When I was young, my mom used to watch Wheel of Fortune. Often, one of the prizes was a trip to Aruba, and it always sounded very exotic. Several years later, my husband and I were planning our honeymoon and really didn't know where we wanted to go. We met with a travel agent, and with an late winter trip in mind and wanting to go some place warm, she asked us if we had ever considered Aruba. Well, we hadn't, but it sounded wonderful. We stayed at the Concord, which later became the Wyndham (where, several years later, we stayed on our second trip without realizing it was the same hotel until we entered the lobby), and is now the Westin.
A few of our Aruba firsts: leaving the US; riding on a moped; watching the sunset over the ocean (had only seen the sunrise over the Atlantic); seeing girls in thong bikinis (we took pictures for our friends..lol); eating duck at the Windmill Restaurant; having mayonnaise on my French fries at the only fast food restaurant in Aruba at that time, at least that we were aware of - Burger King; dark skinned part Italian husband had never had a sunburn in his life and tested fate by using oil on our third day, and as it turned out, he could burn, but thankfully, it wasn't serious.