12 Best Romantic Things To Do In Aruba - Updated 2024

romantic things to do in aruba
Seema
Seema 
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Aruba offers the perfect blend of sunshine, dazzling Caribbean waters, and pristine white sandy beaches. Just a couple of miles off the South American, this haunting island nation offers the perfect romantic getaway. Arubans are famous for their warm and romantic nature, and there’s so much love in the air here that visitors are also charmed into rekindling the romance in their lives. From picturesque helicopter rides to enthralling sunsets, from music to dance, from hauntingly isolated landscapes to vibrant city life – there’s a little bit of everything here. Couples from all over the world visit this charming island to make their marriage vows, celebrate anniversaries, honeymoons, babymoons, or just to spend some quality time with their loved ones. Party resorts and Vrbo rentals come aplenty, so finding somewhere to stay should be an easy feat. We have put together a list of the best romantic things to do in Aruba to get you started on your vacation planning.

1. Explore the southeast of Aruba by kayaking (from USD 56.0)

With such a beautiful destination like Aruba, you can never go wrong with kayaking. There’s always something majestic to see on the island. Explore Aruba like you haven’t before and sign up for this Airbnb Experience hosted by Alvin Javier. Some of the landmarks you’ll get to see are Pos Chiquito and Mangel Halto. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided on the tour, but you are most welcome to bring your own. Also, don’t forget to bring your cameras. Your eyes are in for a scenic feast!

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See the southeast of Aruba by kayak

Duration: 3 hours

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2. Indulge in a dinner and a cruise (from USD 115.0)

You’ve come all the way to Aruba to spend the most romantic time with your loved one, so level things up even more by taking your partner out for a cruise and dinner. This Viator tour allows you to witness the awe-inspiring sunset from a catamaran boat. To start your appetite before the seaside dinner, indulge in some snacks and an open bar. You’ll be then taken to Pelican Nest Seafood Grill where you can ogle at the waterfront vista and gaze into each other’s eyes.

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Aruba Sunset Cruise and Seaside Dinner

Duration: 3 hours

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3. Lose yourself in the exotic, tropical Butterfly Farm in Noord

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Walk hand in hand with your partner through a verdant tropical rain forest amidst fragrant flowers, lush trees, gurgling waterfalls, and serene ponds while colorful butterflies fly all around you. Visiting Aruba’s famous Butterfly Farm is like being in your own romantic Disney world - a must-visit destination if you are planning a holiday on the island. Learn about the lifecycles of butterflies, see spectacular species from the world over and pick up a few butterfly-related souvenirs to remember your visit to this natural paradise. Plan an early morning visit, and you might even ger to see a butterfly emerging from the pupa! This unique Aruba activity for couples will create lasting memories, for sure.

The Butterfly Farm

Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd, Noord, Aruba

Website: The Butterfly Farm

Opening hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm (daily)

Price: 15 USD per person

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4. Relax at Aruba's sugar-white Palm Beach

Aruba Palm Beach
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With endlessly long and unbelievably white beaches, year-round sunny weather, and plenty of exotic resorts and restaurants, Palm Beach is the perfect spot to relax and spend some quality time with your loved ones. From sensuous couple’s spas to candle-lit dinners by the sea, from buzzing all-night parties to midnight strolls under the moonshine, there’s plenty of activities to choose from this Aruba romantic getaway.

Palm Beach

Address: Palm Beach, Aruba

Website: Palm Beach

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

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5. Head out on an island tour full of adventure and romance to De Palm Island (from USD 141.0)

Nothing spells romance better than a luxurious private island adventure in the gorgeous Caribbean waters. Your tour starts with an air-conditioned coach ride to De Palm Island. Once on the island, you’ll get to explore the dazzling underwater world of tropical fish, coral reefs, and underwater plants. Try adventurous sports like snorkeling, ziplining, and air jumping. Lie back in the lovely hammocks with a cocktail while you enjoy the island vibe. The tour also includes lunch on the beach.

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De Palm Island with Bus Transportation

Duration: 6 hours

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6. Soak in the beautiful coastal views of Boca Prins in Santa Cruz

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An Aruba vacation for couples will not be complete without a visit to this majestic place. Located in Aruba’s pristine Arikok National Park, Boca Prins Beach offers spectacular ocean vistas, huge sand dunes, and dramatic rocky shores. Beautiful wooden steps lead you down to the hidden beach. Hauntingly romantic, this part of the coastline offers the most romantic trails for couples to explore in seclusion while enjoying the cool ocean breeze. There is a charming Boca Prins Restaurant where you can rest for a while and have a bite while enjoying the iconic views.

