Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Snorkeling with De Palm Tours

Aruba is the island of adventure and snorkeling is an adventure you won't want to miss.  This De Palm Tour included two shallow-water sites and one deep-water site over a shipwreck.  You wouldn't believe the colorful fish down there!  Lessons for beginners.  Perfect after a night out or a day at the beach.  Friends, fins, and fun!  Highly recommended.

Piggyback Swing

I Won't Tell Your Mom About This One!

Dr. Harrill Says C'mon On In, The Water Feels Great!

With Friends...

...Or Do Your Own Thing

Top Gear

Crew Member Ryan and Dr. Harrill

Catch A Parasailing Show On The Way Home

End of Another Perfect Day in Aruba--Thanks De Palm!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Aruban Nightlife

A friend once argued that nightlife was merely entertainment and not really cultural tourism.  I begged to differ.  While not for everyone, I believe that a thriving nightlife reflects the spirit of the local culture and is very important to destination competitiveness.  While most of these venues cater to tourists, locals also occasionally enjoy these amenities.  Many hard-working Arubans are employed by these restaurants, bars, hotels, and casinos--so please stop by while you are in town!

Marriott's Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Guitars and Cigars

Soenchi's Aruban Cuisine
Party Central:  Senior Frogs
End The Night With A Bang!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

San Nicolaas Caribbean Festival

Clowning Around
If you love to travel, you also love a good street festival.  Every Thursday night there is a Caribbean Festival in downtown San Nicolaas, with food, drink, music, art, and more!  I always sample the coconut water--a little food, a little culture, and a whole lot of performance art rolled into one.

Calypso, Reggae, Hip-Hop
Caribbean Treats
Everybody Always Seems To End Up At Charlie's