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Water Sports

Snorkeling

Aruba is a snorkelers delight. With excellent visability, the waters around Aruba are perfect for snorkeling. Many of the most popular sites, including some interesting shipwrecks, are found in shallow waters. Coral reefs covered with waving sea fans and giant sponge tubes attract a colorful collection of sea life, including octopuses, sea turtles, manta rays and tropical fish.

Our house is near several very nice reefs. If you don't have your own equipment, you can rent snorkel equipment from Red Sail Sports located in several of the high rise hotels. Better yet, bring your own or buy some locally.

Scuba Diving

If you are or want to be a diver, Aruba is famous for some of the best diving in the world. There are 42 major dive sites which provide an amazing variety of underwater activity.There are several spectacular shipwrecks including the 400 foot Antilla wreck - the largest wreck in the Caribbean.

Most of Arubas dive sites lie along the protected western and southern coasts, a short distance from the hotels on Palm Beach.

Click HERE for a link to Aruba Wrecks.

If you have never experienced scuba diving before, you can take a Resort Certification Scuba Diving Course.  If you have your Open Water Certification, enjoy the many diving sites Aruba has to offer.

Aruba features a wide variety of diving instructors and operators:

Red Sail Sports
Tel (297) 586-1603
Fax (297) 586-6657
http://www.aruba-redsail.com

Dive Aruba
Tel (297) 582-7337
Fax (297) 582-1817
http://www.divearuba.com

Pelican Water Sports
Tel (297) 587-2302
Fax (297) 587-2315
http://www.pelican-aruba.com

Native Divers
Tel (297) 586-4763
http://www.nativedivers.com

Aruba Pro Dive
Tel (297) 582-5520
Fax (297) 587-7722
http://www.arubaprodive.com

Windsurfing

Aruba is a haven for windsurfers. It offers crystal-clear water that rarely drops below 75 degrees F and consistent winds that average more than 20 knots year-round. Our house is a 5 min walk from the windsurfing beach.

Rental Equipment and Lessons

There are three places to rent equipment within a few minutes from our house. JP's center on the beach at Fisherman's Hut, Vela and Sailboard Vacations (the Windsurf Village).

Click HERE for a website with detailed information about surfing in Aruba.

Parasailing

Imagine soaring up to 600 ft above the ocean in a boat towed parachute! Parasailing is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience for all members of the family.

Arrangements can be made with one of the watersports centers along Palm Beach or by contacting :

Caribbean Parasail
297 586-0505

Island Watersports
297 593-5436

Pelican Adventures
297 587-2302
www.pelican-aruba.com

Red Sail Sports
297 586-1603
www.redsail.com

Jet Ski /Wave Runner Rentals

Aruba is a virtual playground for water activities of all kind. Jet skis are a great activity for the entire family. With warm, calm, clear waters, Aruba is the perfect place to jet ski! They can be rented at most beaches, hotels or watersport centers.

Banana Boats/Tubes

Enjoy a ride on a Banana boat or tubes where you can see Aruba's beautiful beaches while riding across the waves. This is a great family adventure. Just don't expect to stay dry. They can be rented at any of the local watersports centers or from local boat operators.

Sailing Tours

Aruba offers a wide variety of cruise options. From full or half day cruises, snorkeling cruises, sunset cruises, moonlight cruises, dinner cruises, or dance party cruises, the choice is yours. A few of the popular cruises available are listed below:

Jolly Pirates

Something magical happens when the island tradewinds snap our sails to life. While you are stretched out on the spacious teak sunbathing deck you will soon discover that a pirate's life isn't as rough as it used to be. Open bar and rope swing. 

MiDushi Sailing Cruises

Built in 1925, this 78ft. Windward vessel offers barefoot'n adventures guaranteed to be the highlight of your vacation! Choose from the Taste of Arubaah, Sundown Safari or the Jolly Roger Sunset Cruise.

Pelican Adventures 

Sail along the gorgeous beaches, enjoy the sunset view, and have fun while gliding over the clear blue sea. Relax for 2 1/2 hours on this romantic & unforgettable evening under the moon and stars. 
 

Tattoo

Dance and enjoy dinner under star filled skies while Tattoo's talented crew entertains you! Take the plunge off the wild & wicked Rope Swing! 

Sport /Deep Sea Fishing

In the temperate waters around Aruba, a variety of Atlantic game fish can be caught year-round. Sailfish, white and blue marlin, wahoo, shark, barracuda, amberjack, kingfish, bonito, and blackfin and yellowfin tuna are abundant.

Most charter fishing boats operate from Seaport Marina, across from the Aruba Renaissance Hotel in Oranjestad.

Click HERE to see some of the available fishing boats.

