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Why I Love Aruba, Part I

Happy Tuesday friends! I'm still {very} slowly crawling back into real life. Somethings are not so great about it. Like unpacking my suitcase, for example. It's still sitting fairly full in my entryway. I hate unpacking - and laundry!

Since I'm in slight depression mode, I thought it would be fun to do a list of why I think Aruba is so great anyway. I mean, it's just an island.

But it's not just any island.

A lot of times, people will ask me why we go back to Aruba year after year. There are lots of other places to see. But when it comes to a relaxing, beach vacation, I think Aruba is tops. And here's why:

1. It's One Happy Island. Cheesy? Yep. True? Yep. The island is well manicured and beautiful. As the Lewis Black commercial promises, it's always a nice day. The weather is hot with a gentle breeze, making shade-sitting a glorious experience. It's safe in Aruba (despite the Natalie Holloway incident). The hotels are small, so walking from resort to resort, or around beyond the resorts, is a totally normal and encouraged practice.

2. The early morning beach hours. It's my favorite time of the day. Somehow, I have no problem springing up out of bed at 6AM in Aruba. The beach is quiet and cool. I love getting a coffee, reading the Aruba Daily newspaper and watching the sun come up, enlightening the sand and sea. It's so peaceful, and all is right with the world.

3. The sunset. Just as much as I love the sunrise, I also love the sunset. The beach is once again quiet and cool. Since the sun sets over the ocean, we have the perfect view from the beach (or our balcony). Pink skies mix with the large, orangey sun. I love. It never gets old.

4. The abundance of restaurants & good food. It seems as though there is a never-ending supply in Aruba. One restaurant is better than the next. Food in Aruba can be pricey, that is no doubt. But every meal is absolute deliciousness. My favorite place is an Italian restaurant called Hostaria di Vittoria. We went here 2 nights during the trip. Here's my lasanga bolongese!

5. Being with my family. This isn't necessarily specific to Aruba, I suppose, but it is one place that we all agree is frickin' awesome.


So there you have it. 5 things (of many) that I love about Aruba!

Questions of the day:

What is your favorite place in the world?

Do you like unpacking? Do you unpack right away? Or let it linger?

psst...I'm blogging all about trying to find my personal home decor style over at The Peach & The Pit. You know you want to check it out...

Reader Comments (10)

Does your sister always wear a pirate's eye patch when she goes on a sunset cruise?

August 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

love that dress!! i'm a huge fan of sunrises and sunsets....my favorite part of vacation since we don't get very good ones here in ohio.

My favorite place in the world is Rome. I'm move there in a second, and it's my dream to get married there (if I get married, of course).

August 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauraJayne

Have you ever been to Aruba in October? I am thinking about it, but see it is their rainy season. Although, i have been told by a few people that 'rainy season' there typically means that it only rains at night and in the early morning.

August 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaquel

Raquel, I have been there in November. It rained a couple of days in the afternoon for about 6 minutes. One of the great things about Aruba is that it literally is always a nice day - they really do not get rain or hurricanes. Hope you enjoy!

August 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterRachel

Alright, you've convinced me to go to Aruba! :)
I unpack RIGHT away. My fiance waits a few days. It gets interesting! ;)

since you're right around the corner from brazil and all, you should definitely go visit.

I always have to unpack RIGHT AWAY!

August 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa @ Life of bLyss

Sigh, I want to go... :)

August 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

That's awesome that you get to visit Aruba a lot!! These are beautiful pictures and I hope I get to visit Aruba one of these days. My favorite place is definitely Hawaii. I feel away from all the stresses in the world when I'm there!

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna@DrizzleofSunshine


August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaquel

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