Aruba: An Island Vacation for Everyone

Posted on Oct 11 2013 - 9:19am by Susan Bewley

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Aruba Vacation

It has been two years since my husband and I went on our last big vacation. With both of us having our own companies and working as contractors, we rarely have time to go on vacation. Granted, not having vacation days may be part of it! Next year, however, we decided we are finally going to go on vacation. Since we are both constantly connected, we thought it would be nice to go out of the country, mostly to get away from everything and expose ourselves to something new and exciting. While we have been looking at different places in the Caribbean and cruise options, one destination did catch our attention – Aruba!

It isn’t the first time someone in our family has actually been to Aruba, which is why it caught our interest. My husband’s father actually went to Aruba on vacation, and we have a cute sculpted turtle in our household as a memento from that trip.  Maybe it’s me, but it seems like a cute idea, especially if we can get something for our future children as well! From what I have heard from other bloggers and friends who have been to Aruba, the shopping in general is amazing. Even though you wouldn’t think about it, there is just about everything you can imagine there, from local stores to international brands selling their products anywhere from 10 – 35% less than in the United States! Knowing me, however, I would likely be sending a huge box of stuff back to the states filled with little unique carvings, jewelry, and clothing made by small businesses in Aruba. Hey, what’s a better gift than unique local mementos from your overseas vacation?

While the shopping is obviously a major plus, the other major attraction that has made us consider Aruba are the beautiful beaches and scenery. As a writer, I can’t imagine anything more beautiful than watching the ocean and the local sea life. With the beautiful coastal scenery and desert-like terrain, it seems easy to get inspired by hiking there, or even taking a jeep safari, perhaps. To me, these scenes would make the cost of the vacation worth it, especially since it is one of those once in a lifetime vacation. How many people can show pictures to their kids of their trip to Aruba and telling them stories of their awesome vacation as they toured one of the most beautiful islands in the world!

Want to know where I learned so much about Aruba and have getting ideas for one of our dream vacation? You can find everything you need for planning an awesome Aruba vacation at I highly recommend you check this site out, not just for planning your next vacation, but seeing some of the breathtaking pictures featured on the website. If you are anything like me, you will busy dreaming about your trip! So, if you had a chance to go to Aruba, what would you do during your Aruba travel?

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

36 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Tom Shewbridge October 11, 2013 at 9:52 am - Reply

    I never have been to Aruba, but it looks enticing!

  2. allison roberts October 11, 2013 at 9:55 am - Reply

    I went to aruba when i was 17 for a big family vacation and it was absolutely amazing. Everything is gorgeous and the people are so friendly there. The water is so blue and clear we snorkeled for days at the beach right by our hotel room and saw amazing tropical fish so close to shore. Oh and yes the shopping is great too. The whole vacation was perfect and its something i will always remember and treasure !

  3. Sabrina Dix October 11, 2013 at 9:56 am - Reply

    This looks so relaxing. Definetly will be putting this on our list of places to visit.


  4. Sarh S October 11, 2013 at 9:57 am - Reply

    I'd love to visit Aruba! We were looking into taking our first vacation together next summer to Belize. Aside from the states, I've only been to Mexico. However that was when I was 6 or 7 years old. As for me visiting Aruba… now knowing that international brands are 10-35% cheaper I'd need to bring an extra suit case or two! haha.

  5. Angela Christopher October 11, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

    OMG I need a vacation!  i have never been on a real vacation! Aruba looks wonderful.  I would absolutely love to go!

  6. Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution October 11, 2013 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Aruba. Jamaica. Ooo I wanna take ya.

    Sorry. I just had to sing. And Aruba looks like a wonderful place to get some R&R.

    • Susan Bewley October 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Glad I wasn’t the only other person singing that 😉

  7. Darci Bean October 11, 2013 at 11:56 am - Reply

    This makes me want to go to Aruba!!!!! Wanna come along???

  8. Tara October 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I'm sorry…what's a vacation? 🙂 One of these days, Daniel and I will go on a real vacation. This looks like a really great idea!

