Fisherman's Huts Beach (Hadikurari) in Aruba
It must be the way the coast curves inwardly between Palm and Malmok Beaches; whatever the cause, Aruba’s Fisherman’s Huts Beach (Hadikurari) is incredibly windy, and it’s the place to be if you want to try out (or just) watch some windsurfing. Especially in the summer months, the warm trade winds whip across this beach’s sands and waters at upwards of 20mph, with some gusts reaching the 30s. It’s a true hold-on-to-your-hat (and your sunglasses, and your beach bags) beach.
Trying to windsurf on Hadicurari Beach in Aruba
Although I did not try windsurfing myself, I can attest to the patience of the instructors on this beach; my husband and I watched one teacher try to get a girl to windsurf for well over an hour. It’s apparently a lot harder than it looks, and getting dragged through the water by a lofty sail did not look like the most fun. Once she finally got going though, I was jealous! It looked so carefree and fun.
The water on this beach is quite shallow at first, and not the best for snorkeling due to all of the wind. But, the water is warm year-round and invites lazy wading.
Human spectators aren’t the only visitors to this beach. Keep your eyes peeled for gorgeous turquoise and green lizards. One of them was so friendly that he/she came right up to us and crawled over our hands. The wind doesn’t seem to bother them much, probably because they’re so close to the ground. They’re completely harmless and their scampering adds a touch of frolicking frivolity to the picturesque scene.
IF YOU GO: Take the Arubus and pack a lunch to eat in the shade. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sand flying around.
Lovely lizard on Aruba's Fisherman's Huts Beach
Photos: Jenny Bengen-Albert
I stumbled across this Jantzen ad from 1963 and it is too good to not share it with you all.
Jantzen men's swim bermudas 1963 Courtesy eBay
Looks like prints and a sung fit were pretty popular back then. Here are some versions for the modern man.
Note that most of these trunks are red… just because 1) it’s a universally flattering color, and 2) it looks great against the backdrop of the blue ocean water.
Original Penguin Volley Short Swimsuit in Poppy Red. Courtesy Original Penguin
Sundek Plaid Trunk. Courtesy Neiman Marcus
Orlebar Brown Graphic Print Swim Shorts. Courtesy Mr Porter
Limoland Multi-Coloured Swim Shorts. Courtesy Mr. Porter
P.S. The Janzten picture is actually a poster that’s for sale on eBay.
Snorkeling Will Never Look the Same Again!
I recently learned about something very, very cool, and something I wish I had known about before traveling to Aruba: prescription goggles! As someone who’s worn glasses and contacts since I was 8 years old and who loves to snorkel, this is very exciting. Prescription goggles and prescription masks enable snorkelers to be able to see perfectly without having to worry about their contacts. I don’t know about you, but I have enough problems to worry about when I snorkel: foggy lenses, staying afloat, fish that want to nibble on my toes. I detest having to wear contacts when I’m at the beach because all it takes is one tiny grain of sand and I have to take out my contact, rinse, and then put it back in my now red and severely aggravated eye. I’ve actually never had a problem of losing my contacts in the water (yet!), but I know that’s always a possibility, and it’s nerve-wracking.
I’m still at the beginning stages of my research, but it looks as though you can get prescription goggle for prescriptions as bad as -10; this is actually better than my vision but it’s close enough! Seeing clearly underwater without worries. This is sounding better and better.
The only hiccup I can think of with this product is this: what do you do if you have to take your goggles off? Or what do you do when you get out of the water? Put on glasses? People like me with really bad eyes are, for all intents and purposes, blind without contacts, and I’m not sure how I feel about bringing a pair of glasses with me to the beach…but it’s got to be a better solution than wearing contacts underwater.
It looks like prescription goggles run around $25-$50, but masks range from $100-$300, so they’re more of an investment. Definitely something to think about as I plan my next snorkel expedition.
Inspired by Sebastien’s Jan & Dean’s Surf City post, as we head into the heat of the summer I’m dedicating a series of blog posts called “Looking Back” to retro swimsuits!
One of the most iconic American images of the bikini is a photograph of Annette Funicello from the 1963 Beach Party movies, a series of summer beach movies with co-star Frankie Avalon. Word on the street is that Annette was instructed to wear bellybutton-covering bikini bottoms by none other than Mr. Walt Disney himself!
Annette Funicello, 1963. Courtesy Everett Collection / InStyle Online
The high-waisted bikini bottom is perfect for those ladies who prefer either a) a little modesty, b) a little retro, c) fashion fun, or d) all of the above!
Here are some modern high-waisted versions you can try on for yourself:
Retro Floral Highwaisted Bikini courtesy Mod Cloth
J.Crew New Glamour Top & Shelley Bottom. Courtesy J.Crew
Marc by Marc Jacobs. Courtesy Bloomingdales