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Thread: Holy Week on Aruba ........Camping

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    Holy Week on Aruba ........Camping

    I hope that you all do not mind that I post the same thing "Pre Holy Week" year after year.

    Many forum members have no idea of this camping tradition. I find the tradition fascinating, family friendly, and much fun.

    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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    I think the whole camping on the beach thing is great. We go every Easter and I am always happy to see everyone enjoying themselves so much. Last year we were invited to go down with our friends family for a few drinks. It was fun being on the beach after dark enjoying drinks with our "new" friends we just met but they treated us like they knew us forever.

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    SAFE easy and fun travels to Jay and family!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    I think the whole camping on the beach thing is great. We go every Easter and I am always happy to see everyone enjoying themselves so much. Last year we were invited to go down with our friends family for a few drinks. It was fun being on the beach after dark enjoying drinks with our "new" friends we just met but they treated us like they knew us forever.

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    Look forward to seeing them every year!

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