Aruba Makes Time for Two With Activities Menu
Golf widows know the feeling all too well – head for an idyllic holiday destination and then they are left alone for hours while their partner enjoys the challenge of a new course.
Sports and activities abound in the Caribbean island of Aruba – for those who can resist the lure of white sand beaches and the lapping blue sea. And the choice is so great, some couples might split over who does what. So tourism officials have now drawn up a list of activities for two, so couples can enjoy some get up and go together.
An immediate choice for holidaying couples is learning to salsa. Arguably one of the sexiest dances around, salsa can be taught in a number of locations around the island, with students quickly picking up the basics of salsa or merengue.
Some of the island’s beach bars and hotels offer fun group lessons taught by local professional instructors.
Another great option to bring couples even closer is learning to scuba dive. In Aruba, PADI resort dive courses are offered, with students learning the basics in less than half a day in a pool or shallow water. This is followed by a boat dive at the Perdanales, an American oil tanker torpedoed by the Germans in World War II, but now sitting in shallow water just off the island’s coast. The 25-foot depth is perfect for beginners.
Alternatively, set sail on one of the island’s catamarans or sail boats and enjoy a breezy cruise skirting the breathtaking coastline. Morning and afternoon cruises make several stops at some of Aruba’s best snorkelling spots.
Late afternoon cruises give couples a front row seat to impossibly perfect sunsets!
Standup paddle boarding tours will take you to the quiet retreat of lagoons and secluded canals, where protected areas of mangroves thrive and play host to some of Aruba’s wildlife. The calm, clear waters often allow glimpses of underwater sea life like sea turtles.
Another option is to saddle up and meander through Aruba’s countryside and along the remote coastline on horseback. The comfortable gait of the island’s Paso Fino horses makes for an enjoyable trail ride. Book a tour with a group or, for a special treat, book a private ride for just the two of you!
Get your motors running and your hearts pumping on an exciting UTV tour. These ultra-terrain vehicles are built for two, and most tours snake through the wild beauty of Aruba’s outback, skirting along the rugged coastline with visits to popular sightseeing spots, including the ruins of old gold mines.
More sedate is a ‘picnic in the park’. Explore Aruba’s lesser-known natural treasures of the island in Arikok National Park, which covers the centre of the island. Twenty miles of walking trails have already been established and Aruba’s rich abundance of flora and fauna, unique geological formations (including caves), and historical sites can be found in this tranquil, remote setting that two can enjoy together.
Pack a lunch and make a day of it!