Nov 12, 2012
A R U B A
One of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean
Adrianna in ARUBA
Although our world is now at a population of about 7 billion human beings there's still plenty of places on earth that feel and look like a bit of paradise.
When the daily stresses of work, family, and responsibilities get overwhelming a few days or even weeks on a relaxing Caribbean island can restore the senses
and make worries seem a million miles away.
The Caribbean is known for it's abundance of palm trees, pure sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and beautiful islands. Each island has it's own uniqueness and you really can't go wrong with any of the islands that make up the Caribbean.
I never had much opportunity to explore the Caribbean until I started working for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. One of the perks of being an employee with this outstanding company was getting free complimentary nights at almost any Hyatt in the world. I remember how much I wanted to spend my upcoming birthday on a Caribbean island but couldn't decide on which one. My answer came when a billboard of ARUBA was placed over the entrance of Lincoln Tunnel just outside my apartment building in Manhattan.
Everyday when I looked out my bedroom window at that alluring ARUBA billboard with pirate like boats docked on the calm turquoise waters I fantasized
about soaking in the Caribbean Sea. As luck would have it I was able to get a complimentary room at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Beach Resort & Casino on popular Palm Beach. Within a week I was on a plane headed to Oranjestad, Aruba with a smile on my face.
The moment I left customs and walked out the doors into the warm sunshine I knew I was in the land of natural wonders. Aruba's topography consists of blue-green waters, stunning palm lined beaches, rock formations, and a desertlike interior. Aruba also has it own entity within the Kingdom of Netherlands which consists of Aruba, the Netherlands, and the Netherlands Antilles. The locals speak Dutch and Papiamento. In order to be a citizen of Aruba one must speak fluent Dutch or Papiamento.
So what's there to do in Aruba besides basking in it's perfect Caribbean Sea?
Well there's biking, diving, horseback riding, sailing, snorkeling, swimming, windsurfing as well as golfing, and gambling. Aruba is loaded with casinos mostly found in hotels on Palm Beach, Eagle Beach, and Oranjestad. The minimum age to gamble is 18 and many casino establishments offer complimentary meals at local restaurants.
Aruba located only 17 miles from the coast of Venezuela in South America is one of the few Caribbean islands that can be enjoyed 12 months of the year because of small amounts of rainfall and rare occurrences of hurricanes. Known as "one happy island" a vacation to the "one happy island" of ARUBA will have you smiling for days and yearning to return again and again.
Thumbs up to Aruba!
Palm Beach is loaded with the most hotel properties. Its calm waters make it the top choice beach for swimming. I'm partial to the Hyatt Regency Aruba Beach Resort and Casino where I stayed. Situated on 12 acres this gorgeous resort offers swimming pools, water slides, a casino, great restaurants, and
a spectacular Regency Club with views of the Caribbean Sea. I highly recommend the Hyatt Regency Aruba Beach Resort and Casino.
Alto Vista Chapel (built in 1750) sits pretty on the northwest coast of Aruba.
Horseback riding along the beach, snorkeling the turquoise waters, hiking the 617 foot Mt. Yamanota at Arikok National Park, and visiting a casino are fun activities.
Oranjestad Aruba's capital is the place to go for dining, shopping and nightlife.
Check out the Cunucu Houses (pastel houses) made of old and contemporary
Eagle Beach is ideal for those seeking a wide beach with little crowds.
Indulge in locally made rum cake that will keep you humming for days.
Words in Papiamento (Aruba's language)
Bon Dia Good Morning
Bon Bini Welcome
Danki Thank you
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