The Caribbean is calling, and I want in! Even though we’re crawling out of the wintry weather into (hopefully) brighter days, the British weather is still…well, all over the place, isn’t it?
Every year, I tell myself I’ll take a sunshine trip in the gloomier months and I’m STILL yet to do it. But Aruba could be a trump card for an early 2020 escape…and it could be for you too, if you win this awesome competition!
If you want to win a 7 night holiday including return flights, accommodation at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and a sunset sail aboard a luxurious catamaran with De Palm Tours (why wouldn’t you, though?!), head over to the Aruba Tourism Authority’s competition page to enter.
I’ve been doing a little daydreaming myself about what I’d get up to if I won – and as someone who’s not the best at lazing on beaches for too long, I was pleased to find there’s plenty in Aruba for active, foodie and cultural travellers to enjoy…
Dive around coral and shipwrecks
Ever since I had my first scuba dive last summer, I’ve been aching to do some more of it – and Aruba’s stunning beaches are the perfect entry point for some swimming with the fishes. There are loads of coral formations and shipwrecks to check out, including the Antilla – the Caribbean’s largest shipwreck. Who needs the Titanic, hey?
Check out the street art in San Nicolas
Aruba’s second city is a dream for art lovers – and the results of the city’s annual Aruba Art Fair can be found all year round on walls and buildings. From portraits to abstract patterns and designs, the beautiful works adorn the streets, making it an awesome destination for colourful, urban art-loving travellers.
Hike on Hooiberg
Adventurous travellers can enjoy making their way up Aruba’s famous central mountain, and peer down at the island from its 541-foot peak. Almost 600 steps lead up to the peak, so you’ll definitely have AMAZING glutes to show off at the beach for the rest of your holiday!
Flamingos on Renaissance Island
Okay, while the bird-fearing side of me would be keeping my distance, spotting some beautiful flamingos frolicking on the beach is a sight not to be missed. Renaissance Island, where you’ll find them, is actually a private island for guests of the Renaissance Aruba Resort.
Non-guests can purchase a day pass for $125, availability permitting, and enjoy the resort facilities including the boat to the island. So it’s not a cheap excursion – but if you’re fascinated by flamingos and want to see them up close, it’s a pretty amazing experience.
Eat fresh seafood on the beach
Aruban dishes fuse a range of cuisines from around the world – particularly Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese. Being an island, seafood here is always fresh, and best served with the sea in your sights. There are plenty of beachside restaurants to choose from – one Aruba favourite is The Pelican Nest for dreamy sunset dining on Palm Beach…
Set sail on the Caribbean Sea
I’m more water baby than beach bum, and there’s not much I love more than being on a boat in glorious, sparkling waters. Which is why a catamaran cruise would be a must do for me in Aruba – ideally with cold drinks, great company and plenty of snorkelling stops!
Don’t forget to enter the competition to win a trip to Aruba, and let me know in the comments what your dream Aruban adventure would entail…
Images licensed by the Aruba Tourism Authority, aruba.com