Greetings from Beautiful Aruba – Fun in the Sun and Surf!




In front of our timeshare and all over the island cacti are everywhere. Ara, aka The Shell Lady, vacations here for 12 weeks and keeps busy finding shells and creating these amazing shell designs!

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First night in beautiful Aruba.

Sunset from our balcony! Breathtaking! The lens never really captures the scope of the true beauty that the eyes see! Every night there will be another unforgettable and gorgeous sunset.

Weather each day is 85-95 degrees with a chance of rain. They only receive 20″ of rain in a year. The trade winds keep it comfortable and also keep the pesky bugs away!

We arrived after 2:00 pm, grabbed a bite and jumped into the warm waters and finally relaxed. Heavenly! Since we had been up since 4:00 am that morning we called it an early night to get some much needed sleep after a delicious dinner of island fish – red snapper for me and grouper for John.

The next day started off with heavy clouds but they didn’t deter us from a 5-6 mile walk along the shore to stretch the legs and collect some requested “special” shells for the grandkids.

Once back at our timeshare another jump into the ocean for some water therapy. Great for the tired, achy legs and rejuvenating the old muscles! Saw some vacationing friends from last year and spent time in the water catching up with them.

Clouds got heavier and more menacing as the day worn on and suddenly after lunch the sky opened up with a pounding deluge that moved even diehards like us, wrapped in towels and shivering, off the beach.

We did get to see part of the Patriots vs Jets game and much to our delight our beloved Pats had their sixth win! It was not a complete washout!

Rain was still coming down heavily and soon flooding our balcony and dripping into our room from the slider. A call to maintenance did not bring any assistance because the staff were busily sweeping out different areas of the lobby that had flooded. There is nowhere for the water to go when it rains like this here. We just had to wait for the rain to stop and the warm air to help speed up the evaporation of the water which did happen.

The next day started with some clouds but hopefully would clear out soon with the strong trade winds over the island. Time for our daily walk along the shore.

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Day four brought warmer weather and sun which warmed both our hearts and bodies that were feeling healthier and looking tanner already.

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The pictures above are of the beach and property of our timeshare from our balcony. The photo above right is of the palapas (huts) where we sit and read, nap and veg out! Ahhhh! This is the life!

What’s amazing about Aruba is the changing colors of the water. It goes from green to turquoise to indigo.

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More gorgeous sunsets to enjoy!

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Our second week we were on the opposite side of the building from the sunset. These pics are of the pools and swim up bar, day and night with the changing colors.

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The days flew by as we spent the precious time enjoying swimming in the warm waters, basking in the sun, and eating our fill of delicious fish such as red snapper, yellow snapper, mahi mahi, grouper, wahoo, bronzini, and outstanding steaks that came from, believe it or not, Nebraska!

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At this restaurant our food was cooking on a stone as we ate, reason why we wore bibs. It sizzled while it cooked!


Dinner out with good friends!                                  Selfie at night being blown by the wind!


We visited with our yearly friends that we have come to know and love over many years. Dinners out together, beach parties on Wednesday with Mango smoothies, Champagne Thursdays, and just spending time together catching up.




Looking back one more time at this incredible desert island of Aruba with its Divi Divi tree which grows in the direction of the wind.

All too soon it was over and we headed home with wonderful memories that will keep us content until we return next year – to Aruba, our home away from home.

Here is a poem I wrote several years ago about Aruba. I hope you will enjoy it and feel as if you were there too!


Warm sandy beaches, water in shades of green to blue, laying on the beach, relaxing and feeling too good to be true.

Winds blowing the sand around,

But I don’t care I have my feet up off the ground.

Soon I will nap after I read and not hear a sound. 

Palm trees swaying with the breeze,

Birds flying by graceful as they please.

Long walks along the peaceful shore

Make me long to do this whole lot more.

Collecting a new stash of beautiful shells,

The beach is replenished with each new wave and swell.

Applying plenty of sunscreen

For this Aruban sun can surely be mean!

Soon it will be Pina Colada or Margherita time!

But you don’t have to hurry to get in line,

Make sure you get an extra lime!

Dinner time is drawing near

And I need to wake up so my head will be clear,

Then I will order some fish which to my heart is so dear.

After dinner sitting on our balcony here

We can hear the sounds of the ocean so near.

There is no other place I would rather be

Than with my husband in our Aruba timeshare by the sea.

Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings to all!


About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 32 books: 16 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 25 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 2 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon 9 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-4 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on a novel and Book 4 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. An historical novel and a YA fantasy series will be coming in 2021 and beyond along with more children's books and novels for 18+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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26 Responses to Greetings from Beautiful Aruba – Fun in the Sun and Surf!

  1. Beautiful, thank you Janice

  2. Behind the Story says:

    Such beautiful photos! Wish I was there.

    Years ago on a Panama Canal cruise (starting in FL) we sailed past Aruba, and I was surprised that it seemed so much drier than most of the other islands. I wonder why?

  3. Sue Vincent says:

    It looks gorgeous, Janice!

  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Janice has been on holiday for the last two weeks and here are her memories of friends, sun, sea, laughter and getting a winter tan…lovely just what we all could use before the next storm rolls in..

  5. Amazing pictures and you look so happy 🙂

  6. Treasure every moment. I hope the sand of time trickle slowly.

  7. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne says:

    So glad you had fun. We all missed you. The pictures are beautiful. Welcome home!

  8. macjam47 says:

    Beautiful photos. Glad you had a good time.

  9. noelleg44 says:

    What a heavenly vacation, Janice. I am soooo envious. I’m a shell collector so I would have spent my days walking the beach with my head down!

  10. Kev says:

    Lovely pictures, Janice. 🙂

  11. On a Caribbean cruise a few years ago we stopped in Aruba to snorkel. Of all the islands we visited it was my favorite and so how I envy you but also appreciate these wonderful photos. Wish I was there! 🙂

    • jjspina says:

      It is beautiful! I have gone snorkeling too. It is amazing! It’s my favorite island too. The people are friendly and accommodating. Keep going back for more sun! Thanks for stopping by, Carol.

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