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Old Friday, January 8th, 2010, 06:33 PM
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Default A few questions.

Hello and thank you for having this site!
I'm happy to have found somewhere to get info that's not "the Tourism Board" type of stuff.

We are coming down the last week of January, although timing has nothing to do with my questions, and couldn't be more excited!

So, first of all, in past vacations we have found that drinking a beer in public was not frowned on, and in some places encouraged by the local retailers. Even more, having an open drink in a vehicle was not an issue.
Are the same rules followed in Aruba or can someone shed some light on this? *note* I'm not thinking of drinking all day and night and driving home from a club but rather a nice cold beer in the middle of the day on the drive "home" from the beach...

Number 2. Vehicles parked at resorts are considered to parked in a safe area, right?
Not looking to leave valuables in it, but the vehicle shouldn't be stolen/broken into...Basically it's "safeish" right?

Numero trois. Resorts that have suites with walkouts to the beach.
Option 1- A resort is very safe.
Option 2- A certain resort is very safe.
Option 3- Be careful siting on the beach.
Option 4- Don't turn your back on the suite while siting on the beach.

And now a suggestion for this helpful site.
Humbly, I suggest, a section for unusual rules/laws such as my drinking in public question.
Perhaps it could include driving rules, signage and traffic light issues/images.
Stuff from locals on the intricacies of the laws or stuff from the Regulars that you discovered to be different from home.

Thank you very much and I'll see you soon!
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Where are you staying?

12 years ago, Aruba was one of the safest places on earth. Things have not changed much since then; however, the true Arubians will tell you that due to the over building of hotels and timeshares, the influx of "immigrants" to work in them do not have the same loyalties to Aruba has changed the environment a tad. My wife and I have been there at least 10 times and have not felt unsafe day or night.

Not sure about the drinking laws...

If you google something like "Aruba rules of the road" or "Driving rules in Aruba" you will find what you need. I look them up each time we go.

Make sure if you rent a car to note all the dings and dents on the rental form. We have rented from reputable companies but some of the cars look like bumper cars...
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iamromo gave some great suggestions already.

let's get to the numbered questions, lol.

1. no problem with drinking on the beach or at the pool. however, arubans, although legally will not stop you, are a dignified culture and only at festival would really walk down the street with beer in hand. no lectures here, i swear, but please wait until you get back to your property to drink on the road. even one beer is a hazard when you consider that you know know the road signs and neither do the other tourists along with the fact that most arubans drive like crap. as i said, it really isn't a lecture at all but we have lost some locals and tourists recently because of stupidity and until you are really sure of yourself on their roads you are risking your life. i personally value your life. once at the resort, drink and party all you want. everyone does including me, lol.

2 &3. i am one who has had a car vandalized so i can give an honest answer. it can happen anywhere on any island but parking at a larger hotel or timeshare with the typical guards cuts down the risk. no guarantees given but i would never suggest parking a vehicle at some of the out of the way resorts unless there is a guard on property. so i would go with all resorts are pretty safe. don't be stupid with what you do. i didn't see what city you are from but always think to yourself-would i do this at home? i recommend never taking valuables with you to the beach unless you purchase something like a vacation vault that you can lock onto a palapa (umbrella).

all beach front resorts have walk out to the beach possibilities. the low rise areas give you more opportunity. bucuti, manchebo, and a few of the timeshares are within a few feet of the beach from your first level room and if you want all inclusive the divi/tam are wonderful for it.

as to that suggestion-not a bad idea. i'll have to figure out a way to get it included.

now-wear sunscreen. as modmomma i must warn you that if you don't burn anywhere else you will blister on the beaches of aruba. i want you returning to the island again and again. you won't be if you damage your skin to that point. (see, you knew you would get a lecture somewhere, lol)

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Hello and thank you for having this site!
I'm happy to have found somewhere to get info that's not "the Tourism Board" type of stuff.

