Have you ever found yourself scrolling through Instagram and stopped on a picture and thought, "Damn, I want a picture in that exact spot?".
I'm guessing your answer is, "YES!"
Trust me, I think the same thing too!
Luckily, Aruba has an abundance of those kind of insta-worthy, dreamy, scroll-stopping backdrops and I'm here to share with you my top ten...
1. MURALS - SAN NICOLAS
Take a day trip to the Sunrise City and wander down the colourful streets. Here you will find some incredible wall art, painted by both local and international artists, just beckoning you to take a snapshot.
2. EDUARDOS BEACH SHACK - PALM BEACH
Those swoon-worthy smoothie bowls don't just look great, they taste GREAT too! Their main shack is located on the beach by the Playa Linda Hotel but they recently opened a brand new, even more Instagrammable (if that's possible) place called Eduardo's Hideaway at Salina Cerca, Noord. You will definitely want to check both out because the food and the aesthetics really do have the WOW factor!
3. RODGERS BEACH
I affectionately refer to these old weathered steps as the "stairway to heaven" and I am sure you can see why.
I have lost count the number of times I have ran down this stairway with my dogs to the beach! I love this beach so much because it's not at all "touristy" and during the week I usually have it all to myself. Pure bliss!
4. MANCHEBO BEACH
If pretty little palm trees are your thing, then this is the beach for you! Located on the southern end of the low rise hotel strip, this stretch of beach is a true little slice of paradise with baby palm trees dotted around for your photographing pleasure.
5. ARIKOK NATIONAL PARK
As you explore the island you may be surprised by Aruba's varied landscape. The vast cactus dotted open space is a stark contrast to the white sand beaches and crystal clear water that most people know Aruba for. Bring your hiking boots and go on an adventure!
6. BREAKFAST WITH A VIEW
We've all seen those floating breakfasts in Bali but Aruba's got a very special hidden gem that makes waking up extra early in the morning even more epic because of this view!
If you want to escape the crowds, immerse yourself in nature and dine al fresco by your own private pool... Aruba Airstream Experience is a MUST!
7. GRAPEFIELD BEACH
If you want to really go "local" then you have to head to where the locals hang out. Grapefield beach is located just a little further down from Boca Grandi and if you go early on a week day will most likely find a cute little wooden shack that you can enjoy all to yourself.
8. BALASHI GOLD MINE RUINS
If you like taking the back roads then you need to add Frenchmans Pass to your route and stop off at this old abandoned gold smelter. Take the steps to the top and enjoy the panoramic view of the lush landscape of Aruba's interior part of the island.
9. BOARDWALK BOUTIQUE HOTEL - BAKVAL, PALM BEACH
Probably the most Instagrammable hotel on the whole island... And to be honest I always feel like this place is more like a village! It's your own private paradise with multi-coloured cute-as-a-button casitas dotted around the lush tropical landscaped gardens and sparkling pools. Around each and every corner you will find a perfectly curated backdrop for your insta feed.
The Boardwalk Boutique Hotel screams, "I'm in the Caribbean!"
10. FOFOTI TREE - EAGLE BEACH
Also known as the "divi divi tree". If you haven't got a snapshot here, then did you really go to Aruba?! Create your very own picture perfect postcard moment at this iconic landmark on One Happy Island!
Which location is your favourite? Did you already take a photo there?
Tag us @dushidesigns so we can see your Aruba moments.
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