Vacation in Sunny Aruba!

I recently returned from sunny Aruba – One Happy Island! We were there for three weeks! It was quite a vacation in more ways than usual though.

View from balcony 1st week in Aruba
View from a balcony 2nd week in Aruba

Of course it is always wonderful to get back there each year for our yearly trip. Last year with COVID it was not safe to go. But we thought that this year 2021 would be safer. It turned out that it was not as safe as we expected it to be for some.

First of all, there were many hoops we had to jump through to get there. We first had to fill out an ED card with all our info, purchase extra insurance from Aruba besides our usual insurance to cover our visit and finally take a COVID PCR test to ensure that we were NEGATIVE three days before we left.

Things were good once we arrived. Masks had to be worn everywhere but on the beach. Thank goodness for that. I hate wearing masks but if it will keep me and others safer then I will do it.

Here are some more photos of this lovely island – 80’s every day between 82-88 degrees day and night.

View of Palapas and pool area and ocean
Gorgeous sunset with sailboat
Another Sunset in Aruba

I love taking selfies in Aruba like the ones below. It drives my husband crazy! Ha!

Selfie 1
Selfie 2
View from our Villa deck
Pool view from our villa room

Here are some of us enjoying the delicious fish and meat dishes along with sangria!

First night and 1st drink (wine) in Aruba
Sangria in Aruba
More sangria at Wacky Wahoo’s
Dining at Yamanja’s in downtown Aruba

Some food to make your mouth water.

Blackened Barracuda at Wacky Wahoo’s – Delicious!
Veggie Pizza at Amore Mio
Sirloin steak at Chalet Suisse
Red Snapper at Wacky Wahoo
Red snapper at Fishes & More
Lamb chops at Yamanja’s
Another beautiful Aruban sunset – can’t get enough of them!
A souvenir mug from Aruba – it is like having a little of Aruba each morning with my coffee or tea!

Last but not least – here is a little critter we spotted on a walk to dinner one night.

A little lizard we nearly stepped on

My husband took more photos with his camera. The ones above are from my iPhone. Pretty good just the same, don’t you think? He hasn’t taken them off his camera yet. I may share some more after he does that if they are better than mine.

As we all know – all good things come to an end. Our three-week vacation came to an end but we were ready to go home. Now the problems began – we had to get another COVID test two days before we could go home. If we tested POSITIVE we would have to be put into quarantine at another resort and locked in a room for 10 days. We would have to order food in and hope for the best. Another test would be done after that.

It was unnerving waiting for the test results which we received the next day. Some had tested positive without any symptoms. Well, as you can see we did get home with NEGATIVE tests! Thank God!! Phew!

It was a nice vacation seeing all our friends who we meet each year. The weather was warm and windy and the water was wonderful – a little cooler than usual though this time. It certainly is a lot warmer than New England Atlantic beaches. Brrr!

Aruba is a wonderful place to visit – sun, fun and surf with delicious food and friendly people! Each year they welcome us HOME! If you haven’t been there you are missing out!

I hope you enjoyed my photos about my favorite place to vacation each year. Until next year when we visit this lovely little happy island again, I wish you BOM BINI! (Good day!)

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again real soon! You are always welcome! Take care.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 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 36 Book Awards and a few finalists 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 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 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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14 Responses to Vacation in Sunny Aruba!

  1. Darlene says:

    We visited Aruba once and loved it. So much fun. We went out a pirate ship. The food you had looks amazing. Glad you had a nice time. Travel is tricky now with so many more steps to take but still worth it.

  2. noelleg44 says:

    If readers don’t know that Aruba is your happy place, they do now, Janice!

  3. Thank you for sharing, Janice. Looks a great place. and the foot? Well, all great.

  4. Good to see you both so happy.

  5. Jennie says:

    Thank you for a virtual vacation! Beautiful photos.

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