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Experience Adventure & Luxury on a Perfect 4 Day Aruba Trip

Did you know Aruba’s slogan is “One Happy Island”? Believe me when I say you’ll have the best time on the island, too! One of my favorite things we did was hang out with flamingos on Flamingo Beach. The people, food, everything were all amazing! This 4 day Aruba itinerary does not include travel days and is only what I would suggest based on our experiences. Aruba has been one of my favorite tropical destinations for many reasons. If you’ve been to Aruba, let me know your favorite thing to do in the comments!

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Day One: Hang Out with Flamingos on Renaissance Beach

When we first found out we would be going to Aruba, I learned about Flamingo Beach. As a lover of flamingos, I feel like you can’t go to Aruba and not go to Flamingo Beach. There’s only one catch, you need to either purchase a day pass or stay at the Renaissance Wind Creek Resort, as it is a private island.

Personally, I think it’s worth it to stay on property. The resort is located in Oranjestad, which is near many shops, the cruise port, restaurants, and more.

To get to the island, you’ll hop on a small boat that you’ll ride for about 5-7 minutes before arriving to the island. Once docked, the flamingos were typically to the right and that’s where you’ll find the food to feed the flamingos. Don’t forget your quarters!

We visited Aruba during early November and we didn’t find the private to be too busy. The city of Oranjestad does tend to get heavily populated when cruise ships are docked, though.

Day Two: Snorkel and Sail with Pelican Adventures

Snorkeling is one of our favorite activities and we try to go any time we can. We chose to snorkel with Pelican Adventures. We did the Aqua Champagne Brunch Cruise as it was 4 hours long and included three snorkeling spots. Breakfast, lunch, and drinks are included, which is also a great perk. One of the three snorkeling spots includes the site of the sunken SS Antilla–this was probably the deepest water I’ve snorkeled. The water can be more rough at this location, but you are provided with life vests, flippers, goggles/snorkel, and I believe they also have pool noodles for extra support. You’ll definitely see plenty of fish and coral throughout the day. The Pelican Adventures team was phenomenal and provided great history and service.

Day Three: Enjoy Resort Pool Beach & Water Activities

After snorkeling, we continued our stay in the Palm Beach area of Aruba. We had the most amazing accommodations at the Ritz Carlton Aruba. Palm Beach offers many great resorts, restaurants, and shopping.

On our third day, we enjoyed the beach and calm waters. There are many water activities provided along Palm Beach, such as jet skiing, banana boat rides, tubing, parasailing, and more. We opted to do tubing and let me tell you, we laughed so incredibly hard! It was a blast and such a thrilling adventure. It was great to relax on the beach and the pool. Don’t forget, you are on a vacation, so definitely make time to relax and enjoy your resort amenities.

couple walking on the beach in aruba

Day Four: Off-Road Jeep Tour with De Palm Tours

If you love adventure, then you need to do an off-road jeep tour with De Palm Tours. This was such a great way to see so much of the island. You’ll visit a natural pool (where you can swim), a natural bridge, Alto Vista Chapel, and more all while riding in an open-air vehicle. Make sure to hold on tight because it will be a bumpy ride.

This adventure is around 5-6 hours, but well worth it for everything you see and do. I believe they provided drinks for us, but you’ll want to make sure you pack a snack. There is one stop near the natural bridge that has a little store to buy food, but other than that, you’re on your own.

We loved our time with De Palm Tours and would recommend them to any one. The staff were so energetic and made the experience so much fun.

Discover more to do in Aruba with my ultimate travel guide, which features some of our favorite places to eat. Don’t forget to view my Instagram Aruba story highlight, too.

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  • Christine
    February 8, 2023

    What an amazing trip! The Jeep tours sound especially fun!

    • Brittney
      → Christine
      February 8, 2023

      Yes! So much fun! Loved that there were so many stops and we even got to go swimming!