Tuesday, November 9, 2010


(Photo from getawayshub on Flickr)

Aruba is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, about 17 miles north of Venezuela. As one of the four constituent countries of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, the official language is Dutch; however, English (as well as other languages) is widely spoken.

Year-round temperatures hover around 82F, and most of the rain falls in late autumn. “Unlike much of the Caribbean region,” says Wikipedia, “Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped tourism as visitors to the island can reliably expect warm, sunny weather.” Perhaps even more important, the article continues, “It lies outside the hurricane belt.”

Probably not a problem for those who travel there, but there are “limited attractions beyond the beach, gambling, shopping, and dining out,” per honeymoons.about.com.

Here are some photos to tempt you with the beauty of the island.


Druif Beach
(Photo from Natural Born Hikers on Flickr)


(Photo from Thea Oranje on Flickr)

The tree, called both Watapana and Divi Divi, is native to Aruba. Its contortions are the result of the elements in its coastal environment.

“Aruba has two main categories of hotels: low-rise hotels, which primarily cater to Europeans..., and high-rise hotels, which American tourists favor. What Aruba lacks, however, are notably stylish and high-end hotels, such as Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons hotels.”  (Honeymoons.about.com)

Research bore out the dearth of very upscale accommodations, whether hotel or vacation rentals.  However, there are sufficient options that would more than satisfy the requirements of most travelers.  

The ScheckTrek pick for Aruba is the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort.

Hyatt Lobby
(Photo from www.hotels.com)

(Photo from Hyatt Hotels and Resorts on Flickr)


(Photo from Hyatt Hotels and Resorts on Flickr)

(Photo from www.hotels.com)

 (Photo from www.hotels.com)


Hyatt Huts at Dusk
(Photo from realhoneymoons on Flickr)

Beach at the Hyatt at Dusk
(Photo www.hotels.com)

(Photo from Hyatt Hotels and Resorts on Flickr)

Aruba is mooi (Dutch).  Aruba is beautiful.

Photography credits:
I apologize for technical difficulties in not being able to make all the photo credits show up.  (They show on the draft, but not on the preview or published views.)  Here are the ones that appear to be missing:
(1)  Beach with Pylons: Druif Beach by Natural Born Hikers (from Flickr)
(2)  Divi Divi: by Thea Oranje (from Flickr)
(3)  Hyatt Swimming Pool: by Hyatt Hotels and Resorts (from Flickr)
(4)  Hyatt Huts at Dusk: by realhoneymoons on Flickr
(5)  Dock at Sunset: by Hyatt Hotels and Resorts (from Flickr)

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