Week Two in Beautiful Aruba!

Week two in Aruba – we are now on the 9th floor. The view just keeps getting better. We are no longer on the sunset side. We face the pools and pool bar and restaurant. It’s still lovely!

Here are some views of the changing colors in the pool at night.

There are a few pools on this side of the building – one is a wading pool, another is the main pool and the third is the swim up bar pool.

There is also another pool on the other side of the building which is the older pool, smaller than the new one but still a nice place to cool off.

I can’t believe that our vacation is one third over already! We are enjoying every minute here soaking in the warm Caribbean, eating the delicious food – fish, fish and more fish at the numerous restaurants. I have so far had mahi mahi, grouper, red snapper, wahoo, shrimp, scallops, calamari, and mussels for dinner.

Here we are at Waki Wahoo with our favorite waiter – Rudy, who looks like Cheech Marin, the comedian. My meal was grilled wahoo – which was mouthwateringly delicious! One of my favorite meals since we have been here.

Here’s John with our waitress, Glory, and the menu with specials of the day above.

There are so many wonderful restaurants on the island. These are some of my favorite:

Chalet Suisse – has the best steak on the island – comes from New York! Benny the maitre de is friendly and welcoming. We enjoy seeing him.

Waki Wahoo – info above – all kinds of fish

Azurro – Italian food – lovely sunset views right from your seat

Driftwood – downtown – fresh fish caught by the restaurant and cooked same day right to your table

Old Cunucco House – An original Aruban style house that is now a restaurant – excellent coconut shrimp here, conch stew, whole red snapper, marinated seafood! Yum!

Madame Janette’s – outdoor eating – wonderful dishes – all kinds of fish, seafood, steak, and other meats to chose from.

Papiamento’s – Where the Queen eats when she is here! Everything we’ve had here is delicious from fish to steak!

Blossom’s (used to be J.H. Yee’s) – Chinese and Japanese – love the lettuce wraps here, wonton soup and seafood dishes.

We have two restaurants at the Phoenix – Pure Beach and Pure Ocean and  the deli – Pure Deli. We have eaten at all three. Pure Ocean has a lovely pasta dish – Linguine Pescatore which had mussels, mahi mahi, calamari, shrimp and scallops. Pure Beach has great salads, wraps and burgers, chicken wings and french fries. Pure Deli will make you a fresh salad or sandwich while you wait. Great coffee, bagels, donuts, breakfast sandwiches in the morning.

Each year we try some new places. Tonight we went to Sweet Peppers with our lovely friends, Marty and Trish, where I had grouper – a tasty dish.

We have been fortunate to have met some fantastic people like Marty and Trish, Maria and Paul, Jacob and Tanya, Bob and Jane, Gene and Lorraine, Basil and Carol, Jay and Shirley, Tim and Jane and many more. Please forgive me if I didn’t mention all of you! You make our vacation in Aruba special each year.

The restaurants are plentiful and you can actually go to a different restaurant each night for three weeks and still not cover them all. It’s amazing for an island this small.

Here is what the Aruba website says about their island:

Located 15 miles north of Venezuela in the warm waters of the southern Caribbean, Aruba is home to beautiful white-sand beaches, 82-degree days, and some of the warmest people in the world.

Our island is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles across, with a total area of 70 square miles. We’re located just below the hurricane belt, and unlike many islands in the Caribbean, our climate is dry, so we rarely have a rainy day. On the south and west coasts of Aruba, you’ll find Oranjestad, our capital city, and miles of beaches that have been named some of the best in the world. Here, you’ll find most of the hotels and all-inclusive resorts in Aruba, and Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA).

In the interior of the island, you’ll find Arikok National Park, a desert like preserve with a variety of wildlife, cacti and dramatic rock formations. You’ll also find some of Aruba’s most striking views, as the ocean crashes against the rugged shoreline below.

On the northeast coast, along the windward shore, you’ll see our island’s unofficial mascots, the fofoti trees. The constant trade winds have permanently sculpted them into graceful, southwesterly bending forms.

Here are some decorative collections of shells created by Ara aka The Shell Lady, whose marvelous creations grace the lobby in a glass shelf. Unfortunately visitors take many of them before Ara can create some more. I was fortunate enough to capture the shelf full. Enjoy!

As you can see from her art – she is quite talented. In order to find these amazing shells she must walk early in the morning for miles. Lately she has been unable to walk as far and therefore cannot find enough shells to made more of her shell art. Thank you, Ara, for sharing your art with us!

I hope you have enjoyed this post from Aruba. Wish you were here!

I promise to post more over the next two weeks we are here.

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind support!


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Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 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 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, 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 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, 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 http://jemsbooks.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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34 Responses to Week Two in Beautiful Aruba!

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  2. Jennie says:

    Wonderful!! And your waiter definitely looks like Cheech. Happy Aruba to you, Janice.

  3. What a great place to relax Janice! Glad you got to get away for a nice vacation! Many good memories!

  4. macjam47 says:

    What a beautiful place to relax and get away from it all. Hope you continue to enjoy your time there. Love and hugs.

  5. Fantastic Janice.. and I do envy you this wonderful view and sunshine.. I have used your post as a guinea pig to check out the new Press This button so hopefully will reblog later today.. hugs xx

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  7. Awesome, Janice… 🙂 Enjoy! xo

  8. noelleg44 says:

    Spectacular place to vacation! The food makes me drool and those pools! I’d be in one or another until I turned into a prune!

  9. Micki Peluso says:

    Woohoo, how I wish I was sharing this with you!!

  10. Behind the Story says:

    It looks like you’re having a fantastic vacation. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  11. dgkaye says:

    Janice, how long are you in Aruba for? You mentioned one third through. Wow, that’s a vacation! I love Aruba, except for the ‘bad hair’ because of the humidity. LOL. Enjoy! 😉 xx

  12. cav12 says:

    Looks like a great place for R & R 😀

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