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TravelHaven Journal — Family Trip to Aruba, Part 6

Saturday and Sunday

Saturday was our last day in Aruba, darn it. Everyone slept in except Arnold and me. We had planned to hit Baby Beach one last time and pick up the police report on the way there, then do some shopping in San Nicholas. With the others sleeping late, Arnold and I decided just to go get the police report and check out the shopping in San Nicolas on our own. We got the police report with no problem, but the shopping in San Nicolas wasn’t great so we just went home where everyone was finally up and around.

Mike, Lisa, Kaley, and Torrey decided to go back into Orangestaad to finish their shopping. Arnold and I chose to stay home and chill out, splashing around in the water at Mango Halto Beach just down the street. When the others came home after making their purchases, we ate leftovers (plenty from the week’s dinners!) and decided to go to the casinos, which we hadn’t done yet.

We chose the casino at the Hyatt, which advertised live music, just in case some of us lost our gambling stake before the rest were ready to leave. We called a cab so we could all imbibe and waited about an hour—no cab. So we called another cab company and they were there within 15 minutes. We had a great driver—very personable and full of information about Aruba. We got to the casino and most of us played slots. Torrey won some money, but Arnold was the big winner—about $300 playing craps. We walked around the hotel a while—it was beautiful, with lush gardens inside and some nice shops—and then called a cab and headed home.

On Sunday morning we would have just enough time to get up, pack, clean the place up a little, return the rental car, and get to the airport. We were really sorry to leave. Mike even stopped at a little apartment complex to inquire about rental rates, dreaming about retirement years.

Home Again

The flight home on AirTran seemed short. We took a taxi van from Orlando Airport back to Mike and Alisa’s house to pick up Arnold’s car and then said our goodbyes.

We all agreed it was one of our best vacations and certainly our most relaxing. It was great being beach bums for a week. And having the whole family together to enjoy the fun made it all that much better.