Where to stay- Eagle Beach or Palm Beach?

Oct 16th, 2006, 09:19 AM
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Where to stay- Eagle Beach or Palm Beach?

I am going to Aruba with my family - 2 adults and two grownup kids(25 and 18-years old). It'll be our first stay on Aruba(visited with cruise ship years ago). I am choosing between Palm Beach and Eagle B. What is the difference in terms of activities? I understand that Eagle Beach is quiter than Palm. WIll my children be bored there? HAve less choice of activities? IF we want to visit PAlm Beach can we spend time at the beach or all the beach area belong to hotels and we will not be allowed there? Can we walk hotel's grounds if we don't stay there? Spend time on their beach? Is Casa del Mar at Eagle Beach a good option for accomodation?
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Oct 17th, 2006, 09:20 AM
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Depends on what you want (which beach you should stay). If you're looking for lots of activities, pools with waterfalls, casinos, plenty of restaurants etc. etc., you should stay on Palm Beach. If you're looking for a huge beach which offers plenty of privacy, peace and quiet, and a more 'low-key' atmosphere, Eagle Beach is much better. We greatly prefer Eagle Beach - visited Palm Beach a couple of times and we were struck by how full it was and how little room there was - people squeezed together in their beachchairs. But again, if activity is what you want, Palm Beach may be better.
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Nov 14th, 2006, 05:47 PM
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We've been to Aruba twice and leave on Saturday for our next trip. We swear by Eagle Beach. The beach is absolutely beautiful! There are places along the beach to participate in water sports or sign up for other activities. Some resorts offer beach sports (volley ball, etc). My recollection is that Palm Beach is crowded and more active. Eagle Beach is in the low-rise hotel/resort area; Palm Beach is in the high-rise area.
We stayed at LaCabana in the past and will be at Paradise Beach Villas next week.
I think there's more to consider than activities. Good luck with your decision. Mary
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Nov 14th, 2006, 09:03 PM
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I agree with Carola22

It does depend on what you want - as she says if you expect to active all the time then Palm Beach has it all but seriously, it's only a short bus ride from Eagle beach - and your children are adults who will probably love the freedom to explore the island.

I always recommend the buses on Aruba clean, inexpensive and used by locals and tourists alike.

Palm beach is public you can spend as much time as you want on the sand - and we walked through the grounds of the big hotels with no problem - you cannot however sit on their loungers/chairs.
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Nov 14th, 2006, 09:05 PM
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shoot - posted too soon

Carola - how did you like Bucuti Beach? Did I miss your trip report
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Nov 17th, 2006, 02:47 AM
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Alya: no, I didn't write a trip report - I must confess it's been a number of years since we last visited Bucuti (but we have stayed there five times or so). I believe the last time was in 2003. At that time they were still working on the construction of the Tara Suites which are right on the beach, but they were due to be finished in just a few weeks. Since then, I've read only very positive reports about these suites.
We stayed in one of the 'ordinary' gardenview rooms on the ground floor. We really liked sitting on our patio and looking out on the garden with all its nice trees and plants.
The great thing about Bucuti is the beach, though - as I wrote it's huge, and even though the hotel was fully booked when we were there you couldn't tell, the beach gave enough privacy for everyone! A major advantage over Palm Beach, IMO. Any other questions about Bucuti just ask - the only problem as I said is that my information may be bit 'dated' because it's been a few years.
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