Postcard from Aruba
Glistening shorelines, untouched, rugged beauty and glamorous luxury – the Southern Caribbean island of Aruba is steeped in powdery, white sands and spellbinding waters that will make you feel far, far away from it all.
Words and photography by Monica Walton
CHILL OUT on Eagle Beach. A gorgeous stretch of never-ending turquoise water and lined with shady fofoti trees, this famous shoreline is ideal for strapping on a snorkel and exploring the marine life, or strolling in the warm, soft sand.
OFF-ROAD in Arikok National Park. Full of dramatic landscapes, towering cacti and rugged coastline, the best way to see this part of the island is to rent a jeep and drive through it. Stop off and explore hidden caves, examine the Amerindian art, abandoned gold mines, intriguing rock formations and the natural pool.
EXPLORE the abundant marine life and dive the SS Pedernales wreck. A World War II lake tanker that was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, this ship lies25-feet below sea level and is filled with schools of vibrant reef fish.
KITESURF Yes, the diving is phenomenal, but the real action in Aruba happens above water. Choose from a few spots, like Palm Beach, Boca Grandi and Fisherman’s Huts, where the water is shallow, glittering blue and as flat as glass. Zip along the coastline, catching some of the best views of the island. For an extra dose of Caribbean exoticism, you can even kiteboard around a shipwreck by Hadicurari Beach.
DANCE the night away at one of the many flashy resorts, pubs and clubs in the Palm Beach Area. Aruba is famous for its pulsating nightlife.
INDULGE in scrumptious Dutch-Caribbean food. Local spots like Zeerover’s will give you the ultimate island experience. Serving up crispy, salty, fried fish with chips, and tables overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this restaurant is just one of many delicious eateries on the island. Aruba also offers incredibly romantic settings on the beach for fine dining and casual fare.
HIKE to the top of the Casibari Rock Formations. Walk through the desert landscape sprinkled with exotic plants and climb up these gigantic boulders to the top for a breath-taking panoramic view of the whole island. Free to visit, it’s best to go early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
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