Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Honeymoon Recap - Finally!

I've been sucking at blogging lately, mainly because we're super busy right now with house projects, work and general life stuff. I realized I never did a honeymoon recap!

We went to Aruba and it was AMAZING! I highly recommend Aruba - super friendly, clean,
beautiful island. We really loved it...very relaxing and low-key. We honestly didn't do much besides lay on the beach all day, every day. It's really hot there (Aruba is really far south - off
the coast of Venezuala and it's mainly a desert - no joke!) so you can't really lay out in the sun or you will fry. They have these little grass huts, called papalas, that you can reserve each day which are perfect because then you have a shady spot and comfy chair all day. We did a lot of
laying on the beach, eating, drinking and sleeping. Basically perfection!

The beach there is seriously incredible. I don't know if I've ever seen water that color before - turquoise blue, but very clear and calm. You could see your feet straight down and the sand was SO soft! They had these rafts that you could float around on in the ocean and it was our favorite thing to do all day...amazing! We would be on the beach by 9am every day until like 5pm...my idea of the best day ever!

Finally by Thursday we realized we needed to do SOMETHING while we were there, since we had been such lazy bums. So we did a jeep tour for that morning, where you drive through the desert side of the island, over cliffs and rocks, and see the Natural Bridge (where it used to be - it collapsed like 4 years ago), the Natural Pool and some other cool sights. Jake was excited because he got to drive the jeep and it was some serious off-roading. It was a little bit intense
in parts (I was definitely holding on for dear life to the roll bar on the jeep!), but still really fun. Of course, after our adventurous morning, we then spent the rest of the afternoon asleep on the beach - ha!

Onto the pics...

The view from our balcony!

Absolute heaven - Can't beat that view!
The Papalas at our hotel
We found this cute little restaurant out on a dock close by to our hotel and went there a
lot - they had the best view and it was amazing to be surrounded by water on the 3 sides while you drink fruity drinks and tropical beer!
Walking down the beach one night to go to dinner

We saw sunsets like this every night...incredible
We ate dinner one night at this beachfront restaurant...loved eating barefoot with my toes in the sand!

Jake driving the jeep on our tour - he was so excited!

Cliffs we saw on the jeep tour - the desert side of the island. So weird that half the island is lush beautiful beaches and the other side is a big dusty desert!

I love this shot with the jeep and the ocean in the background. We were climbing up these old ruins on our tour. Another stop on the tour - the collapsed Natural Bridge. Still pretty cool to see it though!Before going out to dinner on our last night - taking pictures out on the balcony!

We seriously had the most relaxing and best honeymoon ever - it was painful to leave and we say to each other all the time "I wish we were still in Aruba!"


MCW said...

Beautiful! You two look so happy!

Belle said...

What a beautiful place!! The water behind you in the pic where you are on the dock is SO blue! Just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Looks sooo pretty. My most recent trip was Turks and Caicos, which is amazing! talk about pretty beaches, but Aruba has been on my list for a while! Glad you had fun--

Freck said...

Looks absolutely beautiful and so relaxing! So glad to hear all went well!!!

Lulu in D.C. said...

Ah beautiful! I just discovered your blog. I went on my honeymoon and stayed at the same hotel the last week in August! It was fabulous! Congrats!

Kate said...

Gorgeous photos! Looks like the perfect honeymoon!

AmyKristen said...

The honeymoon looks fantastic! :) You are beautiful!

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