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Escape to Aruba: What are your top 5 local tips?

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Escape to Aruba

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  • Re: Escape to Aruba: What are your top 5 local tips?
    jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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    go to eat at Barefoot. Go early enough so that that you get to see the sun set. Most perfect setting on the beach. Barefoot is named because most people take shoes off or sandals and eat barefoot on the beach. By the way very good food also

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    aje5837 Silver 1 Reviews
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    An easy way to get around into town is by taking the bus!  It picks you up right outside the Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.  There's a lot of shopping and restaurants downtown in Oranjestad.

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    engineergirl Platinum
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    Rent a 4 wheel drive and explore the island.  From the Marriott go left to get to The site of the (now fallen) natural bridge.  This side of the island is beautiful with wild surf and a rocky shore.  Then head down the center to the Natural Pool.   The Natural Pool is exciting drive wise as well as amazing to see and explore.  You'll question the 4 wheel drive until this destination, where you drive on a steep downhill that looks like a moonscape to a wild and beautiful natural pool.  Swimming in the pool is wonderful, but be careful on the sea side of the rocks surrounding it.  There have been some folks swept off with little warning.  Hint: you'll know you are getting close to the scary part of the drive when you see the goats :-).

     

    Off to the right on the drive down you'll see the shallow water wind turbine farm just off the coast of the island's prison.

    After coming back up the hill from the Pool, and after everyone in the car except the driver has had a fortifying bottle of the local Balashi beer, keep going left around the island to Baby Beach and enjoy snorkeling in the beautiful bay.

     

    We thoroughly enjoyed a week in Aruba with two families including the parents and 4 college aged adults.  The Marriott is a really beautiful resort with huge rooms and amazing views.  Enjoy!

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  • Re: Escape to Aruba: What are your top 5 local tips?
    coupons Gold
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    All about the Food-in high season reservations are a must

     

    Oranjestad

    If you do not rent a car a cab ride into town from the high rise area runs about $20.00 each way-keep this in mind if you want to go to Barefoot or Mirandi's-two great restaurants for sunsets and food

     

    Flying Fishbone is a more expensive cab ride but also a great sunset and good food.  Its sister restaurant is Screaming Eagle in the low-rise area

     

    High Rise Area

    A must is Wacky Wahoo-small restaurant great food

    Aqua Grill a modern looking restaurant is also a good choice

    Bingo's is great for families

     

    Coffee Fixes include Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Juan Valdez and the Coffee House

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    coupons Gold
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    Going thru Customs


    When you leave Aruba you go thru both Aruba and US Customs.

    Leave at least 3 hours to get thru from the time you arrive at the airport til you reach the gate.

    Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the least crowded days

    We came home last Friday. We left the high rise area at 10:00 Stopped to get gas for our car rental; returned car and were at the Delta priority check-in at 11:00.  (If you are not priority on any airline you could be online for a half-hour or more)We arrived at the gate at 1:20 after a five minute stop at the duty free area; our plane was supposed to board at 1:30 (was delayed b/c some many people were stuck in customs)

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