This our first time flying over the Caribbean. The color of the sea was mesmerizing.
The bus took us to Ritz-Carlton Hotel, one of the newest and best hotels in Aruba. The organizer explained to us the schedule and all activities and dinner options. We checked into our room at 3pm. There were no activities on the arriving day. We waited in the room for the dinner party.
Aruba is located at the southern rim of Caribbean Sea. Only 18 mile orth of the coast of Venezuela, it is out of the hurricane zone across most of Caribbean region. Days in Aruba are always dry, warm and clear throughout all seasons. It’s sometimes windy because of trade winds from the Atlantic, but the Southwestern coastlines are mostly sheltered by the island. The party started at 6:30pm. There was nice view of the sunset from the Palm Beach.
In the morning, I had a walk along the beach. Ritz-Carlton Hotel is located at the north end of Palm Beach, the 4-mile-long beach and high-rise hotel district of the island. There were several boat floating on the shallow water, some good object for photography, but the wave and direction of the light were not perfect.
I spotted a small stingray swimming at the shallow water.
Returning to the hotel, our room had a view of the northern side of the beach. Sea water near the coast are in different shades of blue. There are many water sport related small shops along the beach.
At the time when my wife had the company meeting in the morning, I went to the Hertz office at the first floor to rent a car. The agent tried to persuade me to rent a SUV. According to her, normal cars are not allowed to enter the Arikok National Park and some off-road places. My research before the trip told me that Aruba’s landscape is not that exciting, so I still decided to rent a normal car.
It’s free time after the lunch. We drove to the down, Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, to do some shopping. Oranjestad is a busy town, tourists are everywhere and traffic is jammed. Aruba’s port is also right next to the town.
After shopping, we thought that we should go to see that other end of the island. We kept on driving to the south. On our way near the south end, we passed a town called San Nicolas, There were some deserted industrial facilities around the town. San Nicolas use to be a bustling town but now is running down.
The very south end of the island is semi-arid, covered by low bushes and dotted with tall cactus. The winding road led to a nice lagoon called Baby Beach. The water is calm and it’s good place for snorkeling.