Swimming

The beaches on the southern, leeward coast have soft, sparkling white sand. The clear, calm, turquoise waters of Palm Beach, Eagle Beach, Druif Beach, Baby Beach and Rodgers Beach are safe to swim in any time of day, any day of the year. There are also several hidden little bays around the island, as well as the Conchi, or natural pool, near Arikok. In general, however, the Atlantic side of the island is wild and often treacherous.

Click HERE for Aruba beaches.

More Watersports

Other watersports include water scooters, banana boat rides, hobie cats, sunfish, paddle boats, parasailing, kayaks, tube rides and speedboat rides.

Glass-bottomed boats and submarines make trips out to view many of the aquatic sites. Please ask your hotel for more information.

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Land Activities

Golf

In addition to everything else Aruba has to offer, Golf adds another compelling reason to visit. Take your choice of the following courses;

Tierra del Sol

A five minute drive from the Aruba Dream House is Aruba's first world-class golf course. The 18-hole, par-71 course was designed by Robert Trent Jones II. It's unique and rugged natural surroundings into a championship level course.

After a round of golf, you can relax at the clubhouse which includes a pro shop, locker rooms, and a 4 star restaurant with a panoramic view.

Golf Shop (297) - 5860 978
Toll free: (866) 978-5111
E-mail:
tdsteetime@setarnet.aw
Tee Time Reservations

The Links at Divi Aruba

Aruba's newest golf course, The "Links" is a tropically landscaped 9 hole golf course at the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort. , The course features 2 par 5 holes, 2 par 3 holes, and 5 par 4 holes. Amenities include a clubhouse with two restaurants and a golf training facility with video swing analysis.
The course is open to the public with preferred tee times for Divi Resort guests and members, and offers professional golf instruction for both individuals and groups. Visit DiviGolf.com for details.

Aruba Golf Club

Located at the southeastern end of the island near San Nicolas, the Aruba Golf Club is a 9-hole course with 20 sand traps and 5 water traps. The clubhouse is complete with bar, storage rooms, workshop and separate men's and ladies' rooms with showers and lockers.

Miniature Golf

Claimed to be the world's largest miniature golf course, Adventure Golf is great for the whole family. Located nearby on LG Smith Blvd opposite La Cabana , it is surrounded by rushing waterfalls and a circular "river". 
They also have paddle boats, a bumper boat pool, batting cages, game room and a go-cart track. Open daily from 5pm to 11pm.

297-587-6625 / 594-4395

Tennis

Most hotels and all-inclusive resorts in Aruba have tennis courts on-site. While guests receive top priority, visitors can arrange to play at most of these courts. As an added bonus, most are lit for night games.

Aruba Racquet Club

Adjacent to our house, the Aruba Racquet Club, Aruba's first world-class tennis center, is located at Rooi Santo 21 in the Palm Beach area. It features eight lighted courts, an exhibition center court, a pro shop, a swimming pool, aerobics classes, a fitness center, and a bar and restaurant. Opening Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (297) 586-0215.

Click HERE to visit website.

Aruba Tennis Academy

The Aruba Tennis Academy is a great place to develop and improve your tennis skills. Located near Eagle Beach, Aruba Tennis Academy offers a wide range of services. The Academy provides free pick-up and drop-off services.

297 583-7074

Click HERE to visit web site.

Horseback Riding

Interested in horseback riding? Aruba's varying topography offers a variety of exotic locations for both experienced and beginner horseback riders. From sand dunes to arrid plains that will make you feel like your in the Old West. Alternatively, you can travel up the Arikok Hills to enjoy a panoramic view of the island. Several ranches offer horseback tours and adventures:

Rancho Notorious

To explore Aruba's picturesque coastline and countryside join one of Rancho Notorious' famous guided Horseback riding, Mountain biking or fully automatic Quad racer tours. The fun filled tours include the beaches, lighthouse, natural bridge and many more of Aruba's famous sites.

Click HERE to visit web site.

Rancho Daimari

p_cacti.gif (17872 bytes)Nestled amongst the most exotic hillsides on the island, in front of the Daimari Beach, lies "Rancho Daimari."

Built in the 1600's, it's one of the oldest Coconut Plantations in the Caribbean, where some of the original Dutch Settlers started developing plantation-type settlements.

Click HERE to visit the Rancho Daimari website.

Bicycle Riding

Aruba is just small enough to allow for cycling enthusiasts to enjoy this desert island's exotic terrain. Because some of the roads throughout the island are sandy, a mountain bike is the way to go. The terrain is mainly flat so you won't get exhausted peddling up steep hills, but heading into the wind is a challenge, and the sun is intense at midday.

The weather is generally hot and sunny, but cyclists will appreciate Aruba's cooling trade winds. Nevertheless, it is always advised to go armed with plenty of sunscreen, water and a hat to battle the elements.  The most scenic roads trace the northern coast. They're not paved, so bring a bandana to cover your mouth against the dust.

