Aruba is known as “One Happy Island”. You can find it stamped on the automobile license plates and for people that like metal art it is a must to pick one up at the souvenir stand for $3.oo.
I have been to Aruba twice and would drop what I was doing if I had an opportunity to go back! It is without a doubt one of my favorite destinations. Everyone is friendly, it is easy to get around, and love the architecture and color of the buildings in Oranjestad.
Cruise ship passengers wanting to go to the beach can simply walk off the ship and walk straight ahead to the first intersection where you will find the public bus. It is only a couple dollars as opposed to an excursion and you choose which beach you want and how much time you want to spend. Just keep track of time as it is easy to forget about time here.
The beaches in Aruba are some of my favorite. The views are stunning and the water is something to experience! It is the only place I have ever stepped into the water and feels just as warm in the water as it is outside. I had to fall into the water backwards and enjoy the moment.
After all your fingers are wrinkled and need to take a break you can get out of the water and rent a beach chair for approx. $15/each or bring a towel and lay on the beach. Just remember to leave yourself enough time to get back to town and walk the main strip.
By the time you get back in town the sun will be really warm and intense. This leaves you with only one true logical thing to do. You have to find somewhere to sit outside and enjoy a cold tropical drink or two. After all, you just had a hard day of swimming and lying on the beach. You will not be ready to leave when you look at your watch and realize it is time to catch your ship.
I had the inspiration to write this when I was sitting on my couch and the sun came down on me. I closed my eyes I could feel the heat from the sun and recalled each of the wonderful things I just wrote about.