This is my 3rd visit to Aruba – the happy island.
Enjoy life’s sweetest pleasures in Oranjestad, Aruba.
In the early colonial days, the massive Fort Zoutman overshadowed the town. It even had a name long before the town did, which was otherwise known as “the town on the Bay of Horses”. A few decades later, Oranjestad finally got its name (after a king no less), and with the discovery of gold nearby, it soon became the bustling Dutch capital of Aruba. Nowadays, with its sensational casinos, lively nightlife, gorgeous beaches and exotic desert landscape, this Caribbean beauty is one name you’ll never forget.
Oranjestad is full of colorful outdoor markets and historic sites. Its pristine waters offshore are perfect for snorkeling. And just a but further out, you can dive down to some of the most famous shipwrecks – now luxury condos for tropical marina life. But if you’d rather stay above the surface, there are plenty of activities on land too. Join the caravan through the Aruba countryside, passing stunning rock formations and old gold mines. Or take in the panoramic views and desert scenery from the golf course while you play a round or two.
I love this little island and have good memories from my first 2 visits where Anders was playing in a local golf tournament. People here are very nice and we have several good friends on the island. So when we told them, we were coming for the day…they made plans to see us for lunch.
But before that, we had a few hours to kill and spent them walking around the little market and the shopping mall right by the cruise ship harbor.
As we were looking around for souvenir magnets (this is the one thing we always buy when we travel), I kept thinking about where all of these souvenirs come from because I swear they’re ALL THE SAME.
Luckily, we found a lady sitting in the midst of all the typical souvenir shops and making her own, hand-painted souvenirs to sell. Her souvenir magnets were really beautiful so we all bought one (3 in total) even though they were just a few USD more expensive.
Around lunchtime we took a taxi to the Divi golf course (located at the Divi Resort) and had lunch with our friends at Mullingan’s. I wasn’t too hungry, so I just had the Tuscan Chicken Pasta: Farfalle pasta (I switched to linguini) topped with grilled chicken, tomatoes, artichoke, spinach, cheese, basil, mushrooms and house-made tasty alfredo sauce. It was pretty good – nice and creamy but not too much flavour.
If we hadn’t made these plans for the day, I would definitely have liked to go to the beach. Aruba has amazing beaches. My favorite is Eagle Beach which is one of the best beaches I’ve ever been to – ever. It’s been many years since I was there, but I just remember the soft, white sand and how incredibly beautiful, warm and smooth the water was. Just the best…