Still this feels like home" - Kenny Chesney
After my first trip, I was hooked. It started for me when I looked out the the window and we were flying past downtown Oranjestad, I knew I was in for a time of my life. The colorful buildings and teal colored water, I had to take a minute before we landed. I have been there 5 times since then and still get butterflies every time we are about to land.
I am such a travel junkie, that even standing in an long hot immigration line gives me a sense of AHHHH. After clearing customs and grabbing your bags off the carousal at the bottom of the escalator, next to duty free liquor. They have a pretty good selection and is almost always cheaper than the local grocery stores.
There are so many places to stay while on the island, but all my trips have landed me in the palm beach area. While it caters to mostly tourists, it is a beautiful jumping off point for the rest of the island, The entire stretch from eagle to palm beach and beyond have great places to lounge, eat, drink and soak up the abundant sun and constant trade winds.
Anywhere you decide to stay on Palm beach, all the High rise hotels have plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. They range from high end to beach side bars to everything in between. If you have been or read the forums, you know people treat their Aruba dining like an Olympic sport. I will show you a few of my regular haunts. I like low key places that I can stroll up to in my flip flops while being near the water.
One of my favorite happy hour spots is on Druif Beach, nestled between the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive and the Divi Aruba All Inclusive. The best night is Thursday when you can get served by jimmy the bartender and then he sings covers. Its some of the best happy hour entertainment at sunset you can get on the island. Be sure to search "Jimmy the singing bartender" on YouTube,
"ONE HAPPY ISLAND".