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Honeymoon in Aruba

Sam and I just returned from our honeymoon in Aruba [bet you didn’t even know I was gone!]. We had an amazing time, I would encourage anyone who loves the beach to visit Aruba. It was my first time ever travelling internationally [I guess I’m a bit sheltered], but it was definitely worth it! The island itself is located just North of Venezuela in the Caribbean ocean, with the interior featuring desert terrain with cacti and a more tropical landscape with palm trees and sand on the outskirts. The beaches were picturesque: soft, white sand and clear, brilliant blue ocean; it was mesmerizing to look at and definitely a view I will miss to say the least.

We stayed at a very nice adults-only resort on Eagle Beach, which is the quiet side of the island. We landed around 2 pm and were greeted upon arrival at the resort with a glass of champagne. After that, I knew we were going to have a fabulous time! All of the staff were really friendly, and we made a few friends along the way. The doorman, Frank, said “Welcome home!” every time we arrived back from an outing, Tome our concierge is a total foodie and made us fantastic reservations at his favorite local restaurants, Angelo our waiter on the beach was so funny and knew our drink order by heart after the second day and Karen at the sand bar loved looking at pictures of Miles. Even though being hospitable is their job, the staff at Bucuti really went above and beyond.

Aruba View from Hotel Room
View from our beach-front hotel room

We spent most of our days lounging on the beach drinking piña coladas. I read a whole bunch of books including The Eighty Dollar Champion, the Bittersweet Farm series, Four: A Divergent Collection and a few romance novels. Sam mostly played on his new iPad Mini I bought as a “Congrats the Bar Exam is Over” present. Somehow, we both managed to escape without any serious sunburns which I’m totally wearing as a badge of honor because I am notorious for not wearing sunscreen.

Every night we ate at wonderful restaurants and gorged on seafood and wine. Our resort featured a five-star restaurant on site, so we ate there several times. But we also visited a seafood grill, as well as a nearby place where we ate dinner in bed [IN BED!] and drank half-price wine. The food was literally to die for, and I’m going to have to get used to my Meijer salmon and Barefoot wine again, such first world problems I have!

Aruba Cabana Dinner
Sunset dinner in a private beach cabana at Elements restaurant

We did manage to do a few excursions while we were in Aruba, even though our main goal was to just relax and soak in the sun. One afternoon we went snorkeling and saw some very pretty coral and schools of brightly colored fish, as well as a ship wreck. My favorite trip was of course horseback riding on the beach! It’s always been on my bucket list and seeing as Ohio doesn’t have many beaches [at least, not pretty ones], I was ecstatic to have this opportunity. We went to a small local farm with a group of about seven. All of the horses were impeccably cared for [which I was obviously very happy about], with shiney coats and perfectly shod hooves. There was even a one-month old colt in the front paddock [the farm’s first home-bred, I later found out].

Aruba Paso Fino Foal
One month old Paso Fino colt at Rancho Loco

We enjoyed a two and half hour trail ride through Dos Playa park, roding up a few large hills that were made up almost entirely of shale, down to the sandy beach and back again. The horses were Paso Finos, and while they obviously knew exactly where they were going, these were not dead-head trail ponies. In fact, they did their characteristic ambling/running walk gait for most of the trip. Having never ridden a gaited horse before, it was very strange at first, but once I figured out the motion, it was very comfortable. Sam, who hasn’t ridden much at all in his entire life, really enjoyed the trail ride and expressed interest in learning to ride and possibly getting a trail horse for himself. I was tickled pink!

Sam Horseback Riding in Aruba
Sam horseback riding in Aruba at Dos Playa

All in all, it was a wonderful trip and I was sad to fly home. Of course, I missed my boys [Miles and Rocky] terribly, so I wasn’t too sad. We’re already making plans to go back!

 

Tracy

Fly On Over is an equestrian lifestyle blog devoted to connecting horse lovers around the world. By providing equestrians with practical tips and tricks related to horse ownership, discussing training techniques for horse and rider, as well as covering industry news.

17 thoughts to “Honeymoon in Aruba”

  1. I was wondering when you were gonna post more Aruba pictures! I’ve been stalking your IG and I’m totally jealous that you got all that reading done. Did you like The Eighty Dollar Champion? I legit cried at the end of it haha. Sounds like you had a wonderful honeymoon, and OMG to Sam wanting to learn to ride!!!! How awesome 😀

    1. I was kind of “meh” about The Eighty Dollar Champion. At first, I enjoyed all of the history, but it got old after a while. I just wanted to hear the story of the horse! But that part was really powerful, and I cried at the end too, haha

  2. Congratulations, I am a newcomer to your blog so had no idea! Sorry – #fail at the back-reading to catch up!
    I spent 10 days (i think) on Curaçoa in 2010/11 (eep -can’t remember now) but it was awesome!
    Looking at your photos totally reminded me of my time there! Would you recommend the books you read? I read the Divergent series but was rather unimpressed with final book, not so much the twist but overall lack of story & character development was such a let down after first two books were so riveting – sorry off topic!
    I must look up that Bittersweet Farm series – i love me a good series to get sucked into characters lives – yep i am a sap who loves to get lost in a book!

    1. I was glad I read The Eighty Dollar Champion, but it honestly wasn’t my favorite. The author provides a ton of historical background information throughout the book, and for me it got a bit tedious.

      I loved the Bittersweet Farm series, but it is a bit “young adult” so I could see how it might not be mature enough for some. For me, I liked it, haha!

      I was disappointed in the Four Divergent mini-series, it really didn’t provide much that you didn’t already get from the original series.

  3. Woooow! I’m jealous. Looks like a wonderful time 🙂 I’m about halfway through the 80 dollar champion, I’m enjoying it but I agree about the historical background being a bit over the top at times.

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