I just returned from a seven night stay at the Aruba Radisson resort and thought I was at a Boomer convention. There were all ages of Boomers and some younger Seniors too enjoying the island lifestyle, if only for a short time. There were tie die T-shirt classes at the pool, bingo, sunset cruises, but the main draw is the excellent beaches.
The weather is ideal beach weather with highs in the 80’s and lows in the 70’s. You really can stay on the beach or lounge at the pool all day long. You know our bodies are not what they used to be, but it doesn’t matter when most of the people at the beach look just like you do. No one is going to stare at your pot belly and you won’t feel out of place. We are just there to enjoy ourselves. Now that I am retired I have tried to grow my hair longer and I noticed that must be a trend as evidenced by the Boomer crowd in Aruba this week. A few little ponies but most just sporting longer hair. Anyway why not, we have conformed long enough and it’s our time again.
Another thing bringing Boomers to Aruba is their excellent restaurants, many within walking distance from the hi-rise hotels along Palm and Eagle beaches. They are expensive but are uncommonly good for the Caribbean Islands I have visited. After dinner, there are casinos in many hotels and even some Las Vegas type shows for your entertainment. Most of the hi-rise hotels have a bar with live entertainment every night. Not even to mention the two and one half hour long cocktail hour starting at 4 pm where you can try the Pina Colada or some exotic drink of the day.
Everything happens on island time which is just fine with us Boomers after we get used to it. The favorite saying on the “happy island” is relax, you’re on vacation. It can be a little disturbing when you order food or a drink and it takes forever to get to you, but that is the exception. What is not the exception is getting your bill at the end and getting it paid. That can take some time so you might as well not let it bother you.
We talked with one dear lady in her 70’s who moved to Aruba from Boston over 25 years ago and has made it her home quiet well. She filled me in that there are no retirement communities on the island and not that many people retire there either. Aruba is just a fine place for a Boomer to travel to and enjoy for a week or a season. TripAdvisor.com is a great place to research Aruba or any other travel destination for that matter.
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