Poised outside the Caribbean’s hurricane belt, this arid island measuring 70-square miles, receives a mere maximum of 20 inches of rainfall annually. As a result, sunshine and aloe vera—both of which are great for external and internal healing, are abundant.
Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao make up the Dutch Leeward Islands. Like Curacao and Bonaire, English is widely spoken on each, although Dutch is the official language. Most of the locals on the A, B, C Islands frequently engage in Papiamento—a largely Spanish based Creole.
Certified green with 104 rooms on 14-acres of sugary ocean front sand and blue sea, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts are intimate enough for a boutique-sized wedding and spacious enough to be private. Most wedding couples come for a beach setup—a specialty of Nashette Wouters, the resort’s certified professional wedding planner.
As far back as Sunday, May 18, 2008, Bucuti has demonstrated its support for marriage equality by hosting its first gay wedding ceremony. The happy couple— Jude Medeiros and Jean-Marie Navetta, said, “I do,” in front a group of family and dear friends. The resort’s website (www.bucuti.com) offers wedding and renewal ceremony packages from $515.
With plenty of pool space and water sport opportunities including paddle boarding, the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stelaris Casino is situated along a beach loaded with day and nightlife, including a very inviting set of bars sure to make beach tennis at Moomba’s beyond fun! www.arubamarriott.com
The one officially gay club is smoke laden Jimmy’s Place (www.jimmysaruba.com). Other hangouts for the Dutch locals known for welcoming a mixed gay/straight clientele include The Paddock (www.paddock-aruba.com) and Café Twister.
No official gay Pride. But locals know oh too well of the Sexy Rainbow Party–a local theme night throughout the year that’s spontaneously held at Zissels, a local restaurant/bar.