I was determined to spend my 40th birthday on a beach. After lots of research Aruba was the winner. Having a birthday in paradise is the best way to do it.


Let me give you an overview of Aruba. The island is 19 miles long and 6 miles across at it’s widest point. The currency is the Florin, but we had no problem spending our American money. All major credit cards are accepted in most places. The average temperature year round is in the upper 80’s. My kind of place.


The trade winds blow all the time. I read all about the winds before we went and really didn’t understand. Let me make this very clear for you. The wind blows all the time. Not a gentle breeze, but wind. The hat on my head in the picture above is to keep my hair from blowing all over the place. I spent most of the time with my hand on the hat to keep it from blowing off my head. It should be nicknamed “Bad Hair Island” If you have ever been there you know exactly what I’m talking about. The trade winds blow so constantly that they cause the Divi Divi Trees to bend to the South West. The good thing about this for a tourist is that the trees point the way back to the hotel area. We rented a jeep and there are not a lot of road signs when you get of the main roads. If we got turned around we let the trees point us in the right direction. It always led us back to a main road and we could use the map from there.


The interior of the island has a lot of cactus in it. I felt like I was in a desert on the beach. I have never seen anything like it before. We traveled from one end of the island to the other. We kept stopping to take pictures so we ended up having to rent the jeep a second day to see the rest of the island.

Here are some of the things we saw while exploring:

IMG_4475IMG_4538California Lighthouse

IMG_4561Cactus and houses

IMG_4615Alto Vista Chapel with the sea in the background.

IMG_4584 IMG_4678Bushiribana Gold Smelter Ruins

IMG_4720 IMG_4731IMG_4742IMG_4745The photo above is the ceiling in Charlie’s Bar. Every square inch of the bar is covered in stuff. You could spend hours and not see everything there.

IMG_4975IMG_4984Zeerover Restaurant is right on the water.

IMG_4990Statue that was right in front of a house.

IMG_5039From inside Quadirikiri Cave (Arikok National Park)

IMG_5067To keep your drink from blowing away at the Boca Prins Restaurant in Arikok National Park.

IMG_5192Sunset at the Flying Fishbone Restaurant

IMG_5197The Perfect end to a Perfect vacation.


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