Boca Prins

Address: Boca Prins Beach, Arikok National Park, Santa Cruz, Aruba

Website: Boca Prins Beach

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

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7. Roll the dice at Casino at The Ritz-Carlton in Noord

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Ritz-Carlton Aruba Casino, located at a sprawling beachfront resort, is the place to head out to for a dazzling evening. Here you’ll have over 17 slot machines and table games for you to choose. In addition, there is live entertainment to keep the vibe buzzing. Colorful slot machines offer over 260 spinning reels and video games where you can get the jackpot! Try your luck with Luxury Bingo, organized several times a week. Sports buffs can enjoy some lighthearted sports betting. There’s also plenty of food and snack options in the casino itself.

Casino at The Ritz-Carlton

Address: L.G. Smith Blvd 107, Noord, Aruba

Website: Casino at The Ritz-Carlton

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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8. Sip sun-downers and relish seafood dishes at Flying Fishbone in Savaneta

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One of the best Aruba honeymoon activities is dining in an elegant beach setup, with your toes in the sand, delighted by a panoramic view of the crescent-shaped Savaneta Bay. Experience the beauty of a multi-colored sunset giving way to the starry sky and romantic lights cast by table lanterns and tiki torches. Relish gourmet fresh seafood and steak dishes elevated by artistic plate presentations to delight all your senses. Serving a blend of European cuisine and Caribbean flavors, the innovative menu here is designed to create a truly memorable dining experience.

Flying Fishbone

Address: Savaneta 344, Savaneta, Aruba

Website: Flying Fishbone

Opening hours: 5pm - 10pm (daily)

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9. Plan a magical dinner date at Papiamento Restaurant in Noord

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Posted by Papiamento Restaurant Aruba on Thursday, 5 March 2020

Papiamento is a 126-year-old Aruban house converted into a fine dining restaurant where you can woo your partner with a charming dinner in a heritage setting. The house boasts of antique furniture, gorgeous European artifacts, dating back to the early 1800s, and a romantic tropical garden with pool. Prepared using fresh local spices, vegetables, and herbs, the food here is delicious and creatively plated using cactus, okra, and even papaya!

Papiamento Restaurant

Address: Washington 61, Noord, Aruba

Website: Papiamento Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 6pm - 9:30pm (closed on Sun)

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10. Light a candle at the quaint Alto Vista Chapel in Noord

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Originally built by Domingo Silvestre in 1750, the present Alto Vista Chapel was rebuilt in 1952. You’ll find a charming church, painting an unusual bright yellow on the outside. The interiors have an altar statue of the Virgin Mary and are enshrined with beautiful crosses including an ancient Spanish one that is said to be among the oldest European art pieces in the Dutch Caribbean. There are stone pews outside, to add to the wooden ones inside the small and peaceful church.

Alto Vista Chapel

Address: Noord, Aruba

Opening hours: 5:30am - 7pm (daily)

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11. Enjoy live music, local beers, and delicious food at Bugaloe in Noord

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Posted by Bugaloe on Monday, 6 January 2020

Set amidst the clear waters of Palm Beach, Bugaloe beach bar and grill offers relaxed dining with the backdrop of breathtaking sunsets. In addition, the bar is known to host the best bands on the island - so you’ll have a great time enjoying music and dancing with your partner. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this bar is the best place to enjoy some drinks and food. Choose from the catch of the day, loin ribs with homemade chili, nachos, fruity cocktails, and much much more!

Bugaloe

Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 79, Noord, Aruba

Website: Bugaloe

Opening hours: 7:30am - 12am (daily)

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12. Nourish your body and soul at Spa Del Sol in Oranjestad

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A beachside sanctuary with Caribbean-Balinese vibes, this spa is an ideal place to pamper your loved one with a romantic couples massage. Decorated with elegant teak wood furnishings, the bright spa offers thatched cabanas with gorgeous turquoise ocean vistas, where you can enjoy a variety of individualized treatments. Choose from shiatsu massage, hot stone, body scrubs, and even honeymoon packages. Let all your aches, worries, and stress melt away in this peaceful open-air retreat.

Spa Del Sol

Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 55, Eagle Beach, Oranjestad, Aruba

Website: Spa Del Sol

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 6pm; Sun: 10am - 2pm

Price: From 80 USD

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Aruba, One Happy Island

Known as One Happy Island, Aruba offers an ideal romantic getaway. Fall in love here, with each other and with the clear turquoise waters, pink and mauve sunsets, magical reefs, sunny days, and cool seaside breeze. Aruba really has everything one looks for in a romantic holiday.

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Seema Misra is an artist and writer. She has over nine years of experience in various writing fields including instructional design, editing, technical writing, business writing, travel writing,...Read more

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