Visitors to the island of Aruba can choose to relax with a cool drink on the beach or engage in any number of exciting and adventurous activities. From windsurfing to scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, and more, there are abundant choices for an active vacation.
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The calm waters and mangrove lagoons along Aruba’s southern fringe are ripe for exploration by kayak. The inherently quiet nature of kayaking enables paddlers to observe the birds and marine species living among the mangroves without disturbing them. Organized tours set out from Spanish Lagoon, making their way up the coast to popular spots like Mangel Halto. These tours offer the benefit of knowledgeable guides and usually include snorkeling, swimming, beach time, and lunch for an entire morning of enjoyment for the whole family.
Several ranches on the island offer horseback-riding tours for both experienced and beginner riders. Most of the horses are gaited Paso Finos, making for a comfortable, cradled ride along trails that lead along the coastline or weave between the towering candle cacti and huge boulders of Aruba’s desert terrain.
Aruba is home to the Caribbean’s only outrigger canoe company. Aruba Canoe offers a variety of tours, with the eco-friendly snorkel and paddle combo being a favorite. Starting at the beach at Governor’s Bay downtown, the tour begins in the outrigger canoe, where your family will paddle for about 20 minutes to a small, private island just off the coast. Here you will have the opportunity to snorkel the colorful reef (all equipment provided) for close to an hour. After snorkeling, the group paddles back to shore.
Standup paddleboarding (also known as SUP) is an ancient form of surfing originating in Hawaii. Over the past decade, this sport has grown exponentially, with Aruba being one of the first Caribbean destinations to embrace the activity. Our calm, flat waters provide the perfect venue to learn and enjoy this activity as a family. Many resorts have paddleboards available for guests, as do many water sports companies.
Aruba’s coastline features a series of close-to-shore reefs that are ideal for snorkeling. Upclose encounters with a vast array of colorful sea life is a memorable activity for families. Some of the popular areas for snorkeling include Boca Catalina, a small cove and beach area on the way to the California Lighthouse, and Mangel Halto, located near Savaneta heading south from the hotel areas.
Thanks to highly favorable wind and water conditions and year-round pleasant weather, Aruba is the windsurfing capital of the world. Year-round, avid windsurfers slice the water and kite surfers play with the trade winds on this piece of paradise, most often on Hadicurari Beach (also known as Fisherman’s Huts). Watersport operators and instructors in Aruba are plentiful, providing equipment rentals and lessons.
Known as the Caribbean capital of beach tennis, Aruba beckons world-renown pros and amateurs alike to explore this competitive yet recreational sport. Simple to play, beach tennis is equally popular with families, who can reserve a court and paddle at MooMba Beach Bar & Grill and the Tropicana Resort & Casino’s beach tennis complex, or take it a step further by signing up for lessons with a local pro from Beach Tennis Aruba.