Aruba or Bermuda??

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Feb 17th, 2005, 06:33 PM
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Aruba or Bermuda??

Hi, I am planning a trip in the first week of May. I have been to Bermuda and I love it, but I have never been to Aruba. I have heard many great things about Aruba and I am torn between the two. Bermuda seems a lot more expensive and Im not sure if the weather will be hot enough the first week of May. I want to be able to go in the ocean and go snorkeling, etc. But, if I pick Aruba I dont want to regret it or be disappointed. Has anyone been to both? What are the differences? Which one do you like better? I need opinions and if you know of any hotels that have great deals, please let me know.
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Feb 17th, 2005, 06:48 PM
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I have been to both and they are very different. I really enjoyed both places for different reasons. My parents love Bermuda and did not like Aruba. Different strokes...
Bermuda is a pretty and charming island. It is friendly and safe. It has good food. It is flowers and pink houses. It can also be cold in early May. We went mid may a few years ago and it got chilly on some days. I did not swim in the ocean. We went another year in Oct and swam in the ocean. I think I would wait till June for Bermuda. Now Aruba! It is dry. Not pretty like Bermuda. The resorts have lush landscaping. It can be windy especially at certain places on the island. The water is light green and the sand is very white. The food is very good. I recommend the Hyatt, Radisson and Marriott for big hotels. The Bucuti is highly thought of small hotel on a nice beach. Aruba has nightlife and gambling. I really enjoyed both vacations for what they were. You can not compare the islands because they are so different. Do not expect Bermuda in Aruba. It is not there. Aruba will be very warm and sunny (it was when we were there) and pretty much 85/90 degrees Faren. year round. My Mom thought it was windy. I thought that was refreshing. It was never very windy for us. Is a safe feeling island like Bermuda. The water is fresh to drink out of the tap. If you are looking for a warmer Bermuda, look elsewhere. Maybe St.John or the Cayman islands, or British Virgin Islands would fit that bill better. The town in Aruba is not a cute town like in Bermuda. It is just okay. I did think the food was great in Aruba and it was a very relaxing and nice vacation. If you stay at one of the three big resorts I mentioned, there is water sports galore right in front of your hotel. aruba-bb.com is a bulletin board of aruba experts and vacationers. You can read some of their posts.
I would return to both islands for different reasons. I do think Bermuda is one of the nicest islands.
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Feb 18th, 2005, 02:42 PM
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Bermuda..no question.I say that having not been there, but I have been to Aruba.I find Aruba to be so average..I wouldnt go back.There are no luxe hotels there(Hyatt is the most upscale) and it is also the most attractive thing on the island.If Bermuda is not what you want this trip, I would pick another alternative.
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Feb 19th, 2005, 10:45 AM
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I totally agree with girlonthego. We have been to both Aruba and Bermuda - Aruba only once, Bermuda 5 times. The islands are completely different. Obviously we have gone back to Bermuda, and I have to say it is my favorite island. That being said, I had a great time in Aruba. Even though we are not big gamblers, we enjoyed going to the casinos at night. As we went to Aruba in January, I loved the heat and I found the "wind" more breezy than bothersome. The beaches and the water were beautiful. We usually go to Bermuda in June and find the temperature quite warm, but I would have to agree with you that the first week in May might not be warm enough.

If you do decide to go to Aruba, don't expect it to be like Bermuda. Just enjoy it for what it is.
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