Carnival in Aruba

This month I was lucky enough to visit Aruba during the 60th anniversary of Carnival.

One of the dancers in Aruba Carnival

If you’ve never experienced Carnival, it is a HUGE party that lasts one month each year culminating in a day-long parade that locals line the streets for. Some even secure their seats the day before, in anticipation of the parade.

Natural Pool in Aruba

For me, getting to experience Carnival was surreal. The costumes were decadent, and the people involved were incredible. Aruba itself, was a beautiful backdrop for the lavish parade.

Aruba is a stunning destination, with an average temperature of 85 degrees. It’s outside the hurricane path, and offers sunshine the whole year through, making it a great place to visit any time of the year.

Flamingoes on Paradise Island in Aruba

I did some fun things outside of the parade including an open-air jeep tour, swimming in a natural pool, snorkeling and having fun aboard a catamaran and visiting Paradise Island run by the Renaissance Hotel (with flamingoes!)

Life on the island goes slowly, and is lived and appreciated each day. The parade exemplifies this love for life.

I will have more details in my upcoming articles on Aruba and Carnival, but in the meantime, wanted to share some great tidbits of an amazing destination.