Aruba Journals

One Happy Honeymoon

A June 2006 trip to Aruba by angelasnell79

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Quote: A week-long trip to paradise.

One Happy Honeymoon

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Overview

Paradise Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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We chose Aruba as our honeymoon destination for its uniqueness as a desert isle in the otherwise lush Carribean, its location outside the hurricane belt, its consistent weather, its interesting culture, and its pristine beaches. Needless to say we were disapointed by nothing.We stayed at the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, located on Manchebo Beach. We chose the resort for its all-inclusive program as well as its "biggest beach in Aruba". It truly was the best and biggest beach on the island. It was also very relaxed, low-key, and couples friendly (no screaming kids here).The restaurants were great, the staff was even better. During the course of our week on the island ...Read More

Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa

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Hotel | "Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa"

Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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The Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa was a gem. It was very quiet, laid back, and moderately priced. If you are looking for an expensive, lush resort with all the amenities, this is not the place for you. However, if you are looking for friendly staff, a GREAT beach, good food, and relaxation, make your reservation today!We were on the all-inclusive program, and unlike other all-inclusive programs there was no "special" menu and absolutely no restrictions on food. The drink choices were fine, although we suspected that the "premium" beverages were a little better, especially in reference to the cocktails. The French Steakhouse was a delight, and is considered to be one of the best restaurants on ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2006

Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa
J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 55
Oranjestad, Aruba
(297) 582-3444

Butterfly Farm

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Butterfly Farm Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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The Butterfly Farm was a delightful side trip. We took our rental car for a quick ride from our hotel in the low-rise area first thing in the morning. The Farm opens at 9am and the butterflies are most active during the early morning hours. The tour was quick, pretty interesting to learn about the butterfly life cycle. The enclosure was quite small, however it was beautiful and the size allowed you to really feel as though you were "among the butterflies". There were a lot of different species, and all in all it made for some great photo ops! The gift shop was also very nice, with some beautiful jewelry and a few things made from actual butterfly wings. A little on the pricey side, but again wo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2006

Butterfly Farm

Palm Beach, Aruba

California Lighthouse Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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We took our rental car to the California Lighthouse at the Northern tip of the island towards the end of the day, before we went back to our hotel for dinner. It was nice, but you cannot go in the lighthouse, there is no gift-shop or tour operator, so it is really just there for a few pictures. You could get a good view of the island, which was nice. Also, there was a herd of wild goats while we were there. If you have a rental car and nothing to do for a bit, it's a good spot for a picture or two, otherwise there was really nothing more to it.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 6, 2006

Mahi Mahi Fishing Charter

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Mahi Mahi Fishing Charter Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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We stopped by the docks in Oranjestaad one day to check out the fishing fleet and charter options. My husband is an avid fisherman, and the chance to catch some Caribbean fish was a big part of our honeymoon.We looked at some of the boats that were in dock, and ended up chatting with a couple of Dutchman. We talked about what fish could be caught (Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Marlin, Kingfish, Amberjack, Tuna, and Bonito) and how much they charged for a charter ($300 US for a half day). We reserved and arranged for the fisherman to pick us up at our hotel at 7:00am the day of the trip. The charter boat, The Mahi Mahi, was a 42 foot long vessel. Downrigger, Outrigger (all terms I am only vague...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2006

Mahi Mahi Fishing Charter
Renaisance Marina
Oranjestad, Aruba
+297- 5870 538

Sunset Cruise Catamaran Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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We took a 2 1/2 hour sunset cruise on a Catamaran that was offered to us through our all-inclusive program with the hotel. A bus picked us up the day we had arranged for the cruise and brought us to Palm Beach, where the catamaran was departing from.

The cruise was open bar, and fun. It was hard to drink out of the plastic cups at times due to the high winds, which would splash the liquid back into your face. There were quite a few people, though it was not overcrowded.

The cruise was fun, but the sunset in Aruba is very quick and because there is usually a lot of haze the sunset is not particularly brilliant either.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 6, 2006

Aruba's Eastern Coast Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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The day we rented our car, we first went to the Eastern coast of the island. Here you will find breathtaking views of rough ocean water hammering the rocky coast, sights such as the Natural Bridge and the gold mine ruins, and picturesque views of the rugged island interior. It was a great day trip, and the ride to the Eastern coast is also filled with charming country homes and wild goats. I recommend making this trip to everyone who has the chance, if only for the sheer beauty in the contrast between the two sides of the island.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2006

Iguanas!

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Iguanas! Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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Just as a side note, I found it extremely entertaining to marvel over the abundance of lizards on the island. From the very small to large iguanas, just about everywhere you went they were to be found. There was even a species of turquoise lizards. Some of them were even hams for the camera!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2006