A R U B A

A guide to One Happy Island

Aruba Tourism Authority invited me for a week full of delight in 2017. I've not only been to the tropical beaches of Caribbean island Aruba, but I also watched unique nature, walked through the colorful streets of Oranjestad and San Nicolas, met the kindest people and consumed the best food! My conclusion: Aruba is more than paradise beaches! There's so much more to explore! This is an #crestcontest entry! Learn how to enter here.

North Coast

Let me share...

Now, let me share the things I did, the places I visited, where I soaked up the sun, where I ate, drank and laughed, where I made thousands of pictures and where I lay my tired but satisfied head on a cushion at night... ➵

DAY 1 Morning: Kayaking and snorkeling among parrotfish and rainbowfish with Aruba Outdoor Adventures near the Spanish Lagoon and Mangel Halto Beach. Afternoon: Lunch at Zeerovers (catch of the day) and visits to Rodgers Beach with cute small boats and pelicans and Baby Beach with turquoise shallow sea. Evening: Dinner at restaurant Moomba Beach. ➵

Baby Beach

DAY 2 Morning: Safari Jeep Tour around the North coast with ABC Tours: natural pool and - bridge, Alto Vista Chapel, the Bushiribana ruins and the California Lighthouse. Afternoon: Lunch at Sea Salt. Visit to private Flamingo Beach at Renaissance Island. Evening: Dinner at Papiamento Restaurant. ➵

Flamingo Beach ➵

DAY 3 Morning: Hike in National Park Arikok with park ranger. Visit to Dos Playa, Boca Prins and Guadirikiri - and Fontain Cave. Afternoon: Lunch at Boca Prins Bar and Restaurant. Relaxing at swimming pool Paradera Park (our appartment suites). Evening. Dinner at Barefoot restaurant on Surfside Beach. ➵

Beautiful ‘wildlife’ in garden Paradera Park hotel

DAY 4 Morning: Walk through the streets of Oranjestad. Afternoon: Lunch at Pelican Pier and some leisure time at Boca Catalina. Evening: Sunset shooting at Eagle Beach and Manchebo Beach. Dinner at Elements Restaurant. ➵

The famous divi divi tree at Eagle Beach

DAY 5 Morning: Walk through the colorful streets of San Nicolas with stunning murals. Visit to the weather beaten shacks of Grapefield Beach. Afternoon: Lunch at Big Mama Grill at Baby Beach. Evening: Cocktails at Bugaloe and dinner at Screaming Eagle. ➵

San Nicolas

Local as a model

All parties (with Insta handle) that contributed to an unforgettable week: ATA/ Aruba.nl @arubatourism @aruba.nl Opreisboek @opreisboek KLM @klm Paradera Park @paraderapark Aruba Outdoor Adventures @arubaoutdooradventures ABC Tours @abctoursaruba The mentioned restaurants. #aruba #arubanl #opreisboek #ata #arubatourism #oranjestad #sannicolas #eaglebeach #babybeach #rodgersbeach #flamingos #flamingobeach #manchebobeach #beaches #arikok #nationalpark #caribbean #island #tropical #guide #travel #travelphotography #travelguide #tourism #stayandwander #stellerstories #steller #flamingo #insulaphile #passionpassport #explore #stayandwander #renaissancehotel #paraderapark #stellerid

Thanks for an unforgettable week!

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My fav gear during this trip: Vanguard camera bag Ipanema charm sandals Auto bronzant lotion Ambre Solaire

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