Bob, Debe, Diana & Marty
We had a very early flight out of St. Louis but who cares when your destination is Aruba. We arrived there and headed straight to Budget to pick up our car, Hyundai Alto. ($300 for 9 days) Ok, so we had to hold the luggage to fit in and not have to make several trips to the hotel - but hey, not a long drive. lol So off to the Marriott for a couple nights before checking into the time sharing Diana/Marty have for the week. We are now in Paradise. (reminder - if you see a small photo and want to see it larger, just click on it. But remember to click the back button to take you back to the blog - Thanks)
The room at the Marriott was soooooooooo nice. And the pool area, beach - well just gorgeous. After getting checked in, we jumped in the car for a little drive around. During the drive we found a wonderful little BBQ place called BBQ HOUSE. Very reasonable in price and very good food. Then back to the Marriott to enjoy the pool and/or hotel.
The next morning, up bright and early, opened the patio/balcony door and saw this horrible view. Oh my gosh what a shame. We headed to breakfast then to the pool for a first day of sun. As the day continued, we decided to drive out by the California Lighthouse and see how the little car would do on the off road roads. lol Well, we didn't get around the back side of the island by no means but saw something that we had never seen in Aruba before. Burrowing Owls. Yes these small owls make their homes right in the leftover burrows from other animals. Cool Oh, guess we did see a jelly fish washed up on the beach also. lol
On Saturday we moved into the Caribbean Palm Resort. Very nice, two pools, nice rooms but a little away from the beach. We didn't care as we had a car and when not at the resort, we would be venturing around the island to beaches and things to see. So we settled in and bought groceries and relaxed for the day at the pool.
I know, you are all wondering, Aruba, white sand beaches and the talk/photos is just of tourist attractions. Ok, here you go. Our all time favorite beach in Aruba is Baby Beach. Very shallow waters, turquoise blue and very nice. Plus the added factor of a great snorkeling place. You will have to rent chairs, clams, pay for food, etc.... unless you chose to do like us, suffer with a towel on the ground and bring your own food. lol (chairs - best ones $8 and $6 for others) And of course, we brought our own snorkel gear. So check out the photos below. (while we were there, the Dutch Royal Marines were doing some physical training. Wow was it tough)
And with the winter we had - I loved someones sense of humor. lol
As you head over by the newly built windmills, you can expect to see lots of goats (well you will see them all over Aruba) and some donkeys. But one cool thing happened while we were there. A group of goats came running thru the desert/volcano surroundings areas and all together ran down to this only fresh water pond for a drink. It sounds trivial but it was so cool to watch.
A first time visit for us was to the Lourdes Grotto. We found it on a map and decided to drop in to visit it. Built into the rock formation on the hillside was this grotto that looked to be used for maybe church services/weddings/etc..... Across the street from it was another one but smaller. Kinda neat.
We end this trip with a night of sunset photos. Yes, all from the same night. But what is amazing to us, a person can get sunset photos with so many different elements around, that no one can tell they came from the same place. Cactus, weeds and sailboats along with sand and tiki roof pavillions built for shelter. All in the same place. Amazing and beautiful.
What a wonderful trip this was. Again, one of our favorite caribbean islands and can now possibly one of my sister and her husbands favorites also. We did so much and enjoyed every minute of it. Who cares that we cooked and ate in the room, that we drove a small vehicle, that we weren't on a beach the entire time - we had a great trip and memories that will last a lifetime. We hope you enjoyed this trip and it is on your list of places to visit. As it will always be on our list. Thanks again for visiting our blog