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Forum: Aruba in General Monday, April 30th, 2012, 01:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,523
Posted By Weed
Re: Lazy River at the Marriott

This is relatively small, but nice. Gets crowded when people use big rafts and tubes (rule prohibiting them is seldom enforced). Limiting to Surf Club guests (must have wristband). If you are at...
Forum: Marriott Surf Club Monday, August 22nd, 2011, 01:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,454
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Re: New swimming pool

I was there this past May. The new pool is between the pool/bar pool and the beach. This is adults only (21+). Not topless! This means no kids and peace and quiet for those who would rather not...
Forum: Aruba Timeshare Wanted Thursday, August 18th, 2011, 02:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 800
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Re: Need One Night 12/31/11

I doubt you'll get any offers. New Year's Eve (and the surrounding week) is a platinum week and anyone with a week to rent is going to get top dollar for the entire week, not a single night! Most...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, August 15th, 2011, 03:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,808
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Re: Resource For Available Timeshare Weeks?

If you are using frequent flyer miles, the seats are released 330 days out. This is when MOST airlines open for booking. The catch is that you need to book 330 days out from your RETURN date. But...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, August 12th, 2011, 01:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,507
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Re: First time going .. Looking for an appliance

If you have a car and will be going shopping anyway, it might be worth it to get a toaster. However, consider what you're going to be paying for the toaster versus what you'd be saving on making...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, August 12th, 2011, 01:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,416
Posted By Weed
Re: Cruising Guide to Aruba Now Available on the Web

Oh, I like this comment in the guide re: sunsets:
"Sunsets occur daily. Whether you get to see it is another matter. You should look for it though, just to make sure it sets properly."

I'm...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, August 10th, 2011, 11:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,097
Posted By Weed
Re: US Passport Expiration Question - visa pages

Another thing to remember, I think you have to have at least 2-4 blank pages in your passport, even if it's not close to the expiration date.

From the State Dept. FAQ
Q. How many blank visa...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, April 26th, 2011, 11:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,646
Posted By Weed
Re: Bus stops

I've found that in addition to the "big buses" that stop at the regular stops, a lot of the minibuses will stop if you wave them down. They charge the same one-way to town, but won't give you a...
Forum: Aruba by Day and Night Monday, April 25th, 2011, 12:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,657
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Re: Dive operators

I agree with Dios. I've been diving w/SE Aruba Fly & Dive since 2008, and have already booked two weeks' of dives for next month (May 2011). Don't remember ever going to Baby Beach, though. They...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, June 8th, 2010, 12:14 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 14,995
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Re: Vandersloot wanted in Peru

Please remember when you are visiting Aruba that this a VERY sensitive subject. It would be very rude to discuss this with Arubans. I was in Aruba at the time Natalie's group was there (I flew back...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, April 28th, 2010, 03:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,083
Posted By Weed
Re: Timeshare inquiry at Marriott Surf Club

I own three units at the Marriott Surf Club, all in gold season (around 1 May to Dec 15). It costs more if you want platinum season and the holiday weeks. I always use the lock-off option, usually...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, September 10th, 2009, 02:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,519
Posted By Weed
Re: New taxi fares as of september 2009

Thanks for posting. Now if only Aruba taxi drivers would get their acts together and look more professional. I've gotten into cabs at the airport that look more like pimpmobiles than taxis (zebra...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, September 10th, 2009, 02:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,934
Posted By Weed
Re: snorkel

Tranquillo is definitely the best (I've done it twice after seeing a recommendation on this BB). Definitely better than the booze/snorkle boats leaving from Palm Beach. However, Tranquillo wasn't...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, September 10th, 2009, 01:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,196
Posted By Weed
Re: Check your credit card statement carefully

When I travel, I carry only two, maybe three, credit cards. I call the customer service numbers and give them both the departure and return dates and areas I will be traveling through/to. I do this...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, July 27th, 2009, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,668
Posted By Weed
Re: Gyms in Aruba

A check with google came up with some yellow page listings for "health clubs" in Aruba. But, really, do you want to waste time going to/from a gym when you're on vacation, and paying a guest fee? ...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, May 28th, 2009, 03:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,178
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Re: If you lived in Aruba........

