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A Week of Paradise in Aruba

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A November 2003 trip to Aruba by golfntennis

Wind Sailing Photo, Aruba, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Spending a week in Aruba is being in paradise: beaches, fun, exploring, eating, and drinking!

A Week of Paradise in Aruba

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Overview

Wind Sailing Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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If you have never been to Aruba before, my top five suggestions are: 1.Take a tour of the island. You have many choices for this sightseeing. You can either take a traditional bus, or the jeep tour, or the Banana Bus tour. You can also rent a car (or jeep) and take the tour yourself. However, I would recommend having a professional show and tell you all about the sights. 2.Snorkeling. There are many great areas for snorkeling on Aruba. On the other hand, if you do not like to get your face wet, the Atlantis is a sub that allows you to see the coral and reef from a dry seat! Of course, several boat options combine eating, drinking, and snorkeling! 3.Beach hopping...Read More

French Steakhouse

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Restaurant

French Steakhouse Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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The French Steakhouse was wonderful! I liked the restaurant so much we returned another evening! In fact, I only have positive feedback on this restaurant. Location: Excellent. It is conveniently located next to Aruba Beach Club. We were able to walk! Menu: Excellent. The menu includes at least six entrees, a house specialty (12-oz. certified churrasco steak), and the ambassador’s five-course dinner. What is included in the five courses: A choice of appetizer (I chose the seafood crepe), soup or salad (I chose the salad, which was very different from the normal bland garden salad), a choice of entrée (of course, I selected the churrasco), dessert (I chos...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2004

French Steakhouse
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa. J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 55
Oranjestad, Aruba P.O. Box 564
+297-582-3444

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We were able to walk to this restaurant, which is located at the Costa Linda Timeshare. Eating at one of the tables on the deck overlooking the ocean was very enjoyable and relaxing. I ordered a seafood casserole, and there were lots of shrimp, calamari, and mussels in the dinner. I believe the addition of mushroom soup (one of my favorites) added a positive touch to the dinner. My wife enjoyed the very tasty (and meaty) chicken wings. In addition to the great food and good atmosphere, the waitress did not try to hurry us as we leisurely ate our dinner and enjoyed the wonderful ocean view. The sound of the waves was very hypnotic. Next to the deck area of the restaurant is the bar (which we vis...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2004

Sandbar Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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One of the happy times at Aruba was our quick evening stop at various bars on the island. Almost every bar we visited was conveniently located right on the beach. After a day of relaxing and before heading out to dinner, we would select a bar to visit. Each bar had a large menu of specialty frozen drinks as well as the old standards. The bar we visited the most – Sandbar This beach bar was conveniently located for us (two "hotels" away at Bucuti’s), and we stopped at least three times. Happy Hour was from 4 to 6pm, and the frozen drinks were ½ off (approximately $4.00 each during Happy Hour). I sampled several, including mudslide, banana colada, and my favorite, Anne Bonny! Most ever...Read More
Kukoo Kunuku Party Bus Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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Is the Kukoo Kunuku Party Bus worth $55? Absolutely! I had one of the greatest evenings of fun that I have ever had. While my wife and I were waiting at our hotel, we wondered if we would recognize the transportation vehicle. If you look at the picture of the bus, you understand why you cannot miss it. I only wished I had my video camera to take pictures of all of the witty sayings painted in the interior. The craziness of the bus was indicative of the entire night. At the beginning, most people are reserved, with only some people singing along with the blaring music and shaking a maraca. The driver makes stops at the major hotels and then drives to the lighthouse area. At this point, mo...Read More