When we were flying in to Aruba we were rewarded with views of white sand beaches and the multicoloured Caribbean sea. After seeing that, we couldn’t wait to hit the beach!
We took a taxi from the airport, they don’t use the meter and charge a flat fare of $22 USD. All the vehicle license plates have the plate number and ‘One Happy Island’ written on them – we shall see! We checked in to our studio condo which was really well located, only a 5 minute walk to the stunning Eagle Beach and right across the street from Super Foods – when you’re traveling long term, Aruba can blow your budget in a hurry so a little self catering is necessary ?
We spent most of our days lazing on some absolutely stunning beaches. My favourite beach was Arashi, the sand quality was amazing, and the sea was clear and warm. The beach was lined with tall cacti along with the added bonus of the California Lighthouse as the backdrop. Also when conditions are favourable you can snorkel right from tbe beach (we tried the day we were there but the currents were strong so we opted out).
While we were at Arashi Beach, we visited the California Lighthouse. It was a 15 minute easy walk from the beach. There wasn’t much to see but the views were worth the walk.
Another favourite beach was Eagle Beach, this was where we stayed. It’s a beautiful long stretch of powdery white sand and not nearly as busy as its neighbour Palm Beach.
We did walk to Palm Beach to check it out and enjoyed some great food overlooking the sea. We had some good entertainment watching a guy on a fly board – he took some nasty falls from high up, poor guy!
Palm beach is also beautiful with a nice promenade but we found it really busy and the shoreline was crowded with boats. It’s also where most of the restaurants and shops are found this side of Oranjestad. Of course we took a few dips in the sea here too, it gets hot walking back and forth!
On our last day we rented a car and took a drive out to Arikok National Park. The scenery is much different then the beach areas. There are cacti and acacia trees everywhere. We didn’t enter the National Park as you really should have a jeep or high clearance vehicle to visit all the sights (which didn’t hold a lot of interest to us) and we were driving the smallest car imaginable! It was nice to see the landscape though.
We continued on our drive and stopped at Baby Beach for awhile. We were slightly underwhelmed by this beach, it wasn’t nearly as nice as Eagle Beach or Arashi Beach. The rough condition of the beach could have been due to storms that had passed through the previous week though. Not to mention that when lying on the beach, you are looking at a refinery in the background.
The morning before our flight to Curacao, we stopped in Oranjestad to walk around a bit. It’s the capital of Aruba and it was really quiet when we were there. There is a free tram that does a nice loop with some stops, so we hopped on that for a little sightseeing. We also visited the Archealogical Museum but went through it quite fast, it was so hot in there we could barely stand it.
Aruba is definitely a beach destination and we really enjoyed it to the fullest!
Where we stayed: Bubali Bliss ?
Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel