Aruba Journals

AHHHHH..........ARUBA!!!!!!

A travel journal to Aruba by mag&dick

Brisas Del Mar from the Road Photo, Aruba, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Sure, ALL Caribbean islands have beautiful beaches and great resorts. So, what makes Aruba special? Wonderfully friendly people. A tourist-friendly environment. Perfect year-round weather (outside the hurricane belt!). And, a good balance between total relaxation and plenty to do!

AHHHHH..........ARUBA!!!!!!

Overview

The Natural Bridge Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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The best things to do on Aruba depend on how active you like to be and if you are looking for total relaxation or active water sports. Good news! You can have both! The beaches are gorgeous, with long, white, sandy walkable stretches. There are water sports galore--jet skis, snorkeling, fishing, and, especially, windsurfing! There are tons of great restaurants and plenty of casinos. Downtown, there is shopping for good buys on jewelry and china. One of our favorite things to do is walk around the high-rise hotels--you can walk from one to another along the beach path. It's fun to go into all the casinos and watch the action--or try your own luck. The windsurfing competitions are held i...Read More
Casa del Mar Beach Resort Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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Best Things Nearby:Alhambra Casino, beautiful beach at your doorstep.Best Things About the Resort:This is a very lovely and luxurious timeshare resort. The rooms are beautifully appointed, and they try to think of everything you might need. All the units have a nice view of the pool or the ocean or both. The pool is lovely. The atmosphere is family-friendly but also quiet enough for couples enjoying a romantic getaway. Resort Experience:Casa del Mar is located midway between downtown Oranjestad and the high-rise hotels. It is adjacent to its sister resort, the Aruba Beach Club, and next door to the Divi Divi. Casa Del Mar (CDM) is newer and more elegant...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2003

Casa del Mar Beach Resort
L.G. Smith Boulevard 51-53
Oranjestad, Aruba
(297) 582-7000

Aruba Beach Club Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Best Things Nearby:Beach, Alhambra Casino.Best Things About the Resort:Aruba Beach Club (ABC) is located on one of the nicest beaches on Aruba. There is a large pool and a kiddie pool. It is a very relaxed place. ABC is adjacent to its sister resort, the Casa Del Mar (CDM), and the two resorts share amenities. Resort Experience:Our studio unit (called a Superior) was like a large hotel room with a kitchenette. Deluxe units are larger, but I haven't seen them. The studio is perfect for a couple, or for two couples who get along really, really well. The resort is only two stories high, and each has a view of the pool or the ocean. If you are on the second...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2003

Aruba Beach Club
J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 53
Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 5823000

Brisas Del Mar

Restaurant

Brisas Del Mar from the Road Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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Brisas Del Mar is a bit out of the way, but worth finding. It is about halfway between Oranjestad and San Nicolas, in the town of Savaneta. As you are driving the main highway toward San Nicolas, watch for the big sign on the right-hand side, with a mermaid pointing her arm in the direction of the restaurant. Driving up to Brisas Del Mar, it doesn't look like much--in fact, it looks a bit like a bar. But don't be fooled! The restaurant sits right on a sea wall at water's edge, looking out over those beautiful aqua waters. Local fishermen keep their brightly colored boats anchored at the dock beside the restaurant. The inside of the restaurant is small enough that every table has a lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2003

Charlie's Bar

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Restaurant

Charlie's Bar Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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Charlie's Bar is a fun place on Main Street in San Nicolas. San Nicolas is at the other end of the island from the hotels where the refinery and Baby Beach are - we like to stop there for lunch after a morning at Baby Beach. Charlie's has a bar, but also cozy wooden booths and large tables for casual dining. The place is covered from ceiling to floor with memorabilia left behind by visitors - license plates, job badges, marriage licenses - you name it! There is also a lot of really bad art on the walls. The food is good, but don't be fooled by the ambiance - it's not cheap! I like the beef tips with "honeymoon sauce" - very, very hot! My husband likes the shrimp. They hav...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2003

Bonbini Festival

Attraction

Fort Guzman Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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Bonbini means "Welcome" and the Bonbini Festival is Aruba's way of saying that every Tuesday night. The Festival is a show that emphasizes traditional Aruban songs and dances, presented by Aruban groups of all ages. Every week the program is different, but you will always see a fun show of song and dance. At various times during the program, you may come up on stage to dance with your own partner, or perhaps you will be nudged onstage by one of the performers. Local craftspeople sell their wares, and there is Aruban food available at a very low cost, usually around $5. We have had wonderful chicken and rice dishes and a variety of other local fare. The show takes place at F...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2003