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A May 2009 trip to Aruba by jmariep

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Quote: My husband and I spent 6 days in heaven at Aruba the last week of May in 2009.

Senor Frog's

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Restaurant | "Great Design"

Senor Frog's Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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We stopped by Senor Frogs because I wanted to check out the store, see the restaurant, and have a beer. The store was awesome. It had lots of fun signs, great shirts and other items that one could buy. I enjoyed laughing at shirts and signs for about ten minutes. There are some fun photo ops in the store also. The restaurant is upstairs. We headed up to the restaurant after we bought a couple of shirts. When we got upstairs it was dead. Someone greeted us, and told us that they weren’t serving a full menu at that time (probably around 3pm). I smiled, and asked if we could just have a couple beers. The man smiled and said "Sure, let me take you to the bar." So we follow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2009

Senor Frog's
Weststraat #1
Oranjestad, Aruba
(297) 5-82-03-90

Gemani Jewelers

Attraction | "Basking in My New Bling"

Gemani Jewelers Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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We stopped into this jewelry store because I had been thinking about getting a Pandora bracelet for a while. The store had a Silverado (the Aruba version of Pandora) display in front of their store, and vacation seemed to be the perfect reason to break down and buy it. The sales lady was extremely helpful. She greeted us promptly, but I did not feel that it was in an aggressive way at all. She was friendly, and answered all of the questions I had. I purchased a bracelet and one charm for a total of $75. The bracelet was $50, and the lizard charm was $25. Something that I liked in Aruba was that there was no haggling. I hate haggling over prices. So if you enjoy that, shopping in Ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2009

Gemani Jewelers
L.G. Smith Blvd
Oranjestad, Aruba
(297) 582-3142

Iguana Joe's Caribbean Bar & Grill

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Restaurant | "Ban Goza Iguana Joe's "

Iguana Joe's Caribbean Bar & Grill Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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We stopped at Iguana Joe’s during the afternoon that we went into Oranjestad. We didn’t plan on this eating here, but the menu was pretty varied, and there were a few things that I (the extremely picky eater) could eat. We went around one o’clock in the afternoon, and it was extremely warm on the street. When we were sat, we were given a table outside, which made me a little nervous due to the heat, but it was perfect. We sat by the railing, and the constant breeze kept us comfortable. I was also a little edgy sitting so close to the railing (I’m not a big fan of heights) but watching people drive by kept us very entertained during our meal.My husband ordered a Chicken Clu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2009

Iguana Joe's Caribbean Bar & Grill
Royal Plaza Mall
Oranjestad, Aruba
(297) 583-9373

Ayo Rock Formation

Attraction | "Worth a Visit, But Make Sure You Have the Time"

Ayo Rock Formation Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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The Ayo Rock Formation is a spot in Aruba where there are massive boulders in the island that are on top of each other. The boulders almost make up a mini mountain in Aruba. They are also interesting as they do not match the geological make up of Aruba. As I looked up at them, I could almost image giants placing them into a pile.There is a park at the bottom, where we ate lunch, and had time to relax. There are not picnic tables, but there are stone benches that surround trees, and a few covered areas that provided shade. There are a number of roosters at the park that were fun to watch as they claimed their territory. They were pretty to watch, and did not bother people at all. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2009

Ayo Rock Formation

Aruba

Baby Beach

Attraction | "Calm Fun in the Sun "

Baby Beach Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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We stopped at Baby Beach for a little under an hour. Baby Beach is on the Southwestern tip of Aruba. It is a great calm area that was very swallow to wade in. I liked the beach because it was warm and I could walk far out without getting too wet. (We were on a tour, so I didn’t want to get my suit wet. I hate being in a bus with wet clothes.) Some people in our group snorkeled in a certain part of the beach that had lots of fun fish, but I chose not to as I was being a wimp and didn’t want to get too wet. We did meet a person who told us that she had gotten pulled out into the sea one time at Baby Beach. So be careful if you snorkel, as it’s easy to go out those couple of feet too far. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 14, 2009

