Along the rugged north shore of Aruba, you will find some of the finest sand on the island, in a snowy landscape of rolling hills. This desert like environment offers a great day trip opportunity from your villa in Aruba, as although you can’t drive on the dunes, they can fully be explored on foot.
The dunes are known as the Californian Dunes, named after the ship ‘California’, whose wreck lies just off of the shore. Further along the shore, you will find the beautiful dines of Wariruri and Arikok National Park. Expect to find Aloe, Cacti and Divi Divi trees scattered across the environment creating a truly desert like scene.
If you are up for a trek, then this part of the island is definitely worth a visit, regardless of whether or not your villa rental is nearby. For a good vantage point, head to the California Lighthouse, situated at the northern tip of Aruba. The lighthouse is one of the island’s premier landmarks, and is a great place to visit day or night to take in the 360 degree views that it offers.
If you don’t fancy making the trip yourself, there are many tour companies that offer a guided tour of California Lighthouse from you Aruba house rental. With a tour, you will get the added benefit of a complete historic description by an informative guide.
For a full day out, why not finish of your day trip with a visit to the restaurant of La Trattoria El Faro Blanco, located at the base of the lighthouse? It is here you can tuck in to some delicious Italian fare. Alternatively, head to Simply Fish, where you can try some delicious Arubian dishes and enjoy the culture of the island before heading back to your Caribbean vacation home.
The island of Curacao is known for many things, but people flock to get a villa in Curacao in droves in order to make the most of its legendary night life. For such a small island, there are a large number of venues throughout Curacao where you can dance the night away, admire the views with a drink in hand or listen to some live music. It is not surprising that the majority of the nightlife scene comes alive on the weekends, so here is where to head when on your Caribbean vacation:
On Thursday, there are plenty of entertainment options, especially in the Pietermaai District. This area of the island is seriously trendy, with a huge number of old historic homes being renovated and transformed into a range of unique bars and restaurants. Expect live jazz and blues music, with a spectacular sunset backdrop.
If dancing is more your thing, then Friday night is your night to go out. The evening is known as Drink, Dine and Dance, and you can enjoy endless salsa dancing between the 100 year old walls of the Rif Fort. If you are not brave enough to take to the dance floor yourself, you could simply spend the night enjoying a dinner if cocktail and watching the dancers before you head back to your vacation rental in Curacao.
Saturday and Sunday
On Saturday and Sunday evening, the most popular spots for nightlife really come alive. The four best nightlife bars are arguably Hemingway, Madero Ocean Club, Cabana Beach and Wet & Wild. After starting with the live music at Hemingway, move with the crowds over to the other clubs where DJs set up on the beach, dancers flock to the sand and there are some excellent drink deals. Make sure you get a Caribbean villa nearby, so you don’t have far to travel home!