Sunday, February 17, 2013

FTV 12/17/2013 Visit to Oranjestad Aruba

Hey FTVer's!
I'm on my first day of liberty in sunny Aruba! I bought some cute souvenir magnets. The Main Street is a great spot, especially for some expensive shopping! I had some nachos from Mojito's Bar and Grill for dinner and got some more souvenirs. Caya G.F. Betico Croes, or Main Street, runs roughly parallel to the waterfront several blocks inland; it's a major shopping venue. 

L.G. Smith Boulevard, runs along the waterfront and abounds with marinas, shopping malls, restaurants, and bars. The harbor is packed with fishing boats and schooners docked next to stalls, where vendors sell fruits, vegetables, and fish. 

On the other side of the Seaport Marketplace shopping mall, Queen Wilhelmina Park, named after one of Holland's longest-reigning monarchs, features manicured lawns, views of colorful fishing boats, and luxuriant tropical vegetation. 

Fort Zoutman, Aruba’s oldest building, was built in 1798, and, due to commercial growth, Oranjestad was named Aruba’s capital. It is proud symbol of Aruba’s national heritage.
After sightseeing on Main Street we headed for the beach. The beach was absolutely beautiful! The sand was soft and light. 

Aruba is gorgeous, except for the little bit of a cool breeze...I'm not a huge fan of the cold! (haha not trying to be mean or anything!)  Hope it warms up soon back at home!  Aruba is definitely a great vacation destination.

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