At the Flying Fishbone Restaurant in Aruba you can either eat with your table in the sand or partially in the water. They have indoor dining also but I don’t know why anyone would want to give up the beautiful scenery to sit inside. For a sunset view make a 6p dinner reservation. This was one of my favorite parts of our trip. As soon as the sun started setting everyone whipped out their cameras and started taking pictures. I was glad to see that I wasn’t the only one. The food was good too. We all ordered something different and everyone was happy with their meal. If you are planning a trip to Aruba make sure and have a sunset dinner at the Flying Fishbone. Your hotel can call ahead and make a reservation for you.
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:
The Riu Palace in Aruba reminds me of a Las Vegas hotel. It actually looks like a palace from the outside.
Our room was on the 9th floor. Room 917. I love to be on the upper floors. It’s a good way to be guaranteed a great view, and what a view we had!
The room had a step down into a living area. The Balcony was huge. Not all of the balconies are as large as the one we had. We set on our balcony and enjoy the view when on vacation, so this is a big deal for us.
Warning: the beds are hard. If you don’t like a hard mattress all you have to do is call the front desk and ask for a mattress topper. They had one on our bed with turn down service and I slept like a baby.
We had a wonderful time at the Riu Palace. The food was plentiful, the drinks were tasty, and there was nightly entertainment. We spent most of our time out exploring during the day so didn’t participate with any of the daily activities provided by the hotel.
The Riu Palace is an All-Inclusive Resort is in the High Rise area. When you walk to the beach and turn left it takes you to the Westin Hotel. If you go right there is a sidewalk that goes in front of all the other hotels on the beach. We visited all of the hotel casinos in the high rise area. If you are planning a trip to Aruba I highly recommend staying at the Riu Palace. We loved it! If you would like to see more pictures of the resort you can check them out on my flickr page. There is a link on my sidebar.