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ABC Tours

Take a walk on the wild side with Aruba's very own ABC Tours. This local tour company started out small, but has since grown to be considered a quintessential Aruban experience. The family-owned tour company specializes in off-road jeep and UTV tours led by personable, genuine and knowledgeable guides who promise a tailor-made experience like none other. Visit popular attractions like Black Stone Beach and relish the thrill of cliff diving on a UTV tour, or book a jeep safari instead for a more in-depth exploration of Aruba's many wonders. Dive into pristine turquoise pools, relax at the beach and amazed by the breathtaking beauty of the island's coastline. Above all else, ABC Tours promise impeccable, genuine service.

61 Schotlandstraat, Oranjestad, Aruba
The Butterfly Farm

Located in Palm Beach, The Butterfly Farm offers visitors the opportunity to interact with and learn about butterflies and their life cycles. Guided tours lead guests through a large tropical garden where hundreds of beautiful and exotic butterflies flutter freely. Tour last approximately half an hour and are included in the price of your ticket, which is good for your entire stay on the island. A unique opportunity to see and interact with dozens of species from all over the world, The Butterfly Farm is fun and educational for all.

J. Irausquin Boulevard, Oranjestad, Aruba
Kukoo Kunuku

Step aboard the Kukoo Kunuku and party in paradise. Shake to the rhythms of the island as Kukoo's colorful bus picks you up at your accommodation, wines and dines you under the tropical stars, and bar-hops throughout Aruba's best watering-holes. Transportation, a champagne toast, dinner featuring local cuisine, and your first drink at the bar are included with price of your ticket, which varies depending on the type of tour you choose. Leave your formal attire at home and leave the driving to Kukoo Kunuku. A reservation is required to drink, dance, and dine the night away. Anyone 18 and older is invited to join the fun.

128-P Turibana, Noord, Aruba
Aruba Ostrich Farm

The Aruba Ostrich Farm offers a unique and exciting opportunity to get up close and personal with these huge, awe-inspiring creatures. Guided tours every half hour give visitors the opportunity to interact with the birds, see and touch their eggs, and learn about their behavior. After your tour, sample Ostrich dishes at the Savanna Lodge, which specializes in Afro-Caribbean cuisine and offers cookouts complete with torches and a campfire. Fun for everyone, the Aruba Ostrich Farm is particularly fun and educational for kids.

57 Matividiri, Oranjestad, Aruba
Alto Vista Chapel

Originally built in 1750, the Alta Vista Chapel was the first Roman Catholic church to be built in Aruba. The church was established by a group of Catholic Indians and it was here that Domingo Antonio Silvestre of Venezuela began to convert other natives of Aruba to Christianity. Perched high above the sea with a spectacular view of the surroundings, the chapel remained the centerpiece of Catholic faith in Aruba until the plague forced the residents of Alta Vista to abandon their homes and beloved church in favor of a more secure residence in Noord. The church soon fell to ruin, but was later rebuilt at the same site in 1952 and boasts a simple design, with semi-circular pews and a bright yellow facade. The boundaries of the original church have been marked by a stone border, and at the altar stands a statue of the Mother Mary, patron saint of the church. Outside you will also find a few stone pews built to accommodate a larger number of worshipers. Although the humble chapel is neither grand nor elaborate in form, it boasts an austere charm and meditative atmosphere that appeals to both the religious and non-religious. The chapel may be reached via a winding road that is lined with the Stations of the Cross. Religious services are held here every week.

Alto Vista, Noord, Aruba
De Palm Island

If you're not sure how to handle your Aruba vacation, let De Palm do all the guesswork. They cover all the basic necessities as well as a few extras to make sure your vacation is a splash. It doesn't matter on your budget, your age, or taste, they have it all covered. From cruises, day trips, nightclubs, parties, accommodation, and culture activities, you won't miss a beat as you maneuver the Island in style.

L.G. Smith Boulevard 142, Oranjestad, Aruba
California Lighthouse

Built in 1916 by a French architect, the California Lighthouse is located at the farthest northwest tip of the the island and named for the wreck of a vessel called California, which occurred nearly two decades prior. While the steamship was made famous for receiving and dismissing the SOS calls made by the Titanic just a few years before its own demise, the lighthouse earned its reputation for a more pleasant reason, namely by offering stunning panoramic views of the island and its rocky northern coastline. It was restored in May 2016, which marked the centennial of the lighthouse's completion. The interior of the lighthouse is closed to the public though the scenic landmark is well worth visiting. After gazing out onto stone flats and azure waters, tourists often stop by the adjacent restaurant, aptly named La Trattoria el Faro Blanco, or "The White Lighthouse."

North End of L.G. Smith Boulevard, Noord, Aruba
Guadiriki Cave

Amid the hills of Arikok National Park, you'll find the alluring entrance to the Guadiriki Cave. Crawling through the stalactites you'll notice a long, dark passageway leading down into an ancient coral formation. Here, hundreds of harmless bats have made their homes amongst the cracks and niches of the cave walls. Further down the 100-foot tunnel, you'll notice traces of light that get lighter as you approach the vast cavern with two luminous openings in the ceiling acting as skylights. Check out the cave walls and you'll see some pretty cool cave paintings by the Arawak Indians, the original inhabitants of the Island. An exhilarating attraction, the Guadiriki Cave is a thrill worth experiencing.

Off Route 7, Arikok National Park, Oranjestad, Aruba
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