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Flying To Aruba With American Airlines

Hop on one of American's flights to Aruba, at the historic heart of the Dutch Caribbean. Luxuriate on expansive white-sand beaches, hunt for treasure in the shadow of a pirate fortress and explore the island's high seas and remote landscapes when you fly to Aruba with American Airlines.

Head to Aruba's southwest to enjoy the island's sweetest beaches

With sands as fine as sugar against sparkling emerald seas, learn to windsurf, peek into the homes of tropical fish with a snorkel mask, or simply sunbathe the day away. Postcard-ready panoramas are at Palm Beach, Eagle Beach and the secluded Baby Beach.

Step back into the Caribbean's pirate past in Aruba's capital

Visit the Museo Arubano, a Dutch colonial and indigenous artifacts museum, at Oranjestad's Fort Zoutman—built in 1796 to protect the outpost from vicious pirate attacks. Every Tuesday evening the fort hosts the Bon Bini Festival, where you can taste authentic island food, dance the Aruban waltz and admire the work of local artists. The Archeological Museum of Aruba is dedicated to the island's Amerindian past.

Hunt for hidden treasures in Oranjestad, a former pirate haven turned modern shopper's paradise

Harborfront L.G. Smith Boulevard has factory outlets and a half-dozen malls and boutiques wrapped in brightly colored facades. Admire the spindly gingerbread trim of the shops on Main Street, selling everything from designer clothes to diamonds.

Hit the high seas by fishing dinghy, scuba diving boat or luxury schooner

Boats can take you out on day-long snorkel trips or for romantic sunset sails. Descend from your dive boat into the turquoise Caribbean to explore sunken shipwrecks or go after some of the world's biggest game fish—such as shark, marlin and swordfish—in Aruba's fertile waters. You and your family don't have to get wet to see it all on a submarine tour.

Go on an off-road adventure through Aruba's beautiful back country

Drive your own or take the passenger seat on a Jeep or all-terrain vehicle tour. You'll swoop down dirt roads, scale sand dunes and drive along rocky coastlines with limestone cliffs. It's the perfect way to explore the ancient Ayo and Casibari rock formations and find the island's unique divi divi trees.

Book your flight to Aruba with American Airlines today to see some of Aruba's best attractions.

More Things To Do In Aruba

Follow American Airlines as we go off the beaten path to discover more things to do in Aruba. Discover rare plants and animals at Arikok National Park, descend into sunlit coastal caverns and savor the flavorful local cuisine and vibrant nightlife. American will be with you every step of the way.

Hike through Arikok National Park, an arid landscape of eerie beauty that takes up a fifth of the island.

Sign-posted trails lead past former pioneer homesteads, huge boulders, steep crevices, limestone cliffs and sand dunes. Watch for some of Aruba's native flora and fauna, like rattlesnakes, owls and parakeets.

Go underground into Aruba's extensive cave system.

The Tunnel of Love cave is so named for its heart-shaped entrance, while the Quadiriki Cave is the legendary site of the demise of a pair of star-crossed lovers. Chambers in Quadiriki shimmer in the sunlight from openings above and a 100-ft. tunnel leads into a real bat cave. Before pirates used these caves to hide their loot, Aruba's Amerindians drew deep red hieroglyphics on the walls.

Rest in the pews of the Alto Vista chapel, a tranquil oasis on a seaside perch.

Built in 1750 by the island's Indians and Spanish settlers, the bright yellow church is at the end of a winding, dusty road on the northwest coast. The oak altar and ancient cross are among the most treasured artworks in the region. The cemetery has tropical colored tombstones.

Wander the Bushiribana Ruins, a former gold mine from the 1850s.

Local lore says a young boy discovered a gold nugget here and touched off Aruba's 30-year-long gold rush. Today, the ruins of the gold smelting factory offer impressive seaside views. Aruba's famed Natural Bridge, a rock bridge that collapsed after centuries of pounding by waves, is nearby—next to the still-standing Baby Bridge.

Start your Aruban night on the town with a big island dinner.

Local creole specialties blend Spanish and Dutch spices with Caribbean flavors and seafood. You can get the same great food—like stewed papaya, keshi yena stuffed cheese and fried plantains—at romantic dining rooms or humble beachside shacks. Afterwards, dance it off to Aruban tumba, Latin merengue and sexy salsa music.

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