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Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, January 17th, 2009, 09:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,958
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Car rental Surcharge???

There's a 12% surcharge for rental picked up at the airport.

Many of the off-site locations provide free pick-up and drop-off for their passengers.

Apparently that hasn't gone over too well...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, July 29th, 2008, 10:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,055
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Tipping?

Many but not all restaurants do add a service charge of 15%. Often it will be mention on the menu if it's added.

If there is a service charge then I usually add an extra 5% in most cases.

For...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, June 8th, 2008, 11:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,817
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Coconuts in Aruba....& my first trip there!

The palms around the hotels are managed by the resorts so you don't see too many large ones hanging off the trees now.
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, June 8th, 2008, 11:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,190
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Proof of sufficient funds

Proof of funds is for people looking to live live on the island.

Technically speaking, unless they've changed it recently, you don't need a passport to enter Aruba. You do need one, however, to...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, May 4th, 2008, 09:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,558
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Final Dinner

Lately we've been making Sole Mare our last meal on the island. Last year it was their sister restaurant, Gianni's.
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, May 4th, 2008, 08:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,325
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Please help ! Where to go for a great steak ?

El Gaucho has been on our short list for years now. Have never had a bad meal there. There new dining area is less crowded than their original section.
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, May 4th, 2008, 08:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,145
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Gas Prices & Taxi Fares

$5.00 a gallon is more realistic.
I originally saw the report on AOL. Someone's math was way off.
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, January 27th, 2008, 09:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,379
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: What flight time do you prefer?

I prefer the slightly later arrives. I hate crawling into the airport at 4:00am. The early arrival on the island is nice, but that also translates into an early departure time.

This year we...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, January 20th, 2008, 08:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,591
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Which of these places are a must to eat at.

Well, Azzurro and Gianni's are esentially the same restaurant (same owners, similar menus). I prefer Gianni's over Azzurro, but Azzurro has the better view.
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, January 20th, 2008, 06:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,092
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Lack of street/road signs

That's how you give directions in New England. You might tell someone. "'bout half mile before the bridge take a right."

I know the streets on Aruba have names, but admitably away from the urban...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, December 6th, 2007, 09:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,718
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: And how did you "discover" Aruba?

ONe of my uncles's vendors gave him a trip to the island about 1986. While there he decided to purchase 2 weeks at Playa Linda and keep going back, taking other family members with them.

A few...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, August 31st, 2007, 08:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,170
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Cab Fare to Charlie's

I'd rather spend the $60.00 at Charlies.
Arubus is an option. I'm just not sure where the San Nicolas station is in relation to Charlies.

I'd be willing to offer my services. If you're willing...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, August 28th, 2007, 09:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,831
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Aruba Twister

A Tropical Wave passed Aruba late Sunday afternoon. Several waterspouts were reported around the island, including a large one at the Divi end of Eagle Beach.
Forum: Lisa's Box of Treasures Sunday, August 26th, 2007, 09:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,403
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Antilla Wreck

Interesting site, thank you.
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, August 26th, 2007, 10:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,923
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Passport renewel question

If it expires in June '08 and you're traveling in March '08 then could wait until you return, unless you're planning to go somewhere else before then.

In certain cases, some countries say that...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, August 24th, 2007, 09:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,253
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Pictures of Aruba, including post-hurricane Dean

Nice pictures. You really got to see quite a bit of the island during your short visit.

Considering all the things that went wrong with your trip, between your friend hurting her foot and not...
Forum: Lisa's Box of Treasures Tuesday, August 21st, 2007, 09:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,403
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Antilla Wreck

Following the war, the captain and some of her crew purchased the former POW site where the spent the war and turned it into a resort. Today it's known as the Divi Flamingo.

In the lobby by the...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, August 20th, 2007, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,038
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Bucuti Cam

We drove from PL last March. It took about 10 minutes to get there (between the drive and walk to the camera). We thought we had it time right, but in all three pictures no one was paying attention....
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, August 17th, 2007, 02:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,361
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Any bad weather reports from the island?

The Bucuti and Tara Web Cams are showng a nice bright sunny day at the moment.

