Girls Weekend in Aruba!
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Aruba is one of 28 island nations in the Caribbean but stands out of the crowd because of the beautiful beaches, active nightlife, and numerous activities to do around the island. It was a perfect place for a girls-weekend.
*Thanks Laura for letting me use some of your pictures!
Me, Laura, and Mariah on our Girls Weekend in Aruba
The beaches of Aruba are spectacular during the day and at dusk. Outside the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba where I stayed, the water was so calm that we just floated on rafts out in the ocean. The long stretches of white sand beach are perfect for walking (or running if that is your jam) for exercise to help you work off the conch fritters and mojitos from the night before.
Aruba’s weather is near-perfect. The island sits below the hurricane belt so hurricanes and tropical storms are rare. The trade winds are constant and provide a nice breeze on those hot days sunbathing by the ocean or hotel pool. There is little rainfall since Aruba has a desert climate but it rarely gets colder than 74 degrees or warmer than 93 degrees Fahrenheit. (source). All 5 days we were here it was sunny, no rain at all, with temperatures around 85 degrees. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!!
Baltimore is lucky that AirTran offers nonstop service to Aruba making Aruba travel much quicker if your girls weekend/family trip/romantic getaway is going to be short and sweet.
My restaurant recommendation is to get dinner at Cuba’s Cooking in Oranjestad. We had our favorite mojitos and meal of the trip here.
Happy hour is my favorite time to get a drink while there are specials and my skin has taken all the sun it can handle. We ended up in Oranjestad at Iguana Joe’s once and at Salt and Pepper by our hotel on Palm Beach a bunch of other times.
My favorite vacation story ever comes from Salt and Pepper:
Around 4pm after a long day of fun in the sun, we walked into the restaurant and were immediately serenaded by 20 local guys fresh from golfing outing. They belted out “Sweet Caroline” to us with all their might. I was shocked first, embarrassed second (but no one else was there so I got over that quickly), and finally decided that this was the coolest thing ever. They sang the whole song to the three of us while we stood in the doorway being charmed. And then bought us a beer for being good sports. Twenty nice, young, good-looking men sang to us. It was epic. Just like Aruba. I can’t wait to go back.
Questions: Have you been to Aruba? Planning a trip there? What sounds like your favorite part?
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