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Topic: My Trip to Aruba....
Posted By: Brian
Subject: My Trip to Aruba....
Date Posted: 04 Oct 2003 at 4:03pm

Well let me say first Aruba was beautiful, it is a small island right off the top tip of South America. The people that live there are some of the friendliest people I have ever met.  

Pros of Aruba:

There are a few tourist site seeing areas that you can go to in Aruba, the first place that we went to was a place known as the Natural Bridge, it is a bridge made out of solid Rock that was made by mother nature her self.   

The second place that we went to was a small Saint Replica there on the east side of the island, not much to see there but some statues of a Saint if you are interested in that kind of thing.

The third place that we went was to a Beach called Baby Beach.  It is the only Beach on the island were topless women are allowed and other beach's it is not allowed.       (I saw only 2 when we went during the day)  :)   That beach is the best beach on the island, not because of the women but because the water is so much clearer, because of the jetties that surround the beach.  The beach is like 2 to 4ft deep about 50 yards out. 

Other things that we did were, go to the Light House that is there on the island.  We also went on a daytime boat cruise which was $35 and you were able to snorkel for an Hour, they also had a buffet and all you can drink open bar, along with a 3 hour boat ride.  The we went on the Nighttime Party Boat the TATTOO that was $49.95, there was a lot of dancing and drinking on that boat, and night time swimming and a buffet.   

The Con's of Aruba:

I wouldn’t really say these things are bad but here they go, the gas was $1.44 a liter, Food at the restraunts at the Hotels was expensive, DONT EAT THE CHINNESE FOOD, I got sick the next day along with 2 others in our group of 4.  The island is small, once you go everywhere on the island you fell like, what else is there to do, so we spent the remaining days at the beach and the Casino. :)  The TAX was 18%.  Beer was $4 a bottle at most places(Bud Light) except at the Casinos it was FREE. :)

Other Info:

Rent A CAR the Island is so small u cant get lost, and they give you a little map. Car Rental was $35 a day for a economy car 4 people.  Definitely eat at this little Restraunt on the main drag in town called Kings Rib's, they have GOOD BBQ.  There are also plenty of Casino's at every Hotel.  Its not like Vegas where the Casinos are huge, there are a few that are bigger than others though, my Favorite was "Halambra".  We stayed at the Marriott, and it was like $180 a night.  Definitely stay at a named Brand Hotel they are a lot nicer and on the water.  The only useable phone card in Aruba is the AT&T international calling card.  Internet access is like .30 cents a minute, at most places.

Over all I give Aruba 8 out of 10 Stars

Have Fun, Brian 

 




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Posted By: belizexp
Date Posted: 21 July 2005 at 4:29pm
I agree  Aruba a great place to visit  I took the island tour package we went to natrual bridge, the cave with all the bat's, the famous church, aruba  1st golf course, water plant, dwntwn shopping area and much more just can't remember but the best stops was at the california lighthouse & the beach where we stop to eat and swin/snorkeling amazing veiw


Posted By: Shucander
Date Posted: 06 May 2007 at 2:08am

Today that I have read this post, Thanks for coming to Aruba on Vacations.

Safety  
Aruba has always been considered one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean, however incidents may occur.  Please do not provide temptation by leaving your valuables unattended on the beach or in your rental car.

 Star



Posted By: sandra
Date Posted: 06 May 2007 at 3:49am
Thanks, Shucander. I'll certainly not leave my camera in the taxi.

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I asked for all things so that I might enjoy life; I was given life so that I might enjoy all things


Posted By: vutjebal
Date Posted: 06 May 2007 at 9:10am
Things can happens everywhere you may go..But  my little Island Aruba, always  will be the best  for me.  I wish I could  say  right  now,
I am going  back HOME, but  it will be soon ...one day.
Shucandy....thanks  for all what  you're doing  to promote our  lil Island of Aruba.(Like I said, for 10 yrs ago I've left my HSH.)Wink


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It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.


Posted By: sandra
Date Posted: 06 May 2007 at 9:54am
vutje, no matter where you roam, if your heart is still yearning for home, you will return there some day. My heart is yearning for a country I love, Dominica, and I know that if God spare my life, I'll visit there some day. I had a dream about that country a couple of nights ago. I dreamt that I was in an area that I grew up in, I stood on the street and shouted, "I love Dominica". When I woke up the next morning, I was full of joy.

