S: Aruba- October 2012
BC: DEPARTED | ARUBA | 20 OCT 2012
1: ARUBA | ARUBA | ARRIVED 13 OCT 2012 | is 20-mile-long island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea. The island is located 17 miles north of the coast of Venezuela. Oranjestad is Aruba's capital city.
4: JEEP TOUR TO NATURAL POOL One of Aruba's most intriguing sites is the Natural Pool, and the only way to get there is by four-wheel drive Land Rovers! Our tour included a hike through Casibari rock formation, snorkeling at the Natural Pool, a cruise by the Baby Natural Bridge, and ended with sunset at Arashi Beach.
6: BABY NATURAL BRIDGE Aruba's beautiful bridges are formed naturally from coral limestone.
8: ARUBAN BEAUTY | The small island of Aruba is quite diverse. We stayed in the Palm Beach/High Rise hotel area; this side of the island has very calm, shallow clear water with sandy beaches. Interestingly. the sugary sand of Palm Beach is made from crushed coral and seashells, so it never feels hot to the touch. The other side of the island has rocky shores, and the water is rough and deep. Within the island there is a desert climate complete with cacti and wild goats.
10: BONDI BEACH | new south wales | 3 OCT 2011 | Local flavors at "The Old Cunuku House"
11: BONDI BEACH is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometer long and is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney. | Drinks at Senor Frogs
12: stand-up | paddleboarding
13: "IT NEVER RAINS IN ARUBA!" After several perfect days, it turned cloudy! On a long walk to paddle-board, the skies opened up and it started pouring. The next day at lunch, we saw everyone running from the beach. To our left was a tornado and in front of us was a giant water spout!
15: The best part of our trip was just getting to be together and lounge. We slept in every single day with no puppies to wake us up. We spent most of our days swimming in the sea, relaxing under our palapa, drinking at the Tambu Bar, and sunning in the pool! We even did some Aqua Zumba and participated in some crazy contests!
16: Aruba is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, so Arubans have Dutch citizenship. They all speak English, Spanish, Dutch, and their native language, Papiamento. We learned that “dushi” is “sweetheart,” “bon dia” is “good morning,” and “masha danki” is “thank you." Everyone we met was so kind and welcoming; they have an intense pride in their island. Arubans are blessed to have virtually no crime, low unemployment, socialized healthcare, great weather, and solid education. | ARUBA
19: KUKOO KUNUKU
20: KUKOO KUNUKU Our wild and crazy night on the "booze bus" was unforgettable. We had dinner at a local home, cruised around town, and partied at four local bars.
23: On our last night at the Westin, we had an amazing dinner at sunset on the beach! We went to "Azull" for a barefoot, candlelit five-course meal with champagne and wine. It was the perfect, romantic way to wind down our trip to paradise.
24: Farewell Aruba... until next time....