Cruises,  Travel

Aruba- One Happy Place!

The ‘A’ of the ABC Islands. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao and together with Holland they are called the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Along with that title you can see where Mother Nature has spread her charm in this tiny Caribbean Island with white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, palm trees and hidden caves along with the friendly people who live there, it is not hard to see why it has made one happy island!

Palm Beach- De Palm Pier

If you’re looking for a beach that screams paradise with its white sands, warm turquoise clear waters and relaxing atmosphere then Palm Beach is for you. Palm Beach is Aruba’s number one resort stretching three kilometres with sunbeds, lively bars and high-rise hotels.

On-site Facilities- Wheelchair Accessible

When you want to grab a bite to eat, head to the De Palm Pier Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill as it is the perfect setting as you drink a Pink Iguana right above the waters of Palm Beach. The island has Dutch and American influence and with that the beach bar serves USA style food and traditional Caribbean dishes and so does the bars and restaurants around the resort. The resort is great if you are a wheelchair user as it has flat pavements all the way round and access into restaurants, shops, bars, toilets and the hotels if you were staying there. It would be the perfect place to stay as a vacation and what is even greater if you wish to stay in your wheelchair on the beach there is decking and shaded areas along with sunbeds for disabled guests, but if you want to be right at the front of the beach the staff will offer to carry you on your sunbed like a Queen!

Transport and Location

This beach is perfect for cruise liners who only have a day to spend at this tropical bliss as the cruises dock in its capital Oranjestad and is a 15-minute drive to the beach. A taxi from the cruise terminal to Palm Beach is 14 Dollars for three people and is 10 Dollars each for a sunbed and 20 Dollars for an umbrella.

Nearby Attractions

If you love to go shopping then head to Aruba’s largest shopping mall Palm Beach Plaza located in the high rise hotels and  it is perfect for all the family as there shops, a bowling alley, a movie theatre, bars, restaurant’s and even a spa for pure relaxion. The fun doesn’t stop there, live bands play frequently along with fashion shows displaying the latest trends available in Aruba. Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 10am to 10pm and Sunday 5pm to 10pm.

If you wish to see what else is on offer in Aruba head onto an open air party bus tour as your local guide takes you on the ultimate road trip around the island to Aruba hot spots all while listening to reggae music and sipping on cool drinks. P&O Cruises offer the same kind of excursion called Kukoo Kunuko Open Air Bus and Beach and is from 9 till 1 and is £32 for an adult and £14 a child and a manual wheelchair can be folded up on the bus.

If you want to finish your night off in style head to the Lobby Restaurant & Bar where you will find international cuisine and handmade cocktails or put your cowboy boots on and head to the Saloon Bar Aruba, where it has become one of the most popular country bars in Aruba and is situated at the South Beach Mall. At the Saloon Bar you will get served ice cold craft beers and hangover inducing cocktails all while listening to a live music on the dance floor till the early hours of the morning.

My Conclusion

If you could picture what paradise is Aruba is it with its crystal clear waters, golden sand beaches and beautiful warm temperatures all day long. I was only there for a day due to the cruise docking in Oranjestad and I fell in love with the place. I loved how wheelchair friendly Aruba is compared to other Caribbean Islands and how friendly the people are wherever you go. I wish to visit Aruba again as I feel I only touched the surface of this tiny island but I know one thing for sure it is ‘One Happy Island’ and I can see why!

Laura May Adams

Dream Abilities