I got a chance to visit the ‘A’ of the ABC island, consist of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao island. Aruba is located in the southern Caribbean Sea, close to Venezuela. At the port, there was a big welcome writing with the island motto “One Happy Island”.
To experience this happy island, my friend and I took a short city tour. We joined some cruise guests in a small air-conditioned van. It was a bright day with clear blue sky. I noticed the island is quite flat, not the typical green hills view like other Caribbean countries. Most of the houses and buildings in Aruba had one level only.
CASIBARI ROCK FORMATION
The first destination was Casibari Rock Formation in the center of the island. There was no entrance fee. It offered a beautiful boulder formation scenery. We climbed the steps to go to the top of the rock formation. It was narrow and steep with the help of the rails.
Once we managed to the top, we were greeted with a stunning view. The desert dominated the island. Cactus were everywhere. It was windy, but it helps to beat the heat of the sun in this wide open area. We could see the downtown. I enjoyed the landscape. It was so different experience for me who grew up in the tropical island.
ALTO VISTA CHAPEL
The trip continued to Alto Vista Chapel, the oldest chapel in Aruba. This small Catholic church was originally built in 1750. There were line of white crosses along the road before arriving. The sea by the chapel gave me a romantic impression. The bright yellow stone pews were built outside the chapel for the additional worshippers. I personally loved the unique shape of the door and window.
LA TRATTORIA EL FARO BLANCO
We originally wanted to visit the California lighthouse, the famous landmark in Aruba, but it was under construction. We ended up resting at this Italian cafe to quench the thirst. We enjoyed sipping our drink while looking at the gorgeous sea outside. Too bad, our working schedule was early. Otherwise, we would stay to catch the sunset view here.
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