Hello all!! My husband and I leave for Aruba 1 month from today. We are staying at the Riu and we are so excited! This site is full of really useful info, I am loving it!
I appreciate any tips you can give me about travelling there, what to bring, what to see etc.
My wife and I are getting ready for our 11th trip. One thing we have learned is pack light...beach gear..shorts and a dress up for those special nights (suggest the Lighthouse...Marriott's Simply Fish at night...and the water show at the Mall behind the Holiday Inn). Are you going for Carnival? If yes, don't miss the parade...
Boca Catalina Beach
Mangel Halto for Snorkeling
Pack about half of the clothes you are planning on and double up on sunscreen. Snorkel a lot. Boca Catalina is a great beach for that. Take a snorkel cruise with Roberto's Watersports and / or go with Aruba Bob as well (links below). The fish are amazing. Visit the flea market on the way to Orangestaad on Saturday. Eat on the beach at least a few nights, and make a reservation for about 6:30, so you'll see the sunset. Visit the caves on the north east side of the island. Enjoy happy hours at a few establishments. Take a Nook or Kindle for the pool lounge. If you feel adventurous, rent an ATV and visit the Natural Pool.
And, have a great time escaping the cold. I'm especially jealous since it's 9 degrees outside right now!