I never tire of our yearly vacation in Aruba. We only take one vacation a year since COVID. We didn’t go to Aruba in 2020. In fact we cancelled everything as everyone else had to because of this virus. It was a sad time for everyone. Thank God we are through it now. We still have to be careful though.
Traveling down to Aruba we wore our masks in the airport and on the plane. You can never be too careful about flying with everyone in close quarters. It was a five-hour flight with delays and a long time getting our luggage. We thought we would never get to our room. The first day and the last days are spent traveling or waiting to takeoff or land. Sigh! But once we were here it was all worth it.
The photo below was of a day the first week that we had a storm somewhere at sea that caused waves (which is rare – mostly calm water) and tons of seaweed washed ashore. It wasn’t pleasant to swim amongst the seaweed and pull it out of your bathing suits afterward. Yuck!
The men worked hard at the resort to rake it out and away from us. It took two-three days to do though. Thank goodness we are here for three weeks to enjoy the clearer water. The temperature of the water is always about 80 degrees. Sometimes it feels a little cooler if the air is cooler too.
I already posted a previous blog about food and sunsets. I did snap some more photos to share and some info on Aruba if you are interested here from Wikipedia. It is a small island of only 69 sq miles, dry climate with an average temperature of 80-92 degrees all year round. Being so close to the equator makes it feel hotter along with the humidity of 70% or more.
It does rain here occasionally. In the three weeks we are here each year it usually rains 3-4 times. Sometimes it is a light rain and other times it is torrential but stops fairly quickly and things are back to normal once again. We have been coming down to Aruba for 23 years. I only remember a fierce storm about five years ago and another one back in 1986.
We see many lizards called iguanas in different sizes and colors ranging from green to turquoise. They are fast little critters and skittish if you get too close. The large ones move a little slower and will not hurt you but I never get too close just in case they are hungry for a toe or two.
Back a few years the island had a problem with boa constrictors that someone had as pets and let loose on the island. The snakes laid eggs and things got out of hand when they procreated all over the place. A hunting was set up with awards on the ones caught to help rid the island of the pests who were eating all the other creatures and nearly decimating the population of lizards, birds, etc. Not a good idea to let your pets go into the wild.
I haven’t been able to snap any photos of the iguanas since I don’t carry my phone with me during the day, only at night when I take photos of sunsets, food and whatever interests me.
Here are some photos of the night life, restaurants, pic of me with a sangria. I had a glass at every place we dined. Some were better than others. Some of my favorite restaurants here are Driftwood, Waki Wahoo, Chalet Suisse, Madam Janette’s, Gianni’s, Amore Mio, Blossoms. There are so many restaurants to choose from. We haven’t eaten at all of them yet and there are always new ones coming every year to try. This island has the best desserts too. My favorites are flan and gelato. After all this eating I will need to cut back when I get home. We walk so much that we don’t see to gain weight and sometimes lose a little between swimming hours a day and walking in the morning and again at night. The sea air and a day on the beach gives one an appetite!
Like all good things – this vacation too will soon come to an end. I hope you enjoyed my photos of Aruba, the food, places and the beach. It was all so enjoyable. Maybe you will come here one day too! I certainly pray that you get a chance to visit. It was one lovely place to vacation.
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