A great family vacation in Aruba

Bob E. - RCI Associate Travel StoriesJune is the time of year I look forward to the most. We’re at the tail end of spring here in New Jersey, the weather is really nice, the kids are ending school for the year and it’s time for our big family vacation. This year, we traveled to Aruba and all of us had an amazing time.


Aruba is a great vacation destination. The first and most obvious reason is the weather – lots of sun and the warm tropical breezes. But another reason it’s a great place to travel to is because you can have any type of vacation experience. We traveled with over two dozen family members and everyone enjoyed how they spent their days. Some made it a relaxing/pampering vacation with massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and shopping. Others made it a “fun in the sun” type of vacation with their children. The kids have endless amounts of energy and a typical day included hopping from the ocean, to the pool, and back to the beach to make a sandcastle. Others are more adventurous and tried deep sea fishing, snorkeling, tubing and more.


So, would I recommend Aruba? No question! It’s a great spot for any kind of vacationer!


Check out the RCI Blog this week for more stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have visited Aruba. Do you have an Aruba story or picture of your own? If so, share it here.

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Fishing in Aruba

Bob E. - RCI Associate Travel StoriesMy family and I have been haven’t missed our annual trip to Aruba for the past 12 years.  Aruba has everything you can ask for in a vacation destination: perfect weather, endless beaches, tubing, windsurfing, horseback riding and so much more. But have you ever thought about going fishing in Aruba?! We have made an annual tradition to go deep sea fishing together, along with friends we have made in Aruba over the years.

Early in the week we pick a day, no worries about weather because, well, it’s Aruba. We take a drive into Oranjestad to find an available boat and meet the captain. On the morning of our trip, we depart our resort at 8:00 am, and when we get there, the boat is ready and waiting.  The mates have the lines set up and ready to go. After only a half hour, the mates rig up the bait and set out the lines. Then it’s a waiting game…

The captain will troll until a fish hits. Be sure to set the line-up of who will land the fish before the first one is hooked. We typically use the timeless classic method of rock/ paper/scissors.

Over the years, we’ve landed everything from mahi mahi, barracuda and yellowfin tuna to sailfish, wahoo and blue marlin. After a long 4 hours at sea, we head back inland.  The mates clean and filet the fish while we sit back and relax.

Once on dry land, we divvy up the day’s catch and only take what we can eat. The rest we leave with the captain and mates to take home to their families or sell to the local restaurants.  We take our share back to our resort, have the chef cook it up and then enjoy our day’s bounty on the beach…

This week on the RCI Blog, we will be sharing stories from RCI subscribing members who have gone on fishing and camping trips. Be sure to check back and read what they had to say!

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Newport, Rhode Island – You may just get hooked!

Bob E. - RCI Associate Travel StoriesMy wife and I have always enjoyed getting away to Newport, Rhode Island for a long weekend to unwind and get away from the daily grind. If you don’t know much about Newport, it’s a city nestled between New York and Boston with a rich history dating back to the Revolutionary War. It’s also home to the America’s Cup match races.

In Newport, you can get a unique glimpse into the Gilded Age in America.  While visiting this city, a must is to take a look at the mansions on Bellevue – they are breathtaking.  To think of these as summer cottages for tycoons like the Vanderbilt family is just mind blowing.  We always enjoy the 3.5 mile walk along the “Cliff Walk” where you can experience the beauty of the ocean and architecture of the mansions.

Now that we have children, we go to the beaches, take boat rides, go seal watching, ride the scenic train the goes past the naval base and window shop on Thames Street. We especially like going around the holidays.  The entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland that will create memories that last a lifetime.

I personally think that Newport is a place everyone should visit at least once. But be careful… you may get hooked and go back for years to come, just like me.

This week on the RCI Blog, we will be sharing Rhode Island stories and photos from other RCI subscribing members. Don’t forget to come back and take a look!

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