When I got this invitation to check out information about Aruba and share it with you, it made me realize how few places I’ve actually traveled to — I mean, I first got a passport way back in 2001 for a rare family trip, and the only time I used it since was for a conference in Canada. (And it’s now expired, lol.) But my gosh, look — gorgeous! Maybe one of these days I will overcome my homebody tendencies and check out Aruba travel.
Honestly, my previous knowledge of Aruba pretty much began and ended with the Beach Boys song. So, let’s see what I’ve learned from the Aruba site:
Deals on vacation packages
Like! They have a “deals” section right on their homepage, which is right up our alley, right? They have deals on vacation options for singles, couples, and families — including a kids eat, play, and stay for free package, which might be the one I’d have to check out, not having anyone to babysit here for days while dh and I take off to Aruba, alas
Activities and attractions
Aruba does, of course, boast your expected Caribbean beaches, and a seven mile strip on the west coast is loaded with resorts. But even at only about 20 miles long and six miles across, it packs in a lot of other stuff, too — everything from a butterfly garden, to Arikok National Park (a desert-like preserve — fascinating!), to historical museums, to an extensive shopping district, to rock formations. Their site also says days run about 82 degrees, so not excessively hot, which is nice, plus they are below the hurricane belt and rarely have rainy days.
Food, glorious food
The other thing that intrigued me was the variety of world cuisine available. In addition to over 100 restaurants in the shopping district, you can wander off the beaten path to explore local favorites as well. They do talk about frogs’ legs, which I think I will pass on — but it seems Aruba is kind of a hotbed of international cuisine, with everything from Argentinian churrasco, to fresh Caribbean catches like mahi-mahi and Caribbean jerks, to… Maine lobster! Check out the Restaurants section of their site for more on the variety available. You know that if and when I ever travel out of the country again, food is going to be a big part of the trip!
Check out their video above for more on the things to do in Aruba, and let me know what you’d like to experience there after visiting their site.