I was there only 4 days and two of them I spent on the Flamingo Island!
Real Aruba I discovered only when I rent a baggy and made one day tour around the whole island with its wonderful beaches and bays.
For this trip you should be dressed properly as you never know will you meet some mud on the way or no?! ))By the way I would definitely call this trip “must-see excursion” 🙂 After it you’ll feel like you know almost everything about this country. Also It turned out that the seaside of Aruba is simply created for surfing and kite surfing!
There is an incredible amount of the beaches. And huge cactuses are growing in the middle of the island.
As soon as I left the city the asphalt road ended and it was possible to train for Dakar off-road driving among the cactuses and sand dunes. 🙂
The sights of this island are created by nature! You can see seven natural bridges that were created by the wind and waves, natural pools which have barriers made by rocks and stones. Also there are beaches where little turtles are born, but as I’ve been during off season I didn’t see this.
And I’m so glad that I took my drone Mavic as photos and videos are marvelous and you can always see the road before turn to!
Aruba turned out to be very cheerful in the evenings. I think it influenced by the fact that it is the overseas territory of the Netherlands. If to speak about food there are a lot of restaurants with Mexican cuisine. I liked to have dinner at Iguana Joe’s, but for the breakfast I were eating only dutch pancakes in Dutch Pancakes restaurant.
Before the trip I read that you can make a great shopping in Aruba as it is duty-free zone but I can’t say so. Moreover during the flight I lost my suitcase so I were imagining my amazing new cheap swimwear, but it turned out to be much more expensive than in Europe and Ukraine. There are many good shops but it’s definitely not the place where you can renew your wardrobe.
As for hotels I would choose these two: Renaissance – if you want to go to the flamingos’ island every day or Ritz-Carlton which is located on the most beautiful beach of the island – Palm Beach. Each of them has its advantages and disadvantages but they are the best on the whole coast.
The location is the huge plus of this island. You can fly anywhere in Latin or Central America from the airport in Oranjestad city! So what I did – I flew to Colombia but definitely I’ll be back to Aruba again.