We are coming down the last week of January, although timing has nothing to do with my questions, and couldn't be more excited!

So, first of all, in past vacations we have found that drinking a beer in public was not frowned on, and in some places encouraged by the local retailers. Even more, having an open drink in a vehicle was not an issue.
Are the same rules followed in Aruba or can someone shed some light on this? *note* I'm not thinking of drinking all day and night and driving home from a club but rather a nice cold beer in the middle of the day on the drive "home" from the beach...

Number 2. Vehicles parked at resorts are considered to parked in a safe area, right?
Not looking to leave valuables in it, but the vehicle shouldn't be stolen/broken into...Basically it's "safeish" right?

Numero trois. Resorts that have suites with walkouts to the beach.
Option 1- A resort is very safe.
Option 2- A certain resort is very safe.
Option 3- Be careful siting on the beach.
Option 4- Don't turn your back on the suite while siting on the beach.

And now a suggestion for this helpful site.
Humbly, I suggest, a section for unusual rules/laws such as my drinking in public question.
Perhaps it could include driving rules, signage and traffic light issues/images.
Stuff from locals on the intricacies of the laws or stuff from the Regulars that you discovered to be different from home.

Thank you very much and I'll see you soon!
BTW-I'll be the very pale guy, then the very red guy!
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Welcome surlee....can't really add anything that my boss and iamromo didn't cover...just make sure you have a wonderful time and post either while on the island (like up to the minute updates) or when you get back home and have a chance to let us all know how you liked our home away from home.
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We're from Toronto, Canada, where traffic is busy but organized.
We'll be staying at Tamarijn, and have requested a walkout suite on the beach. Without having been there to see it with my own eyes, I read a few past visitors trip reports and judged it to be an adequate first resort. We usually drive around and discover where we would prefer to stay for the next trip.

More questions.

Are there any free wifi spots on the island? Usually found (Canada anyways) at coffee shops, bars or restaurants.

American Car Rental says that a map will be included with the vehicle.
Is this for sure and is the map adequate?

Now this one may be a stretch but let's try.

Below are links to five different apps for the Iphone or Ipod touch. All are maps and info on sightseeing.
I have the Ipod touch so I need to keep in mind that I won't have an internet connection, usually. This matters because some apps require that you be connected for them to work at all.

Has anyone tried any of these? Any standout app that did the job perfectly? I'm aiming at having an awesome map, not too worried about the extra stuff.

iPhone City Maps | Mobile-Streetmaps.com
App Shopper: iMapsPro - Aruba (Navigation)
App Shopper: ProGuides - Aruba (Travel)
UR Creations - Aruba Guide, iPhone Apps
App Shopper: Aruba Sights (Navigation)

More questions to come, I'm sure!

Thanks!
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the tam is more than adequate for a first trip and many people go back repeatedly. try to set aside a bit of money though to try a few off property restaurants. it is part of the fun of aruba.

a map of aruba given by the car rental agencies is much like having one sheet of toilet paper with a stomach virus. ok, i probably should not say it that way but it is the truth and i can't think of a more appropriate description this morning sitting here with a miserable sinus headache, lol.

there is one very good map of aruba and honestly, i can't remember the name of the company that prints them. i am sure someone on our site will be able to tell you. however, part of the fun of aruba is getting lost on the island and interacting with the greatest people on earth who will gladly direct you back to the hotel area. it is just about impossible to get totally lost on such a small island but many of the roads are rather rustic which is why they aren't mapped and you need to be cautious taking your car on them. go out and explore with only the map provided. it is so much more fun than a regimen of map following. every time your eyes are facing a map or gps you are missing the beauty of the island.

there was a phone you can rent on the island that was offered by Fast Phone Aruba Cell Phone Rental that had internet and gps but i am not sure if they are still offering them. i will warn you that your phone may be prohibitively expensive on aruba so check that out with your phone server. i know that although i have an lg chocolate touch i bring my little netbook with me. once i sign up with setar (the phone/internet company of aruba) i can use it in many areas of the island and with skype and google i can do phones and minimal mapping.

now, wifi-not much you can do without purchasing a wifi card from setar. you can get one for $35/week usd. it can be used anywhere that is a wifi hot spot. here is a short list of wifi spots. WiFi Aruba.com: Hotspots.

