of local fish, birds, and other wildlife. Along with the eco paddle board tour, you can give stand up paddle board yoga a try, or book a sunset tour to enjoy Aruba’s stunning sunsets from the northwest corner of the island.
Although there are many paddle board tour groups on Aruba, some of the most well known are Stand Up Paddle Aruba and Aruba Surf and Paddle School.
Snorkeling tours are the best way to quickly immerse yourself in Aruba’s diverse marine life, which thrives in tranquil, turquoise waters. With a snorkeling tour led by a local tour company, such as Aruba Bob Snorkeling or Jolly Pirates Aruba, you can discover some of the best snorkeling sites on the island.
Novice snorkelers can explore Malmok Beach and the Boca Catalina Reefs, which feature calm and shallow waters that are home to triggerfish, colorful damselfish, starfish, sea urchins, and angelfish. For more experienced snorkelers, there are tours that explore Aruba’s most famous snorkeling and diving site, German Shipwreck Antilla. Snorkelers can get up close to the 400-foot WWII German freighter that rests 60 feet below the surface with part of its hull and masts jutting out of the water.
If you prefer exploring ocean waters without getting wet, Atlantis Submarines Aruba offers submarine expedition tours that dive up to 130 feet while bringing you alongside memorable marine life and two shipwrecks.
The tour lasts almost two hours in a submarine approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. During the tour, licensed and experienced crewmembers provide an entertaining and educational narration. The combination of amazing scenery and education make for one of the most unique tours available on the island.
For the underwater enthusiast who also enjoys speed, SEABOB tours are the ideal way to discover Aruba’s coral reefs, shipwrecks, and marine life. SEABOBs are eco-friendly vehicles that allow you to dive more than 130 feet and move through the water at almost 14 miles per hour.
On SEABOB tours, you can visit Aruba’s best sites for underwater exploration, including Malmok Beach, Boca Catalina, and Arashi Beach. SEABOBs are known for being safe and easy to use for people above the age of 12.
To enjoy Aruba’s waters from the surface, you can book a trip aboard one of the many vessels in the area for a sailing adventure. A number of the sailing tours in Aruba allow you to dine and drink as you coast over smooth waters with views of white beaches. Some sailing tours also include time for snorkeling, fishing, and sunset views.
Back on land, bike tours are one of the best ways to explore Aruba’s desert landscapes and rocky countryside. Tour groups, including Tromp Tours Aruba and Rancho Notorious Aruba, offer trips for riders of all skill levels, allowing you to get exercise and experience a wide range of beautiful scenery.
With Rancho Notorious Aruba, riders use ‘TREK’ aluminum mountain bikes to explore at least 11 miles of the island, passing numerous landmarks along the way. Rancho Notorious mountain bike trips travel through the Aruban Cunucu (countryside), past Alto Vista Chapel, and along the Northeast coast. During the tour, riders also pass the Tierra Del Sol Golf Course, the Coral Plateau with the California Lighthouse, and many of the island’s most famous beaches.
On an ATV tour around Aruba, you can take in the sights while powering your own off-road vehicle through rugged terrain. Tours are led by experienced guides who will help you discover some of the island’s most unique locations, such as the Wariruri Dunes, The Natural Pool, Hudishibana Lighthouse, and Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins. With most tour groups, ATV trips last at least three hours and include water breaks.
Segway tours are a relaxing and family-friendly way to travel around Aruba and experience the full coastline. With many stops for photo opportunities, you can capture the island’s panoramic views and landmarks as you glide along beach-roads. Segway tours travel along Arashi Beach, MooMba Beach, Palm Beach, and Eagle Beach.
Horseback Riding Tours
Horseback riding tours are one of the most peaceful ways to discover Aruba, allowing you to ride along beaches and trek quietly through the countryside. Some of the most popular tour groups, Rancho Notorious and The Gold Mine Ranch, provide horses and routes for riders of all skill levels. Depending on the tour, riders can gallop across dunes, see parakeets in the hidden lagoon, and walk their horses through water.