Baby Beach

Oranjestad, Aruba

Natural Bridge

Attraction | "The Mother Gone, but the Baby Remains"

Natural Bridge Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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The Natural Bridge is one of the most popular attractions that people like to see while in Aruba. Unfortunately, on September 2, 2005 the bridge collapsed early in the morning. The Aruban who described it to us did so as a tragedy to humankind. "Early in the morning of September 2, 2005, the Natural Bridge collapsed. All of Aruba was sad as the news spread in the morning through the island. But, the mother left behind the baby, so now we go to see the baby." Today, the original Natural Bridge stands in the ruins just as it fell. Just before the ruins is a smaller bridge. Both are now opportunities to photograph. You can walk onto the baby bridge if you’d like. I felt a little unc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2009

Natural Bridge

Oranjestad, Aruba

Alto Vista Chapel

Attraction | "Simply Religious, Simply Beautiful "

Alto Vista Chapel  Photo, Aruba, Caribbean
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The Alto Vista Chapel is a Catholic Chapel that was built 1700s. As you drive up the road to the chapel, there are large crosses depicting the Station of the Cross along the side of the road, with the final Cross located behind the Chapel itself. It is a simple chapel. There is a sign saying Bon Bini welcoming visitors to the Chapel. With only 6 rows this chapel is not fancy or large, but to me, the simple beauty is gorgeous. There is a courtyard outside with several benches placed in a semi circle towards to the front of the church. Towards the back of the courtyard, you can see the ocean. There are lots of boulders and cacti in the area that provided this mid westerner...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 31, 2009

California Lighthouse

Attraction | "Welcome to the Lighthouse California "

California Lighthouse Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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The California Lighthouse is on the Northwest point on Arashi Beach. It was built in 1914-1916 after a ship named California wreck at this point. It is abotu 100 feet tall, and 25 feet in diameter. While the lighthouse is a great photo op, the views of the island are great here. You can see the Northern and Eastern Coasts meet here, which we enjoyed simply standing seeing both at the same time, with island in the middle. There is a restaurant nearby (pretty much attached to the parking lot) that is highly recommended called Trattoria El Faro Blanco. It has a plaque with the history of the lighthouse, which I enjoyed reading. A man named Luigi gave us a flyer that included a 10% off ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2009

California Lighthouse
Near Arashi Beach
Oranjestad, Northwest Aruba

De Palm Tours

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Attraction | "Great Tour of Aruba, Northwest to Southeast"

De Palm Tours Photo, Oranjestad, Aruba
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De Palm Tours seem to have the monopoly on tours in Aruba. Their buses are everywhere. We found booking with them to be very convenient as they had a desk in the lobby of our hotel. Booking the tour took a little bit of time, as people were both booking tours and arranging their transportation back to the airport at the same desk. (As a side note make certain to book your transport home the day before you head back, not the day of!) The computer that our agent was using was on island time, so we had to book, then come back for our tickets. A little nerve racking for me, as we had just handed over about one hundred dollars to a total stranger. But two hours later, we returned, and ou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2009

De Palm Tours
De Palm Island
Oranjestad, Aruba

Hotel Riu Palace Aruba

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Hotel | "The Good, the (not so) Bad, and the Beautiful"

Hotel Riu Palace Aruba  Photo, Palm Beach, Aruba
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I’ll start with the good (pretty much the entire hotel)My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Riu Palace for 5 nights the last week of May. We had been planning this trip since January or February, and took our time reading all the information we could find. There were very mixed reviews, but as we looked at them we felt that we would enjoy this hotel. We reserved this as a package in which included our airfare, transfer and room, so I’m not sure what exactly we paid per night. Looking online at the end of May for 5 nights in July lists that for two adults the price would be around $2,000. That being said, July is in low season, but when we went there was also the Swine Flu panic that i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 30, 2009

Hotel Riu Palace Aruba
J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 79
Palm Beach
+2975863900