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We're from Toronto, Canada, where traffic is busy but organized.
We'll be staying at Tamarijn, and have requested a walkout suite on the beach. Without having been there to see it with my own eyes, I read a few past visitors trip reports and judged it to be an adequate first resort. We usually drive around and discover where we would prefer to stay for the next trip.

More questions.

Are there any free wifi spots on the island? Usually found (Canada anyways) at coffee shops, bars or restaurants.

American Car Rental says that a map will be included with the vehicle.
Is this for sure and is the map adequate?

Now this one may be a stretch but let's try.

Below are links to five different apps for the Iphone or Ipod touch. All are maps and info on sightseeing.
I have the Ipod touch so I need to keep in mind that I won't have an internet connection, usually. This matters because some apps require that you be connected for them to work at all.

Has anyone tried any of these? Any standout app that did the job perfectly? I'm aiming at having an awesome map, not too worried about the extra stuff.

iPhone City Maps | Mobile-Streetmaps.com
App Shopper: iMapsPro - Aruba (Navigation)
App Shopper: ProGuides - Aruba (Travel)
UR Creations - Aruba Guide, iPhone Apps
App Shopper: Aruba Sights (Navigation)

More questions to come, I'm sure!

Thanks!
Lee.
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Please do not misconsture this comment - WIFI! IPOD APPS! Aruba is a place to relax and forget about the outside world. When we are on the beach one of the most disturbing things is those around you talking on their cell phone...come on now...you can forget about business for awhile. You should be asking...where is the best place to snorkle? Where is the best place to wind surf? Where are the best dive spots? Which is the best romantic sunset cruise?

Maps...the best map we use comes in a gift bag they give you at the airport as you are leaving the terminal. Usually there is a book with coupons and information about driving on the island.

Keep in mind that Aruba is not a lush plush place like Hawaii...neither is it an Orlando or Vegas (even though it does have casinos)..it is simply PARADISE...
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Just for fun, here is the sunrise this morning viewed from my condo.
Notice the reflection in the harbour. That isn't super calm water but rather the ice that is now covering 3/4s of area.







The sun today will warm Toronto to a high of -10 from the current -14.

Lazy,lazy sun!
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you are right iam. i have a small setar phone with no extras. i put enough minutes on it to talk to aruban friends and make plans for dinners. other than that, it is for emergencies. i check in at home in my room with my netbook. otherwise my computer is used for relaxing games when my insomnia clicks in. my chocolate touch will stay in the safe to be used at airports on our layovers to let my kids know where i am.

however, some people do have to check in at home and do have business that can't be left for a week or two. the cheapest way for them to conduct that business or check in at home is either a rental phone if they don't come to the island frequently enough to keep their own aruban phone, a rental phone which saves a fortune on calls from home or their computers.

most of us can't totally get away from life when we are on vacation on aruba. least of all me, lol. aruba is my work and vacation life. i do envy those, like you, that can forget the world completely when vacationing.

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Please do not misconsture this comment - WIFI! IPOD APPS! Aruba is a place to relax and forget about the outside world. When we are on the beach one of the most disturbing things is those around you talking on their cell phone...come on now...you can forget about business for awhile. You should be asking...where is the best place to snorkle? Where is the best place to wind surf? Where are the best dive spots? Which is the best romantic sunset cruise?

Maps...the best map we use comes in a gift bag they give you at the airport as you are leaving the terminal. Usually there is a book with coupons and information about driving on the island.

