Aruba Port is definitely a great stop on your tour of the Caribbean. Famous for their friendliness and hospitality, Arubans pride themselves in making your stay a success. The perpetual sunny climate is moderated by the temperate trade winds that regularly sweep the tiny island. A vibrant night scene filled with dancing and parties is juxtaposed with secluded stretches of beach that you can call your own.
The area encompassing the Aruba port of call is a perfect shopping destination. Locally made artifacts, jewelry, leather goods and imported cigars will surely tempt your pocket books. Gift shops abound, and care should be taken to make sure you get the best price, so don’t be in a hurry. It's best to take your time and compare prices.
Shopping can be as simple as going to the local shop of your hotel. Steps away from the Aruba cruise terminal you will find an eclectic collection of shops filled with tempting island fare. If you are looking for a special gift or souvenir try one of the many malls, such as the Renaissance Mall, the Royal Plaza, Port of Call Market Place and the Holland Aruba Mall, just to name a few.
Things to Do
Besides enjoying a cool drink while reclining on the beach, there are many attractions that can liven up your experience. Coins and paper money from over 400 countries are housed at the Numismatic Museum. The private collection was founded as a museum in 1981 and displays over 35,000 different pieces. Archeological and historical museums containing artifacts of Aruba’s early ancestry can be found nearby at The Fort Zoutman Willem 111 tower, originally built in 1798.
Beautiful and picturesque landmarks abound near the Aruba cruise port. You won't want to miss the Spanish Lagoon, a legendary pirate hideout, or Daimari, a nearby coconut plantation. Of course there is also the popular surfing site known as Grapefield. Other attractions are fishing the many coves and bays, scuba diving in the pristine waters of the coast, and golfing at the local links.
Restaurants and Bars
With a wide variety of entertainment, Aruba's night life has something to meet everybody’s taste. Charming discotheques and exciting casinos fulfill every expectation. Beach barbecues and cocktail parties are hosted by most hotels and usually feature classic Caribbean entertainment. The pulsating rhythms of steel bands, limbo and fire dances are sure to excite the adventurous traveler.
With well prepared food and charming atmosphere, the French Steakhouse boasts gourmet dining and is known for its Churrasco steak of lean tenderloin. The Flying Fishbone offers an "on the beach" dining experience where you can hang up your shoes and have ocean waves lap over your feet.
A quick meal of Chicken Sate can be found at many of the local restaurants. With outdoor seating off the main street, a relaxing meal for family or a romantic destination at Café Rembrandt will be remembered.