“Bon Bini” From Aruba
In 2018, I had the pleasure of traveling to Aruba for 7 days and had quite a few eye-opening experiences that I wanted to share with you! “Biba Dushi” is a popular phrase you’ll hear while you’re in Aruba, and it simply means Living a sweet life. I couldn’t agree more. The island is full of very friendly, helpful, and joyful people that speak five languages by the time they graduate from high school. It is not only a beautiful island, but a very safe one to travel to. While I was there we went everywhere by foot or taxi, and not once did I feel unsafe. The food and the views were exceptional and the staff was no different. We stayed at the beautiful Hilton Resort on the beach and it was breathtaking. Make sure to put Sunset Grille on your dinner list- it’s a must while staying there.
While visiting Aruba, I fell in love with photography. I have since then bought a Canon Rebel T6 to support this new found love. I honestly couldn’t get enough of it. The views never grew old. Every morning, I would get up around 7:30 AM and work out on the beach by jogging while the island was pretty asleep. This is when I got some of my best shots, and I also got some much-needed me-time that helped rejuvenate me. I even read a book that wasn’t about my career for the first time in a long time, and it was wonderful.
While I was away, I was able to focus on my thoughts, goals, and future. It helped me to find myself again and reignite that passion inside of me. I was ready to jump back into things when I got home from my trip and hit the ground running. This was exciting for me, because sometimes you lose your focus or have set backs. It’s important to take time for yourself; put the energy and focus back on you to refuel. Take time for you!
If you ever get the pleasure of visiting Aruba- Pinchos was my favorite restaurant. It was on the water, and the sunset was breathtaking. We took a short cab ride and it’s a simple walk down a dock to get to this oasis. The food was devine and the staff was amazing.
While I was there, we made sure to add some adventure into our relaxing trip, I went parasailing and was able to see sea turtles. The views were amazing as well. I rented a jet ski and got my fill of adventure as I crashed through the waves. I did a sunset cruise and got some amazing pictures and a view of the island from the water. The sense of escapade and the finding me again feeling was in full force. Just remember to be safe and be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are alone. If you can, take a morning excursion to the natural pool in the National Park Arikok. And lastly, go into town and experience the local shops. You wont regret it!
Next time I go back, and yes I will absolutely be returning. I want to hike Hooiberg; it is a volcanic foundation that is the highest point of the island and quite a work out from what I’ve heard. I will visit the lighthouse and take an excursion out to Renaissance Island with the flamingos. There is so much more adventure in Aruba and I can’t wait to go back and experience it. I highly recommend Aruba as a great girls trip, romantic trip and even family friendly vacation.
Some travel tips:
- Give yourself a solid three hours at the airport when you leave- time to get through customs and to your gate without feeling down to the wire
- Bring an external charger
- Adhere to liquid guidelines for carry-on’s so you don’t lose any souvenirs
- Relax and enjoy
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