Aruba!

After all the snow and cold in Boston, we decided that we wanted a short break.  Turns out that there are non-stop flights from Boston/Logan to Aruba.  We'd never been, and it has a great reputation.  The flights and all-inclusive hotel were very reasonably priced, so we flew off for five days (4 nights).

For our tastes, which tend toward snorkeling and sailing, Aruba was not as good as some other places we've been, but the people were great, the food was quite good, we did have some good snorkeling and a short sail on a sunfish.  And there's no way to complain about those beaches or the weather!

We recommend DePalm Island if you want snorkeling.  Quite a lot of nice fish, some coral, and Kathy even saw a shark (but Ben had wandered off with the camera at the time).  Baby Beach was also recommended, but there was very little good snorkeling there, though the fish did love to be fed (see below).

Tamarijn resort (one of the Divi properties) is very pleasant.  We rode bikes up to the high rise hotel area up on Palm Beach and thought it looked like it would be a madhouse if the hotels were anywhere near capacity (we were there in an off-peak week, and the recession is visible in lower travel volume as well).

Here are some pictures, as well as a movie of Kathy feeding the fish at Baby Beach.  If you click on the up arrow button in the lower right after you start the video and then choose HQ, you'll see it in higher quality.


Blue iguana
Bare-eyed pigeons
Tamarijn resort seen from Divi
Red parrot at Divi
Palms just after sunset from the Red Parrot
Ben & Kathy at the Red Parrot
Troupial
Banana bus
Banana bus interior. Note dance floor and poles
Banana bus detail
DePalm Island
DePalm Island
Banded butterflyfish
Parrotfish
Blue parrotfish
Blue parrotfish
Blue parrotfish
Wrasse or hogfish
Blue tangs
Parrotfish
Smooth trunkfish
Spanish hogfish
Black durgon
4-eye butterflyfish, bluehead wrasse, parrtofish
4-eye butterflyfish
Redband parrotfish
Coral
Banded butterflyfish, yellowtail snapper, french grunt
Wrasse or hogfish
Coral
French angelfish
Black durgon
Bluestriped grunt
Juvenile blue (!) tang
Parrotfish
Trumpetfish
Blue parrotfish mouth
SMooth trunkfish
Parrotfish
Puddingwife
Water park at DePalm I.
Garden at docks for DePalm I.
Cruise ship off Tamarijn
Kathy feeds fish
Terns at Baby Beach
Ben feeds fish
Ben feeds fish
Ben feeds fish
Kathy feeds fish
Ben feeds fish
Ben feeds fish
Baby Beach
Baby Beach
Crossed waves at sunset
Sunset
Sunset with cat
Tamarijn pool at twilight
Entertainment at Tamarijn
Entertainers at Tamarijn
Iguana
Mirrored iguanas
Kath and the big chess set
Two red parrots at Divi
"Our" sunfish
Banana quit ("twit")
Pelican
Teensy bug
Ben & Kathy
Sunset
Sunset with motorboat
Sunset with pelican
Ben at the bunker bar
Aruba "lighting parade"
Crazy costumes...
Crazy costumes...
Lots of lights...
Crazy costumes...
Crazy costumes...
Band trucks
Band on the truck
Still more crazy costumes
Twisted dreams, indeed!
The skull on the hood of twisted dreams
Cheesecake
Beefcake
Kathy in front of our room
Bunker bar
Bunker bar

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