Whenever I think of the Caribbean I think of crystal clear turquoise waters and cocktails served in pineapples on the beach. I also always envisage walking hand in hand along the water’s edge with my beloved. Do you? If so, have you considered heading to Aruba to indulge in some romantic activities with your partner? Aruba is known as ‘One Happy Island’ and is a Dutch Caribbean island located on the edge of the hurricane belt and only 15 miles north of the South American coastline meaning that you will find sunshine all year round with average temperatures of 32 degrees. Aruba’s beaches are amazingly beautiful, so much so you can find a 9-mile stretch that is award-winning. With colonial Dutch architecture to admire and a laid-back latin vibe to soak up, it really is a unique island. With so many UK tour operators offering regular package holidays to Aruba, booking your next romantic getaway couldn’t be easier.
Aruba strikes me as the perfect place to visit as a couple regardless of the occasion, however, it is a great honeymoon spot, as it has so many beautiful sights and romantic activities to keep lovebirds occupied throughout their stay. Here are our top 5 suggestions:
1. Find the friendly flamingos
Flamingo Beach is located on Renaissance Island which belongs exclusively to the four-star Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in Oranjestad. However, not to worry if you are not staying at the resort, you can visit on a day pass from the mainland. It is an adults only beach, the rule was introduced to prevent disruption to the flamingos who call the island home, by children. It also means that the beach is quiet and relaxing, the perfect place to hang out with them and together and take instagramable selfies. You can also sunbathe, drink cocktails and have open-air massages, the perfect romantic day.
2. Horse riding
There are a number of tour companies on the island of Aruba that offer horse riding adventures. Even if you do not have any experience of riding, that does not mean you cannot give it a go here. With different terrains available for people of different ability levels, from mountain ranges to flat beaches, why not see this beautiful island from a different viewpoint. Even if you and your partner take different paths, just think of the amazing stories you will have to tell each other that evening over a glass of wine or two and a locally caught and beautifully cooked seafood meal.
With water so clear, it’s hard to stay away from it when on the island of Aruba and it is, in fact, a water sports mecca. There are so many options for you to choose from, including swimming, snorkelling, kite surfing, waterskiing, tubing, parasailing, banana boating and surfing amongst many others. In fact, there is something for everyone from the adrenaline junkies to people who just want to take a dip and cool down when sunbathing becomes too much. With a number of water sports centres on the island, you will not have to look far for water-based adventures.
4. Beach games
With so many beaches in Aruba, there is plenty of opportunities to relax and sunbathe to your heart’s content, but if sun worshipping is not your thing, why not enjoy some beach-based activities. There are plenty of sports to take part in, including tennis and volleyball, just remember to stay hydrated in the hot Caribbean sun. If strenuous activities aren’t for you then why not head to the beach for sunrise and take part in an early morning yoga session which will set you up for the day on the island.
5. Enjoy nature
Aruba is such a beautiful island with so much so see, As mentioned before there are plenty of beaches for you to see but why not explore further and get back to nature. In fact, 20% of Aruba is actually a designated National Park. The Arikok National Park is Aruba’s national treasure and is a great place to visit to enjoy the dramatic landscapes and see the many animals that call the park home in the wild. There is a small admission fee, however it goes towards the preservation of the park. Also, why not hunt out the secluded natural pool on the island where you can jump in to cool down if hiking becomes too much.
With so much to do in Aruba it really is perfect destination for everyone, regardless of what you enjoy doing whilst on holiday.
- Post written in collaboration with the Aruba Tourism Authority UK