“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

Deep blue sky, sparking blue-green water, spectacular stretch of fine white sands, cool trade winds make Aruba a perfect island escape and a perfect destination…. for our very first trip together.


 The view of the stunning beachfront of Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts from the balcony of our hotel room. It is situated in the beautiful Eagle Beach, considered one of the Caribbean’s best beaches.

We loved the tranquility of Bucuti’s stunning beachfront. It is located in the low-rise hotel area far from the maddening crowd of the high-rise area.

Aruba’s consistent weather makes it a perfect all year round destination. The temperature here averages 82 degrees fahrenheit/28 degrees celcsius, tropical but not extreme. It’s also not prone to hurricane.

Beautiful sunset on Eagle Beach

Going on a sunset cruise is a fun and romantic way to enjoy the beautiful sunset of Aruba.

Sunset cruising

Our waiter deshelling the lobster at the excellent Sunset Grill. Aruba has a good amount of fine dining option and Sunset Grill was one of our favorites.

If you’re like us who cannot sit still on the beach for few straight days, no worries, Aruba has something else going to feed your mood for adventure. We rented a jitney for a day to explore the sight and sound of the island outside the beach.

California Lighthouse is located in the windy northernmost tip of Aruba. It was built in 1914 and was named after the ship that sank in the nearby shore.

View from California Lighthouse

View from restaurant of California Lighthouse

Arashi Beach

We were not looking for another beach but we came across this beautiful and tranquil beach in the northwest end of the island close to California Lighthouse. Bathers here said that it was good for snorkeling.

Desert Safari

Yes, Aruba is not all beaches. It also has chunk of desert.  This arid expanse is called the Arirok National Park. We loved this awesome sight of the desert meeting the ocean.

Enjoying the sight and sounds of the waves of Boca Prins at the edge of the desert.

Keith on a moonwalk.

Bashiribana Ruins are the remains of a gold smelter built out of natural stone in 1825. It is located in the eastern coast of the island

Bashiribana Ruins

View of the desert from Bashiribana Ruins

This is one of Aruba’s seven natural bridges called Baby Bridge.

The ocean hitting the desert rocks.

 Casibari Rock Formation

Located in the center of the island is a unique cluster of rock formation. They are said to be carved by trade winds but geologists have no plausible explanation for the presence of these mysterious rocks in the island.

There are walking trails around the Casibari Rock Formations and there are steps that allow visitors to reach the top of the rocks. This is the view from one of the higher rocks.

Guadarikiri Cave

We ventured into 100 foot long narrow tunnel to reach one the chambers of Guadariki cave. It is home to hundred of harmless bats.

Looking out from the opening of Guadarikiri cave.

Baby Beach is another tranquil beach located in the southeastern end of the island. It is popular for kite surfers and snorkelers.

The cabanas at Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort where the “Romantic Dinner by the Beach” is served.

Enjoying our romantic dinner on the beach on our last evening in Aruba.


We survived our first trip together!  Aruba makes a perfect first trip. It’s beautiful and romantic.  It’s fun and easy but gives you enough traction to test drive your relationship. I agree with Mark Twain that traveling makes or breaks a relationship.  In this case, it was a “make.”  Shortly after this trip, we planned our next one – to a meatier and certifiably romantic destination….Paris!


Travel Notes

Travel Date: May 2007

Suggested Travel Guide: Grab one of those free guidebooks at your hotel. That’s all you need. They very comprehensive and gives you list of things to see with maps and directions, an updated list of new dining places and current festivals, offerings, etc.

Suggested Links: 

Accommodation: Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts

Official Aruba Travel Website: Aruba.com

Related blogs about Aruba: Travels With Two


About Marisol

Taking you on our journey one photo - and footstep - at a time.

25 responses to “Aruba: A paradise escape

  1. Wohh exactly what I was looking for, regards for posting.

    • admin

      Hi Jamaal, we’re glad you found the post helpful. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

  2. Eusebio Sellman

    I envy your work , thankyou for all the beautiful photos and informative caption.

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      Hi Eusebio, thank you! We’re glad you enjooyed it.

  3. Simon Calvaruso

    Planning a trip to Aruba and just stumbled into you blog. What stunning, inviting photos and very informative caption. I can’t wait to get there myself.

    • Traveling Solemates

      Simon, hope it was helpful in your planning. Have a wonderful time in Aruba!

  4. Sarah

    Wow! What amazing photos, Aruba looks absolutely spectacular!! Glad I discovered your blog finally and look forward to reading more :)

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      Hi Sarah, thanks! Glad you enjoyed the photos. We just recently started this blog and still working to load more content. Hope you visit back.

  5. D. Wright

    Ahhhh…Aruba. I’m so so ready for you! Your photos are so spectacular. The beaches seemed to be calling for me. I was indecisive about taking a trip there but your photos just made me decide. Glad Yahoo took me to your site. Aruba here I come! You’re a handsome couple, by the way,

    • Traveling Solemates

      Hello, we’re glad we were able to help you decide. Enjoy Aruba!

  6. Hi! Found your website searching for pics of Aruba to inspire me for my coming trip to that island. I found your photos super beautiful and gave me more idea what to do in the island. I can’t wait to go to the pretty beach and see the beautiful sunset. We’ll take the romantic sunset cruise for sure. Thank you again for making me more excited to go to Aruba.

    • Traveling Solemates

      Hi Florine, we’re glad you found inspiration in our photos. We have no doubt that you’ll have a fantastic time in Aruba.

  7. Aaron Preston

    Thanks for this article. My partner and I are planning a trip to the caribbean and Aruba is one of our choices. Your picures is very persuasive that we may just go for it. We know the beaches are gorgeous but we didn’t realize that there was a desert in Aruba. Pretty interesting.

    • Traveling Solemates

      Hi Aaron, glad our photos have helped you make a decision. Have a wonderful time in Aruba.

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