About a year and a half ago, my husband and I went to Aruba for a friend’s wedding. Honestly, had our friend not been getting married there we probably would have never gone. That would have been a mistake. Aruba is absolutely gorgeous. Like, the kind of gorgeous you see in a travel magazine.The water is as clear as crystal and the sand is as white as snow (or at least as white as sand can get). We were there for 3 nights (if I’m remembering that correctly), and that was not enough time, in my opinion. I would love to go back and explore the island some more because it has so much to offer.
The First Day
We arrived on Thanksgiving late at night. We immediately checked in to our hotel (We stayed at the Renaissance Aruba) and from there went to hang out with our friend at a house that their family was renting.
The second day, with the wedding being that evening, we were left to our own devices in the morning. I went down to the Starbucks in the lobby of the hotel (a girl needed coffee), then the hubby and I went to find breakfast at one of the little cafes that was within walking distance to the hotel. After breakfast, we walked around the island for a little while. In addition to high-end shops at the bottom of our hotel, there were also local vendors where we picked up some souvenirs to bring back home. That afternoon we returned to the hotel to get ready for the wedding.
The wedding was held in a church ( I don’t remember which one), with a cocktail hour on the private island that we got access to because it was part of our hotel. The reception was at one of the houses their family was renting. The entire thing was absolutely gorgeous! Since it was a destination wedding, it was small, yet intimate. The church was so beautiful that pictures don’t do it justice. As I mentioned earlier, after the ceremony, we hopped on little boats, (heels, dresses, and all) and headed to the private island where the cocktail hour was held. It was beautiful! It was right at sunset so we were able to see that over the water. There were standing tables, umbrellas, and couches set up for us to relax on, and of course cocktails and finger foods. After the cocktail hour, we got back on the little boats and went to the hotel to change into more comfortable clothing. We then went to the house where we ate and danced the night away!
On the second morning, we again woke up and got coffee and breakfast. We walked around a little after breakfast then went to change into our swimsuits. We met up with our friends and went to the private island to spend the day at the beach. On the island was the most wonderful surprise: real, live flamingos! They were the most beautiful birds I’ve ever seen! There was about fifteen to twenty of them just hanging out of the beach. There was a little machine that you could get some food out to feed them. It was so amazing! After the beach, we went back to the hotel and showered and met our friends for dinner, then went to the family’s house to hang out some more.
On the third morning we continued our tradition of coffee and breakfast. We didn’t have anything planned since most of our friends were going back home that day. While at breakfast, we ran into another couple that we are friends with that happened to be staying another day. The four of us decided to go to the other side of the island to a natural pool. It was very rocky and we had to hike up and down some very steep hills. We had to make a few pit stops to rest, but when we finally made it, we realized it was worth it. While actually going into the natural pool required a level of coordination I don’t have, I was able to admire its beauty from afar. After that, we had to leave pretty quickly, as there was a storm quickly approaching. When we got back to the hotel that night, we were exhausted and ordered room service for dinner.
On our fifth and final morning, the hubby and I did what we do best: coffee and breakfast. After breakfast we went back to our hotel room and packed all of our things and checked out of the hotel. We had a few hours to kill before we had to be at the airport so we walked around and bought a few more souvenirs. We then caught a cab to the airport and headed home from there.