“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Travel Haven Journal — Family Trip to Aruba, Part 5

Friday

A very lazy morning spent lounging around the house.

We reported our loss to the Orangestaad police around mid-morning. Just a formality so we could claim reimbursement from our travel insurance. Three officers got there within five minutes and were finished fifteen minutes later. They came out from San Nicolas and spoke perfect English. They were great!  When we asked for directions to the police station so we could pick up the police report, they said, “Get on the highway” and I said “1-B?” They said “Huh? The highway.”  I said again “Highway 1 A-B” and they replied “Oh, we don’t know the names of roads.”  Everyone, including the cops, laughed at that! The happy ending here is that our new dive equipment will be partially paid for by the insurance company.

I think there’s a lesson to be learned here: always buy travel insurance that protects you against cancelled flights, hospital costs when away, loss of luggage, and loss due to theft. When you travel….buy the insurance policy! Oh, yeah, and don’t leave anything you value on the dang porch.

We left the house around 1 p.m. for Eagle Beach. We really liked that beach and the bartender, Lucy, at Passions on the Beach. We stayed there until evening. Mike, Kaley, and Torrey rode a jet ski and we spent a lot of time hanging out in the shade of the divi divi tree, very island. Around 6, we packed up and moved up to Arashi Beach at the very northwestern tip of the Island to watch the sunset, which was spectacular. It seemed many people come to this beach just to watch the sunset, a little like the crowd that gathers on Mallory Pier in Key West at sundown (no street performers though). The big difference for us was that we were standing in the warm surf. There are some really nice homes up there, some right on the beach and others across the street from the beach.

After the sun set, we made our daily stop at Super Center, our favorite grocery store (even if it doesn’t sell fish, which we thought was odd) to pick up dinner for the night.