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I asked for all things so that I might enjoy life; I was given life so that I might enjoy all things


Posted By: vutjebal
Date Posted: 06 May 2007 at 9:59am
Thanks  sandy   you're a nice person ...thank you...CryCryCryCryBroken%20Heart

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Posted By: sandra
Date Posted: 06 May 2007 at 10:07am
Yeah, so I've been told. I've been called 'an angel'. I the story of Christ's crucifiction, I cried. Well... only two of us in the class cried. I wanted to be a 'nun', but.....

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I asked for all things so that I might enjoy life; I was given life so that I might enjoy all things


Posted By: vutjebal
Date Posted: 06 May 2007 at 10:44am
Originally posted by sandra

Yeah, so I've been told. I've been called 'an angel'. I the story of Christ's crucifiction, I cried. Well... only two of us in the class cried. I wanted to be a 'nun', but.....
Oh%20Mysandy   you be a **nun**...so we're two....LMAO


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It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.


Posted By: Shucander
Date Posted: 07 May 2007 at 1:18am
First Trip to Aruba 
by: Boatman

Before I start let me say that I planned this trip for over a year and tried to read every bulletin board and chat room that I could find. This was probably on of the best trips my wife and I have had, including Jamaica, Bermuda, and Cancun.

We left Tuesday morning and arrived in Charlotte in time to have breakfast at the airport. We got on the airplane which was not full and arrived in Aruba about 4:30 pm their time. We had rented a car so we took off for the resort. The first thing was that I got lost. It took us 30 min. to make the 15 min. trip. We checked into our room with no problems at all. I had contacted Travel Unlimited of New Jersey to book the room. One of the many good things that I got from the chat-room. They got me great rooms and threw in several extras I could not get if I booked direct with the resort. We went down town and ate at Don Carlos' which is right in the middle of the main part of town. We could see the cruise ships and casino at the same time. The food was good and the service was good too.

The next day we drove up to the light house and got a birds eye view of the island. I then dropped my wife off at the http://www.visitaruba.com/cgi-bin/redirect/lnkinlte.cgi?l=.wyndham_trip - Wyndam for a massage and I drove to baby beach for some quick snorkeling. I had booked tickets to the Review at the Wyndam for dinner that night. Save your money. The show was good but the food and service was poor.

Thursday it rained all day so we went into town and shopped most of the day. Dinner was at http://www.visitaruba.com/cgi-bin/redirect/lnkinlte.cgi?l=.gaucho_trip - El Gaucho's . Another great idea I got from the internet. The food was superb and the service was excellent. It was my wife's birthday and the singers came to her table and serenaded her.

Friday we both took the resort Scuba lessons and I went scuba diving for the first time. Loved it and plan to do it again. Dinner was at the Sunset Grill at the Radisson. Food showed poorly to last night and the service wasn't much better. Saturday we booked the safari trip. They let me drive a land rover over the hills of Aruba where even a goat wouldn't go. The nineteen year old guide drives like my kids did when they were teenagers. I tried to keep up and loved it. Hard to choose between the safari and scuba as the best thing of the trip. We drove down to the http://www.visitaruba.com/cgi-bin/redirect/lnkinlte.cgi?l=.ffb_rest_seafd - Flying Fishbone for dinner. Very romantic, dinner on the beach under the stars. Food and service were both excellent. Don't miss this.

Sunday we snorkeled at boca Catalina and baby beach. Both were great. We saw coral and fish both. I couldn't get reservations at the http://www.visitaruba.com/cgi-bin/redirect/lnkinlte.cgi?l=.agrill_trip - Aqua Grill so we went to http://www.visitaruba.com/cgi-bin/redirect/lnkinlte.cgi?l=.texas_trip - Texas De Brazil . Glad we did it was a unique dining experience. They walk around with the meat on squires and put it onto your plate as long as you want to eat. Glad we got to go there. Great food and service again.

