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Place: Aruba

Take an Aruba Vacation
By Caitlin Moore

Aruba is one of those places that most people couldnít point to on a map. It sounds exotic and you could probably swear that youíve heard good things about it, but thereís a certain aura of mystery that surrounds this island nation as well. If youíre the mysterious type and your interest has been piqued, take a closer look and see if this isnít the perfect location for your next vacation.

Floating in the southern Caribbean a few miles out from Venezuela, Aruba has all the attractive qualities of its island neighbors with a little less traffic and notoriety. Basically, itís about 70 square miles of pleasing, beach-themed, tropical paradise fun that will never leave you bored or unenthusiastic about having chosen this as your temporary hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. By means of land, ocean, and air, youíll rediscover your playful side while recharging your batteries.

For example, if city life has left you struggling to breathe and longing to tickle your toes with sand and the salty sea, Aruba is the place to be. Surfing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and a few other pleasant pastimes are enough to fill your days, so be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and a few swimsuits (you might get tired of wearing the same one day in and day out).

The trade winds of Aruba make it an excellent place for two more adventurous ocean activities, kite surfing and wind surfing, so adrenaline junkies take heed. Novices can try their hand at this engaging sport under the watchful eye of an instructor, and more experienced folks can head out on their own to one of the many ideal stretches of surfable waves along the northern or southeastern coasts. Either way, youíre sure to get some exercise, test skills you didnít even know you had, and view amazing Aruba from a one-of-a-kind vantage point.

If youíre more of a land lover, donít worry about twiddling your thumbs while the rest of your group has all the fun. Jeep tours will take you on safari, meaning that a professional guide will fill you in on all the historical, cultural, and geographical hotspots of the isle. Youíll sit in comfort for the in-between parts, but will have time to get out, stretch your legs, and move up close and personal to the exciting features of this dynamic island. The Natural Bridge, the Ayo Rock Formations, Alto Vista Chapel, and the Gold Mill ruins are just a few of the highlights that any sort of exploration will unearth, so whether you join a caravan or set out on your own, youíll be sure to uncover a number of unexpected delights that make this more than just a beaches-and-cocktails destination.

Bicycling is another way to traverse the terrain; it can be a little rough out there so mountain bikers should feel right at home. The sand dunes and desert plains also make horseback riding an interesting method to hit the trail, and will likely make you forget just where you are. Golfing and tennis will give you some exercise in more traditional ways, but be sure to stop the game every so often to properly appreciate the stunning backdrop that rises behind you. Itís not every day you can tee off before an audience of parakeets and salamanders, after all.

For one more tempting taste of pure paradise, consider treating yourself to an appointment at one of the many spas on the island. Filled with trained professionals, the latest technologies, and plenty of jars, bottles, and vials that contain exotic elixirs and lotions capable of soothing you completely, youíll enter with the lingering stress of your normal life but emerge feeling refreshed and revived. Basic manicures, pedicures, and salon services are available, but it is advised that you boldly book something more extravagant and cutting edge; hydrotherapy, Shiatsu, or a nourishing body wrap would all aid you in your quest to fully enjoy yourself during this trip.

Finally, to ensure that all really does go phenomenally well, be sure to arrange for a fabulous lodging situation. Nothing kills the mood like a boring hotel room that just doesnít fit with the rest of the vacation. It is important to take care of every detail, so go online to peruse the Aruba Vacation Rentals that will catapult this trip into the next realm. A concealed villa with a patio and a pool, a cute condo decorated in an island theme, or a beach bungalow that separates you from the crowds could all mean the difference between an acceptable trip and one that is utterly amazing. Review your options now, and say your thanks later on as you bask in the sun within the space of your private lanai.

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