If I'm completely honest, there really isn't anywhere in Aruba that isn't picture-worthy, but there are a few places that it would be almost impossible to take a bad photo. If you've visited the island before then you know exactly what I'm talking about, and if you haven't been before then here are all the reasons you need to visit Aruba ASAP. Though I have a feeling the pictures below will be convincing enough.
1. Eagle Beach
Eagle Beach is consistently voted as one of the top beaches in the world and it's no surprise why with soft, white sand that resembles sugar and nothing on the horizon but turquoise water and blue skies. Oh, and did I forget to mention the stunning Divi Divi trees that are scattered along the shoreline?
2. Flamingo Beach
Let's do the math: Tropical oasis + 10 flamingos running around = A no-brainer. Flamingo Beach is truly a photographer's dream with so many vivid colors to capture. Plus, where else can you get up close and personal with a flock of flamingos for a selfie or two. ALL of my pictures from Flamingo Beach do amazingly well on Instagram every time I post one. I've even been reposted by Coastal Living for this photo (#goals). You can read more about how to get access to the private island, here.
3. California Light House
For one, I don't think the stark contrast of the bright white lighthouse against the strikingly blue sky will ever get old. And secondly, the area where the California Lighthouse is located sits above the rest of the island, so if you take the time to drive up to it you'll find sweeping, panoramic views of the entire island below. And while you're up there stop into Faro Blanco for a drink or meal on their expansive patio, which also has some of the best views on the island.
(A lot of Aruba tour companies will take you to the lighthouse during an island tour. De Palm Tours are consistently ranked as one of the top tour companies on the island.)
4. The Rocky/Windy Side Of The Island
While most of Aruba's eastern coast is made up of desert, it's still just as stunning as the more tropical areas and the place to go to get incredible landscape shots that you won't be able to get on any other island in the Caribbean. Here, you'll find towering cactuses, private coves, and picturesque limestone cliffs that have been carved out over the years by crashing waves. There are also several important landmarks on this side of the island, including the famous Alto Vista Chapel, Natural Bridge, and the ancient caves in Arikok National Park.
**I'll give you fair warning — it's extremely hard to navigate certain parts of this side of the island even in an SUV, because of soft sand. A lot of vehicles get stuck, so I highly suggest taking one of the ATV tours to fully explore this part of Aruba. We spent hours driving around only to have to turn around, because our rental wouldn't go any further. There are also hiking tours that are a great option to snag a few memorable pics.**
You'll also find stacks of rocks throughout the area that have been stacked by previous visitors. These stacks are known as cairns and thought to bring good luck to those who stack them.
Now that you know exactly where to go to get beautiful photos in Aruba, here are a few simple ways to take your travel photography to the next level. And if you want to try your hand at underwater photography, you'll need this equipment, which you can easily find on Amazon.
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