Put on your explorer shoes! A half or full day of sightseeing can easily be filled with a visit to Aruba’s Cultural Landmarks such as picturesque churches
One of Aruba’s premier landmarks, the California Lighthouse is a perfect location for a scenic view over Aruba’s coastline! Located near Arashi Beach on the northwest tip of Aruba, the name “California” came from a vessel of the West India Company and Pacific Steamship Co. called “California” that shipwrecked in the area in 1891. Therefore they came up with the idea of building a lighthouse that could indicate the island’s eastern tip to ships with its light.
In 2015 Stichting Monumentenfonds started the restoration of the California Lighthouse. The project finished in September 2016 and the Lighthouse is now open for visitors to enjoy amazing views from the top.
Arikok National Park
This beautiful National Park in Aruba comprises almost 20% of the island. Enjoy gorgeous vistas of Aruba’s rugged terrain, desert-like hills filled with tall cacti, a breathtaking coastline and protected local flora and fauna.
The National Park takes you on a memorable journey of the islands past offering unique geological, cultural and historical sites. These can all be enjoyed and explored either on your own or during guided tours.
Entrance Fee: $11,- per person.
Alto Vista Chapel
Alto Vista Chapel is a small Catholic chapel also known as “Pilgrims Church” that stands on the hills above the north shore of the sea and to the northeast of the town of Noord, on the island of Aruba, 27 km north of the coast of Venezuela.
The church, painted on the outside in stark bright yellow, makes it a conspicuous religious monument for people to visit. The present Chapel of Alto Vista was completed in 1952 and stands in the same location as the original chapel, which was built by Domingo Silvestre, the Venezuelan missionary from Santa Ana de Coro, Venezuela, in 1750. The Alto Vista Chapel was stated to be the location where conversion of Aruban Indians to Christianity started.
The Aruba Island Gold Mining Company built the Bushiribana smelter in 1825 to extract gold from the ore that was being mined in the nearby hills of Ceru Plat; it operated for ten years. Today, its remains are a stopping-off point for tourists on their way to view the Aruba Natural Bridge, which collapsed on September 2, 2005
In 1824 gold was discovered on the island and later the Bushiribana smelter was built by the Aruba Island Gold Mining Company for gold that was mined nearby at Seroe Plat. In 1899 there was another gold smelter built by the Aruba Gold Concessions at the southern end of the island at Frenchman’s Pass named Balashi Gold Mill.
Ayo & Casibari Rock Formations
Some say it’s a pile of rocks; others say it’s an incredible natural wonder. This fascinating geological formation is a popular spot for rock-climbers and explorers (who are abetted by human-made pathways between the rocks). The ancient Arawak petroglyphs on-site have led scholars to believe that this was a sacred place for the island’s earliest inhabitants.
The Rock Formations are monolithic rock boulders. It’s not a huge formation nor is it a tough climb. Once at the top, it will be very windy and you’ll be able to see all over Aruba.