Island Time: 5 Days of Healing in Aruba

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Aruba Located a 5-minute drive from Eagle Beach, Solar Villa offers an outdoor swimming pool and tropical gardens. Central Oranjestad is just a 3-minute drive away. Solar panels line the roof and heat the water. Photo by Kelsey Nelson
Located a 5-minute drive from Eagle Beach, Solar Villa offers an outdoor swimming pool and tropical gardens. Central Oranjestad is just a 3-minute drive away. Solar panels line the roof and heat the water. Photo by Kelsey Nelson

 Where to Stay in Aruba

While there are plenty of large resorts right on the beaches of Aruba, there is also charm to be found by moving inland. Solar Villa is a small hotel five minutes from Eagle Beach. It has an intimate feel and is painted a sunny yellow. The rooms border a pool, which is charming enough to spend the whole day at. Each guest gets a free cup of coffee in the morning, and there is hot breakfast available.

The hosts at Solar Villa were friendly and they even picked us up from the airport. We found them to be helpful, and it felt like we were staying at someone’s house and not a large chain hotel. The water at Solar Villa is heated by solar power and the rooms have a rustic charm. All the rooms have a private bathroom and shower, toiletries, flat screen TV, air conditioning, mini fridge/ fridge, free Wi-Fi and daily basic cleaning service.

The Deluxe king studio and one bedroom apartments have a kitchen and pots and pans. We stayed in the one bedroom and there was plenty of room for four of us.

Aruba Eagle Beach is easy swimming for everyone. Photo by Kelsey Nelson
Eagle Beach is easy swimming for everyone. Photo by Kelsey Nelson

The Beaches of Aruba

This white-sanded island is outside the hurricane belt, experiences lovely weather and had those picturesque beaches we had dreamed of. We could feel our problems wash away.

Eagle Beach is ranked 2017 TripAdvisor Traveler Award for 3rd Best Beach in the World, and every beach on the island is public.

What to Do in Aruba

During our first day in Aruba, we happily spent the day lounging near the pool and napping. There is a supermarket within easy walking distance to Solar Villa and we stocked up on food and drinks. You could easily spend an entire trip hanging out at Solar Villa.

By our second day, however, we were ready for some excitement. We had each bought a snorkeling set from Walmart to pack in our luggage. While you can find places to rent snorkeling equipment on the island, they are expensive and usually require you to go on a tour or supervised expedition.

We caught a taxi to Moomba Beach and walked along the crowded resort lined shore, hoping for a patch of calm water. From the beach we could see something sticking out of the water far in the distance – a shipwreck. One we made our way toward it and dropped our things. It was bordered by a street, and cars would occasionally come and park to look at the rusted wreck protruding so close to the shoreline.

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