Aruba is an island country, part of the ABC islands, along with Bonaire and Curaçao in the Southern Caribbean. It is also part of Kingdom of the Netherlands, located 29 kilometers (18 miles) north of the coast of Venezuela. The island is about 32 kilometers (20 miles) in length, and 10 kilometers (6 miles) wide. Aruba is south of the hurricane path/belt, so most of the time, it is protected from getting devastated by major hurricanes. It’s 193 square kilometers (75 square miles) in size, and the beauty is overwhelming! Rugged lava & cactus landscapes, turquoise lagoons, abundance of seashells and sea glass, colorful town of Oranjestad, cooling trade winds, amazing shipwrecks, relaxing with flamingos and donkeys, admiring gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, are all reasons why I loved Aruba!
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa This beautiful boutique resort is located at the southern end of Eagle Beach, making it much more remote. It's exotic, Caribbean charm really impressed me! I stayed in Deluxe Ocean View #10, and it was just perfect! The restaurants we dined at, throughout the resort (The Chophouse, Ike’s Bistro & Lounge, Pega-Pega Café Beach Bar) were so elegant, with such delicious food, and great service. I just loved everything about this resort, and you cannot choose a better beach!
Exploring Aruba There is so much to see around this incredible island! I rented a car with Econo Aruba, and explored all around the island! The area of Oranjestad is the most populated, as that is where the ports are for the cruise ships. Otherwise, the rest of the island is pretty desolate. Some of my favorite spots around the island are Hadicurari Beach, Rodgers Beach, Druif Beach, Manchebo Beach, and Mangel Halto. The beaches are stunning, the people are kind, and the wild donkeys and goats are a fun plus!
Renaissance Island One of the top reasons I traveled to Aruba, was to explore the iconic Renaissance Island, and relax with the flamingos! After a ten minute boat ride to the private island, we arrived at the dock. One side of the island is family friendly, with baby flamingos, which are very light pink in color. The other side of the island is for adults only, and that is where you can find the adult flamingos, which are vivid hot pink/coral in color. The crowds around the flamingos were unreal, but did not take away from the beauty of the overall experience. There is also a path that you can take, though the woods, which leads you to the end of the island. Just in the distance, there was a little uninhabited island. So we made our way through the water, and we had the entire island to ourselves. It’s a great little place for shelling! Just overall, a great adventure!