Aruba…. One Happy Island
Who couldn’t be happy among Aruba’s pristine beaches and gentle seas, secluded coves, undisturbed desert terrain and magnificent sunsets? Clean air, pure drinking water, delicious tropical fruits and fresh caught island seafood nourish the body on your vacation.
Fall in love with Aruba’s magical paradise of surreal seascapes, magnificent sunsets and starry nights. Go off on your own with a picnic lunch surrounded by staggering natural beauty. A sunset sail, moonlight dinner for two, secluded cove, sizzling Latin dancing, quiet nightcap, and couples’ massage are among the romantic moments to be shared.
Have wild fun with the family and plan a day of snorkeling from a catamaran or head underwater in a submarine to visit shipwrecks and coral reefs. Explore the wild and natural beauty of Aruba’s rock formations, cacti clusters and natural caves on a Jeep tour.
With so many activities to choose from, how will you ever decide? Here’s a short list of some of our previous guest’s favorite activites they’ve shared with us:
Relaxing on the pristine beaches
Sailing or Deep Sea Fishing
Jeep or Segway Tours
Evenings in the Casino
Family Horseback Riding
Visiting the Butterfly Farm or Donkey Sanctuary
Shopping and Dining
Why not catch your own dinner to cook in your luxury villa kitchen? For deep-sea fishing, half and full-day excursions go five to seven miles offshore. Game fish catch includes sailfish, blue and white marlin, dorado, wahoo, shark, barracuda, kingfish, bonito, amberjack and black and yellow fin tuna. Enjoy bottom fishing on a sports yacht where equipment and bait are provided for reeling-in snapper, grouper, triggerfish and squirrelfish. If you get lucky, you might just catch your own dinner and cook it yourself or have it prepared for you at one of the island’s restaurants.
Don’t feel like cooking? Here are Aruba’s Top Ten Restaurants:
1. Carte Blanche
3. Passions on the Beach
4. Barefoot Restaurant
5. Chef’s Table
6. Windows on Aruba
7. The Flying Fishbone
10. Yemanja Woodfired Grill
Getting around Aruba is quick and easy. Bus service to and from downtown Oranjestad and resort areas is reliable and inexpensive. Taxis are always available and have set rates. Many visitors rent a car for at least one day to see the sights beyond resort areas.
Driving is on the right side of the road, foreign and international driving licenses are accepted. There is free parking throughout the island, just remember there are no right turns on red lights.
In addition to a host of small markets found along every road, Kong Hing, Ling & Sons, Certified, and Super Food are mega-supermarkets with ample parking clustered outside of downtown Oranjestad past the low-rise area; they are generally open until 8 am – 6 pm daily, and 8 am – 1 pm on Sunday.
Other shopping at Certified Mega Mall offers a broad range of services including ATM machines, shoe repair, bakery and coffee shop, fast food outlets, café/restaurant, travel agency, fitness center, photo finisher and dry cleaner.
At the island’s supermarkets, not only will you find everything you have at home, but also international gourmet delights and unique local products. Dutch cheese, confections and exotic condiments, international wines and liqueurs; local spirits, produce and hot sauces; Aruba aloe products; and homemade baked goods and snacks such as the pastechi (a deep-fried half-moon pastry with savory fillings) and pan bollo (Aruban bread pudding). Prices are in Aruban currency; to arrive at the dollar equivalent, divide the price in half and add 10%.
Ling & Sons IGA Super Center is a family owned store serving the community of Aruba since 1965. It is the place to shop for fine products from all over the world, you can order online and they’ll deliver your purchases to your timeshare!
You will find the exact same great prices offered in the store. Delivery and Pick-up charges start as low as $15 and your purchases are delivered straight to your villa.
Orders online must be at least $50 and they do not deliver on Sundays. Deliveries take at least 24 hours, so if you order before 12 noon, your order will be delivered the next day. They deliver Monday through Friday between 10 am to 12 noon and between 2 pm to 4 pm.