On the Tara Suites Web Cam which point to the North there are heavy gray clouds in the distance.

Dean's eye is...
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, August 9th, 2007, 08:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,810
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Aruba Entry Requirements

The entry requirements INTO Aruba have not change. At the minimum you need a Certified Copy of your Birth Certificate and a Government Issued Photo ID (Driver's License).

It's the Entry...
Forum: Aruba by Day and Night Saturday, July 28th, 2007, 11:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,040
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Scuba for kids?

Great story. Sounds like he's a natural.
I've seen some kids take to it right away while others need more time.

The ones I was always leery about were the ones doing it because their parents...
Forum: Lisa's Box of Treasures Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 01:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,118
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Fiesta di San Juan y Dera Gai

I wonder.
Is this a case of which came first, the chicken or the egg?
As part of the celebrations, farmers start fires to ensure a plentiful harvest. Today farmers still do that, except they burn...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,567
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Amazonia Or Texas De Brazil

Texas de Brazil is the originator. After they opened there was some dispute between the owners on the island and the home office in the US so they closed as TdB and reopened as Amazonia.

We like...
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, June 27th, 2007, 12:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,742
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: When renting a timeshare......

I know at Playa Linda they have an authorization form for the owner/member to fill out. It gets sent to the Membership Office with the name(s) of who they are allowing to use their unit. It's not...
Forum: Aruba Safety Saturday, June 16th, 2007, 09:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,347
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: A big drug bust in the marina harbor

To quote Cool Hand, "What we've got here is a failure to communicate." Or more appropriately a failure of translation. I don't think Chris meant "exciting" in the way that Charles thought he meant.
...
Forum: Aruba Safety Friday, June 15th, 2007, 08:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,347
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: A big drug bust in the marina harbor

From what I could make out from Diario it looks like the boat was tracked by radar heading from Venezuela and they seized 70 kilos.

When we were there in March we watched as the police helicopter...
Forum: Taxi Driver Thursday, June 14th, 2007, 08:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,085
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: thank god it's not ny taxi drivers

This happened to a friend/former co-worker. She stopped on Aruba during a cruise. After the ship set sail, she realized that she had left her purse in a taxi. She doesn't remember the number.

A...
Forum: Lisa's Box of Treasures Wednesday, June 13th, 2007, 07:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,683
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Aruba's close encounter with WW2

Interesting.

This thread got me to thinking. I checked uboat.net to read the ehistory of U-156 and her crew and then Googled the name Dietrich A. von dem Borne to see if anyone one had...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, June 10th, 2007, 08:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,290
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: The ruins near The Natural Bridge

The ruins are the of the Bushiribana Gold Smelter, built in 1872 by he Aruba Island Gold Mining Company Ltd. They smelted gold there that was mined in nearby Ceru Plat and Ceru Crystal for about 10...
Forum: Aruba in General Sunday, June 10th, 2007, 07:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,524
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: The pet cemetary, not on the typical tour route!

It got its start when residents and employees of the old Lago refinery would bury their pets there.
Forum: Charles' Stories Friday, June 8th, 2007, 09:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,230
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Junior

Ironic.

I just found a back issue of The Insider. It's a publication that Playa Linda sends out to its members. In it is a picture of Charles and Junior. I believe it is from 2003.
Forum: Aruba by Day and Night Friday, June 8th, 2007, 11:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,040
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Scuba for kids?

Children age 10 do qualify for the Jr. Open Water certification. As Lisa said they need to be mature enough to take the class.
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, June 8th, 2007, 11:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,874
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Baby car seats - help

Well, if they don't you may be able to rent one from another car company. Toyota Rent A Car is one I believe.

We've always broughtour own. We check them in as luggage. I prefer our own as I know...
Forum: The Sublime Friday, June 8th, 2007, 10:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 31,182
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: let's get this started!

It use to be the smells of the island and the feeling of the warm air when we exited the airplane. Now with the new airport I have to wait until we exit the arrivals area.

On my first visit I had...
Forum: Lost in Aruba Friday, June 8th, 2007, 10:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,916
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: i was lost, but now i'm found

These didn't happen to me, but my family. My aunt and uncle were the first to visit Aruba and over the years invited more and more of us to travel down there with them.

