Just discovered your note on Aruba from last year.
My wife and I are going to Aruba this June. I did not know Marriott had private island is it just a day spot with beach etc. Can you recommend restaurnats or must try, do, see things? Also is car a worth while renting?
We are staying at the Surf club resort.
Joe - we stayed at the Marriott Stellaris (just next store) when we were in Aruba 2 years ago. If it is your first trip I would recommend checking out one of the 1/2 day tours of the island. The concierge desk can help you with info but the one we took included a driver, a trip to the now collapsed Natural Bridge (and a newly forming one nearby!), a swim in a natural pool on the north shore, snorkeling at Baby Beach, lunch at a roadside snack bar (very delicious), a stop at the lighthouse, a stop at some caves, and few other sightseeing spots. It was a full trip, very hot & dusty (wear swimming clothes!) but a lot of fun.
There's an excellent Italian restaurant at the Stellaris (name escapes me), an excellent Brazillian churascuria nearby, an excellent beach side restaurant (literally on the beach) also part of the Stellaris (HIGHLY recommended), and another beach side restaurant (part of the Wyndham) which has one seating per night, prix fixe, on the beach, limited to about 12 tables. It was very very nice....