Ten Criminally Underrated Aruba Restaurants

Next time you are in Aruba pick up a random rock, then throw it. There is a good chance that you’ll hit a restaurant. After all, Aruba has over 300 of them. That’s a whole lot of places to dine, especially when you consider the entire island is only about 70 square miles. Then why is it, we here the same ones recommended over and over again (Passions on the beach, Smokey Joes, Madame Jeanette, etc.) How about this? The next time you are in (or is it on?) Aruba, try one of these often underrated unsung heroes of the Aruba culinary scene instead.


EP85 – Exploring Aruba with Donna Dubrink

Joining me for Episode 85 of One Happy Podcast is long time Aruba visitor Donna Dubrink. How long has Donna been visiting Aruba? She has been visiting for 24 years and still loves the island just as much as she did the first time.

Recently Donna was in Aruba staying at her beloved Playa Linda Timeshare and was nice enough to stop by to talk about it. Now, just because Donna stays at a resort on a prime location on Palm Beach don’t think she only stays around the resort. Donna is an explorer at heart. This love for exploration has led her to discover countless nooks and crannies around the island.

So, on this episode of the show Donna takes us back 24 years to when she first stepped off the plane onto the tarmac of the airport. Over that time she has experienced many different accommodations but the Playa Linda is home, and also the place where her most recent trip is centered. We talk about that trip and how someone who has been visiting Aruba for more than 2 decades still finds a way to enjoy the island and discover new aspects of it.


Michelle K Yoga in Aruba

Joining me on Episode 84 of One Happy Podcast is Michelle Kalina.  Michelle is a yoga instructor, health and wellness coach and a fellow Aruba lover.  Last month Michelle had the unique opportunity of teaching a sunset yoga class at the Aruba Renaissance, a class that some of you may have had the opportunity of…


EP83: Melissa Rose and the Aruba Gold Coast

On Episode 83 of One Happy Podcast, the officially unofficial podcast of the island of Aruba, I am being joined by Melissa Rose. Having just returned from her second trip to the island, Melissa is already a full-fledged Aruba-holic. Now Melissa was just in Aruba a couple of weeks ago and was nice enough to stop by One Happy Podcast to share her Aruba story.

In this interview, Melissa tells me all about her family vacation spent with her husband and two teenaged boys. Being a first-time vacation home renter, I was curious to hear about her experience with “Vacation Rental by Owners” (VRBO). I was also curious to see how the rental life compared to her previous stay at an Eagle beach resort. Melissa walks me through her family vacation including her trips to the various beaches of the island, as well as an excursion that she absolutely loves.

The reason why this episode is a favorite is because not only does Melissa do a great job of providing useful information but she does it in a way that places you there. By the end, I almost felt like I tagged along with them on their family trip. Even though Melissa is relatively new to the island, this interview proves that everyone has something to teach. I learned quite a bit from my talk with Melissa and I hope you will as well. At the very least I guarantee you will be entertained and warmed by the love she shows for One Happy Island, on episode 83 of the Officially Unofficial Podcast of the Island of Aruba.


EP82: 6 Weeks in Aruba with Gae and Charlie Bailey

On Episode 82 of One Happy Podcast, I am fortunate enough to be joined by two guests, Gae and Charlie Bailey. The Bailey’s have been traveling to Aruba for 14 years and are absolutely in love with the island. You could call their introduction to the island and act of divine intervention but you’ll have to listen to know what I mean. Over time they have increased their time spent on Aruba with each visit. This last trip the Bailey’s were able to stay for a total of six weeks, which is an absolute dream for most of us.

In this interview, Gae and Charlie take us on a trip to their Aruba, which is filled with friends, fun, and adventure. Six weeks on Aruba is a long time and needs to be treated differently from your standard vacation. Gae and Charlie clue us in on how it’s possible to vacation for that long without breaking the budget. Over the course of their trip, they stayed at 5 different properties and tell us about each of them. Additionally, Gae and Charlie tell us about their incredible Carnival experience, some excellent and budget friendly Aruba restaurants and how they like to spend their days on the island.

This episode is awesome because it gives you a different perspective on how to do Aruba. For many of us, an Aruba vacation ends up being days on the beach, dinner in an expensive restaurant and then the casino at night. That’s style of vacation isn’t sustainable for most of us over a long period of time. This podcast episode is about an alternative method of Aruba vacation that emphasizes the island’s natural charm, incredible people and a sense of adventure, all of which are free. If you are someone who has wondered what it would be like to stay on the island for an extended period of time you are definitely going to want to listen to episode 82 of One Happy Podcast – 6 weeks in Aruba with Gae and Charlie Bailey.