I am guilty of daydreaming about tropical vacations once in a while. I looooove my vacations. Every year my husband and I make it a priority to go on at least one “big trip” – which is one of the reasons we keep things frugal. We only pay cash for these big trips so if we don’t save up, we don’t get to go. We’ve pretty much got how to vacation on the cheap down to a science. This year, we have decided to forgo the yearly “big trip” because a) we knew we would be moving but didn’t know where or when which makes it pretty difficult to plan anything and b) now that we have moved we are saving up to buy a house so we can finally have a place of our own! This is just fine, because it’s also a super fun thing to look forward to, but that doesn’t mean I’m not already planning next year’s trip. My favorite destination to ogle at photos of online as of late? Aruba.
I think by now if you’ve read any of my other posts about budget travel you know the basics already. Find a place to stay that has a kitchenette, buy groceries if you can to save on food, and plan ahead & do your research about flights and the best seasons to visit. The great thing I have found about Aruba is that there are a ton of nice vacation rentals and there are lots of awesome, free things to do once you’re there. And it’s one of those places that you can take a break from make-up, don a swimsuit and flip flops for a week and it’s cool because you’re on a tropical island.
Sightseeing? I mean. You can literally go inside your desktop wallpaper photo. Aruba’s most gorgeous spots (commonly found on postcards and such) are free to visit. Yes yes y’all. Our Lady of Alto Visto chapel, the ruins of the historic Bushiribana Gold Mill; the remains of this Natural Bridge that collapsed in 2005; and of course the famous divi-divi tree at the end of the Eagle Beach.
Speaking of beaches. Yes, Eagle Beach and Palm Beach, among many others, are free to the public. Does anyone else get totally bummed out by the idea of paying to go to the beach? You don’t have to deal with the hassle of paying every time you want to park your buns on some different sand.
Carubbian: Every Thursday night there is a street festival with a parade of entertainers, fancy costumes, local food and what-not. Reviews by others say that it was their favorite part of their trip to Aruba!
They also have free museums and near perfect weather all year round. But you guys this is the thing that I am most excited to see in Aruba: Donkey Sanctuary! Baby donkeys, are you kidding me! So cute. It’s free, and if you go in the morning you can bring carrots and apples and help feed them yourself.
Another great tip I found for saving dough: the public bus aka “Arubus” is only $2.30/day to ride and goes in a big loop around the island, stopping every 15 minutes. Every review I have found says that it was a good experience and the best way to see the island!
Do you see Aruba travel in your future? What do you think you would love the most about a vacation on the island?!
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