Things to do in Santa Cruz, Aruba

Our most recommended things to do in Santa Cruz, Aruba

From Oranjestad: Full-Day Island Jeep Safari Tour

1. From Oranjestad: Full-Day Island Jeep Safari Tour

Join a fun-filled guided Safari, designed to showcase the rugged and unseen beauty of Aruba. Journey to places only accessible by four-wheel drive and witness one of the highest viewpoints overlooking the island. After pickup at your hotel or Cruise Terminal, make your way to several stops: California Lighthouse, Wish Garden, Chapel of Alto Vista, Shark's Mouth, Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Natural Bridge, Arikok National Park, Indian Caves, and San Nicolas. Enjoy the chance to swim and snorkel at the famous Natural Pool and Baby Beach. Tour Aruba in the state-of-the-art African-style Land Rover with extra cushioning and exceptional suspension, guaranteeing a comfortable journey around the island.

Aruba: De Palm Island Day Trip

2. Aruba: De Palm Island Day Trip

Spend a day in paradise with a trip to De Palm Island with all-inclusive access to enjoy everything the island has to offer. Go snorkeling, take a banana boat ride, visit the water park, or just relax with authentic Caribbean fare and drinks. Once you arrive on the island, the day will be yours to pick whichever activities you please. Set out for an adventurous banana boat ride, or grab a snorkel for an up-close look at the stunning local marine life. Slip down a water slide or take it easy with a massage or some lounge time in a shaded cabana. Kids can take part in the new water park, with two body-drop slides. Whether you want to explore the island and surrounding coral reefs or relax on the beach by the open bar and buffet, De Palm Island has something for everyone.

Aruba Arikok National Park & Beach Horse Riding

3. Aruba Arikok National Park & Beach Horse Riding

Escape the on a local adventure with this horseback riding tour in the Arikok National Park from Noord. Get to know Aruba off the beaten path on this guided horseback riding tour. Take in the best views of both countryside and beach. Be picked up from your hotel if you don't have your own means of transportation. Your own personal tour guide will be outside the main lobby of your resort at the time indicated on your confirmation e-mail. Head to the ranch and meet your horse. Leave the ranch by making your way through the countryside in an extended part of the Natural Park. Keep an eye out for locals working at the lagoons. Depending on the season this part of the trail may look like a desert. During other seasons it may be lush green and covered with vegetation. One thing is for sure, you're surrounded by cacti and rocks and Aruba's famous trade winds. The elevation hills provide scenic views of the island before continuing down to ride along the beach. Start off in the wilderness of Arikok National Park. As soon as you leave the Ranch, take in the beautiful scenery Aruba has to offer. Ride along the beach, and experience the strong breeze and waves around you. Pass the highlights of the North-East island including Lovers Cove, Wish Garden, White Sand Dunes, Safire Hill, Local Fisherman's Huts, the Hidden Valley, and Lagoon. Enjoy the personal attention from your guide during a private tour that ensures safety first and fun at all times.

Aruba: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Excursion

4. Aruba: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Excursion

On this 2-hour sailing excursion, experience spectacular views aboard a luxurious catamaran with an open bar and light snacks. Experience the fading afternoon light on the sundeck, duck below decks, or relax on the netting between the catamaran's two hulls.  Enjoy the company of friendly crew members on board that will entertain you during the trip while you dance the night away, making your trip a true pleasure.

Aruba: Discover the Cave Pool in a UTV Adventure

5. Aruba: Discover the Cave Pool in a UTV Adventure

Navigate the rugged trails and discover Aruba's best sights with the help of an experienced guide.   Stops include the Cave Pool, Baby Bridge, Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins, and Blackstone Beach. Cool off with a refreshing swim and try the local coconut water, included in the tour.   The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned van. You will then be taken to the depot to pick up your own UTV (utility task vehicle). All equipment will be provided; all you need is your sense of adventure. A knowledgeable guide will accompany you at all times, providing safety instructions as well as information on the local sights

Aruba: Best of Aruba by Bus

6. Aruba: Best of Aruba by Bus

Take in the island’s delights in this 7-hour tour, complete with lunch, amazing sights, and a swim. Your guides– experts in Aruba's past and present – offer detailed descriptions of the island's key sites as you ride in an air-conditioned bus. Visit the famous California Lighthouse, which offers grand views of the island. Next, head to the Alto Vista Chapel and stroll through the labyrinth path of contemplation. Following the visit to the chapel, head to the Natural Bridge. This coral limestone formation was one of the largest in the world before it collapsed in 2005. You will also have a stop at the Glass Blow factory where you will see your imagination come to life with beautiful glass art. Take a picture at the famous red anchor on the way to Baby Beach, where you will end you visit with a swim in the calm and clear turquoise water or use the provided equipment for snorkeling.

