Boca Catalina, Arashi Beach Manchebo Beach, Eagle Beach
Last day?? Say it isn't so!!! I've enjoyed your reports. It has been great experiencing Aruba vicariously through you and Jon. Oh to be young again! I don't think that we could keep up with you. My liver would have given out days ago . Enjoy your last night and have a good trip home.
Our last full day was one of the nicest blue skies we've seen this trip. I started the morning on the beach in the quiet darkness waiting for the day to begin. I'm going to miss these peaceful wake ups, listening to the sounds of the waters edge and reflecting on the previous day.
Jon slept in a little so I enjoyed my last iced coffee from Dunkin with a bagel, and visiting with a new friend from the morning palapa saving crew. When Jon came down he decided on Scotts Brats for his breakfast.
We spent the morning just soaking it all in and enjoying each other's company. The water has felt slightly colder than I remember but nothing that a minute or two doesnt let you get used to. Our excitement of the morning was seeing a 12 inch or so fish jump out of the water twice right next to 2 women who were surprised to see it so close. I don't recall seeing an active fish that size right on the shoreline. We spent some time in the water floating and feeling around for a starfish but we never found one. Someone found one nearby early in the week so we had just a slight glimmer of hope.For lunch we considered starting our bar crawl but since we had drinks we had already purchased to finish, it just didn't make sense..sorry CP. We did however make our way to Moomba for 2 rounds of their watermelon mojitos and well, because no trip for us is complete without a trip to Moomba! We had their cajun tuna tataki appetizer and it was fresh and tasty, just like we hoped. We peeked in Carlitos on the way back and considered stopping but our favorite bartender wasn't there so we just went back to our favorite palapa for the rest of the afternoon. A few new beach friends stopped by to say their goodbyes and it really sunk in that this was it.
We left the beach right around sunset, clouds on the horizon this time of year don't make for the classic Aruban sunsets we all love, one reason we may consider changing our visits in the future.
Dinner was supposed to be Tango, Jon's favorite on the island atthe moment, but the menu at Amuse Bistro, Just outside of PL looked intriguing so we stopped there instead. It turned out to be a good decision, I will write more about that later. To sum it up, good food and good service. We had a few raindrops but they ended quickly.
Made a stop in at the Hyatt where my luck did not turn around and Jon kept us afloat. We decided to take a bigGamble at roulette and double up his winnings, it worked once betting on black, but we pushed the envelope just a little too far and ended up about even for the night. We ran into a couple We met the night before who told us they took our suggestion for Bugaloe Breakfast and they liked it too, so there's another opinion.
We walked around Palm beach at the little junk stands but nothing caught our eye so we made it an early night on the balcony just spending time together and relaxing. With a hectic holiday season and Jon's busy time at work coming in January, we really just needed this time together.
This was a different trip for us. Yes, it was crazy and fun, and yes my liver needs some serious recovery time, but it was more about the beach and less about the bars this time. This trip we felt more like Aruba veterans, we got to share advice with newcomers like others did for us. We tried a few new things and are really figuring out what's right for us and checked off a few things we can add to the been there done that list. I will be summarizing later. For now it's off to my last morning of watching Palm Beach wake up.