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Aruba: One Happy Island Is On My Life List #sponsored

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 30, 2013 | Categories: Fun, Travel

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase, bucket list. I never really liked that terminology. I would rather make a “life list.” And at the top of my life list, of things to do and/or places to go, is…. Aruba.

Now that my son is out of school for the summer, I’m thinking about a vacation. As much as I want to go to Aruba this summer, it will have to wait until at least, next summer. I can wait a little while, as long as I know I’ll make it some day to my “One Happy Island”.

Why do I want to go to Aruba? Let me count the ways:

The Beaches

Close your eyes. Okay, now imagine your toes squishing in the warm white sand. Now open your eyes. Do you see the beautiful turquoise water gently kissed by the sun? Why imagine it when you could actually experience an Aruba beach.

Cooled by constant trade winds, Aruba’s beaches include wide shaded expanses, quiet retreats, and busy sunbathing and water sports meccas. Much of the seven-mile strip along the west coast is lined with resorts and packed with activity. Beachgoers relax on their comfortable lounges, lost in their favorite book or enjoying people-watching. Swimming, snorkeling, kitesurfing, waterskiing, tubing, parasailing, banana-boating, and all kinds of wet ‘n wild adventures are just steps away on Aruba’s beaches.

And you won’t need an umbrella… Aruba is dry and rarely gets rain. So you can feel confident that you can enjoy the beaches anytime you want.

The Food

One of my favorite things to do on vacation is eat. To be more specific, it’s to check out the culinary scene… what’s the local delicacies. Food I wouldn’t find anywhere else.

The high-rise strip is now home to over 100 resort and independent restaurants. This bustling area is dotted with an eclectic patchwork of shops, malls, cafés and Caribbean restaurants. But do venture downtown and off the beaten path to discover local favorites and trendy new establishments. No matter where you go, you will find an eclectic menu of delicious ethnic and international fare.

We always venture off the beaten path to find a local favorite, and I can only imagine how delicious one of these restaurants would be in Aruba.

The Activities

We enjoy chilling on the beach and relaxing when we are on vacation, but it’s important for us to have fun activities to do, as well. We especially enjoy doing things we would not otherwise be able to do just any other day — from walking on the beach to snorkeling

Quiet horseback rides and leisurely beach walks are good for the soul. Hikers can explore twenty rugged miles of trails in Arikok National Park. Golfing combines the challenge of constant trade winds and tropical sun with desert beauty and sweeping Caribbean views. Tour the island from the comfort of an air-conditioned motor coach or on a jeep safari. Be sure to exercise caution on mountain bikes and all-terrain vehicles!

I don’t know about you, but a horseback ride on the beach sounds so romantic. We are avid hikers, so a hike in the Arikok National Park would be right up our alley.

The Events

When you plan your trip to Aruba, you want to be sure to check out their calendar of events. There seems to be something going on all throughout the year, so you can see if there’s something you’d love to experience and plan your vacation around it. Or, see what’s going in Aruba during the time you will be there.

The Aruba calendar is filled not only with traditional holiday celebrations but also with international tournaments, caribbean festivals , competitions, regattas and sporting events; film, art, food and music festivals, and other cultural events. It reflects the island’s treasured heritage and multi-cultural history and also the elements that attract hundreds of thousands of tourists.

I’d love to see the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival in October!

The Shopping

Last but not least for me, is shopping. It would be such a treat for me to shop in Aruba for souvenirs and one-of-a-kind items exclusive just to Aruba.

Shoppers will find an enormous selection of international brand name products and prices that are 10 – 35% lower than those in the United States. Jewelry store-lined streets and upscale malls with prestigious international brands fill the downtown area while gleaming new shopping/entertainment centers front the high-rise resorts.

There are more reasons I want to go to Aruba, too, like the attractions to see/visit for the whole family and if you’re leaving the kids at home, an exciting nightlife can be had, as well.

I can’t wait to visit Aruba… it sounds like heaven on earth. I want to take my son, but I think I need to add Aruba on my life list twice, as a family vacation and as a second honeymoon.

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9 Responses to Aruba: One Happy Island Is On My Life List #sponsored

  1. Oh I would love to go to Aruba, especially for the food. Trying new foods is always so much fun.

  2. Sheri says:

    I would love to go to Aruba.

  3. One of my brothers went to Aruba for their honeymoon and really enjoyed it!

  4. Lisa says:

    I’d love to go to Aruba

  5. Carrie says:

    This looks amazing!! Hubby and I were just talking about wanting to go somewhere tropical…I’ll have to add this to the list of places to look into.

  6. Elizabeth A. says:

    Aruba looks amazing! It wouldn’t be anytime soon for us either since Nick is so young still. I can dream though ;-).

  7. Jenn says:

    A horseback ride on the beach is on my life list. Wouldn’t mind going to Aruba to fulfill it!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Wow. Aruba looks stunning, I would love to just lay in the beautiful beach and relax.

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