With an average rainfall of less than 20 inches a year, an average daytime temperature of 82° F with low humidity, and a location away from the path of hurricanes, Aruba is one of the most temperate islands in the Caribbean. Besides the near-perfect weather and location check out these 5 spectacular reasons to visit Aruba.
Rather than just welcoming us with a smile, the breakfast staff at Hard Rock Vallarta greeted us with a warm smile first, then conversation, a hug, a balloon for Athena, and continued kind gestures throughout the meal. I think it’s safe to say that they are officially the friendliest hotel staff I’ve met. kudos to you at Hard Rock Vallarta; you know how to treat your customers/family right. Continue reading
I’m never in the picture! I’m always the one behind the camera or the one holding the camera out taking the shot of everyone. It’s a constant struggle that results in a disappointing photo that can’t capture the background. During my recent trips to Aruba and Hard Rock Vallarta though, I found a simple, yet fantastic solution. The Pocket XShot Camera Extender is a telescopic arm that holds the camera or video camera and can be extended to take a full picture, including the background. Now I can say, “cheese” because I’m actually in the shot. Continue reading
It’s as if Hard Rock Vallarta asked me what are five of your favorite things at an all-inclusive resort and then added them to the property. Every day I discovered something else that I love and look for in my favorite hotels. From boogie boarding, a huge pool with a swim up bar, and a water slide to an ocean view room and 24-hour room service, Hard Rock Vallarta hit the nail on the head with its services and amenities. Continue reading
Darren didn’t go down the slide quite as quickly as I did, but speed it up and add the Benny Hill Theme Song and you have something worth viewing. It’s a good laugh if nothing else. We’re obviously having the time of our lives at Hard Rock Vallarta.
Who do you think rocked it better?
After a little bit of encouragement from my husband this evening, I’ve decided to share my Hard Rock Vallarata water slide video. There is nothing graceful or reserved about it, but my enjoyment of the hotel and all of its amenities is obvious.
Watch it tonight because I may have one of those, “What was I thinking” moments tomorrow and take it down. As for now, I’m having the time of my life with my family. Enjoy!
Music credit: Twist and Shout – The Beatles
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In a few hours, we were able to get more family time in at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarata than an entire week at home. We arrived at the Hard Rock at 1:20 pm today and we already enjoyed lunch and dinner together, went for a swim in the pool, walked along the beach, and relaxed on the balcony. Now that Athena has gone to bed, we’re hanging out in the room with a handful of drinks and unlimited room service. I think we’re in for a great week! Continue reading
Out of all of my Aruba adventures including dancing through the streets at Carubbian Festival, exploring the wilds of the northern shore on an ATV tour, snorkeling and Snuba, beach tennis, and windsurfing and SUP, I loved windsurfing the most. With the perfect combination of instruction, wind strength, and water conditions, Aruba was the ultimate place to practice windsurfing. Continue reading
While in Aruba, I discovered a new sport that combines everything I love about sports. Take the fun and fast-paced sport of tennis, add a volleyball court, and a sunny beach setting, and you have the new, exciting sport called beach tennis. It’s like tennis except its played on a regulation beach volleyball court. Two to four players on each team volley back and forth without letting the ball bounce. One hit per team is all that is allowed and points are scored when the ball is hit outside the lines or touches the ground. Beach tennis is played with specially designed paddles and de-pressurized tennis balls that make it easier to keep a rally going. After twenty minutes of instruction, I was ready to test my skills in a match and after two hours, I wanted to add “play beach tennis regularly” to my bucket list. I think I found my new favorite sport. Continue reading