A May 2002 trip
to Aruba by SaraInParadise23
Quote: Bon Bini! Aruba, the place of friendly people and windswept crystal blue waters, inviting you to come away and never go back! The place of many pleasures, where you can be as lazy or as busy as you want.
The following day, we woke up and went down to the beach. There was a kiosk a stones throw from our resort that did parasailing, diving, snorkeling, and more! We went parasailing for a decent rate.
For dinner, we headed out on a tour called the "kuku kunuku bus tour". We went on a ride up the coast to the only lighthouse and had a champange toast, and then were whisked away to a beautiful house for dinner and discounted drinks, and then went out for dancing and more drinks! The next day we went out shopping and exploring. The last few days we mostly spent at the resort on the beach and by the pool, playing games and getting pampered.
Sunscreen is a MUST! And apply it at least two times a day so you don't end up roasted! DON'T buy a phone card in the US because it will not work down there. Pick one up when you get there if you need to, but I found the phone rates to be reasonable. One last thing, you go through customs BEFORE you leave the country (there's a US customs office in the airport), so especially if you're leaving on a weekend, leave a little early.
Hotel | "Costa Linda Resort"
The resort itself was beautiful. The pool deck was huge with plenty of lounges. The beach was nice as well. The beaches are really pretty, and on the clear days you can see forever.
The resturant was great. You could get anything from a salad to steak or seafood all day. The prices were good, as were the entrees. The drinks by far were the best. I recommend anyone traveling to Aruba to try "balashi", which is the native beer of Aruba.
The activities director, Marcel, was a lot of fun. He was full of information on where to go and what to do. He also got everyone involved in karaoke and pool volleyball.
All in all my stay at the resort was great. The only thing that was a drawback about the Costa Linda was that it was a little far from everything and you really needed a car to get out of the resort and go sightseeing or even to other resturants.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2003
Costa Linda Beach Resort
J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 59