Aruba Journals

Honeymoon in the Aruban Paradise

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A May 2005 trip to Aruba by nltigger

Aruba Beach Club Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba More Photos
Quote: My husband and I honeymooned on the tropical island of Aruba for 1 week in a luxurious condo.

Aruba Beach Club

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Hotel

Aruba Beach Club Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Best Things Nearby:Private beach immediately on the ocean, clean private pool, and the best little pizza shop adjacent to the club. Best Things About the Resort:The daily cleaning service keeps the whole place immaculate. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, and wonderful in providing restaurant recommendations. Resort Experience:The Aruba Beach Club's looks are deceiving from the Internet site. We had received the timeshare as a wedding gift and were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. Our suite was on the second floor overlooking the two pools, with beautifully manicured gardens and a hotel swim-up bar just below. Daily towel service was avail...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 4, 2006

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

Aruba Beach Club

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Hotel | "Aruba Beach Club Private Beach"

Aruba Beach Club Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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The first thought in my mind as we neared our resort was to find the beach and dip my toes in the sugary sand. I had waited so long to experience paradise, and here I was now with my husband! The sand was a pristine white and like stepping on powdered sugar. Tiki huts accommodate resort residents, much needed in the blazing sun, but they are on a first-come, first-serve basis. And trust me, you need your own tiki hut, or you'll fry in the blazing tropical sun. We reapplied sunscreen several times throughout the day to help prevent a major burn. The waters are turquoise and feel like bath water, yet they are refreshing. Overall, they are all breathtaking. One gr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 4, 2006

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

Let's Go Latin!

Attraction | "Go Latin"

Let's Go Latin! Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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We jived and clapped our hands at the Go Latin! (Las Vegas-style) show after a seafood dinner downtown. It was a great experience. It was in a smaller theater but was an overall memorable show.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 4, 2006

Let's Go Latin!
Crystal Theatre
Oranjestad, Aruba
(297) 583-6000

Jolly Pirates

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Attraction

Jolly Pirates Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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We walked the plank and drank "pirate's brew" aboard the half-day sailing cruise on the high seas. The captains dropped us off at three locations to snorkel: coves, a sunken shipwreck (The Antilla), and along the coral reef. Depending on your skill level and whether or not you had snorkeled before, there was a spot for everyone. Tropical fish swam in schools around you, but it was hard to capture good pictures with a cheap disposable camera.One word of caution: if you have never snorkeled before (like us), you may want to take your time near the sunken ship since it is in deep, rough waters. I preferred to float around the beautiful coral reefs and coves, where the water was much calmer. Gui...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 5, 2006

Jolly Pirates
21 Emanstraat
Oranjestad, Aruba
(297) 586-8107

Jeep Tour

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Gold Mine Ruins Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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Aruba offered endless possibilities for sightseeing, especially on the northeast side of the island, like indulgent pleasures and thrilling adventures in a Jeep. It is a small island, but it has natural beauty with well-worn footprints of international explorers and many honeymooners.We hit the back roads on a guided tour in our private rented Jeep and definitely tasted the sand and dust in our mouths. We had no A/C or a working radio, but the sights were worth the ride. We toured the natural bridges and were amazed at the natural formations. They are truly breathtaking. Beginning about 1 million years ago, limestone formations developed cracks through which fresh water passed and dissolved ...Read More

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On the boardwalk...dreaming.... Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Main Street was bustling with activity: small market-type shops to explore for souvenirs and one jewelry store after another. High-end retailers shared the same street with market vendors. However, we only ended up bargaining with a vendor on the sale of T-shirts.

Downtown was extremely clean and well maintained. The back alleyways and side streets can be a little scary when you stray off the main streets at night. It was exciting to stroll along the boardwalk and dream of owning our own boat someday. It was an experience of their Aruban culture.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 5, 2006

Flying Fishbone

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Attraction

Flying Fishbone Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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We toasted to our last night of our honeymoon at the most-sought-after restaurant in Aruba, the Flying Fishbone. Reservations must be made prior to or immediately after arriving to assure a dinner seating. Reservations are booked weeks in advance. All hotels and resorts can assist with making reservations for you.We ate by the water's edge. We kicked off our sandals and feasted on lobster tails, accompanied by a bottle of wine. It is exquisite dining that is highly recommended by anyone who has visited Aruba. It is best at sunset, even though we had 8pm reservations. We gazed up at the night sky and could actually see Venezuela in the far distance because it was such a clear night. We...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 5, 2006

Flying Fishbone
Savaneta 344
Savaneta, Aruba
(297) 584-2506