What are the best romantic things to do in Aruba? I have been asked that question many times. So, I have put together a list of my favorite romantic activities in Aruba.
Aruba has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The ones near the High Rise and Low Rise areas are especially beautiful, and well cared for.
Palm Beach, (High Rise Hotels) is nice but it can get busy and crowded.
Eagle Beach (Low Rise Hotels) is a wider less crowded beach.
For a more quiet beach, I would recommend taking a day trip to Baby Beach on the south-eastern tip of the island. It is one of the best public beaches for snorkeling. Read more on Aruba's Beaches here.
I would certainly recommend renting a car or jeep at least for a few days out of the trip to explore everything the island has to offer.
There is a cove called Boca Prins on the northern side of the island that is very secluded. To get there, some climbing and walking on rough rocks is involved, so were sneakers, not flip flops.
The water here is not good for swimming, since the currents and waves can be very turbulent on that side, but, bring a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine for just the two of you.
Talk to the concierge at your hotel. Most hotel restaurants can make a really yummy to-go basket for a romantic getaway.
Of course, one of my favorite romantic things to do in Aruba is savoring mouth-watering cuisine and sweet concoctions while watching the brilliant sunsets turn into silvery moonlit evenings over the Caribbean Ocean.
Our #1 favorite is the Flying Fishbone
It is an intimate beach-side restaurant that is perfect for a sunset and/or moonlit dinner. Choose a table on the waters edge, and you can eat delicious cuisine with your feet dangling in the Caribbean surf. (Don't worry, they have shoe racks...)
However it is in the old fishing village of Savaneta on the south-eastern side, and is a distance from the resort areas which can be expensive by taxi. Save this for a day that you rent a vehicle.
Passions Beach Bar & Restaurant in the Low Rise Hotel Area
At Passions Beach Bar & Restaurant, you can enjoy a romantic dinner for two on the white sands of Eagle Beach, just steps from the surf. It is located across from the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort.
Pelican's Nest Seafood & Grill in the High Rise Hotel Area
Pelican's Nest Seafood & Grill Bar located on the beach between the Holiday Inn Sunspree and Playa Linda Resort. This restaurant is on the Pelican Pier at Palm Beach.
One of our wedding gifts was a gift certificate for dinner here. We had our own table for two at the edge of the pier with unobstructed views of the sunset over the ocean. The food was amazing and the view was spectacular.
The Alto Vista Chapel is a tiny Catholic chapel also known as "Pilgrims Church" on the cliffs that overlooks the north shore. It is located to the northeast of the town of Noord.
This is a wonderful little place to renew your wedding vows, but some pre-planning is needed if you are thinking about that. Click here for more info on vows and weddings in Aruba.
Be sure to take a meditative walk together through the Peace Labyrinth behind the church. A Quiet reflection on your relationship can be very romantic together.
Walk hand in hand through a tropical garden filled with the most colorful and unusual butterfly species from around the world. The Butterfly Farm is located near Eagle Beach across from The Aruba Phoenix and the Aruba Resort Hotels.
For a really romantic, fun-in-the-sun-day, visit the private DePalms Island. (Food and drinks are included). If you go snorkeling here, the Blue Parrot Fish will eat right out of your hand! And the Sea Trek or the Snuba underwater tours add some excitement to a lazy day at the beach.
Another romantic thing to do in Aruba is take a breathtaking sunset sail along Aruba’s scenic coastline. There are several tour operators who offer romantic sunset sails.
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If your idea of "romantic things to do in Aruba" include adventure and excitement, there are several group tours to explore the island, including a 4x4 tour and ATV tours which are the only way to get to the Natural Pool.
There are horseback riding tours, bus tours, and helicopter tours. And of course there are snorkel tours. Our favorite snorkel tour was Jolly Pirates.
Downtown Oranjestad and the Palm Beach area has plenty of shopping, casinos and lots of restaurants.
There are lots of water sports. You can rent jet skis, you can go scuba diving, you can go on a submarine or a semi-sub and see the reefs up close.
If you like hiking, the Arikok National Park has a lot to offer - climb Mt Hooiberg (on a clear day you can see across to Venezuela). Tour the park independently or book a guided hiking tour.