Of Gardens and Greenery

I went on a sight-seeing excursion in my Aruba ‘hood, looking for some of the best examples of indigenous foliage to show you. Mission accomplished!

[Sidenote: Aruba is unique because of the diversity of its landscape. The resort-heavy side of the island is a beach lover’s paradise; however; if you travel to the other side of the country, you will see uninhabited and completely different sights. We have never ventured away from the resort section; one year, we walked to the Lighthouse and back…


…what a hot trek that was! – but our ambition always wanes within 7 hours of arrival…just be aware that there is a lot you can see, and many places to explore should you choose!



The Divi-Divi tree is a unique sight to North American eyes:

the trunks are pushed sideways because of the constant ocean winds

But my favourite tree is the palm tree. If I could have my own personal tree-as-symbol, it would be this one.

a grove!

Let’s take another look!


Indulge me – one more!

maybe i should get one for inside the condo casa! it IS a two storey loft!

OK, last one.

how can you not love the sight of palm trees

You’ll also find giant cacti!


The best place to see gorgeous foliage is next door to us at the Hyatt. BFF Debbie: if you ever travel to Aruba, you are only permitted to stay at the Hyatt. Every square inch of this luxurious property exudes your vibe and style. Here is proof:

the "grotto" restaurant; i adore the stone architecture and tranquil environment; not technically a garden, but close enough

adjoining rock gardens...

look what we found?!

 For Little E!

how many fish can you count?!

 For Baby C!

can you spot the birdie??!

 I would consider camping if I could do it on the grounds of the Hyatt. Just a wonderland of beauty and class. The upkeep is perfection.

The Radisson also has divine landscaping.

is there anything more stress-reducing than the lull of a waterfall?

"silver dollar" leaves??!

vibrant pink!

and delicate pink!

There you go – just a taste of the captivating natural beauty in Aruba!

Andnowanotherpalmtree – bwah-hahahaha!!


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  • Deb  On March 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I”m still waiting for the palm tree tattoo!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      now you’re talking!! actually, in all seriousness, that is a GREAT idea! i know the body location where i want the next one, but was not sure WHAT it should be…you may have hit the nail on the head, my brilliant friend!

  • Zo  On March 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I seriously think you could and should get a [side]job working for the Aruba tourist board…you describe everything in so much detail…and I feel very “enticed” to give Aruba a whirl. Thanks for sharing your trip!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      haha, thanks, zo! yes, i know i am gushing sometimes, and i feel like i should have a * statement at the end of each post stating that i am giving my own opinion and am not (sadly) being paid by aruba tourism! it seriously IS just awesome!

  • Holly  On March 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I too just love Palm Trees — too bad they don’t grow in Minnesota!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather  On March 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

    So much to look at! I love that divi-divi tree!

  • Lisa  On March 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Beautiful greenery!

    When I go to Aruba…the hyatt all the way!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      thanks, lisa! the hyatt is simply magnificent…it’s fun to just sit in their lobby, even!

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