2 - 3 Hours
One Per Car
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Aruba Noord Self-Guided Driving Tour
Revisit the Golden Age of Pirates as you explore an island paradise with this self-guided driving tour of Aruba! Untangle the many myths surrounding Caribbean pirates and hear true tales that are even more dramatic than fiction. And much, much more!
About the Tour
Your tour begins at the California Lighthouse on L.G. Smith Blvd. This will also be the first stop on the tour, where you’ll learn the dramatic history behind the lighthouse. From there, you’ll head toward Arashi Beach, defined by blue waters and pristine sands sure to entice any traveler.
Next up is Catalina Cove, where sea turtles like to make their nests during egg-laying season. As you continue beyond the cove, you’ll hear about the Arawak and where they came from in the first place.
Then it’s time to dive into the Golden Age of Piracy, hear about iconic figures like Sir Francis Drake and Blackbeard, and untangle the many myths which shroud this period of history.
Your next stop is Alto Vista Chapel, a little slice of history which was almost lost to the sands of time. Past that, you’ll hear about Aruba’s struggle for independence, as well as the man who became known as the liberator of Aruba.
As you keep driving, you’ll discover plenty more little-known facts about Aruba, from some wild truths about the wildlife to the unique story behind their currency. Next, you’ll stop at the Casibari Rock Formation, a volcanic rock beloved by hikers.
Finally, you’ll arrive at Ayo Rock. Considered a sacred site by the Arawak, it’s one of the most striking sights in Aruba. Your tour concludes here.
Starting Point Address; California Lighthouse, L.G. Smith Blvd, Noord, Aruba
What You'll See
Francis Drake vs. the Spanish
The Dutch and Piracy’s Golden Age
Pirate Myths and Misconceptions
Alto Vista Chapel
Betico Croes: Liberator of Aruba
Updating the Seafaring Traditions
Unique Currency: Florin
Safe Tap Water
Casibari Rock Formation
Heading to: Ayo Rock Formation
Preview the Tour
Stop 1 : Welcome
Stop 15 : Alto Vista Chapel
What do we do?
Simply put, Action Tour Guide is an audio guide, map, and tour book – all in one app! We are a GPS-enabled app-based tour that narrates information based on your location right on your phone. You can experience our driving and walking tours at your own pace and literally at any time of the day!
Changing travel date? No worries! All individual tours come with lifetime validity.
No Network Needed
The tour works offline which means you do not need your phone network to enjoy the tour. However, we do suggest you download the tour at your home, hotel, visitor center, etc before you head out for a completely immersive experience.
Not an Entry Ticket
This is not an entry ticket.