Now that we have figured out how to exchange our Marriott Time-Share, we are on a ROLL! No more Disney for us!
The kids are having a great time choosing a new destination each year and researching it until we leave.
Last year, we chose St. Thomas and this year we chose ARUBA!!
The Big Guy and I visited Aruba over 22 years ago, as our first island adventure, so we were excited to revisit with our kids to see the changes. I believe the population of the island has doubled since we were last there.
Aruba is a desert with one calm sandy coast and one rough rocky coast. We had a blast exploring both! I'll share our weekly itinerary here today, then expand each day in the coming weeks. I'm traveling with 3 teen-aged boys, so our plans always include exploring and adventures. We leave our place around 10 am each morning and return around 1-2 pm each day to eat lunch and relax at the pool or beach.
Because we are staying at a timeshare, we can check in any day we like. We like to do a Wednesday-Wednesday trip to get a full weekend in the center of our trip and cut down on travel and check in crowds.
OUR 7 DAY ARUBA ITINERARY:
Day 1 - Check in Day - Marriott Surf Club, Palm Beach
Pick up car rental
Shop for groceries
Arashi Beach, snorkeling and hiking
Druiff Beach, exploring and hikingPool and beach
Dinner at Nos Clubhaus (walking distance)
Day 2 (long day)
Arikok National Park - Fontein Caves and fish pedicures
Boca Prins Beach, rocky cliffs and crashing waves
Lunch at Boca Prins Bar and Restaurant
4 Wheeling to the Natural Pool
Dinner, The West Deck
Baby Beach, snorkeling
Lunch - Big Mama's
Rocky coast and windmills
Dinner - Azzurro Italian Restaurant
Fishing trip or Climb Hooiberg Stairway
Lunch at resort
Afternoon exploring - Wish Rock Garden, driving the coast, the Black Sand Beach
Dinner- Pelican's Nest Restaurant
Gold Smelter Ruins
Natural Pool nearby
Alto Vista Chapel and California Lighthouse
Fishing hut tour along coast