For the first time in like 100 years, the California Lighthouse in Aruba is open for the public to climb. Naturally my mom, sisters and I happily climbed the 123 steps to the (very windy) top. The view was incredible, and it was so peaceful! Coming down was another story all together. The narrowness and darkness were a lot to battle in lace-up espadrilles (shh, don’t judge my shoe choice!).
My Dutch friend that I met in Aruba had told me to get a milkshake at the truck parked outside of the lighthouse. Turns out the Dutch word for milkshake translates to anything blended with ice, so this “milkshake” was frozen flavored coconut water. So good.
You can also (should also, actually) eat at Faro Blanco, the restaurant my family so affectionately calls “The Lighthouse.” It’s an Italian restaurant at the foot of the lighthouse, and offers some of the best views of the Aruban sunset. Call ahead to make sunset reservations though, because tables fill up quickly.