North of Venezuela, the island of Aruba is home to some of the most world renowned white-sand beaches. Located just below the hurricane belt, the climate is dry and the island rarely has a rainy day. During our week in Curacao, we decided to fly over to the capital of Aruba, Oranjestad, for a day trip to see what the most touristed island in the southern Caribbean was all about. Unfortunately for us, we did not catch Aruba on its finest day. There were flash storms throughout the day and the sky was filled with dark stormy clouds.
Aruba is, in every sense of the word, a cruise ship town. With that, comes a very touristy vibe, coupled with overpriced price tags for just about everything. The heart of Oranjestad was underwhelming at most. We hopped on the streetcar which loops around downtown and it’s safe to say that we saw just about everything there was to see. Despite the on-and-off showers, we made our way to Eagle Beach – famous for its pristine white sands and rated as one of the best beaches in the world. Even without sunshine, Eagle Beach was unmistakably one of the best beaches A and I have been too.
Overall, Aruba was my least favorite of the ABC islands. Perhaps the weather not cooperating was a small factor since the rain made it difficult (and less enjoyable) for us to get around and fully explore Oranjestad. To give Aruba the benefit of the doubt, A and I also know from past travel experiences that sometimes not enough time in a city can play a role in how much you get out of it – as you’re often trying to accomplish to much in such little time. This may have been the case for us since I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this happy little island of Aruba.