Locations: Palm Beach & Oranjestad, Aruba
Every year since I was 13, my family and I spend a week (or so) on the glorious island of Aruba. This familiarity kind of makes the environment feel like a home away from home. That being said, we’ve gotten so set in our ways on this happy, fair-weathered, colorful island that writing this travel guide was actually a struggle for me! We haven’t done activities in years, but we’ve become regulars at certain restaurants and long lost friends to some Arubans.
Aside from the suggestions listed below, I want to share a couple of things with you. Number one: the sun is flippin’ strong…you’re basically on the equator. Do not underestimate the power of it. Aruba’s a great island to unplug and unwind, so bring some books and good music, and let yourself relax. Also, the Marriott Ocean Club makes the best iced coffee, and the regular Marriott hotel has a great sushi bar. Afternoon beach walks are a great way to enjoy the ocean without swimming, and mi dushi means sweetheart in the native language of Aruba, which is Papiamento.
Marriott Ocean Club Timeshare Resort
Aloe Marg a la A Beautiful Mess