Bicycles can be rented at various locations on the island.

Also, try:

Melchor Cycle Rental
Bubali 106B
tel. 297/587-1787

Pablito's Bike Rental
L. G. Smith Blvd. 234
tel. 297/587-8655

Guided cycle tours are offered at Rancho Notorious.

Spas and Massage

If you're looking for the best spas in the Caribbean, Aruba has a special experience for you.

Simply being in Aruba has a soothing effect. Refreshing trade winds, strolls on the white sand beach and dips in the azure seas create stress relief and nights of restful sleep.

Already a specialist in the promotion of wellness and beauty, Aruba offers a range of spas that provide perfect pampering. Situated in lush tropical surroundings, surrender to full body treatments that include Shiatsu, Swedish Massage, Hydrotherapy, Aromatherapy and nourishing Wraps. Indulge in skin care regimes such as facials, manicures, pedicures, paraffin treatments, hair care and expert makeup application.

Partake of the spa pleasure of your choice and let Aruba's natural attributes do the rest. Feel and look like a million bucks on the dance floor, and return from your Caribbean vacation rejuvenated and restored. 

Body and Soul Spa at Tierra Del Sol Resort and Country Club
297 586-4861
Click HERE to visit the web site.

Intermezzo Day Spa
297 583-1100
Click HERE to visit the web site.

Hyatt Pure Spa
297 586-1234
Click HERE to visit the web site.

Aruba Racquet Club -Adjacent to Aruba Dream House
297 586-0215
Click HERE to visit the web site.

Mandara Spa at Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club
297 520-6750
Click HERE to visit web site.

Bus and Jeep Tours

One of the best ways to see the many scenic and historic site in Aruba is with a jeep or bus tour. Looking for Off Road adventure? - Jeeps are for you. More sedate Town and Country tours are provided by air-conditioned buses.

Click HERE for website listing several excursion operators.

ATV's

Want to see all of Aruba up close and personal? ATV's (Quads) are a great way to travel anywhere on the island. Guided tours or individual rental are available. ATV's can be rented near the high-rise hotels or from the following operators:

Aruba ATV Mania

Click HERE for website.

Four Wheelin ATV ATV

Click HERE for website.

Rancho Notorious

Click HERE for website.

Sightseeing

Aruba has so many things to do and places to see that you will want to come back several times. There are sailing cruises, dinner cruises, helicopter tours, archaelogical tours, the Ostrich farm, historical ruins, the Butterfly farm and ship wrecks.

Click HERE for a website listing many popular sites and things to do.

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Aruba at Night

After a day on the beach, exploring the island or shopping, the excitement of Aruba continues into the night. Your choices include casual or formal dinner,  party bus or cruise, dancing, shows, nightclubs or casinos. OR YOU CAN JUST RELAX ON THE ENCLOSED PATIO OF THE ARUBA DREAM HOUSE!

Below are some of your options:
Mambo Jambo in downtown Oranjestad
A festive bar/restaurant withmusic and dancing. A great place to visit.
Senor Frogs in downtown Oranjestad
A favorite for tourists and locals alike.
Kukoo Kunuku
A dinner and bar-hopping adventure in a 1957 Chevy schoolbus into the Aruba countryside and downtown.
Tattoo
A moonlit tropical dinner cruise with music and dancing under the star filled skies.
Garufa Cigar and Cocktail Lounge in downtown Oranjestad
A great bar and Jazz club for the cigar loving set.
Links to other evening entertainment are listed below:
Casinos
If the glamour and excitement of first-class casinos are a requirement for your vacation, Aruba has it all with 11 casinos. Some are open 24 hours and many have dining and entertainment.

Below are some of your choices:
Stellaris Casino at the Aruba Marriott at Palm Beach
Copa Cabana Casino and Bar at the Hyatt Regency
Renaissance Seaport Casino at downtown Oranjestad
The Casino at the Radisson Resort at Palm Beach
Additional Casinos can be found by clicking HERE
Shopping
Aruba is a "Shoppers Paradise" with perfume, jewelery, watches, liquor, crystal, china, cameras, designer fashions and many local handicrafts.
Most stores are located in downtown Oranjestad. There are an increasing number of stores and boutiques near the high rise hotels minutes from the Aruba Dream House.
English is spoken in all stores. 
Aruban currancy is the Florin/Guilder(AWG). US dollars are exchanged ( 1 US dollar = 1.8 Aruban Florin or 1 Aruban Florin = 0.56 US Dollars) everywhere. Major credit cards are accepted at most stores.

Click HERE for a link to shopping in Aruba.

What Else Can I Do in Aruba?

Aruba offers unlimited opportunities to customize your dream vacation. If any of the above activities do not meet your needs, click HERE.

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