Keep in mind that Aruba is not a lush plush place like Hawaii...neither is it an Orlando or Vegas (even though it does have casinos)..it is simply PARADISE...
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Please do not misconsture this comment - WIFI! IPOD APPS! Aruba is a place to relax and forget about the outside world. When we are on the beach one of the most disturbing things is those around you talking on their cell phone...come on now...you can forget about business for awhile. You should be asking...where is the best place to snorkle? Where is the best place to wind surf? Where are the best dive spots? Which is the best romantic sunset cruise?

I know! I know!
The wifi question came to me as someone suggested updates on the fly.
I work on the water and have no connection needs be it cell or internet, except for enjoyment. I usually bring the ipod so that I am able to listen to the music I have deemed "vacation, drivin' in a topless Jeep, exploring" worthy!
Never have a need for a cell while away!

Snorkeling, wind surfing...already found lots of info, before even finding this site.

I've also found that maps help me find locations that I may have missed. Rarely do I use them while driving but instead after the day is done I try to figure out where we were and almost always realize we missed a great beach, mountain...
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surlee, you totally sound like my kind of people. that's what i use an aruban map for.

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I know! I know!
The wifi question came to me as someone suggested updates on the fly.
I work on the water and have no connection needs be it cell or internet, except for enjoyment. I usually bring the ipod so that I am able to listen to the music I have deemed "vacation, drivin' in a topless Jeep, exploring" worthy!
Never have a need for a cell while away!

Snorkeling, wind surfing...already found lots of info, before even finding this site.

I've also found that maps help me find locations that I may have missed. Rarely do I use them while driving but instead after the day is done I try to figure out where we were and almost always realize we missed a great beach, mountain...
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surlee, you totally sound like my kind of people. that's what i use an aruban map for.
You should use that map for the stomach virus problem you mentioned earlier.
The maps are adequate, the problem is that the roads are not marked or signed properly.
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they are a little scratchy but otherwise not a bad idea bob, lol.

marked? signed? where? when?

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The maps are adequate, the problem is that the roads are not marked or signed properly.
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Ref. Maps to all. The best on the island is a book called "Guia Di Caya" ( Guide of Streets)This can be purchased in book stores and some hotel gift shops. It is published in English and Papiamento. This book, details every inch of the Island and was just updated in 2009. Although not cheap, around 25.00 Afl. I buy mine at "Antraco" on L.G. Smith next to Wendys. This is the book that all real estate agents use. If you want to see every dirt road, every location and beach, every address, this book has it all. It also contains every Doctor with phone numbers to every important place on the Island, (and not so important, but fun) right down to including all sports teams, Golf etc.... I can't recomend it enough.
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that was the one! couldn't remember the name. they were out of them every time i have tried to get one. it is a wonderful map!

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Ref. Maps to all. The best on the island is a book called "Guia Di Caya" ( Guide of Streets)This can be purchased in book stores and some hotel gift shops. It is published in English and Papiamento. This book, details every inch of the Island and was just updated in 2009. Although not cheap, around 25.00 Afl. I buy mine at "Antraco" on L.G. Smith next to Wendys. This is the book that all real estate agents use. If you want to see every dirt road, every location and beach, every address, this book has it all. It also contains every Doctor with phone numbers to every important place on the Island, (and not so important, but fun) right down to including all sports teams, Golf etc.... I can't recomend it enough.
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Sherry, although the book doesnt list a website, it does have a number to order through book stores. If it's current, here it is. 297-585-3952 Also states "Digital Available"
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thank you! i really do appreciate the info. a few years ago i was in a hurry to visit some friends and the 'turn at the first blue house' routine wasn't exactly helping, lol. i definitely want that map. now let's hope i can find it.

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Current exchage rate is 56 cents American for 1 dollar Florin...the book would be about $14.00...

