During a Caribbean cruise I made a stop in Aruba. I went for a walk around the city, and a taxi driver took me to the north. From a distance you see a mountain called the Mountain of Hay. There are points in a rock formation which you can climb up in order to see the whole the island. Then I went to see the famous bridge "coral" that no longer exists, because it collapsed in a wave. Well, it´s not all bad. All along the coast, there are like stone turrets, which have nothing to do with Arubans. They are made by the tourists, because they say it brings good luck. After this, I went to see a building that was a fort, where gold was melted. As a stop for a few hours, is was pretty good.
Arriving in Aruba, before even thinking about going to the casino and I couldn't miss going to enjoy this beautiful beach which with its crystal clear waters, sun, beautiful scenery ensure you enjoy an unforgettable evening.
Aruba Airport is located just 4 km from the island's capital, Oranjestad. It is pretty new as it was completely remodeled in 2003. It consists of two buildings, one dedicated exclusively to flights to the United States. It operates with companies such as Air Canada, American Airlines, Avianca, Caribair, Dutch Antilles Express ... With flights to the United States, Canada, Central America, Latin America and Europe. There is no place to smoke in the airport, however, there is a small bar-stall in an area outside the building with tables and terrace. The airport has wifi for you to use, and it only has 2 or 3 shops that close at 6pm or 7pm, so do not count on trying to make any big purchases at this airport.
Aruba could be referred to as a shopper's paradise as it has all kinds of shopping centers and duty free stores. This mall is located near the port, opposite the pier. It has 130 stores, plus two casinos, cinema, 20 restaurants and cafes, and the Renaissance Aruba Resort Marriott chain. The center even has a pier inside, from where boats depart about conducting tours of the island of Palm. The stores are tax free, so you can buy things at great prices. There are perfumes, clothing stores (major brand), cigar ... It is an outdoor mall (like the Village Rozas de Madrid), with several buildings and heights where the establishments.
We visited Aruba on a cruise 8 years ago and were very suprised. We got to the island by taxi and toured the city of Oranjestad by foot. There are a lot of tourist shops, such as jewlers and souviner shops. The historic center reminds us a little bit of Holland. There is also an island where you can party or visit a quiet beach. You can see it all in 2 days.
From Oranjestad (Aruba) it is just a 30min drive the Arikok National Park. One of the most famous things to see here is the "monkey face" rock. There is also a suspension bridge with a small bar restaurant that serves drinks and local snacks.
That's the premise at Moomba Beach, one of the most fashionable places in Aruba, in Palm Beach. Half of their tables are inside a giant hut, the other half on the white sandy beach. When the evening starts to fall, the lanterns are lit and visitors flood the space to enjoy good food in this place, with a menu of seafood dishes. Grilled fish, pasta with seafood, burgers with seafood, and snails. The atmosphere is completed with a Mojito, daiquiri, tequila sunrise or aruba-riba, a local drink which is formed by several spirits. This extends the night to a party with the moon and stars for a roof. Bands enliven the evening, the sea in the background of the songs, and tourists mingle between dance and party weekends take over this place.
Well this is something new for me and I will share it with you! I love nature, seeing the beauty we have in front of us and many times in our lives we do not see it, I hope you like it with all my love, your friend forever!
This is perhaps one of the best experiences you can have on Aruba island. The Atlantis Submarine was installed in the small Caribbean country in 1998, and is one of the most sought after attractions for tourists. Tickets are purchased at the dock, and everyone embarks on a vessel sailing for about 15 minutes until the submarine emerging from the water picks up the group for a 20 minute under the sea exploration of Aruba. The submarine descends 20 meters and on the way, you can see fish and general marine life, if you're lucky a diver can greet from the outside, which is exciting.
We booked a snorkeling excursion through our cruise line, Princess Cruises, with Red Sail Sports in Aruba. The group that boarded the catamaran was rather large, but we managed to find a seat on the boat and enjoy the sail. The boat was moving rather slowly through the water, and one of the engines was sputtering when they tried to start it. It appears that we were running on one fewer engine than we should have been, and the boat sailed needlessly slowly through the waters. This compromised our snorkeling time. We should have had an hour at each of the two snorkeling sites, but we only had a half hour at each one. At the first site, the snorkeling was quite nice as there were many schools of fish swimming around. The second site was the Antilla Shipwreck. The water here was quite choppy and others on the boat said they could not get a good view of the shipwreck itself or any fish. I also was stung by a jellyfish here, so didn't have the greatest time as my leg blistered up! However, the staff were very helpful and attentive. They helped me with my sting by pouring vodka all over the site of the sting, and then gave me some aloe moisturizer. By later in the day, I was back to being good as new. While the snorkeling wasn't great and we weren't given enough time to snorkel, the staff on board were great to help me out when I was hurt!