More Memories of Aruba Vacation!

Three weeks in sunny beautiful Aruba flew by and now I an back to reality – snow and cold of New England. Sigh!

View from our balcony on 11th floor this year showing the tip of the island in the distance. We rented this room just for the third week. Next year we will be in the tower one week and in the villas which are in front of the tower. Marvelous view from this height!

Pool and island view of Aruba 2018

Aruba night view of pool 2018

.Night view of the pool which we never used. We prefer the ocean.

My mind is still on the lovely sand beach and under a palapa reading a book or soaking in the warm water of the Caribbean, or sitting at one of the marvelous restaurants enjoying a sangria and some delicious dish of fish (grouper, red or yellow snapper, barracuda, wahoo) and all the fixings – stir fried veggies, plantain, rice, potatoes, and polenta. There are many other choices at the restaurants besides fish if you prefer – steak, pork chops, chicken, lamb. All wonderful too!

Coconut Shrimp on the left  Pork Chop on the right

Red Snapper on left   Seafood Linguine on right

One restaurant we visit each year is Waki Wahoo. We met a wonderful waiter there who looks just like Cheech Marin (the comedian team – Cheech and Chong). What do you think?

Waki Wahoo w C Maren

Sunset Views

Sailing by Sunset (views from our balcony)

Sailing by Day

Good friends we meet each year

Jesse and me in Aruba 2018This young man above is Jesse. He is the boy that inspired me to write Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear which is dedicated to him. He is growing up to be a wonderful young man and so handsome. Jesse was very excited when I told him I would share his photo online on my blog and that it would go around the world. He was impressed!

More scenes from one of our beach parties

We had a beach party on Wednesday of each week where we got together under Trish and Marty’s palapa and shared drinks, snacks and laughs. They were our lovely and generous hosts to these parties. They are fabulous friends to have. I miss them! When Wednesday comes around I will have to have a drink in memory of all the fun we had until next year!

Red Sangria at Giannis 2018

My new favorite drink on the island of Aruba – Red Sangria! Delicious with all kinds of fruit! Here’s to Aruba! Can’t wait to go back next year!

Thank you so much for stopping by to look at my photos of my favorite island! Hope you get to visit this lovely little happy island some time.


Don’t forget to shop for books for Christmas gifts – books make perfect gifts! for books for everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

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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7 Responses to More Memories of Aruba Vacation!

  1. Looks like a wonderful vacation – it’s so great to get away, isn’t it? Happy reading and writing!

  2. What an idylic vacation, sunshine, friends, good food, you sound and look like you had a fabulous time.

  3. Andrew Joyce says:

    Love the sunset pictures!

  4. dgkaye says:

    Thanks for sharing more of beautiful Aruba with us Janice. Spectacular photos! And that Jesse is so cute! ❤ All those food dishes made me hungry LOL ❤

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