Often they would take...
Forum: Lisa's Box of Treasures Friday, June 8th, 2007, 10:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,683
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Aruba's close encounter with WW2

I've dove the wreck of the Pedernalis many times, and have heard a few variations of the story.

One guide suggested that the Dutch were aware of a threat to the refinery and ordered it blacked...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, June 8th, 2007, 08:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,290
Posted By ScubaBOS
Feds May Suspend Border Passport Rule

Some temporary relief.
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, March 16th, 2007, 09:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,097
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Baby beach and how to get there

Definately no public transportation to Baby Beach. They could ride Arubus to San Nicolas and catch a taxi from there, but there are no taxi stands at Baby Beach which would make the return trip an...
Forum: Aruba Restaurant Reviews Friday, March 16th, 2007, 09:28 AM
Replies: 26
Poll: Gianni's
Views: 9,011
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Gianni's

We ate there last Saturday (3/10/07) and found it to be very good. If you like Sole Mare then you'll like Gianni's. The two menus are similar. There are more differences between Sole Mare's menu and...
Forum: Aruba in General Monday, December 11th, 2006, 10:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,595
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Need information about crazy grave in Aruba next to Bushiribana

Definately. They're unsightly and ruin the views, They use to be contained to a small area, but have spread out along the coast. I for one wouldn't be upset of they all fell down one day.
Forum: Aruba in General Saturday, September 2nd, 2006, 09:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,348
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: a great question that was posed

I just fell in love with the island and its relaxed atmosphere, which I was in need of during my first visit. I recall na early ad campaign for the island which said; "On Aruba you don't have to do...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, July 28th, 2006, 11:10 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,867
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Shipping back to the U.S.

In your case sending a piece of artwork back is one thing, but you do want to be careful about what you pack if you plan to ship other things home. FedEx and UPS may handle the paperwork but the...
Forum: Aruba in General Friday, July 28th, 2006, 10:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,798
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Has anyone every bowled at the Bowling Alley in Aruba

We stuck our head in the door about 10 years ago. My brother-in-law wanted to go. It must have been a league night as the place was full.

There was talk of a second alley opening on Palm Beach,...
Forum: Aruba Restaurant Reviews Monday, July 24th, 2006, 09:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,884
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Le Petit Café

I'd say it's good (LPC - Playa Linda). We usually eat there at least once per trip.

My cousin's wife was a little over-whelmed by the concept during our last visit but enjoyed her meal.
Forum: Aruba by Day and Night Wednesday, July 19th, 2006, 04:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,261
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Pelican Adventures + Unique Sports

Interesting. That's news to me. I've always used Pelican but know a few people who have gone with Unique and they had nothing but great things to say about them.

As of March they were still...
Forum: Aruba in General Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 05:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,784
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: In Deepest Sympathy

I never met her, but chatted once with her. Very sad indeed.
Forum: Aruba in General Wednesday, October 12th, 2005, 09:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,196
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: should they repair the natural bridge

I'll add my voice to the choir and agree that it should be left the way it is. I'm sure that it could be rebuilt, but as other have said it would no longer be "Natural."

It's just like NH's Old...
Forum: Aruba Restaurant Reviews Wednesday, August 10th, 2005, 08:44 AM
Replies: 12
Poll: Sole Mare
Views: 7,754
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Sole Mare

Sole Mare is on our list of restaurants to visit every year.

The food is excellent. I would say the prices are slightly above average, about $45.00 per person.

Reservations are recommended.
Forum: Polls Saturday, July 2nd, 2005, 09:22 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 40,358
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: what is the most $$ you have ever paid for airfare for Aruba

In one or two years we paid $705.00 for our tickets, but it's usually been less.
Forum: Aruba in General Thursday, June 30th, 2005, 11:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,514
Posted By ScubaBOS
Re: Rinaldo Rivera fr. Aruba

Now according to CNN, the Dutch Marines have continued to help in the search. They also said the Aruban government has requested that Holland send more to aid in the search.

No doubt Jerry Rivers...
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