14 degrees this morning...2 more inches of snow..I hope global warming does not affect Aruba!
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I read through some of the replies. In reference to the comments about lack of road signs I would like to say this...I am an Aruba "purist". I like the fact that there are no road signs. That's what gives it the island feel. We have been coming here for 10 or 12 years. While we do stay at the Marriott Surf Club complex (with Marriott taking over the island), the island has changed way too much..too much Americanized I guess you could say. Wendy's...Little Caesars...Dunkin Donuts. When they put up the steel poles for lighted road signs I would say enough is enough!

The Aruba paper stated that the government approved the Ritz because they want to attract that type of high end clientel. What are we, chopped liver!?

The island has changed so much and maybe when I can retire and can go at times other than the high seasons, then maybe the feelings of 10 years ago will return, but no matter what...Aruba is still simply Paradise!
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although in principle i agree totally with you, i do want a map. a few years ago i had my first in 20 years migraine while we were having fun getting lost on aruba. i really needed a fast way back from sunlight and into a dim or dark room. for that one time alone, the map would have been worth every penny spent. i also like finding where i am going when i have a specific destination across island. so, rustic is great, limited signage is great, but a map in a pinch is priceless.

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I read through some of the replies. In reference to the comments about lack of road signs I would like to say this...I am an Aruba "purist". I like the fact that there are no road signs. That's what gives it the island feel. We have been coming here for 10 or 12 years. While we do stay at the Marriott Surf Club complex (with Marriott taking over the island), the island has changed way too much..too much Americanized I guess you could say. Wendy's...Little Caesars...Dunkin Donuts. When they put up the steel poles for lighted road signs I would say enough is enough!

The Aruba paper stated that the government approved the Ritz because they want to attract that type of high end clientel. What are we, chopped liver!?

The island has changed so much and maybe when I can retire and can go at times other than the high seasons, then maybe the feelings of 10 years ago will return, but no matter what...Aruba is still simply Paradise!
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I read through some of the replies. In reference to the comments about lack of road signs I would like to say this...I am an Aruba "purist". I like the fact that there are no road signs. That's what gives it the island feel. We have been coming here for 10 or 12 years. While we do stay at the Marriott Surf Club complex (with Marriott taking over the island), the island has changed way too much..too much Americanized I guess you could say. Wendy's...Little Caesars...Dunkin Donuts. When they put up the steel poles for lighted road signs I would say enough is enough!

The Aruba paper stated that the government approved the Ritz because they want to attract that type of high end clientel. What are we, chopped liver!?

The island has changed so much and maybe when I can retire and can go at times other than the high seasons, then maybe the feelings of 10 years ago will return, but no matter what...Aruba is still simply Paradise!
My comment about the roads not being marked properly was only a statement of fact, not a judgement. I dont mind the roads being unmarked. It makes it more fun to explore.
As far as being considered chopped liver, maybe that is a problem with the tourism authority. They should be more attentive to keeping the tourists they have now and not dwell on the ones that dont go there now.
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Two clarifications:

"Guia Di Caya" is more than 25AFL at Samson/Antraco - Have mine
in the car but it was more in the range of 50AFL

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Lee - you picked a great place to stay in the Tam! My wife, daughter and I have been going there for over 10 years and we love it. We are in our early fifties with a 10 year old and we all love the Tam for its atmosphere and the great people. You have definitely picked a good place to vacation. If you want any further info, please ask away.
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REPLY #1...Even though the island is so small, my wife and I had a panic attack on our first drive to Baby Beach. I think we went past the same Divi Divi tree many times. I agree, you need a good map, but I don't care if it has a picture of a blue house at which to tell you to turn...

REPLY #2...When I did a Google search for the Ritz on Aruba, it stated that it was a done deal. It had a map of the area that it was going to be built on, the cost and who was financing it. Dissapointed us since the fishermen's hut add to the ombience of the island.
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Where at in Pittsburgh? I am originally from Emsworth ( Ohio River Blvd. beteen Bellevue ans Seweckley...bummer about the Steelers...
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yeah, gotta agree on the map. blue house is a good enough lead.

i hope lizzardo is right that it is not a done deal.

