Beach here I come- Tips? 1st timer to Aruba

Jun 3rd, 2002, 11:33 AM
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Beach here I come- Tips? 1st timer to Aruba

Ok, I'm excited. Got my plane tickets, booked, my room at the Bucuti and I'm ready for this vacation. (August trip). I've read this board, I know that I should bring plenty of sunscreen, try various, wind, smells, resturants, maybe rent a jeep and tour the island etc. Are there any must see items to do, tips, advice, activities etc that I just can't miss or might be off the beaten path?

I already spotted the on the beach spa and wondered if it was worth a try for a reflexology massage.

I'm am so excited about this trip and want to thank everyone for posting all the great "insider" tips. This really eases my concerns for my first visit to Aruba.
Jun 3rd, 2002, 11:45 AM
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Congratulations - you'll be staying on the best stretch of beach in Aruba!

Our favorites: sailing/snorkeling trips (there are several, including Tranquilo, Mi Dushi, etc.); swimming and snorkeling at Baby Beach (water there is clearer and calmer than elsewhere on the island); a drink or three at Charlie's Bar in San Nicolas.

I think exploring the countryside on your own (with a 4WD) is better than going on a tour - you can set your own pace, linger at places that interest you, and you won't spend as much time eating other people's dust. You may get a bit lost, but you'll find your way back.

Have fun!

Jun 3rd, 2002, 02:26 PM
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Be sure to check out for tons of solid info.

And if you're really adventurous, try to find the Natural Pool. It's a journey you'll never forget.

Jun 3rd, 2002, 08:00 PM
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Jun 4th, 2002, 04:41 AM
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Agree with cdt. Explore the island on your own. Do not miss the natural bridge! Also our favorite restaurants: The Flying Fishbone (a little tricky to find but an unforgettable experience!!), El Gaucho (best steak I ever had) & Twinklebones (what fun!).
Jun 4th, 2002, 05:28 AM
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We just returned in March from Aruba-our 7th trip! We visited the Bucuti and the beach was beautiful--nice and quiet.
A few of our favorite restaurants are The French Steakhouse (next door at the Manchebo--Ambassador Special is great), Madame Jeanette's (our favorite), Flying Fishbone (right on the beach), Pavarotti (italian), Blossoms (Wyndham-oriental), Gasparito (some local cuisine + regular-sit in patio of old cunucu house). If you're downtown, for a casual meal try Cuba's Cookin and a tropical drink at Iguana Joe's.
There's a small restaurant/dance place next door to the casino at La Cabana--Hang 10 I believe-thats fun Weds-Friday when the band plays--we went at the 10:00 p.m. happy hour (all ages)--avoid the weekend too crowded.
With a rental car you can drive out to Malmok Beach (snorkle), watch the Windsurfers at Hadikurari (Fishermans Huts), Baby Beach (follow signs for Seroe Colorado) etc. There will be plenty of tours to choose from.
Using Google type out "Aruba, tourism" and you'll get information on everything. Have fun!

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