U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 03-21-2018, 12:19 PM
2 posts, read 685 times
Reputation: 10


Hello all. Doing all-inclusive in Aruba end of April. Did some research but reaching out to get some info. Would like to do some activities outside of hotel. We haven't booked anything. Would you recommend booking before we get there, or once on the island. What/where would you recommend? Would love to do some type of snorkeling. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Bringing some electronics, they do use same outlets as USA correct, or do I need an adapter? Also, I know they take American dollar, but trying to figure out how much cash we should bring. Most purchases will be made through credit cards, (gifts and other necessities). I know we will be tipping, as we go along for appropriate services. Thank you again for any input that may be helpful to us. Have a great day.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 03-21-2018, 04:27 PM
Location: Atlanta
3,213 posts, read 3,203,041 times
Reputation: 2041
Not a whole of advice to offer here as I've never been to Aruba. However, I am in the process of trying to plan a small girls' trip there in late June.

I hope others will chime in with answers to your questions!

Of note, a few popular beaches you should Google and take alook at (try looking at them on TripAdvisor to view photos): EagleBeach, Palm Beach, Arashi Beach, Baby Beach, Noord

Things to do besides the beach:

-Butterfly farm
-ATV tour
-Tour via boat
-Horseback riding
-Donkey sanctuary, ostrich farm
-Small submarine tour
-Arikok National Park (desert like park for hiking, caves, beachy area)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-21-2018, 05:40 PM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
4,444 posts, read 1,686,490 times
Reputation: 8102
My advice would be to just get of the plane and take it from there. There are lots of other travelers who can tell you face-to-face what they liked and didn't like. You can make a your activity choices once you get a feel for the island. Even meet other travelers to double up with, maybe rent a car for a day together.

My wife and I probably never would have bothered, for example, with a safari out of Nairobi. But we met another couple at the hostel, and rented a car together, and rented camping equipment, and did a week-long self-guided tour of the game parks. Moral of the story -- keep your options open.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-22-2018, 08:49 AM
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
1,601 posts, read 2,472,110 times
Reputation: 1159
Aruba was easy. It's been a couple of years since I was there, but I think they do use US plugs. Just google it. It's a safe, friendly, clean, non-pushy island with tons of water activities and land activities. Don't book ahead of time - just do it once there. The Segway up to the lighthouse was a blast, but my favorite was renting the Harley trikes and going on an island tour on them! We had a rental car so we drove everywhere - out to Baby Beach, out to the prison where we saw donkeys in the wild, up to the lighthouse, to Arikok, to Casibari Rock (we went there on the trike and it was so cool to climb to the top), to the awesome Dutch grocery stores.....there's so much to do! I'm a diver so I did a shipwreck dive on the Antilla, but I'm sure the snorkeling is great too. You'll have a blast! We were two girls, and at different times we were exploring alone, and no problems at all. Be ready, though, it's a desert climate and not lush and tropical like you might expect. And it's WINDY WINDY WINDY all the time so be sure to have a way to secure your hair or it will drive you crazy!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top