  9. Juana R. October 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Aruba is definitely next on my list!  It looks like a place you can relax and still be close to shopping! 🙂

  10. eric rivera October 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    i herd great things about aruba ive been wanting to take the family their via cruise, im mostly excited to shop their! i herd their was great shops their

  11. Garf October 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I definitely need a vacation.  I want to go somewhere tropical. 

  12. Maggie C October 12, 2013 at 9:14 am - Reply

    A beach sounds heavenly right now!  I'd love to visit Aruba and just lie in the sun.

  13. Artificially Awake October 12, 2013 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Looks like a great place to go. Warm sounds good right about now, here in Pittsburgh, PA.

  14. Giveaways 4 Mom October 14, 2013 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I would love to visit here it looks amazing.

  15. Donna October 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Aruba is one of my dream vacations! I'd actually like for my hubby and I do go on a 2nd honeymoon there. 🙂

  16. Danelle October 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    It's final, you have definately talked me into adding a vacation to Aruba to my "bucket list". Such breathtaking scenery I doubt I would be able to leave once arriving.

  17. Stacey Roberson October 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Aruba looks beautiful! I love going on vacation where there are beautiful beaches with crystal clear, sparkling water. I would probably spend the majority of my time shopping and laying out at the beach. I would definitely visit the spa, as well.

  18. tara pittman October 21, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

    would love to go here,looks wonderful

  19. Virginia @thatbaldchick October 22, 2013 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Aruba is on my bucket list

  20. Deborah Caudill November 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Your review of Aruba was fantastic.  I have never been there, but I would love to take a long, leisurely and relaxing vacation there.  Thanks for bringing it to life for your readers.

  21. Kayla Balko November 4, 2013 at 1:39 am - Reply

    That last picture is just breath taking! I for sure would be spending a lot of time on the beaches if I were to ever go. But my most favorite thing to do (especially somewhere new) is go exploring! I love just getting lost somewhere and just take everything in 🙂

  22. Denise Lo Re November 12, 2013 at 12:54 am - Reply

    Aruba is on my bucket list. I have always wanted to go.

  23. melissab97 November 28, 2013 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    I love to travel. I don't have the money but one of these I will and you can be sure that I am going here!

  24. Shannon April 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    This is so pretty! I want to go.

  25. Jenna Gossett January 5, 2015 at 1:20 am - Reply

    This looks like it would be such a beautiful place to visit someday!

  26. lisa May 31, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

    That sounds amazing. I would love to take a nice vacation. Maybe one day.

  27. lisa July 22, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

    We’ve never been on a real vacation. I have always wanted to go to Hawaii. I’m not sure why, I’m afraid of the water.

  28. Jeffrey August 16, 2015 at 3:03 am - Reply

    I am glad that you had such a nice time in Aruba. I know people from here(in the US) that went there and were disappointed with things on the island.

  29. lisa October 16, 2015 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    It sounds lovely. I would love to be sitting on the beach right now with a cool drink and a warm tropical breeze blowing. Far away from the day to day routine. I’m getting my winter blahs already.

  30. Dotty J Boucher November 16, 2016 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I would love to go to Aruba , spend the day even just walking around, taking a dip the water there , meeting new people. I always here so much about this place and how lovely it is to visit.

  31. Beverly Edwards January 3, 2017 at 12:34 am - Reply

    I’m looking for a place to take my son this summer as a graduation gift. Aruba sounds cool.

  32. Sohair February 26, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

    This is definitely a place I should I think about ,It looks really amazing never been there before

  33. denise low March 7, 2017 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I would love to go to Aruba. It looks like a wonderful place to visit. Maybe some the husband and I could go.

  34. Michelle S April 10, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

    We were just in the Bahamas and Virgin Islands last spring break on a cruise. The kids loved the warm weather and the beaches. This next year we are hoping to just go to an island for the week – Aruba may be a great choice for us.

  35. Jen Rodrigues September 19, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    I have always wanted to go to Aruba. Thanks for sharing this article. My cousins have a home there on timeshare. I should go check it out some day. Aruba looks beautiful.

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