Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Aruba Dreaming

This post brought to you by Aruba Tourism Authority. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Mamas & The Papas might have been dreaming of California, but I've been dreaming about Aruba since the first time I heard the Beach Boys sing Kokomo.  

That dream has resurfaced over the years as friends and relatives returned from fun-filled family vacations and romantic Aruban getaways. Despite my intrigue and friends' enthusiastic reviews, I've never visited Aruba. After watching this video, however,  I found my interest rekindled.

Some quick research revealed that Aruba is actually closer to my home than California.  I've been to California, so why not Aruba?    For me, the best way to achieve my goals has always been to start making plans. For travel, that means how to get there, where to stay and what to do. So I've chatted with friends and also researched  Aruba travel online. Since  I'm in Kokomo mode - get there fast and then take it slow -  I was pleased to learn that there is a direct flight from our closest airport  to the Queen  Beatrix International in Aruba.  I can save money and time by booking lodging along with my air reservation.  Not to worry, if you like to take things slower, as there are also some great cruise packages.

Water time is top on my list of things to do.  What could be more relaxing than resting on the beach, soaking up sun and enjoying the awesome ocean view?  After a couple of days, I'm sure I'd be ready to do something more active  and there are a lot of options.  I'd enjoy sailing and I want to snorkel to view fish and coral.  My daughter and granddaughter are anxious to try wreck diving.

 Some shopping time is also on our agenda.  I always enjoy checking out locally made items and finding a few special momentos of my trip.  I was surprised to learn that we could also purchase many international brand names and they cost up to a third less than buying them in the U.S.   We've got to check those out.  We'll also be checking out the Carribean restaurants and enjoying the day's fresh catches.  Since we are adventurous eaters we'll want to try local specialities including the jerk ribs and Keshi Yena, which is served in a shell of Edam cheese and stuffed with beef, vegetables and seasonings.  My mouth is watering already.  

I'm beginning to understand why so many people return to Aruba again and again.  So many things to do.  I want to take a riding tour of the island, visit Arikok National Park explore the museums, take a sunset sail and check out the night life.  I want to attend some of the carnivals and music festivals too.  I'm a bit late for the Soul Music Festival this year - just another reason for a return visit.

If you're planning a vacation or just want to do a bit of dreaming, start with aruba.com.   Your dream vacation may differ from mine, but you'll quickly see that Aruba has something for everyone. Enjoy the gorgeous photos and learn about all that Aruba has to offer.   I'd love to read your comments and find out why you'd like to vacation in Aruba.  Who knows?  Maybe I'll see you there.

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