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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