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Aruba – Where Paradise Becomes Reality

Flying Dutchman Pat

Flying Dutchman Pat

I’m Patrick, a travelling Dutch guy in my early thirties. I grew up in a small city in the Netherlands. I graduated with a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for 7 years in the oil & gas industry. I always dreamt of seeing the beauty of the world through my own eyes and right after I graduated it was time for my first solo trip. This was 2007 and I traveled around the USA. This first solo trip changed my life forever; it fed the inner explorer in me and I wanted more and more. The following 9 years were spent with working and traveling the world intensively. Now we are here; 80+ countries / unique destinations later I decided to write about my experiences, travels and adventures from the road. Read more about my adventures on my site Flying Dutchman Pat.
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Aruba is a paradise with a big letter P!  I have visited tons of beaches all across the World, so with a heaps of material to compare with, I can say that the beaches of Aruba are marked high in my personal Top 10!

The stunning island of Aruba is part of the ABC islands: Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.  They are located north of Venezuela and are formally known as the Netherlands Antilles.  Aruba is a great mix of Venezuelan, Caribbean, American, and Dutch influences.  This island is a favorite on the itinerary of cruise ships, so it can feel a bit crowded in the capital Oranjestad during the day.  Aruba has a dry climate and a landscape dotted with cactus.  It’s located outside of the hurricane belt and it has more sunny days than any other Caribbean island.

  • Name:  Patrick Brouwer
  • Age Group:  31-35
  • Country:  Netherlands

Travel Destination

  • Country:  Aruba
  • City:  Oranjestad
  • Duration:  3 days
  • Travel Type:  Backpacking

I visited Aruba in 2016 after my 2 months Central America trip.  See below why I call Aruba paradise.  🙂

Aruba - Global StorybookOranjestad

After exploring Central America for 2 solid months it was time for something different.  For me as a Flying Dutchman I was always fascinated about the Dutch Caribbean islands.  So far away from home and still part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  Wow!  There are plenty of cheap flights from Panama, Colombia or Venezuela to this little gem in the Caribbean.  I took off from Panama City to the capital of Aruba, Oranjestad.

After arriving in Aruba you feel the laid back and friendly vibe of this Caribbean island right away.  And it felt so good to speak my own mother tongue again after speaking Spanish for the last 2 months.  There are 4 languages (Spanish, English, Dutch, Papiamento) widely spoken on Aruba, so there won’t be a language barrier at all!  The official currency of Aruba is the Aruban Florin, but U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere as well.  The capital Oranjestad is a great place to start your Aruban adventure, the colorful architecture is stunning!

Aruba - Global Storybook

Aruba - Global StorybookAruba is not cheap, not cheap at all!  I stayed at the only hostel on the island – Aruba Harmony.  The hostel has a family-like feeling and the host, Barbara, is super friendly and will help you with anything you want to do on the island!  And I forgot to mention that the hostel has a killer swimming pool as well!  If you want to embrace paradise on a budget, meet fellow like-minded travelers and have a blast, stay at Barbara’s place!

Oranjestad is great for shopping, dinning and drinking.  If you want a great night out, join the KuKoo KuNuKu bus!  This bus with loud music drives around Aruba and hops from a bar to a bar.  A fun environment to meet people!  But the biggest charm of Aruba are off course its beaches!

Aruba - Global StorybookThe Beaches

The beaches of Aruba are amazing and are one of the best you will ever see!  The sand is so white and the water is so blue that it hurts your eyes, but it hurts with a big smile on your face!  Aruba is exactly how I would describe paradise.  I stayed here 3 days, but all I wanted was to stay longer.  The days are perfect and you will forget all your problems and work back at home.

I teamed up with an awesome group of newly made friends from the hostel to explore the beaches of Aruba!  And there are heaps of beaches to choose from – the entire west coast of the island is dotted with fabulous beaches, one is more picture perfect than the other!  The majority of the resorts are situated around the Palm and Eagle beaches and are therefore the most crowded stretches of the beach.  Eagle beach is listed on many websites as one of the best beach destinations in the World and it definitely fulfills its reputation, it’s a beach that steps right out of your imagination!

Aruba - Global StorybookThe West Coast is easily explored by a bus, as the public transport on Aruba is pretty good and cheap.  Hadicurari beach (Fisherman’s hut) is a perfect spot for windsurfing and you will find here a plenty of schools that will help you in the water and to catch some wind under your screen!  Great fun!

There are plenty of water activities to do on Aruba and you will definitely not get bored here!  But besides the activities, Aruba is all about… relaxation.

Aruba - Global StorybookThe far North of the island, Arashi beach, has a perfect stretch of beach which feels more laid back than Palm or Eagle beach.

If you want to see more than beaches then you should definitly visit Arikok National Park.  This part of the island is rugged and undeveloped.

I was really sad to leave Aruba, and I will definitely come back here one day, because Aruba is all you want and more!

Wait no longer and buy your ticket to paradise!  Bon Bini!

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