Well I have arrived in Aruba, and as I lay in my bed with the air conditioner on full blast, aloe on my sun exposed skin, and multiple bruises all over my body; I wanted to give a few first impressions of what I have seen and done in Aruba thus far.
1. IT IS HOT. VERY VERY HOT. I'm the kind of girl who lathers on carrot oil and baby oil in search of the perfect golden tan. From the moment I got here, I felt like the sun was boiling my skin. How did I not realize that I booked a trip that was basically a desert? Never have I ever in my life bought SPF 50, but there is a first for everything.
2. Rent a Car. Even if it is only for a few days. The public transportation system seems legit, but it's far too hot outside to be standing at a dusty bus stop in the middle of the desert with your belongings for the day. We rented a car yesterday and today, and got to drive the entire Island. The island is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles wide.
3. The Locals Are Friendly, and The Alcohol Is Not Cheap.
Pop into a bar off the beaten path, outside of the high rise hotel area. You'll find local beers, and local people. And don't be afraid to talk to them. Oh, and on another note the alcohol is not cheap. If you plan on drinking - Right after you land in Aruba you should immediately go to the duty free store right by the baggage check. You are limited to one bottle per person, but we ended up getting two each and sneaking them in our suitcases before walking out through customs. The key is to look straight ahead, smile, and say how excited you are to be in Aruba. :)
4. The White Sand Beaches and Clear Blue Waters are Unimaginable.
I know the water is just as blue as you see in magazines and on tv, but I am still in awe when I am presented with something so beautiful. My favorite beaches are the ones that are off the beaten path, such as Baby Beach (see below). There is just something about getting to swim in crystal clear blue water that gives you the serenity that you need.
As of right now, those are first impressions. I am now halfway through the trip, but I will definitely give more detail in regards to my AirBnB experience, and links to a lot of other things that I did. Right now my friend and I are laying in bed, watching "Entertainment Tonight", getting ready to go get some ceviche on the beach, and are determined to find a fabulous discoteque to dance the night away.
Talk to you all very soon.
Dom and Ducky
Bellisima = "Extremely Beautiful" in Italian, and how i would describe the world, and how I view it through travel.