Just a few hundred miles from South America, Aruba is a Caribbean island that receives return visitors each year. The reasons are obvious: near perfect weather year, golden sand beaches, outdoor hiking, and perfectly situated bars near lapping waves. But what about the ladies looking for a little bit of everything?
This well-rounded, tiny island offers far more than just sun and sand, with world class shopping, spa retreats and diverse dining options. So grab you girls and turn up for the weekend, because summer is eternal in Aruba, and your memories will be too.
Here’s how to create a perfect ladies getaway!
Kristin Braswell is a travel writer and founder of CrushGlobal Travel. Follow her adventures on Instagram, @crushglobal.
Unpack your bags at The Ritz Carlton, Aruba, where a vacation package focused on the best of the island for women leaves little to be desired. Travelers in the Perfect Ladies Retreat receive roundtrip limo transportation from the airport with a bottle of bubbly to set the tone. The beachfront property has 320 rooms with overnight accommodations in an executive suite. Also included in the package: daily breakfast, a spa skin consultation, and a private casino clinic in their 15,000 square foot game room. Luck be a lady tonight, indeed.
For a perfect Instagrammable moment, buy a day pass to Renaissance Private Island, where pink flamingos roam freely on white sand beaches. Get close to the majestic birds and snap a memory you’ll never forget.
To explore the island, drive north for tranquility and less hi-rise buildings. At Arashi Beach, locals enjoy the calm waters over conversation and picnic. For jaw dropping view, continue on the main road past sand dunes to the California Lighthouse.
In the evening, throw on your favorite outfit and head to BLT Steak for perfect group dining. Between tender bites of steak, lobster, and a watermelon mojito, the ocean outside gives way to a bright orange sun. For a more local experience, Kamini’s Kitchen offers red snapper, curried shrimp, and chicken roti that will quickly remind you of why Caribbean food is so flavorful.
Ready for some nightlife? Hop onboard the Kukoo Kunuku party bus pub crawl, which stops at four bars on island. In the evening, a catamaran sunset cruise offers views of a multi-hued sunset that is certain to leave a lasting memory. A rum punch in hand won’t hurt either.