Last Stop, Aruba

The last stop on the cruise was Aruba, and we were told this is the best of all. We decided to spring for a tour this time, and got on a bus that took us around the north end of the island and then dropped us on a beach for a couple hours. We took some of the beach time to also visit a bird sanctuary and walk around the area.

Aruba is  a Dutch island like the others, but it seemed even dryer and there was cactus everywhere. I suppose this is good for tourism because your day at the beach will rarely be rained out. I wasn’t surprised to read that 75% of the business in Aruba is tourism. There were tour buses everywhere, a happy party atmosphere, and tons of huge resorts. It felt almost like Las Vegas with a beach and not as much glitter.

This was the last stop on our cruise. The next day was a day at sea while we made our way back to Panama.

I must say, if you have a choice on a cruise take one with a lot of Latin American people. There was music and dancing every night by young and old. There was hardly a quiet place on the boat because groups were always laughing and having lots of fun. There was the friendly attitude we love from both the staff and passengers. It’s too bad that this particular cruise route is going to end soon, but I’m sure other opportunities will come along.

For now though, we are back in Panama and the blog will go back to news and experiences of our life in Panama. Retirement is a wonderful thing, and so is living inexpensively so you have a bit of money to do some fun things.

About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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14 Responses to Last Stop, Aruba

  1. rsfdeep says:

    These pictures are beautiful! You’re an awesome photographer


  2. Laurie says:

    so awesome! Called my daughter and read her all about your trip and the fun that you had. When we retire her and her family will be coming with us. Your posts have really helped and is why when we start looking we will be looking at Panama as a top contender.


    • Thanks, glad you are enjoying the blog 🙂 It will be interesting to see how you feel about Panama. There’s a bit of everything here, so I hope you are as happy with it as we are.


  3. Robert & Helen says:

    The Dutch Islands are very dry. St. Martin the Dutch-French island is much greener.Saint Lucia
    has the nicest nature, rainforest, mountains and a drive in volcano.


    • Yes, we noticed that and I was surprised. I guess just because something is surrounded with water doesn’t mean that there is rain ON the land. But, it’s probably part of the appeal that you don’t need to worry much about rainy weather on your vacation.


  4. allig565 says:

    Beautiful beach, water, bird and lizards! Lovely pictures, Kris!


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  6. oldsalt1942 says:

    When you do a post with a lot of photos like this one and someone clicks on a pic a screen comes up with the photo and an arrow on the side for s slideshow. Is there a special program you use? Is it just something that WordPress does when you load a bunch at one time? I have been thinking of a photo essay I’d like to do and the slideshow thingy is what I need for it.


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