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Aruba - One Happy Island

Our Agent, Dahiana Burucua, shares the highlights of her recent trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba.

WHERE DID YOU GO?

Aruba. A beautiful Dutch island in the Caribbean.

HOW DID YOU GET THERE?

As I was travelling from the Falkland Islands I flew with LATAM via Santiago, Chile and Bogota, Colombia. This was the best option because I could stay with the same airline for the entire route and I could reach the Caribbean without having to transit via a city in USA which would have made the journey longer and less convenient.

WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR ACCOMMODATION?

There is choice for everyone as the island offers hotels, resorts, apartments and condominiums. Even if you cannot afford to stay on the beach, the great thing about Aruba is that the beach is never very far away.

FAVOURITE PLACE

Definitely the beach! We had endless cocktails in the sun while working on our tans, ate delicious sea food daily and even went to salsa dancing lessons at the bar on the pier.

Although lying on the beach and relaxing was great, we also had the opportunity to rent jet skis, go tubing and even go on a tour on a pirate ship.

FAVOURITE ACTIVITY

All the water sports! If I could have, I would probably have rented a jet ski for the whole of our stay as this was by far the most fun. There are an endless number of water activities available in Aruba.

Unfortunately we didn’t get to do as much as we hoped this time  - already planning to go back - but Aruba offers a huge variety of water activities for all ages and capabilities (snorkelling, surfing, parasailing, etc) so I would definitely recommend it to those who want a beach holiday but don’t just want to lay on the sand.

FAVOURITE TOUR

We went on a 4x4 UTV tour which was just amazing! It lasted around 4 hours and we got to visit some of the main tourist attractions of Aruba like Arikok National Park, Natural Pool, Natural Bridge, the Gold Mill Ruins, Alto Vista Chapel & California Lighthouse. The sites visited were just breath-taking and driving around in a UTV was more fun than I could have ever imagined – specially around the dessert.

BEST FOOD AND DRINK TIP

There are so many restaurants in Aruba that you could eat a different type of cuisine every day during your stay.

There are theme nights in many venues as well as Happy Hours and 2x1 drinks.

I think it would be a sin to go all the way to Aruba and not try some local Arubian dishes or even some Caribbean specialities like jerk chicken.

As a treat on our last night we went to Texas de Brazil; by far the best steak house we found which also had a great selection of wines.

INDISPENSABLE ITEM TO PACK

If you have your own snorkelling gear, it would be a good idea to take it with you as there are lots of great places to admire the marine life. You can rent snorkelling gear but the prices are quite high and you will want to have the equipment ready with you at all times.

If you have an underwater camera I would advise to bring it along too! The water is so clear and the sceneries are so beautiful that you won’t want to miss every photographic opportunity you get.

SUM UP YOUR TRIP IN ONE SENTENCE

Aruba truly lives by its slogan ‘One Happy Island’ with its gorgeous weather, friendly people and relaxed atmosphere. 

For further information and advice on planing a holiday to this happy island please contact me on email: db.itt@horizon.co.fk










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