EP41: Exploring Aruba with the Dion Family

Joining me today on One Happy Podcast is a whole group of guests, the Dion family. That’s right today I have 4 guests willing to share their Aruba story. More accurately I guess I should say four-fifths of the Dion family as Rich, the dad could not make it. However in his absence Jacki (mom), Brianna (daughter), Jason and Michael (sons) do an exceptional job telling us all about their Aruba.

The Dion’s have been visiting Aruba for about 10 years and currently are timeshare owners at LaCabana which is described by Brianna as being the best resort on the island. Typically traveling with a group that can range anywhere for a handful to a bus-full of people (their largest group totaled more than 50) the Dion’s love being able to spend quality family time on the island they all care for so much. In this episode we discuss what it means to be able to take a family vacation. Also I learn more about the LaCabana resort and its grounds.

As amazing as it sounds, this episode isn’t only about what goes on at LaCabana. On episode 41 we also talk about things the Dion’s like to do away from the Eagle Beach area. Aruba has so much to offer and the Dion’s take full advantage of it. Depending on mood, sometimes they go exploring the backside of the island, snorkeling at DePalm Island or enjoying one of the many fantastic restaurants that Aruba has to offer. No matter what they are doing its clear the Dion’s love to have a great time. If you are someone who is looking to take a family vacation to the island of Aruba, this is the episode for you


Single in Aruba for Valentine’s Day? Here are 7 options

Let me see if I have this right. Its February 14th? You’re single? You’re in Aruba? While being single on Valentine’s day isn’t exactly ideal, all things being equal you could be worse off. Sure you may not have anyone to wine, dine and ummm stare longingly into their eyes but you are in Aruba and determined to make the best of it. Shouldn’t be too hard, Aruba has so much to offer, even to members of the lonely heart’s club on the most romantic day of the year.

Here is list of 7 things to do should you find yourself single in Aruba on Valentine’s Day.


EP40: Aruba Ray Ellin presents Aruba Ray’s Comedy

On the 40th episode of One Happy podcast, Aruba Ray Ellin stops past tell talk about the newest installment of “Aruba Ray’s Comedy”. He and his cohorts will have shows running from February 3rd through March 4th at the Aruba Marriott Stellaris Hotel and Casino. Each night will feature Ray Ellin as your host and two other New York city comic’s doing a 90 minute show.

In my opinion Aruba Ray’s Comedy is the best way to spend an evening on the island. In September I was able to catch two shows and both were fantastic. If you are a fan of comedy clubs there is nothing else like this in Aruba. If you are someone who has never been to a comedy club Aruba Ray’s Comedy is a great introduction into what you have been missing out on.

Ray himself is an extremely accomplished NYC comedian and all of the guests he brings down to the island are equally incredible. These guys and girls have been featured on late night shows such as the Tonight Show, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien. The have been in major motion pictures such as “Trainwreck” with Amy Schumer, “Invincible” with Mark Wahlberg and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” with Ben Stiller. I have actually been a fan of one of the comics, Tony Woods for about decade when I saw him in “P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy”. So many of you will probably recognize many others Last Comic Standing, TRU Tv, HGTV and comedy specials of their own on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. Basically what I am saying is normally you would need to visit a big city comedy club to see this level of talent.


6 Awesome Places in Aruba to Watch Superbowl 50

If you are a resident of Aruba or have some friends living there you may be invited to one of the many private parties that will be happening. For the rest of you who will be on island looking for someplace to watch or maybe just gather, here are my suggestions for the best places to watch Superbowl 50 in Aruba.

6 Fantastic Places to Watch the Super Bowl in Aruba


EP39: What Curt Spends While Vacationing in Aruba

An Aruba expense report is the topic of discussion on episode 39 of One Happy Podcast. The idea for this episode came from a few questions I recently saw on the Aruba Facebook groups. Would be visitors to the island were asking for advice on how much they would be looking at spending while on the island. Estimates were all over the place, with none being very specific. I don’t blame the people answering the questions for this vagueness as it’s a natural limitation to Facebook groups. It’s just really hard to give a complete answer on a one paragraph Facebook post. Thankfully I have a podcast, which allows me to give a much more detailed answers.

On this episode of the show I use my September 2015 Aruba trip as an example of what a trip to Aruba can cost. What I do with that data is list actual prices we paid for car rentals and dinners on the island. Hopefully by providing that information to you guys it will help you figure out your own budgeting. This post is geared more towards Aruba newbies but can also prove helpful for anyone wondering how their expenses stack up.

Sometimes it comes off like it’s taboo to discuss specific numbers, but in my opinion specifics are the only way to be helpful. When someone asks for recommendations for an affordable place to eat if only a name is tossed out it means nothing. Affordable to you may be completely different than it does for the person asking the question. By providing not only the actual amount spent at a particular restaurant but what it was spent on it allows for a more complete picture for the person making the inquiry.