aruba national park coast grease and glamour

Ahh, Aruba – the Happy Island. I spent four wonderful sun-filled days on this beautiful island, and there is plenty to do, see, eat and explore. Here is a list of 15 things I recommend doing during your time here.



1. Jump off of a boat into clear blue waters.
aruba snorkel sail grease and glamour

I hopped on a snorkel and sail tour with Red Sail Sports and made friends with the hundreds of fish surrounding the reefs.



2. Have breakfast in bed.
aruba breakfast in bed hyatt regency

Wake up and order room service, have breakfast in a comfy hotel bed (mine was the Hyatt Regency Hotel) and fuel your body for whatever you plan to do that day.



3. Get out on the beach and soak in the view.
aruba grease and glamour beach

Because you deserve it.



4. Climb down the steps to visit the Natural Pool.
aruba national park natural pool

aruba natural pool

When it’s not extremely windy, you can dip into the Natural Pool – a beautiful 14-15 ft. pool along the North Coast of the island.



5. Four-wheel along the Northern Coast of the island.
aruba four wheel tour

Get a little adventurous with your exploring on a four-wheeler. P.S. You may get a little dusty.



6. Soak in the sunset on Palm – Eagle Beach.
aruba sunset hyatt regency

aruba sunset

The sun sets right into the water, and it is one of the most magnificent ways to spend the golden hour.



7. Have some downtime in the shade.
aruba grease and glamour beach jinna

aruba grease and glamour jinna

Those tiki umbrellas are there for you, darling.



8. Spend a few hours walking around the Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations.
aruba desert cactus island

aruba grease and glamour desert

Surround yourself with cacti and iguanas underneath the Aruba sun.



9. Get a birds-eye view of the island.
aruba island

Climb to the top of one of the Rock Formations and get a birds-eye view of the entire island.



10. Stay at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
aruba hyatt regency hotel grease and glamour

aruba hyatt regency hotel room

aruba hyatt hotel regency

aruba hyatt regency hotel pool

aruba hyatt regency pool bar

hyatt aruba regency lobby

There are so many places to lounge, relax – in the shade or in the sun – thanks to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Oh, and make sure you get a cocktail at the swim-up bar.



11. Visit the Bushiribana Ruins.
aruba gold fort 2

aruba gold fort

This Gold Smelter Fort was built around the abandoned gold mines that were the center of Aruba’s gold rush during the nineteenth century.



12. Have a snack at the food trucks parked outside.

aruba gold fort trucks snacks

aruba national beer chill

You’ll find lots of these trucks parked outside the attractions around the island. Sip on the national beer of Aruba, so appropriately-named: ‘Chill.’ Cute and inviting, isn’t it?



13. Dip your toes in the sand while dining on lobster at Footprints Restaurant.

hyatt regency aruba footprints restaurant on the beach

aruba hyatt footprints restaurant lobster

Flip flops off, lobster in mouth.



14. Drive around the Northern Coast of the island.

aruba north coast

aruba north coast island

aruba rocks on beach north coast

The Northern Coast of Aruba is home to the most amazing, peaceful and breathtaking landscapes – waves crashing onto cliffs, natural bridges and amazing scenery. You’ll also stone towers all over the beach – per tradition – make sure you build your own tower and make a wish.



15. Wander around the untouched beauty of Aruba’s desert landscape.

aruba desert

Because there is just something so hauntingly peaceful about this place.



And now for the grand finale – a short video documenting all the good stuff that went on behind the scenes during my 4-day trip in Aruba!


Got any other tips? Leave a comment below! Thank you so much for reading. Follow me on instagram for day to day photo updates + motivational messages: @projectinspo. Photos of me were taken by the lovely Amy Marietta and Hogger & Co Photography.


With love, Jinna


11 COMMENTS ON "15 Things To Do in Aruba, The Happy Island"


1 year 5 months ago

Cute video! Seems like such a relaxing vacation!

Kari Guastella
1 year 5 months ago

Looks amazing! Would love to visit there!

Melissa Cantrell
1 year 5 months ago

Aruba and Cancun are definitely on my bucket list. Great pics and nice vlog too.

1 year 5 months ago

so much fun! breakfast in bed is always a good idea :]

Carrie Colbert
1 year 5 months ago

Beautiful pics, my friend!


1 year 5 months ago

This is really inspiring! Aruba hasn’t been on the top of my list since it’s such a small country — I figured there can’t be too much to do except relax and go to the beach (which isnt bad!) but you made it clear that it actually has a lot to offer! May have to check it out sooner than later…!

1 year 5 months ago

Gorgeous photos. My ‘list’ keeps growing with gorgeous countries. I won’t ever be satisfied with bloggers like you sharing the best of the best 😉

1 year 5 months ago

It looks so beautiful there! Love how there’s both stunning beaches and a gorgeous desert landscape!

1 year 4 months ago

Great post!!
Amazing photos love!

XOXO, Jessi

1 year 4 months ago

I am so jealous of you. It seems like you had fun, that’s the important part!
I’m definitely going to Aruba now… 😉 Amazing photos Jinna. -Thea

1 year 3 months ago

Great recommendations! Windsurfing and paddleboard yoga are also amazing things to do in Aruba.