Sure, Aruba is known for practically perfect weather. But on the rare occasion it rains, or you’ve had a wee bit too much sun, here are some exciting ways to grab your own brand of fun indoors in Aruba.
See History Come Alive
The National Archaeological Museum Aruba boasts 10,000 artifacts from Amerindian peoples, a collection that spans 5,000 years of history. There are recreated environments and plenty of hands-on activities for the kids. You can explore the lives of the many cultures of the Caribbean with two floors of everyday cooking and serving ware, art objects, and spiritual artifacts. A miraculously intact skeleton there, excavated in 1989, was traced to Aruba’s earliest inhabitants. This young man, along with 39 of his relatives, lay in a burial site at Malmok Beach that dated all the way back to 2000 B.C. You’ll especially notice his teeth: The ancient people of Malmok had impeccable dental habits.
Tour the Coolest Factory in the Caribbean
At the Aruba Aloe Factory and Museum, you can follow the process that creates some of your favorite products, all the way from plant to packaging. Visit the aloe fields and listen up as your guide schools you on the fascinating history of the aloe plant, its biology and domestication, and its many uses. The walls of the funky upper level are painted lime and canary, and from here, you can look down through the windows onto the pristine, working factory. Premium shampoos, conditioners, face creams, and other nourishing products are produced here and have been since 1890. You might even get a sneak peek of some new products. The tour ends up in an Aruba Aloe gift shop, so you can finally pick up that all-important After Sun Lotion.
A visit to Mandara Spa in Mariot’s Ocean Club is a trip within a trip for all of your senses. As you sip you cucumber water and look around the waiting area, you’ll swear you were in a Balinese temple. Surrender your head to their Frangipani Nourishing Hair and Scalp Treatment, and you’ll get a delightful scalp massage. By the time you leave, you’ll have super-shiny hair that smells like rose-flavored Turkish delight long after your treatment. The facility has four couples’ rooms, so if you’re waiting out the rain with that special someone, you can spend some peaceful, quality time relaxing together with a massage. After that, you’ll be feeling so mellow that you won’t care if you spend your whole vacation indoors in Aruba.