Destination: Aruba

If you are embarking on a trip to Aruba, I am beyond jealous. If you are debating on taking a trip to Aruba, you should already be on a plane. I cannot say enough about how much I loved my time on this Dutch island, all I can tell you is that I am officially a big fan of this Caribbean gem. My stay in Aruba was 5 days long, which I think is a good amount of time to get to know the island but also spend time relaxing by the beach with a drink in your hand, my personal favorite is the Watermelon Mojito at MooMba Beach Bar, but more about that later.

Here is some basic info...
Location: Southern Caribbean
Capital: Oranjestad
Language: Dutch and Papiamento (English is spoken by many)
Currency: florin (Awg) but USD are accepted at most places
Time Zone: Atlantic Time Zone (UTC)

And some fun facts...
Did you know that Aruba's number one export is Aloe? Neither did I, but it sure does come in quiet handy when you have been baking in the sun all day. You can run into aloe plants everywhere, and if allowed you can pick a leaf or two and use it to soothe your skin after it's been exposed to the sun all day, but beware of the smell it can be a bit unpleasant.

Let's talk about food baby....
Downtown Oranjestad is a must see, filled with great boutiques, casinos and some of the greatest restaurants. We ate at dinner at a restaurant inside of the Crystal Casino one night and it was absolutely amazing, everything on the menu was delicious. We also had a sunset dinner at Hadicurari Restaurant, which is located right on the beach and has some pretty cool light up menus (yes I get excited about stuff like that). My selections wasn't the greatest (Caribbean Shrimp), however, the rest of the food was great. Now if you rather have a private chef prepare your food then seek no further; Bas Kuurstra prepared one of the most amazing dinners I have ever had right in our kitchen, he is also easy on the eyes ladies just a heads up. Finally, we grabbed brunch at Nextdoor in Oranjestad right before we headed back to the airport, the food was great for a brunch/lunch setting and also had a nice view of the I Love Aruba Sign as well as the marina.

Now get up & go...
If you have the opportunity to explore, my recommendation would be Baby Beach, which is by far one of the calmest and clearest waters I have seen during my travels. If you are looking for a great time and don't mind being on a boat for a few hours then Jolly Pirate Sailing and Snorkeling Tour is the way to go. The tour includes snorkeling, food, drinks and an amazing time, also you have to do the back flip off the swing at the end of the tour, just hold on tight, if you're not convinced on the swing part check out my video on instagram (@thetravelingstilettos). Unfortunately, we were unable to visit the Conchi natural pools, but if this is something of your interest there are several tours available on four wheelers, horses or you can hike the trail by foot, but my advice would be to plan in advance since these tours are quiet popular and sell out quick.

Night on the town...
As far as nightlife, you have several options, we spent one evening at MooMba Beach Bar, which is a more casual but fun atmosphere right on the beach. In addition, there is The Mill which is a large indoor and outdoor club, and probably the most fun. Gusto is a bit smaller but also plays great music and has a small patio as well as an upstairs "VIP" section, which makes it a great stop before you hit up The Mill.

Take me to the beeeeach...
As I have already mentioned Baby Beach is a must see, but we spent the majority of our time on Palm Beach which has everything you could possibly need, a beach bar, several restaurants and water sports right at your fingertips, the gorgeous Dutch bartenders are also a bonus, I'm just saying.

If you are still not convinced on Aruba, here are some photos I shot during my trip. Enjoy!


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