Sandy beaches, trade winds and an average daily temperature of 27.5 degrees Celsius… It’s easy to see why Aruba is one happy island. Furthermore, it’s the first location in our Bucket List Destinations series!
Enjoying the highest number of repeat visitors of all the Caribbean destinations, this island is home to over ninety nationalities. This is certainly reflected in not only the mixed local cultures, but also in the cuisine. Caribbean and Dutch favourites are infused with influences from South America and Europe. Find new twists on classic delicacies like Spanish tapas, Argentinian churrasco, Caribbean jerk, and plenty of fresh seafood.
The island is also making great strides in becoming completely free from reliance on fossil fuels. By 2020, one hundred percent of Aruba’s energy is projected to come from renewable sources. Wind and solar parks are already installed around the island. They’re also beginning to rely less on imports by supporting local farmers in growing more of their own produce. Annual clean-ups of the underwater ecosystem are also taking place.
There’s so much to see and do in Aruba—which is suitable for families and couples alike. You can rent a Jeep to take a tour of the Arikok National Park, or you can put on your hardy walking boots and hike to some of the most spectacular views in the entire Caribbean. Travelling along the shoreline you’ll see Aruba’s iconic fofoti trees, permanently bent into south-westerly forms by the trade winds. For couples, take time out to explore the secluded coves and gaze up at the night skies as they come to life with an abundance of stars. You can even indulge in a private, torch-lit dinner with your toes in the sand.
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Of course, this all begs the question: where do you stay? Well, you could certainly try Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club. A true jewel of the Palm Beach area, this beachfront property features seaside-themed accommodation. Everything is on hand to ensure your rest and repose. This includes the Mandara Spa, where you can enjoy a signature massage or treatment. Guests can avail themselves of fresh, local cuisine at the Atari restaurant on the beach or enjoy the pub atmosphere and nightly entertainment at the Champion Sports Bar.
Also on Palm Beach is the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, with its colourful, high-rise buildings surrounded by white sands. This tropical resort offers picture windows and large private balconies or terraces, all with breathtaking ocean views. Thatched-roof cabanas and hammocks provide a warm and inviting place for a cocktail or siesta, and you’ll love the two freshwater pools, whirlpool spa, and hot tubs. Discover the fabulous on-site restaurants and deli for dining options. Alternatively, for those indulgent evenings, order something from room service!
For a touch of glamour on Eagle Beach, try Bluegreen La Cabana Beach Resort and Casino. A fantastic setting for a Caribbean holiday, this sprawling resort achieves the perfect balance between excitement and serenity. The island’s abundant sunshine welcomes you to try the open-air facilities for various sports and the huge, ocean-side swimming pool. Not just that, but the clue is in the resort name: you’ll revel in the allure of the on-site, full-service Glitz casino.
For all of this and more on your next holiday, don’t you think it’s time to consider Aruba?
Until next time, stay safe and travel happy!