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The 15 best things to do in Aruba

With its 19 miles of white-sand beaches, tilted Divi trees, mind blowing sunsets and sparkling Caribbean Sea, the tiny island of Aruba is a true hidden gem. It’s dubbed “One Happy Island,” and for good reason; it’s hard to have a bad day on Aruba. Visit and you’ll see what we mean! From spa treatments, beach tennis and water sports to off-roading desert adventures, an Aloe factory, fresher-than-fresh seafood restaurants, SUP yoga and even a private island where you can hang with free-roaming flamingos, there’s plenty to do in Aruba to keep you smiling. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 10 best Aruba restaurants

Aruba is dubbed “One Happy Island,” and if you ask us, part of the reason is because you’ll never go hungry there—a mere look through the best Aruba restaurants will let you know why. With its delicate mix of Dutch, South American and Aruban cultures, this little island has something for every palate and dining style. Figure out what you’re craving—whether it’s mile-high açaí bowls, coffee from a café-turned-late-night bar, fried shrimp in a shack (one of the top things to do on-island, in our opinion) or a romantic toes-in-the-sand dinner with award-winning seafood—and find it at one of our favorite eateries, listed below.