Reading an Aruba trip report gives you the inside scoop of someone’s vacation.

You get valuable tips about what is a must do (or not), where to eat (or avoid) and what to do for fun or relaxation.

Valerie’s Aruba Trip Report

This is the first time I am posting a trip report by a reader of mine.

Her name is Valerie Viercant Berg.

I quickly noticed Valerie’s passion for Aruba while we chatted on Facebook.

She told me how she would like to live on Aruba one day.

I asked her to share her passion for Aruba – she said yes.

Awesome, right?!

So let’s read further for tidbits to plan your vacation in Valerie’s Aruba trip report.

She wrote about…

  1. Her first time on the island.
  2. Where she went, what she ate and more on her first visit.
  3. And how she became an Aruba ambassador and a return visitor.




My First Time Traveling To Aruba

It was December 24, 2015.

The day I stepped foot on Aruba for the first time.

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The first time I stepped foot in Aruba was in 2015.

I was greeted by my tour guide at the Cruise Ship Port.

Afterwards I went on a tour and spent 6 wonderful hours exploring the island.

My experience so far in one word – breathtaking!

I Couldn’t Believe It

I was in awe my first time in Aruba!

Driving around the island with my tour guide I saw pristine white sand beaches, beautiful turquoise waters, a desert like north shore and the Natural Pool.

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Touring around the island.

I also got to see wild donkeys and goats in Savaneta, Alto Vista Church, Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins, Arikok National Park and the California Lighthouse.

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This donkey is so cute.

There was more to explore on Aruba and I had to plan a return visit.

I couldn’t believe Aruba was so beautiful and full of history.

Fresh Fish and Cold Beers

The food on Aruba is simply to die for!

I found that you can basically get pretty much anything you want to eat.

I had the chance to visit Zeerovers in Savaneta.

It was one of my first stops after arriving. It’s a local spot that sells fried fish. A great place to relax and drink a few local beers.

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The vibe and food at Zeerover is awesome!

There’s nothing like fresh fish and a few Balashi’s!

Time for Some Fun in The Sun

Then I was off to Eagle Beach, Palm Beach, Arashi Beach, Fisherman’s Huts, Malmok and Baby Beach.

I also got to snorkel at Boca Catalina.

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Snorkeling in Aruba was great!

It was beautiful and a one of a kind experience.

The Day I Planned My Return Visit

I totally fell in love with Aruba in the 6 hours that I was on the island.

In my heart I knew that I needed to go back.

That day I booked my second trip and 29 days later in January, 2016 I was back!

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My Aruba beach art in 2016

Yes, so soon and quick.

And let me tell you something – I thought I had seen everything in 6 hours before the first time, but I was wrong!

I saw more sites this time and I feel like I still have more to see!

For example I still have to climb The Hooiberg.

I Became an Aruba Addict

To satisfy my own mind I returned again on May 29, 2016.

I was hooked.

I was on Aruba three times in less than 6 months.

The feeling of being in paradise was all over me.

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Aruba is truly a paradise.

The third time around I knew, right away when I had Aruba in my sights from the plane, without doubt, I had truly found where I belong.

The Reasons Why I Love Aruba

I love Aruba so much because…

  • Aruba is a country I feel safe travelling to alone.
  • I drive anywhere I want and go for walks by myself.
  • The local people.
  • Aruba being outside the hurricane belt.
  • The consistent good weather
  • The food
  • The natural beauty on the island makes Aruba a true Paradise!

I could go on and on, there’s so much I could tell you about Aruba!




I’m a Brand Ambassador for Aruba

I promote Aruba to everyone I know as I feel everyone needs to experience Aruba at least once in their lifetime.

Let me tell you…one visit to Aruba and you’re hooked!

Everyone I know said I was glowing when I returned home from Aruba.

They asked me what happened when you were on Aruba.

Because the excitement I show when I mention Aruba is amazing!

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I truly love the island so much!

My friends and a local Aruban both told me I should work for Tourism Aruba because I show so much excitement when I speak of Aruba.

I tell people I will help them plan their vacation if they go to Aruba.

My Last Thoughts About Aruba

I feel excited and peaceful inside when I see the island from the plane.

As soon as the plane lands I say to myself – I am home.

When on Aruba, I feel more at home there than I do in my home country!

My dream is to live permanently on Aruba!

I❤️Aruba!!!!

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6 replies
  1. Ray
    Ray says:

    We visited 12 years ago and have been back 14 time, since our first visit we have never stayed in a resort. Just like Valerie we were hooked after our first day on Aruba and are considering a winter home on the island. Simply put Aruban’s are amazing people living on an amazing island. Our countdown is at 18 days till another 3 weeks in our favourite place.

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  2. Lorraine
    Lorraine says:

    The same for me I came 7 years ago for 7 days, the next year for 10, the next year for 14 and bought a house on my third permit and living her full time and loving it. My family is working on joining me.

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  3. Kim
    Kim says:

    That is a very familiar story! My first visit and I was so hooked. I never expected to have such a totally mind blowing experience on a vacation, but it happened. Been looking up all I can to know more and to find a way to stay there. As you said, when I came back I was glowing and everyone could see a major difference in my excitement and enthusiasm and happiness when I talk about Aruba. People were getting tired of seeing my posts and likes and I’ve basically stalked everything there is about Aruba. It’s such a diverse land with the most amazing people on the planet. I’ve never felt such love for a place and so homesick to go back again. I have 2 more trips planned not soon enough and I’m sure there will be more. We should start a website for people who are obsessed with the island like we are! Maybe we can meet up! I’d love to visit with others who can’t get enough of Aruba, too. See you on our paradise!

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