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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“Located on the northernmost part of the island. There's plenty of parking. The turquoise water is calm, the white sand is soft, the snorkeling is excellent and the beach is shaded with many palapa huts. On windy days, Arashi turns out to be the perfect bodyboarding and surfing beach, with decent waves to ride. Shell collectors can find peculiar pieces here. If you want a little bit more exercise, you can take a stroll to the California Lighthouse. The splendid coastal and island views are worth every drop of sweat. 8.6 miles – 20 minutes by car Our insiders tip: Beach loungers are available for a small fee at Arashi Beach. So lay back and relax.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great place for happy hour and drinks. Beach bar with great music and ambiance.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“You can have a look at the beautiful Paseo Herencia mall it offers different restaurants, souvenirs shops different shops like Aruba Aloe were you can buy our one local product for the skin its a very nice mall for the whole family ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Great National Park, and the best spot for a great overlook on the westside (nature!) of the island. Climb the Christoffelmountain (approx. 1 hour hike) early in the morning when it's still a bit cool. Take enough water and a couple of sandwiches with you!”
  • 58 locals recommend
National Park
“Meet pure nature, rock formation, sandbanks, rough north coast and wild beaches”
  • 38 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Mambo Beach Boulevard stands for white sandy beach, delicious cuisine, watersports, the latest entertainment and some of the islands best ... the rest is for you to discover”
  • 55 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Carrefour French Supermarket Chain within the mega mall. Fine French cuisine. Interesting international liquor and wine options. The latest opening hours of all the supermarkets”
  • 42 locals recommend
Nightclub
$$$
“for the young people there is Gusto Nightclub a very nice club we're you can have drinks and party all night long ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Beach
“The famous baby beach, the most likely beach for tourists and snorkeling area ”
  • 44 locals recommend
National Park
“Arikok Park offers so many things: wild beaches, caves and rocks with Indian drawings and a sweet water well (the only one on the island). Walk or drive around the park and you will find out.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Historic city center, shops and restaurants (at the waterfront). Cross the 'pondjesbrug' by foot to get to Otrobanda (which means ' the other side' ) a more local downtown area with supercool murals!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Mountain
“Great National park for hiking. I recommend going early in the morning before the sun gets intense.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The famous longest and whitest beach of the Island with lots of watersport activities”
  • 29 locals recommend
Beach
“ The most popular tourist spot at the high rise hotels on the Island.With a lot of watersport activities, some pier where you can have a drink, eat and dance Also you can book a catamaran trip and enjoy the beautiful sea, sun and fun on the south/western coast of Aruba”
  • 16 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Palm Beach Plaza is a multi-level mall, where you can shop, dine or simply watch a movie at the Caribbean Cinemas Megaplex 8. Our favorite hang out spot: Taste of Belgium; Happy hour from 5pm-7pm”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Go early in the morning ...great for snorkeling and diving or climb The Brandaris.”
  • 23 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great place for happy hour and drinks. Beach bar with great music and ambiance.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“Stunning place with amazing atmosphere and wine cellar. Make sure to make a reservation!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“For a one of a kind casual and affordable on the water experience where they serve fresh fried fish and shrimps with pan bati, aruban kind of pancake, fried funchi, aruban corn 'bread', fried plantain and yuca. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Bar
“Sometimes you feel like you want to have toast for breakfast, or as the Dutch say it: "A Toasty". For this we go to Zansi where they als serve a good coffee. They have more breakfast options, not a lot, but what they have is good. Only negative might be that they only start serving as of 09.00.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Walking distance from Belle Privé. Best osso bucco on island. Nice terrace ambience, very professional staff! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“The vibe is laid back, chill & relaxed. It's my all time favorite. Cuisine is Dutch & international.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pub
“Experience Happy Hour like a local! A Local favorite hangout spot, Local Store offers Wings, Burgers, Wraps & Salads, Craft Beers, in a unique cozy local ambiance.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
  • 7 locals recommend

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