One day we dinghied over to the island that we had seen the boat loads of people going back and forth to. We walked about 500 meters through the mangroves and discovered a resort beach. On the leeward side of Aruba they had made some protected beaches, there were large sea water areas which had big boulders enclosing a swimming area. None of us had brought our cameras but the next day we sailed past it and took a shot. There was a couple of bars and a workout area as well as a beach tennis court. We felt like real tourists as we lounged on the chaises after a cocktail and a swim. There were some gorgeous blue lizards as well as large green iguanas. We saw some flamingos that you could feed but by the time we came back and bought some food they had been put to bed for the night.
The next day we motored about five miles south on the inside of the resort island, past the airport and the smelly , burning garbage dump to a great snorkelling spot. Lucy, Mark and I jumped off the boat and saw some lovely coral and some great fish, meanwhile Barry was tending to the boat as we were unable to anchor in the coral. We tried to get in the southern entrance but it looked a little dicey so we sailed back to the airport anchorage for lunch. That evening Lucy and I made pizzas proving to Barry that our galley really is a two person galley.
The day Lucy and Mark checked into their timeshare we all took a taxi there. They got a lovely suite on the quiet, sunny side of the building, I had a jacuzzi tub and a shower using more water than all of us had used all week, what a luxury. We did our laundry, then Mark and Lucy treated us to a delicious dinner in the complex. We visited the casino later and managed to come out $2.25 ahead using our tried and true method of quitting while we were ahead. It was a great spot and it would have been fun to visit and play bocce ball or ping pong but Columbia and Panama are calling so we left this morning.