Amazing Tropical Getaways for the Holidays – Aruba & St. Thomas

Posted December 13, 2013 by livelux in Lifestyle
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Many people want to get away from the cold weather for the holidays and enjoy the warmth of the beautiful tropical destination like Aruba or St. Thomas.

Vacations To Go has put together some of the best resorts to stay at in the Caribbean, for those who have ever dreamed of visiting Aruba or St. Thomas.

Enjoy beautiful, sandy beaches, warm air breezes and a Caribbean atmosphere that’s laid-back. Several of these luxury resorts are all-inclusive, which means it includes your accommodations, all meals and drinks plus many local activities.

Aruba:
Located just 15 miles north of Venezuela, Aruba offers inviting beaches, a cactus-studded interior and distinctive divi-divi trees bent by steady trade winds. The native language of Aruba is Papiamento, which is a mix of African, Creole, Portuguese, Dutch, English and Spanish influences. Palm Beach is a true Caribbean playground, with major resorts, fine sand and clear water. Find tall, multicolored Dutch colonial homes with wooden doors make a picturesque sight in Oranjestad, the capital city of Aruba.

Arikok National Park covers about one-fifth of Aruba’s land mass. Enjoy numerous hiking trails and paved and gravel roads that lead to a variety of rocky coasts, caves and pictographs that were left behind by the Caquetio Indians. The waters of tropical Aruba are filled with marine life, providing excellent snorkeling opportunities. Fishing enthusiasts can cast a line for marlin, wahoo, amberjack, kingfish and tuna. Steady trade winds provide ideal conditions for windsurfing and kiteboarding; both sports are very popular in Aruba.

- Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive, a 3-star, all-inclusive resort about 10 minutes from Oranjestad
- Hotel Riu Palace Aruba, a 4-star, all-inclusive hotel on Palm Beach
- Renaissance Aruba Resort, a 5-star, all-inclusive property in Oranjestad (pictured above)

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St. Thomas:
Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas features beautiful beaches, prime shopping and interesting historic sites. St. Thomas offers a duty-free haven, in addition to top shopping venues include Main Street in downtown Charlotte Amalie and Havensight Mall at the cruise ship dock. With its calm waters, Magens Bay is the island’s most popular beach; Drake’s Seat offers great views of the bay.

Take in the sights including the vista from the top of the 99 Steps on Government Hill. They were constructed by Danes in the mid-1700s using bricks that had served as ballast in trading ships (there actually are 103 steps). Fort Christian, built in 1680, is the oldest standing structure in the USVI and has a collection of early St. Thomas memorabilia. St. Thomas also is home to one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere. Art lovers can visit the childhood house of French impressionist Camille Pissarro, born on the island in 1830. Note that U.S. citizens are not required to have a passport to visit St. Thomas.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, a 3-star, all-inclusive property a few miles east of Charlotte Amalie
Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, a 4-star, all-inclusive retreat on St. Thomas’ northeast coast
Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach, a 5-star resort near Charlotte Amalie

If you are ready to plan your vacation or holiday getaway to one of these two tropical Caribbean destinations, please contact The Life of Luxury and we can assist with all of your travel arrangements.