Aruba: an itinerary


I turned 30 recently, and I obviously am continuing the tradition of turning 30 in warm weather. This year’s honoree was ARUBA! So here is my itinerary for Aruba!

*Note: Things I researched but didn’t end up doing are denoted with a `` (asterisk)**

General advice

  • Visa guidelines:
    • You don’t need a visa if you are:
    • Visa application guidelines are here otherwise.
  • COVID guidelines when entering Aruba
    • Type of test needed:
      • PCR / RT-PCR / ddPCR / Rapid PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
      • NAA / NAAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification)
      • AMP PRB (Amplified Probe)
      • LAMP (Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification)
      • TMA (Transcription-mediated Amplification)
    • NOTE: ANTIGEN TESTS AREN’T ACCEPTED
    • Date I should take test: 48 hours before arrival
    • Form to fill in: Aruba Online ED 

Accommodation

My friends and I stayed in an AirBnB and at the Renaissance Wind Creek. I would highly recommend the Renaissance due to it’s proximity to the city center and private access to Renaissance Island!

Activities

  • Catch the flamingos at Renaissance Island
    • Access is free for guests at Renaissance Wind Creek
    • For visitors passes are available here.
  • Kite surfing*
  • Windsurfing*
  • Jet skis*
  • Snorkeling:
    • Go on a cruise with Pelican Aruba
    • See the Antilla shipwreck
    • Snorkel in the Boca Catalina cove
  • Scuba diving*
  • Parasailing at Delphi Watersports
  • Ride ATVs at the California San Dunes*
  • Swim/chill at the following beaches
    • Baby Beach
    • Eagle Beach (I turned 30 on this beach!)
    • Any other beach that catches your fancy
  • Sight seeing:
    • Palm beach
    • Mangel Halto Beach – wouldn’t recommend swimming here – instead bring a picnic to hide from the heat!
    • Natural pools*
    • Natural Bridge*
    • Quadirikiri Caves*
    • Boca Grandi Beach*

Food

Disclaimer: Aruba like many other Caribbean islands has a seafood heavy diet. The country isn’t very vegetarian friendly. Also the food is above average not great unless listed here!

Drinks

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