Aruba Arikok National Park Hiking Tour

7. Aruba Arikok National Park Hiking Tour

This is the best way to discover the real Aruba. Nearly 20% of Aruba is a designated National Park and home to a long list of animal species and plant life. The Arikok National Park is a great place to enjoy the dramatic landscapes. The Visitors’ Center has a modern sustainable design and houses an exhibit of Aruba’s endemic animals such as the Aruban whiptail lizard (cododo), Aruban cat eye snake (santanero) and endangered rattle snake (cascabel). Park rangers will escort you on this hike that showcases fascinating flora and fauna and interesting historical sites. The Arikok National Park is home to priceless gems that are rare because they are indigenous to the island. The Aruban burrowing owl (Shoco), Aruban rattlesnake, Aruban whiptail lizar, and Aruban parakeet (Prikishi) can be found in the Aruba National Park where they live together with the native flora and fauna supported by the protected unusual land formations made from lava, quartz diorite and limestone.

Aruba: 3-Hour Guided Island Sightseeing Tour

8. Aruba: 3-Hour Guided Island Sightseeing Tour

Immerse yourself in Aruba’s rich history and culture on this 3-hour family-friendly tour. Travel by air-conditioned bus to the island's most famous landmarks and natural wonders. Start your tour at the California Lighthouse, which stands as a silent watchman near the island’s northwestern tip and offers panoramic views of Aruba. Next, head to the Casibari Rock Formations. Admire these unusual formations, unique to the region, that seem to arise from desert soil. Continue to the Natural Bridge, a popular attraction in Aruba. See what was once one of the largest coral limestones bridges in the world before collapsing in 2005. Next, visit the Aruba Aloe Factory, and marvel at the fields of Aloe Vera plants that have supplied over 125 years' worth of natural products. Finally, arrive at the Butterfly Farm for an enchanting experience with an array of butterflies from around the world, including South America, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Australia, China, and Africa.

Aruba: Full-Day Off-Road Excursion to Baby Beach

9. Aruba: Full-Day Off-Road Excursion to Baby Beach

Get to Baby Beach with an off-road excursion. See Aruba's breathtaking landscape and go to areas only reachable with an off-road vehicle. This full-day excursion takes you to six points of interest such as the east coast of Aruba to visit the Arikok National Park. Conclude your tour with its main highlight, a refreshing dip at Baby Beach. First, sit down for lunch at a beachside restaurant and then spend some free time on the beach. Lounge in the sun, go swimming, or go on a snorkeling adventure with the provided equipment.

Noord: Scenic Aruba Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

10. Noord: Scenic Aruba Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Explore Aruba Island with a self-guided audio and GPS tour that provides flexibility, safety, and value. Hop in your car, set the app up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on locations like the California Lighthouse, Boca Catalina bay, and Ayo rock formation. Drive to the California Lighthouse located at Hudishibana near Arashi Beach on the northwest tip of Aruba. Move forward to Boca Catalina bay that offers a white sand beach area with some makeshift beach huts to protect you from the sun. The Casibari Rock Formation is located towards the center of the island north of the Hooiberg. See rocks composed of quartz diorite. Evidence of prehistoric rock drawings is still visible at the formation. Discover the history of the Gold Mine Ranch. It was 1824 when gold was first found in Aruba. Hooiberg is a 165 m high volcanic formation on the island of Aruba, located almost in the center of the island and can be seen from virtually anywhere on the island. As you drive past beautiful beaches and bays, learn about the piratical adventures which once swept through these crystal-clear waters during piracy’s Golden Age.

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What people are saying about Santa Cruz, Aruba

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based on 334 reviews

Josh has been the most knowledgable, most professional and most fun guide I have seen in Aruba. He goes above and beyond to make sure you have a great time while hiking in the national park. I highly recommend him and this tour. Drivers are also very professional and polite people so you will definitely enjoy this tour!

Truly exciting and I learned so much about Aruba courtesy of our fabulous driver, Big G! He, Johnathan, and Ryan kept us entertained, informed, safe, and well fed on this adventure. Jellybean, I think was her name, served a fantastic lunch!

This was a phenomenal excursion and our guides boss lady and Andrew made it so much fun and exciting and also educational. There non stop laughs and felt like you were with family even though we were all strangers.

Mac and Ryan did a great job today by taking us to multiple different places in the island. Special thanks to Mac on his guiding and off road driving skills! I had a great time and recommend this trip to everyone!

Amazing way to spend by birthday, perfect guide who is very knowledgeable of Aruba & the horses!