I would SCUBA dive and/or swim most every day. In fact, I'm already working towards getting certified as a Divemaster so I can work at a dive shop and/or on a dive boat. That would be my...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, May 20th, 2009, 01:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,326
Posted By Weed
Re: Turtle Nests at the AM

I was told that when the red/white barriers are on the floor (i.e. sand), the eggs are hatching and the barriers dropped so the baby turtles won't head in the wrong direction (towards the road). So...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, May 20th, 2009, 12:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,404
Posted By Weed
Re: Aruba Weather

I was in Aruba May 3-17. There was a downpour about 4 pm just five minutes after I got to the lobby of the Surf Club. Some overcast days with showers in the next couple of days and overcast by the...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, May 20th, 2009, 12:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,748
Posted By Weed
I Love Aruba Re: Burger King at Arawak Garden

I was in Aruba May 3-17 and noted the BK under construction. I do try to eat at non-chain restaurants (Salt & Pepper, Aqua Grille, Wacky Wahoos, Inguana Cantina this time). However, Dunkin Donuts...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, January 13th, 2009, 02:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,468
Posted By Weed
Re: a beautiful island destroyed

I just got back from a week aboard a dive boat, visiting St. Maarten, Saba, Statia and St. Kitts. They had their different pluses and minuses, but all made me thankful that I owned timeshares on...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, December 15th, 2008, 04:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,598
Posted By Weed
Re: 2009 Maintenance Fee

By comparison, my two-bedroom unit at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club:
Reserve $147.73
Operating $1095.87
Total $1243.60

There must be some special circumstances that make the Ocean Club...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, December 11th, 2008, 04:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,958
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Re: Greta interview with suspect in Holloway case

I only saw part of the interview. I was in Aruba the weekend Natalie disappeared (I was staying at the Marriott Surf Club and left Sat., she disappeared Sunday night). I remember that within a few...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, November 19th, 2008, 04:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,245
Posted By Weed
Re: Looking for research Material on Antilla

Check with the Aruban dive outfits. They always tell the story about the ship when taking divers and/or snorkeler. I'm not sure how accurate it is, though. From the SE Aruba Fly N Dive site:...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, October 7th, 2008, 04:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,304
Posted By Weed
Re: Scuba

Try S.E. Aruba Fly'N'Dive. They are located just south of town next to Havana Beach Club. They will pick you up in van. I got the wreck and deep dive certifications last May. They have a discount...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, October 7th, 2008, 03:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,895
Posted By Weed
Re: Security warning for (Surf Club) owners

Thanks for the warning. I would NEVER EVER leave my door open, even to go down the hall to get ice or toss the trash. I'm always amazed at people who use the hinged security latch to prop the doors...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, March 12th, 2008, 02:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,992
Posted By Weed
Re: Supermarkets?

There are two mini-marts at the Marriott-one in the Surf Club and the other off the lobby of the Ocean Club (towards the hotel). Also a mini-mart in Playa Linda. The mini-mart near the Burger King...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, February 29th, 2008, 05:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,095
Posted By Weed
Re: Dolphin issue back on the table - DePalm island

I've been to DePalm island once, on a kayak excursion. I was flabbergated when our group went into the water to snorkle and the guide pulled cubes of bread out of his pocket to attract fish. I've...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, January 31st, 2008, 02:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,091
Posted By Weed
Re: Attention All Scuba Divers

Correction: You may be able to do a day-trip dive to Bonaire or Curacao if the plane doesn't go up to the level where you need pressurization. But I'm not an expert, so I'd ask a dive operator on...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, January 31st, 2008, 01:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,332
Posted By Weed
Re: New member with question - Y Aruba?

I've been to Aruba six times, beginning in Oct. 04, and now own two weeks at the Marriott Surf Club. I use the lockoff option, so I now have a potential of FOUR weeks in Aruba every year! Up to...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, January 31st, 2008, 01:45 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 14,803
Posted By Weed
Re: Timeshare Tours

Instead of points, I believe you can opt for "marriott dollars", i.e., gift certificate(s) which you can spend in island restaurants, gift shops, activities, etc. The last time I was there (a year...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, December 20th, 2007, 11:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,361
Posted By Weed
Re: Hobie Cat rentals?

Chris:

There is a place on Palm beach up near the Radison that rents Hobie Cats. I think it was $45 an hour for the smaller model.

http://www.arubawatersportcenter.com/sail.htm...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, November 19th, 2007, 12:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,091
Posted By Weed
Re: Attention All Scuba Divers

I just got my SCUBA certification. The rule is you CAN'T fly for 12 hours after a one-dive day, or 18 hours after doing two back-to-back dives. So a one-day dive trip would be a no-no!
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, October 15th, 2007, 11:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,535
Posted By Weed
Re: American Airlines Departure Nightmare

First, I know you're all mad as hel-, but can we please stop the shouting (typing in very large bold fonts)? I've had two cancellations/rerouting in the past two trips, so I can sympathize. Some...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007, 04:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,627
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Re: The Grass is not always greener!

