Our Aruba travel pick is centered around Skydiving, and we have done the legwork for you, finding a great hotel and an amazing restaurant to complete this vacation experience. If you follow our recommendations you will not only spend a great day jumping out of a perfectly fine aircraft, but end it with a huge steak and seafood dinner. If you havent had enough of Aruba for one day, our five star hotel choice for you is found in the heart of what Aruba would call "downtown." Vibrant clubs and chill beach bars abound. Ask the guys at SkyDive Aruba what spots to hit, they will point you in the right direction.
Skydive Aruba gives you the thrill of a lifetime, with breathtaking views at one of the most scenic drop zones in the world. See the beautiful southern Caribbean in a special way, while experiencing the exhilaration of Skydiving. The cost of a Tandem Skydive is $250.00 per person.
Soaring from 10,000 feet, you will see the Paraguana Peninsula, Falcon State, and Venezuela just 17 miles to the south. Together with Bonaire and Curacao just a short distance away; the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles have never looked more amazing. It's an experience you won't want to miss and one you will never forget. One thing you might not think of is that this is also one of the best ways to see the island. Think about it this way; An aerial tour in a small plane can cost hundreds of dollars … and you don't even get to jump out of it!!
Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa Boutique Hotel has the perfect surroundings after your day of exhilaration. If you are young and want to get out and catch the true vibe of Aruba, then Palm Beach is where you want to be. Hip and trendy, but not too hip and trendy, this is the spot to make new friends. Located directly across the road from the most beautiful beach in Aruba and on prestigious strip of Palm beach, Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa is within walking distance to over 34 top rated restaurants and bars, some with live entertainment . The terrific sunsets and world class casinos complete this oasis. Plus, the location is only a short $15 taxi ride to take you out to Aruba Skydive for your day in the air.
Brickell Bay's newest concept hotel, Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa is one of Aruba's finest luxury boutique hotels. With an architecture and style that gracefully blends Caribbean charm and modern chic. They feature 98 luxury appointed rooms and suites and a boutique range of amenities.
The intimate luxury boutique hotel features a full service restaurant and bar as well as room service from 7 am till 11.30 pm daily. A complete fitness center and professional spa service add to the hotel's amenities. The boutique hotel offers an attentive staff and concierge service that can cater to your every need, including arranging a variety of water sports activities (scuba, snorkel, fishing, wind surfing, water skiing), golf, island tours, spa treatment at the hotel's Orchid spa during your stay at the hotel. If you're looking for the intimacy of a boutique hotel, without having to sacrifice the comfort and luxury of a larger hotel, and with a better room rate and personal service, Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa offers true Aruban hospitality.
Reef and Beef Aruba is a must after your free fall. A very casual and relaxed atmosphere. Fresh fish daily ... Huge cuts of prime beef. You might not see this restaurant in the guide books, but ask any local and they will tell you this is not a spot to miss. $30 should leave you full enough to keep your feet on the ground.
A little bit about this Caribbean gem. A Dutch-owned Caribbean island renowned for its immaculate stretches of white-sand beaches and strikingly beautiful turquoise seas, Aruba is found off the coast of South America. Located outside the Hurricane Belt, with constant cooling trade winds, Aruba has more sunny days than any other Caribbean island. With more than 90 nationalities, the island has become the epicenter of a cultural mosaic. While Dutch and Papiamento are Aruba's official languages, most Arubans speak at least 4 languages, including English, Spanish and Portuguese.
While it's easy to spend serene afternoons relaxing in the endless sunshine, adventure-seekers will discover Aruba -- though only 19.6 by 6 miles long -- is chock-full of exhilarating land and water activities. From skydiving to catamaran sailing and underwater exploration to off-road jeep safari excursions through the rugged desert, there is tons of action to be found on-island.
The island boasts more than 20 dive spots ranging from 20 to 100 feet, including the Shipwreck of the Antilla, which is one of the most popular spots for snorkelers and scuba divers alike; at 400 feet long, it is the largest shipwreck dive in the Caribbean. Known as the "ghost ship," the Antilla is a German freighter built in 1939. Scuttled in 1945 to prevent Dutch marines from seizing it, the ship now rests on its port side only 500 yards offshore and 60 feet below the surface, and is illuminated at night by fluorescent cup corals. Visitors can explore its compartments, anchors, cargo holds and boiler rooms.
Aruba's Baby Beach features crystal-clear, calm waters and the best snorkeling on the island. The beach's extensive coral reefs offer a kaleidoscope of coral and tropical fish, including parrotfish, blowfish and angelfish, as well as an impressive swimming cove. Located in Seroe Colorado, about a 45-minute car ride from Aruba's high-rise hotel area, Baby Beach is tucked away from tourist foot traffic. Due to the man-made lagoon's shallow waters, the beach offers a safe swim for small children and gives swimmers the chance to wade a long distance out while still being able to touch the sea floor. Cap off your day with a delicious, open-air dining experience at one of the fine dining restaurants that are found all over Aruba.