ONE HAPPY ISLAND | ARUBA
Direct flights from New York to Aruba made this sublime place – also known as “One Happy Island” – only one hop away and an effortless weekend getaway for us.
Pink fluffy flamingos get ready, we are on our way, ready to play.
“Because I’m happy clap along if you feel like a room without a roof,
because I’m happy – clap along if you feel happiness is the truth”
#readysetplay #readysethappy #onehappyisland
As soon as we landed in Aruba we rented an ATV to cruise and explore the marvelous beaches along the island’s calm west coast.
The terrain on the rough and rocky east coast is relatively undeveloped and not safe to ride an ATV on.
To explore the “Wild East” of the island, we recommend you rent a Jeep or join an organized bus-tour for the day.
Making new friends is always a good reason to wake up early in the morning, especially if they are pink and fluffy.
Since there were seven flamingos living on the island, we renamed them for each day of the week. Not unexpectedly, we didn’t get along with Monday, obviously Friday was our favorite and Sunday was chill.
In fact they were all surprisingly relaxed and balanced. How they could stand on one leg all day will remain a mystery to us, but today they taught us an important lesson:
It’s all about a life well balanced.
One of a kind Flamingo Island is a private island of the Renaissance Hotel in Oranjestad.
There is a boat shuttle leaving every 15 minutes to take guests to this island that is not only home to flamingos but also to iguanas.
Non-guests of the hotel can buy one-day access passes at the reception.
Aruba, an island only 19 miles long and 6 miles wide, is located in the southern Caribbean Sea, approximately 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela.
Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, Aruba forms a group referred to as the ABC islands.
Aruba and Curaçao are autonomous, self-governing constituent countries of the Netherlands, while Bonaire is a special municipality of the Netherlands.
we eat, drink & nap
Eat at Manchebo Beach.
Drink at Palm Beach.
Snorkle at Malmok Beach.
Get your tan on at Arashi Beach.
Nap at Eagle Beach.
Some say Aruba gets more sunny days a year than any other Caribbean Island, how amazing is that?
But being kids who thrive in the sun, we sometimes underestimate the power of it and tend to forget to protect ourselves accordingly.
The Fofoti tree – also called the Divi Divi – only grows in Aruba.
We found this one at Eagle Beach, a perfect spot to reapply some more sunscreen and chill in the shade in the late afternoon.
Temperatures are around 80 degrees all year long.
And to make it even better, Aruba is located south of the usual hurricane path through the Caribbean, so hurricanes rarely ever hit the area.
You may get some moments of heavy rain in the rainy season from November to March, but all in all you should be safe to go and enjoy the beauties of the island all year round.
Obviously we would have liked to stay.
And we couldn’t bring the palm tree back to our offices either.
But we packed lots of memories and 100 grams of sun in our hand luggage and returned home with happy feet and happy hearts.
P.S. It is not happy people that are thankful, it is thankful people that are happy.
Thank you, Aruba.
Coordinates: 12.5˚N – 69.9˚W
Hotel: Renaissance Aruba
Necklaces: The Brave Collection
Bikini: Mara Hoffman
Flamingos: Islands own