I went to Aruba first time in Oct 04 to use up frequent flier miles (4 night trip), and bought a week at the Marriott Surf Club while I was there. Next year, used lockoff option and went two...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, September 11th, 2007, 03:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,091
Posted By Weed
Re: Attention All Scuba Divers

Check their schedule. You could do a day trip to Curacao, leaving Aruba about 7 am and departing Curacao at 6 pm. Enough time to shop, check out the beach, casino. Might try it when I go to Aruba...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, September 4th, 2007, 11:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,908
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Re: Going to the private island

If you're willing to endure a timeshare presentation, I believe the Marriott Aruba Surf Club is offering $100 in "Marriott Experience dollars" if you take the 90-minute tour. That'll get you two...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 03:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,682
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Re: How does one go to the beach alone?

The Juggling Fish at the Playa Linda sells plastic snap top boxes on a lanyard (about the size to fit a large cigarette pack) for about $8. I put my keys and money in it, tied it to my swimsuit, and...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, August 16th, 2007, 03:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,290
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Re: Suddenly alone -- should I come anyway to Aruba?

Go and have a great time! I've made 6 trips in 3 years, and only once did I have a companion. You say you jog--so get outside to run early (no later than 7 am) along the road that runs from the...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, June 12th, 2007, 08:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,145
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Re: Saturay nights in Oranjestad, the fun goes on all night!!!

On my first visit to Aruba (Oct 04), I was in the Ren Marina on the outside back. The traffic zooms by ALL night EVERY night. That street is used as an alternative to the street that runs in front...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, June 12th, 2007, 08:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,471
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Re: Remembering the staff at the place where you stay

I've always found it doesn't hurt to be pleasant to everyone, even if it's just a smile or "bon dia" as you pass by. Especially for the staff who often encounter other unpleasant tourists (like the...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 01:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,261
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Re: Palapa situation at the Marriott

I was there May 5-13 and also went to an owners' meeting. I LIKE the new policy. Before, many people reserved a palapa, then didn't show up until the afternoon, so it when unused for most of the...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 01:40 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 19,103
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Re: a petition for the Nature Organization Against Arashi Hotel

I voted "no" in the poll, but I'm offended by the following comment:
"Olinda Rasmijn van Stimaruba says that guests of the low-rice hotels keep returning every year, while those of the high-rise...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 01:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,828
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Re: RUI to Open July 20th

I was in Aruba 5-13 May. It looks to me like one of the RIU buildings is a renovation of one of the old Aruba Grand buildings (the smaller tower that is perpendicular to the beach). Perhaps this is...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, May 16th, 2007, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,364
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Re: Confusing Article in the "Amigo" paper.

One of the reasons I like Aruba and dislike some other places in the Caribbean (Paradise Island in particular), is that you don't have to listen to the whine of jetskis all day long or worry about...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, May 14th, 2007, 03:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,838
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Re: When Is Enough Enough?

As far as infrastructure goes, a second sewage treatment plant just opened and a third is planned or under construction. That's what's going to hold back future construction, if anything can.
Now...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, May 14th, 2007, 02:52 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,660
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Re: why would you stay there?

After reading earlier (this year) posts about small places near Malmok, I checked out the area by car and by walking up the beach from the Marriott. The beach off Malmok doesn't in ANY way compare...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, 11:29 AM
Replies: 2,467
Views: 196,255
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Re: let's do a countdown part 2

Four days to go. 8 days at the Marriott Ocean Club (one night) and Surf Club. Already booked for next year: two weeks back to back at the end of May. Have booked snorkle/sail with Tranquillo for...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, April 30th, 2007, 02:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,261
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Re: Palapa situation at the Marriott

Kent- Thanks so much for posting Marriott's response. I'm a Surf Club owner and will be leaving this Sat. (May 5) for my week. Reilly gave a detailed explanation of the situation which makes...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, April 30th, 2007, 12:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,846
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Re: where oh where can it be??

We were stunned to find out that even the large grocery stores do not carry over-the-counter items like aspirin!
Forum: Marriott Surf Club Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 04:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,324
Posted By Weed
Re: Why are they allowed to use...

I raised the subject of Ocean Club people using the Lazy River when I had my "refresher" tour with my sales rep last November. He said it was ALWAYS the plan for Surf Club and Ocean Club to share...
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