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Thread: Easter Semana Santa on Aruba Aruba's Camping Tradition

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    Easter Semana Santa on Aruba Aruba's Camping Tradition

    Semana Santa Holy Week Activities for Aruba residents

    Holy week on Aruba for the Arubans is very family oriented.
    Lots of Aruban family camping, fun, sports, card games, entertainment!

    Aruba's Camping Tradition by Marilyn Feliciana of the ATA

    Aruba's Easter Camping Tradition

    Many of our visitors during the Easter and Passover holidays are quite surprised when they stroll our beaches and discover villages of tents springing up along the shore. The tradition follows the period of Lent (known as Cuaresma to our predominantly Catholic island), specifically during the week before and after Semana Santa (Easter).
    Much like “spring break” vacation in the United States, Semana Santa is a time for families to enjoy a reprieve from work and school, and as with most occasions on the island, Arubans are extremely family-oriented, choosing to spend their free time together. The community, in general, is close-knit and Semana Santa is no exception, with large groups of extended family and friends coordinating their camping sites together. Many of these families have been frequenting the same camping area for decades. In fact, the tradition began before even the first hotels sprung up, with locals observing this Holy time in the peaceful setting of nature.
    Today, the tradition carries on, organized and monitored by the government, with families obtaining permits in officially designated areas. During camping season, activities like volleyball, beach tennis, soccer, and even live bands are enjoyed.

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    They were getting ready for this earlier this week. They dropped off two sets of portable bathroom buildings(kinda like a large shed) across from Oceania.

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    Happy Easter & Camping in Aruba

    Happy Easter!

    It’s a tradition among locals to camp during this season.

    Families pitch up their tents, bring food, drinks, music and good spirits for a fun get together on the beach for over a week.

    Here are some of the beaches that are known for camping – Baby Beach, Surfside, Bushiri Beach, Druif Beach, a section on Eagle Beach, Malmok, Tres Trapi and Arashi.

    Camping is not allowed without a permit, but once obtained, you will have a blast!

    Sleeping under the stars and waking up to the sound of the ocean is a one of a kind experience!
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