Snorkel and Save in Tropical Aruba

Posted March 25, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Adventure-KidsSnokeling2-DEF Since Aruba sits outside the hurricane belt, there's never a wrong time to visit. And now, you can experience it all without going broke in the process. Come explore one of the island's prime spots for snorkeling and diving while on a sailing excursion. Then listen to the ocean and live music as you sip on a frozen cocktail, before returning to your more-than-affordable digs at a local B&B.

Red Sail Aruba: Set sail on a custom-built catamaran for a day of snorkeling and sun. Red Sail offers many different options and packages for enjoying the open waters, but the Antilla Snorkel Sail for $49 per person is one of the best deals. On this trip, you'll enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages before exploring two separate snorkeling sites, one of which is the wreck of the sunken German freighter, the Antilla. Trips last about two-and-a-half hours, and depart Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

MooMba Beach Bar & Restaurant: Sometimes you need more than an umbrella in your drink to feel like you're on vacation. So how about sand beneath your toes and a giant palapa overhead as well? MooMba Beach Bar makes it happen with a selection of tropical drinks served at comfy tables right on the beach. Drinks start at $7 for frozen and non-frozen concoctions, and there's a daily happy hour from 6 to 7 p.m. every day, where frozen drinks are half price.

Buffam's Tropical Haven: Set in a residential neighborhood near Eagle Beach, Buffam's Tropical Haven lives up to its name by providing a serene and affordable getaway. Your hosts go the extra mile to make you feel welcome, and they're always ready with island tips and advice. Each unit comes equipped with a full kitchen, making it easy to save a few extra dollars by eating in. Studio apartments start at $57 per night, and include breakfast.

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