Monday was just a sun and shop day. We stayed in the sun as long as we could and then went into town to get something for the grandkids. Dinner was at Madam Jeanette's. Good food, a little over priced and only fair service.

Tuesday we got up and went to the beach before going to the airport for a 3:30 flight. Had no trouble with customs going or coming. I actually had a paper clip in my shirt pocket set off the metal detector, if you can believe that. We plan to go back again. We couldn't do everything that we wanted in just seven days. If anyone wants more detail information, please email me. I just love to talk about this great trip. Thanks to Alan at Travel Unlimited for setting up such a wonderful experience.

Thanx for coming to Aruba....


Posted By: Shucander
Date Posted: 07 May 2007 at 1:25am
THE BEST VACATION EVER 
by: Kathy

After a year and a half of saving and planning we finally arrived in beautiful Aruba!

Flight (us air) was great. Getting through the airport was tops 1/2 hour. http://www.visitaruba.com/cgi-bin/redirect/lnkinlte.cgi?l=.acearuba_trip - Rental car was ready (ace) . Check in at the Aruba Beach Club was smooth. These people were so nice & very helpful. We had our car broken into while parked at the Radisson one day. They smashed the back window and took a small white bag I had on the floor of the passenger side. I realize that it was a stupid thing to leave something in a rental car, but it just had our eyeglasses in it. I really would of loved to see the look on their faces when they looked inside the bag. I must say the staff at the Beach Club were wonderful they made calls for us. When the police came they too were great. All & all after a couple of hours the reports were done. The damage only came to $60 so not bad.

The best meal we have ever had was at Marandi's. The sunset tables, the service & the food was just an unbelievably great experience $120 that was app, meals, coffee & desert. http://www.visitaruba.com/cgi-bin/redirect/lnkinlte.cgi?l=.saltpep_trip - Salt & peppers was also a great meal & service was very good also the bill came to $48, meal & dessert (great chocolate mousse). Pizza bob's by the low rises - great pizza & service was also great pizza was $12 & salad was fresh tasty dressing too. The frozen drinks were very tasty. The all you can eat buffets at the Radisson were really a great value only 19.95. The food was very good, prim rib night-Saturday & Thursday. Chateaubrion (sp?) I must sadly say that I was really looking forward to going to rumbas. We had heard so much about it. We went for lunch I ordered a mahi-mahi sandwich when it came it was only three inches long & very thin so much so it was very chewy, being polite I didn't say anything my other half sandwich was delicious. We might try it again for dinner next time the service was great & as was the atmosphere. The night we had our car broken into we went to Smokey Joes for ribs which were really tasty. The waitress was so sweet, when she found out what had happened she sat down and read us the menu!!!!!!

The best breakfast was at the Dutch pancake house in downtown wow we were so full we had nothing until 7pm the bill came to $20 great deal!!! We did De Palm jeep tour of the island. What fun, but word to the wise, you get very dirty so wear clothes that you don't care about. The buffet on http://www.visitaruba.com/plus/seafun.html#palmisland - De Palm Island was included as was snorkeling & drinks and of course all the swimming you want at their private beach.

We also had the best time on the mi-dushi sunset sail. The crew went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a great time and it worked!!! Someone couldn’t swim & one of the crew went in the water and waited for her so she could try the rope swing & another man lost his sunglasses & the crew member went in with snorkel equipment on and dove for the glasses - he found them!!! Most of all the people of Aruba especially at the Aruba beach club were just super. The beach club is small but it is made for a perfect, quiet, romantic vacation. The beach was beautiful and never crowded, the rooms were always clean and the staff was always helpful. Aruba is a very special place that everyone should experience. We hope we can get back there next year.

Thanx for coming to Aruba Kathy, we hope to see you back next year


Posted By: Snowflake
Date Posted: 16 May 2007 at 8:01am
Originally posted by sandra

vutje, no matter where you roam, if your heart is still yearning for home, you will return there some day. My heart is yearning for a country I love, Dominica, and I know that if God spare my life, I'll visit there some day. I had a dream about that country a couple of nights ago. I dreamt that I was in an area that I grew up in, I stood on the street and shouted, "I love Dominica". When I woke up the next morning, I was full of joy.
 
