Vacation in Aruba – One Happy Island!


Two weeks in beautiful Aruba was heavenly but like all good things, it came to an end. Here are several photos of this lovely little island for you to enjoy.

The food was delicious and included several different kinds of fish – grouper, red snapper (my favorite), mahi mahi, Chilean sea bass, barracuda, wahoo, yellow snapper, and all kinds of shellfish, and lovely steaks (Argentinian and New York beef) and plenty of Italian food!

Seafood Di Mare                                   Marinated seafood


seafood-at-waki-wahoowaiter-at-waki-wahooBarracuda, mussels, calamari, shrimp!   Waki Wahoo Restaurant waiter – we see him every year!


View from Pure Beach Restaurant                  Eating tuna salad at Pure Beach


Divi Divi trees, that grow in the direction of the wind, cacti, and beautiful flowering bushes are all around the Divi Aruba Phoenix Resort where we stayed on this desert island.


Lizards are plenty here and iguana but I couldn’t find one to photograph


Sitting on a rock that was carved by the ocean which sits out in front of the resort.

View from our balcony

Walking to dinner              Waves which are unusual here


Gorgeous sunset views every night

Views of beach and smaller pool

Views of the larger pool at night

Views of pool bar daytime

Wonderful friends we meet every year

halloween-costumesCelebrated Halloween there

Lovely artistic shell creations by Ara aka the shell lady – this incredible woman in her seventies still walks all the way down the beach for 5-6 miles each day to collect shells that she shares with everyone on the beach.selfie

 Selfie on our balcony

It was a wonderful vacation as you can see from the photos. Thank you for stopping by!

Happy to be back but I do miss the warmer weather there and the glorious water that feels like you are sitting in a warm Jacuzzi. Ahhh! We spent hours in the water soaking our tired old bones and talking to our new and old friends. Oh well, have to wait until next year to do it again.

Blessings & hugs!



About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 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 children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. 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 Book 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, 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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16 Responses to Vacation in Aruba – One Happy Island!

  1. Looks like heaven. Breathtaking and tranquil. ❤ ❤ ❤
    Good to have a break once in a while. Sounds your's was fantastic. Magnificent photography. Thanks for sharing, Janice. 😀

  2. jjspina says:

    Thanks, Tess! Yes, it was fabulous! Miss it already! ❤️

  3. Christy B says:

    Oh it looks lovely! How wonderful of you to share these happy photos 🙂

  4. wolfpug says:

    Looks heavenly!! Glad you had fun & got rested! Welcome back home!

  5. Gorgeous happy photographs.

  6. Such beautiful photos – this will have to go on my wishlist of travel destinations!

  7. Aruba is and has been on my travel bucket list but I have not made it there, yet. Between you and a niece of mine who visits there quite frequently I might have to move it up on the list.
    A very inviting post and it appears that you had a great time. Love the photos too. :o)

  8. I got to get there soon.

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