EP2 – Aruba Then and Now with Andrea J.

Relatively speaking I’m a newbie when it comes to Aruba vacations, so when I wanted to find out what Aruba was like before it became so popular I knew exactly where to turn. On today’s episode of One Happy Podcast I talk with Andrea James who has been visiting the island for over 30 years.

Over the course of those 30 plus years Andrea has seen Aruba transform from little known Caribbean paradise to one of the most popular Caribbean vacation destinations hosting over 1 million visitors each year. When not in Aruba, Andrea also doubles as one of the “Rockstar” forum moderators over at Aruba.com. Today we talk to Andrea about not only how the island has changed but also what it’s like to tasked with keeping arguably the most active Aruba online community drama and spam free.

Over the course of the 46 minute interview one thing becomes clear… Andrea loves Aruba. Andrea’s passion for her second home definitely shines through and will leave you wanting to book a trip the minute you finish listening.


EP1 – Beach Bumming in Aruba With Maggie G

What is your version of Aruba like? Join us as Maggie G takes us on a journey to her Aruba. Maggie G is an Aruba fan who first visited the island 10 years ago on a cruise who has decided that one day in port isn’t enough and now visits a week at a time. Maggie also happens to be my best friend on the planet.

While in Aruba Maggie spends her time preparing for her dream job of being, a professional beach bum. In the rare times when Maggie is not lounging around on one of Aruba’s beautiful beaches she also likes exploring the rugged North Shore of Aruba. At night there is a game called, “which Palm Beach restaurant is my favorite?” Maggie plays.

Just like the rest of us it’s clear that Maggie loves Aruba and I really think that comes across in this interview. She shares some of her favorite restaurants, activities, resources and at the end enters into the eye of the hurricane.