Visit all the places mentioned in the Beach Boy’s “Kokomo” 4 of 8
The latest trip found Kit, Duck and myself on two of the three ABC islands. Aruba and Curaçao. Curaçao will be getting its own post shortly since visiting it was a stand-alone item on the list. I’m actually having a hard time writing about Aruba, not for lack of trying or for not enjoying myself while I was on the island, It’s just, I’m not sure what to write about. The perfect weather? Iguanas stealing food? Swimming in the crystal clear waters? The egyptian cotton like sand? I guess I just wrote about it all.
One thing I could write about Aruba is how accessible the island and the culture is. Which in my opinion is a double edge sword for the people of Aruba and it’s culture. Let me explain.
When one is looking for a vacation destination that is completely non-commercialized, non-americanized or remote. Aruba is not your place. If however, if one seeks after a 5 hour flight to find the same McDonald’s next to the same Senor frogs across from one of a dozen well-known resorts, then yes, Aruba might be your place.
Don’t get me wrong I love a good ol’ sloppy Big mac and a yard stick filled with a tropical drink like any other American tourist… sometimes. I get disappointed when I see an American chain on island after island that we visit. On one hand, tourism being the major income on the island, appeasing the masses might sound like the smart thing to do. But, when does it become detrimental to the island’s culture? After the 2nd or 10th hotel chain?
Nonetheless, you can’t discount how transparently blue the water is, or how incredibly soft the sand on the beaches feel, or how orange the sunset becomes and lets not forget how good the constant cooling winds are. You can’t take any of that from Aruba. No matter how many Senor Frogs get erected up instead of real local restaurants.
Enough of my preaching, here are some of the pictures. I only have 4 more places to visit before I can complete this list item. Regardless of my feelings towards commercialism, I am having a wonderful time completing this item.
Mr. Starfish hanging out at Eagle Beach.
Fun Fact: Aruba is a desert Island, with on average 16 inches of rain a year. Next time someone asks if you would like to be stranded on a desert island, You should probably opt for a Tropical/Rainforest-y type island instead.
Trekking to one of the “beaches” on the remote North coast of Aruba.
The natural Pool.
Stacking rocks is a way of saying “We were here” without using graffiti.
No caption needed.
Defying gravity at the natural Bridge.
You can’t say “Life sucks”, when this is your view.
And if you forgot how the song goes, or you need a little inspiration as you sit at work…