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Aruba Recreation
Aruba features numerous outdoor recreation activities. Many of these recreational activities take advantage of the dry desert interior and the spectacular azure water off the sandy beaches.

Dune Sliding

Dune Sliding is one of the unique forms of outdoor recreation found on Aruba. Visitors can join with residents on the sand dunes at Boca Prins and spend an afternoon sliding down the dunes. Sneakers and a strong pair of jeans strongly recommended.


Land Sailing

Land Sailing is another of Aruba’s unique forms of outdoor recreation. Taking advantage of the strong breezes and flat land, Arubans have developed the recreational activity of land sailing. Using a light kart with a sail for wind propulsion you can have hours of outdoor fun. Rentals can be done at the salt flats near Fisherman’s Hut.


ATV Rides

The rugged landscape of the interior lends itself to another active outdoor recreation activity; ATV Rides. You can sign up for tours on All Terrain Vehicles that will explore Aruba’s desert like interior.



Bicycling is another way to experience Aruba’s desert landscape and the relatively flat terrain makes it easy to cycle for extended periods. The Arikok National Park is a popular cycling location. You can join on guided biking trips or rent a mountain bike and have your own outdoor adventure.


Horseback Riding

Another form of outdoor recreation that takes advantage of the open countryside in Aruba is Horseback Riding. You can join in rides in the countryside or go on in early morning trots along the beach.


Bird Watching

Over 80 species of migratory birds visit Aruba, including herons, egrets, gulls, skimmers, coots, cormorants and ducks. The Arikok National Park is a great place to see parakeets especially at dusk, while the Bubali Bird Sanctuary is good for water birds.



Most hotels on Aruba have excellent tennis courts that can be rented. There are also a number of private clubs that welcome visitors. Racquetball and Squash rentals are also available.



Most of Aruba's fishing is done along the calm south-west coast, away from the waves and winds of the north side of the island. In the Caribbean waters of Aruba, a variety of Atlantic game fish can be caught year-round. These include sailfish, white and blue marlin, wahoo, shark, barracuda, blackfin and yellowfin tuna, amberjack, kingfish, bonito, and they are abundant just off the coast. The high season for deep-sea fishing is tied to the passing of migrating fish, most of which pass through the area from October through February.



Kayaking in Aruba is an outdoor adventure along the sea coast. Kayak tours take you alongside beautiful mangrove forests and mysterious hidden caves. See our Kayaking Page for more details.



Windsurfing has been described as Aruba’s signature sport and wave riders from around the world visit Aruba to take advantage of the strong reliable trade winds. You do not have to be an expert however to enjoy this active outdoor recreation activity as you can rent a board and receive instruction in how to surf the clear blue water. See our windsurfing page for more information.


Kite Surfing

The strong reliable Trade Winds have also made kite surfing a popular recreational activity on Aruba. You can rent kite boarding equipment and beginners can get lessons in this exciting outdoor sport.


Scuba Diving & Snorkelling

Aruba's clear blue-green water makes the island an ideal place to engage in snorkeling. Good snorkeling spots include Arashi beach, Boca Grandi, Baby Beach and Boca Catalina Beach. Snorkeling equipment can often be obtained directly from the hotel or rented from one of the many water sports shops.

Aruba is famous for spectacular shipwrecks and interesting coral formation, drawing scuba diving enthusiasts from around the world.

Most of Aruba’s dive sites lie along the protected western and southern coasts and are rich in exotic marine life, including stingrays, moray eels, manta rays, barracudas and yellow tail. There are over twenty dive sites with depths varying from 20 to 100 feet. Most of the dive sites have little or no current and flat surface conditions. Most dive operators also offer introductory courses, which provide basic instruction and a shallow dive with an instructor. There is a decompression center at the hospital in the capital, Oranjestad.


To learn more about Aruba, visit our other Aruba Pages.

bulletAn introduction to Aruba
bulletExplore Aruba's southern coast by Kayak
bulletWindsurfing - Aruba's signature sport
bulletAruba's Beaches
bulletPlaces of Interest on Aruba
bulletOther Aruba Attractions

To learn about the other islands in the Caribbean, visit our Island Adventures Page







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