I come with you Sandy Smile


Posted By: vutjebal
Date Posted: 16 May 2007 at 6:24pm
  I thought you're  planning  to come  to Den Bosch...Avatar


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It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.


Posted By: Shucander
Date Posted: 22 May 2007 at 10:24pm

Aruba Our Second Home

My name is Louis Sferrazza & I have been traveling to Aruba with my wife Veronica since 1977. We found out early on that Aruba has every thing we need in a vacation, from the beautiful beaches to great restaurants and the wonderful people of Aruba. We have tried other islands in the caribbean and nothing compares to Aruba. We have also introduced family members who have never been to Aruba and decided after hearing us talk about "our island" to take the plunge, and to our joy, they have also fell in love with Aruba and now join us for vacations. When you live a stressful and busy life like we do it is wonderful to know that as soon as you get off the plane it is left all behind, from the people at the airport who greet you with a BOMBINI to the friendly and very helpful staff at the shops, restaurants, and hotels that we have visited over the many years. This year we are considering buying a time share in Aruba and extend our vacation even longer.
Yours truly, Mr.& Mrs. Louis Sferrazza, Douglaston, NY

Thanx for coming to Aruba Kathy, we hope to see you back next year


Posted By: Shucander
Date Posted: 22 May 2007 at 10:26pm

Renewal of Wedding Vows

My husband and I planned to renew our wedding vows on the beach at sunset during our visit to Aruba this month. I was surfing the web and discovered Reverend Robert Gibson's website. I emailed him with our request. He responded promptly and gave us ideas for our vow renewal. When we arrived in Aruba, we met and finalized the details of the ceremony. He arranged for the flowers, picked the perfect poem to recite etc. He took care of everything that I had no worries. We renewed our vows on Friday, April 13 at sunset on Eagle Beach by the Divi tree and rock pile and it was absolutely breathtaking. Reverend Gibson performed a beautiful, heartfelt memorable ceremony. Friday, the 13th was a great day! Reverend Gibson's website is http://www.arubaeloquent.com/ - www.arubaeloquent.com If you are planning a wedding or vow renewal, Reverend Gibson is the one you want.

                                                                                    Heart


Posted By: Shucander
Date Posted: 22 May 2007 at 10:31pm

The Perfect Wedding in Paradise

First, I must preface this by saying that we did not have a wedding planner and made all of the arrangements for ourselves and our 32 guests via email communication. This can be a daunting task stateside, so the fact that things went smoothly with everyone we worked with is a credit to amazing Aruban hospitality and professionalism. We used Angela with Bella Aruba Photography...what a joy to work with! Her work is amazing, and she created many lasting memories for two very unphotogenic people and their (more photogenic) guests. She even arranged for a color, full-page article to be printed in the local newspaper. (bellarubaphoto@yahoo.com)

Our wedding and reception was held at MooMba's Beach Club and Restaurant and we couldn't have asked for more. The staff set-up and decorated an arch on the beach, and provided covered chairs for all of the guests--just perfect for photos! Immediately following the ceremony, they had champagne ready to pass out to everyone, and wedding cake waiting for us. We had a private dining area under the huge palapa, and the food was great. And when we were tired and ready to head back to the hotel, our guests were able to continue the festivities with the live band and MooMba's bar just steps away. Thank you Evert and Liz for going above and beyond for us!

We wanted to provide our guests with a thank you for coming so far, so we rented out a Jolly Pirates ship the next afternoon. We all had a great time with the rope swing, open bar and snorkeling, and the Jolly Pirates crew kept everyone entertained with their DJ'ing, dancing and acrobatics. Carla and her husband were great to work with, and we've heard from many of our guests that they'd love to come back and do it again!

Finally if you’re looking for an affordable, welcoming place to stay, we’d recommend Buffam’s Tropical Haven (http://buffamstropicalhaven.com) Even though we didn’t stay there, we had guests that did and the owners Sherri and Rick went out of their way to make sure we were all set with the wedding plans. They provided countless driving directions, entertainment suggestions and even called US Customs to make sure I could get my wedding bouquet back home! (Also they make great coffee, which is always free-flowing.)

Best of luck!

Josh and Kate



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Date Posted: 09 Oct 2007 at 7:43pm

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