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Aruba: One Happy Trip to One Happy Island

AHHHHHhhhh Aruba. This trip couldn’t have come at a better time. I had just returned home from Africa a few days prior, only to make the life-altering discovery upon landing that I had been adopted as a baby. It was on overwhelming few days, and the chance to head to Aruba and clear my mind for a long weekend was just what I needed.

Warm air, warm water, warm people, and some space to breath. I mean, look at Palm Beach! Your worries melt away.

Let me tell you more about my jaunt to Aruba and encourage you to take one happy trip to one happy island…

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    After the long flight from LA I checked into the Westin Aruba. I can't say it's the finest hotel I've ever stayed at, but the view was lovely.

  • Carrubian Festival 2 of 15
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    I spent some time getting settled and walking along the beach before our first excursion that evening to the Carrubian Festival. 

    Hear more about this wild party at Pretty Prudent.

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    To start day two off right we set off on a horseback ride. We headed over to Rancho La Ponderosa Aruba to saddle up.

    See more photos of the stunning horseback ride on Pretty Prudent.

  • Aruba Desert 4 of 15
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    The Aruban wilderness is small. We rode from one side of the island to the other, and on the way I realized that Aruba is not the tropical paradise I had imagined, but more of a desert paradise. The landscape is marked by cactus and their signature fofoti trees,

  • Beautiful Beaches 5 of 15
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    and of course, beautiful coastline.

  • The North Side 6 of 15
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    We rode to the North side of the island. All the hotels are on the South side where the water is calm, while the water on the North side is quite dangerous.

  • Golden Aruba 7 of 15
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    Aruba has gold! During their gold rush, gold was transported here for melting and processing, because it was a safe place far from the cities and people.

     

  • Exploring Aruba 8 of 15
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    I loved horseback riding, but if it's not your thing, you can also explore this part of Aruba in a jeep, or on an ATV.

     

  • Taking a Break 9 of 15
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    We ended our horseback adventure morning with a delicious lunch (and maybe a few Aruba Arriba cocktails hey, you're on vacation) at Hadicurari.

    Click on over the Pretty Prudent to see what we did next.

  • The Old Man and the Sea 10 of 15
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    We went for a truly amazing dining experience at The Old Man and the Sea. The food was sublime, lobster and seafood with Caribbean and Dutch influences. The setting was just lovely, toes in the sand, with beds to rest on and piers to sit upon.

  • What to Eat 11 of 15
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    This is "fish food" Aruban food was my favorite part of the trip. It's just such a flavorful mishmash of so many different influences, all with seafood at it's core. However, one of my favorite dishes was a spiced (but not spicy) chicken mixture, covered in a shell of gouda cheese and baked. It was divine.

  • Fun Activities 12 of 15
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    There are so many ocean activities to choose from on Aruba, but I decided on Snuba. 

    Head on over to Pretty Prudent to see me getting ready for the dive.

  • Are You for Snuba? 13 of 15
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    I'm a fish in the warm Caribbean sea!!

  • A Day of Fun 14 of 15
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    I also tried paddle boarding, which some might see as boring, but I found rather meditative.

    See the other activities I tried at Pretty Prudent.

  • Goodbye, Aruba 15 of 15
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    And with that, one more night of sleep, and one more beautiful view; I headed home to my family feeling refreshed and renewed.

    Check out what I did on my last night at Pretty Prudent.

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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