Continuing on our Caribbean cruise, we went past Haiti……
Then on to the island of Aruba, the first of what are known as the A B C Islands of the Netherland Antilles. Bonaire and Curacao are B and C. All three were Dutch colonies and are located just north of Venezuela.
The Port of Oranjestad is the capital of Aruba. It’s a lively touristy town, especially when a cruise ship empties into it; the ship docks in the middle of town.
We caught a local bus to go a few miles up to Palm Beach. Marriott and other hotels have resorts right on the beach which stretches for miles.
Love the name of this boat! Lots of fun water sports going on here too.
We had a fabulous lunch on the beach: Lobster bisque and a fish sandwich.
After a walk on the beach we took the bus back to town and roamed past the colorful houses and shops.
Willem III Tower, built in 1868 is part of Fort Zoutman which dates from 1796.
Wilhemina Park honors the Dutch Queen.
Seeing large lizards all over town is a bit disconcerting. Visitaruba.com says: “Lizards abound in Aruba. In fact, half of the species of lizard known to man reside exclusively on the island. The kododo blauw has a blue-green color, are quite friendly and totally vegetarian. Pega Pega are cousins to the gecko and get their papiamento name (pega means to stick), from the tiny suction pads on their feet which allow them to walk practically anywhere.
They are one of the last remaining prehistoric species who have eluded extinction – and have extremely loud voices. Iguanas, looking like miniature dinosaurs are often found high up on rooftops enjoying the sun or in trees where they find their favorite food – leaves.
Unfortunately they were often considered a delicacy themselves (their meat is tasty, comparable to chicken) and have been used in soup and stew by Arubans for generations. This practice is now illegal.”
Dinner off the ship: Fried corn bread covered in cheese – a surprisingly yummy local dish – and Barracuda in a fabulous sauce.