By Michelle Perry
I can’t believe our wedding day has come and gone! We couldn’t have asked for a more magical day. Our wedding just got better and better as the day went on. Then the Monday after the wedding, we were off to Aruba!
ARUBA! Where the water is turquoise and the clean beaches surround you. We stepped out of the airport into the 80+ degree weather. We were greeted by a lovely man, Richard from De Palm Tours, who drove us about 15 minutes to our hotel, the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
. We were early, so we had lunch at the hotel restaurant, Gilligan’s, until our room was ready.
The Hilton Aruba is going through a big renovation. We were so happy to stay in a brand new room overlooking the Gardens. Thank you to Dube Travel
for all of your help setting up our stay at this beautiful hotel. We were able to wake up and head outside to the beach (steps from our building) every day. We reserved a palapa on the beach each day, sat under the beach hut, and floated in the calm waters for the majority of the vacation.
We did enjoy exploring the Island a bit. Aruba as a whole is clean and safe. The people are generous, always asking how your stay is, and if they can do anything to make it better. The whole island’s livelihood revolves around tourism. The dollar is widely accepted too! We went downtown to Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad, for the afternoon. A cruise ship was in and it was busy. Many stores and street vendors welcomed us inside their shops. Later that night we had dinner at an amazing Italian restaurant that cooked my meal in a cheese wheel! AMAZING!
Thanks to Aruba and Dube Travel we were able to go on a sunset sail that left from the pier next to our hotel. Before we left, it was necessary that we see the opposite side of the island. We went on a UTV tour to see the sights on the rocky side of Aruba. Justin loved driving the UTV through the very few mud puddles in Aruba and we got to see some beautiful sights. What a blast.
We did a lot of resting and relaxing, which was much needed after the incredible wedding week! Our wedding day was perfect and the honeymoon was nothing less than perfect. We are over the moon happy as Mr. and Mrs. Perry.