By Sue Campbell
From its ideal position in the southern Caribbean Sea to its inviting seaside locales, Aruba has earned its reputation as “One Happy Island.” Tap into that sense of well-being when you bring your celebration to this small Dutch Caribbean destination.
A Perfect Place to Say “I Do”
Stunningly soft white-sand beaches and consistently idyllic weather — sunny, dry and clear are the usual conditions — create a blissful atmosphere to tie the knot. Arrange any special occasion, whether you’re seeking a quiet escape for two or you prefer a festive event surrounded by your loved ones. A carefully planned bridal shower, island excursions for the entire clan and a romantic toes-in-the-sand ceremony are just a few ways to go about your celebration.
Fun Fact: You can be a part of something amazing when you join the Caribbean’s largest vow-renewal ceremony on the white sands of Eagle Beach.
Generations of Joy
Families fall in love with island life the moment they arrive in Aruba — whether for an annual holiday break or a once-in-a-lifetime gathering. Enter the laid-back elegance of The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, where both an adults-only and a family-friendly pool allow everyone to enjoy their style of relaxation. Plus, the Ritz Kids club balances environmental learning with seaside fun.
Beyond the Beaches
Aruba’s unique geology offers up amazing spots for island excursions. The wild, rocky interior of Arikok National Park is accessible via a 4×4 safari or ATV tour, with a stop to snorkel in the welcoming natural pool. Aruba also offers up surreal settings to commemorate any occasion: Cool caves with natural skylights and the ruins of an old gold mill with windows looking out to the sea make postcard-perfect frames for your family photo. Or simply spend a day getting to know the quirky birds at the Aruba Ostrich Farm and meet the rescued residents of the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba and at Phillip’s Animal Garden.
Cuisine of the Caribbean
With more than 200 upscale restaurants across the island, you’ll have no worries finding the right spot to accommodate all ages and appetites. You can raise a champagne toast on the terrace of Ruinas del Mar at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, where Sunday brunch with views of graceful black swans is always a celebration. Feel the spirit of the island on a Fusion of the World walking tour of downtown Oranjestad as you sample the island’s eclectic mix of Caribbean, Dutch, and other international cuisines. Or join the party aboard a brightly painted bus for an evening of wine and tapas tasting.
Sue Campbell is so immersed in Aruban culture that there’s an overwater bungalow named after her! Among her many publications, she is the senior writer for Aruba Nights Magazine and Island Gourmet and the author of Fodor’s In-Focus Aruba guide.
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THE RITZ-CARLTON, ARUBA
Just steps from the powdery white sands of Aruba’s famed Palm Beach, The RitzCarlton, Aruba welcomes guests with a warm “Bon Bini.”
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