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REPLY #1...Even though the island is so small, my wife and I had a panic attack on our first drive to Baby Beach. I think we went past the same Divi Divi tree many times. I agree, you need a good map, but I don't care if it has a picture of a blue house at which to tell you to turn...

REPLY #2...When I did a Google search for the Ritz on Aruba, it stated that it was a done deal. It had a map of the area that it was going to be built on, the cost and who was financing it. Dissapointed us since the fishermen's hut add to the ombience of the island.
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Hi Lizzardo, Cost may have gone up, but if you want the best ? ( Still worth every penny or Florin) If I get to publish a Newspaper, I will be more precise with whatever I may say or write. As always here on Aruba, price is subject to change. As far as the Ritz, it's owned by Marriott and my guess is it will come at some point. The Marriott says it is a "Done Deal" at the last I heard. I agree with you that it is a shame that the Huts may go by the wayside. That remains to be seen. I will inform all as I learn more.
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P.S. For those of you who don't have map and are fresh to the Island, If you are lost, Remember, the sun rises in the East and sets in the High Rise, Just follow it. Divi Trees also face to the west due to the trade winds. Arubans have done this since inception.
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Where at in Pittsburgh? I am originally from Emsworth ( Ohio River Blvd. beteen Bellevue ans Seweckley...bummer about the Steelers...

We are in Bethel Park. Yes I have been through that area a time or two and I really do like it. The Steelers on the other hand... did not do as well as everyone thought they would. Hopefully, they can turn things around next year. Still a fan?
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Since my wife is a teacher, we can only go to Aruba in February(not President's week) or Easter break. I will usually wear a Steeler hat or shirt on the beach. It never fails that we meet Steeler fans from Pittsburgh. When they played in the '05 SB, I think it was at the Hyatt that had a big screen tv on a platform in the water. So many people were there , they ran out of beer! (I wasn't there).

We live outside of Detroit and while we did not spend the $2600 for tickets, we went downtown and it looked like downtown Pittsburgh. We went to this year's game here and it was 80% Steeler fans.

While Pittsburgh is home...Aruba will always be Paradise...
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Don't know where the discussion is going, but road signs ARE better than our first trip in 1988...we have gone every year since that first visit.
I still get lost. Last September, we were looking for the Donkey Sanctuary. I thought I could find it (based on a previous visit when they were closed). We wandered around for 30-45 minutes...asking directions once (maybe twice). We finally made it (but saw a number of different neighborhoods, passing through Santa Cruz more than once.
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john, on forums, i don't think most of us know where a discussion is going. they weave in and out of the original theme with sidebars that are totally unrelated. i'm guilty as often as others of doing it. lol.

our circle (with the migraine) was around the ostrich farm. how many times can you find it when going in 4 different directions trying to get away from it, lol. thanks to a young aruban boy on a bike who pointed us toward town. i wish i knew his name. he saved my head from an explosion. i kept silently humming a harry chapin song that has the first line 'all my life's a circle'.

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Don't know where the discussion is going, but road signs ARE better than our first trip in 1988...we have gone every year since that first visit.
I still get lost. Last September, we were looking for the Donkey Sanctuary. I thought I could find it (based on a previous visit when they were closed). We wandered around for 30-45 minutes...asking directions once (maybe twice). We finally made it (but saw a number of different neighborhoods, passing through Santa Cruz more than once.
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Surle.....GORGEOUS SUNSET PICTURE !!!!! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.....

Thanks for the eye candy on that one
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where is the picture of the sunset?
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Surle.....GORGEOUS SUNSET PICTURE !!!!! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.....

Thanks for the eye candy on that one
Must have been referring to the sun"rise" shot!
I have a million of them (no not really a "million") but winter sun rises in my view.
I prefer when the sun rises out of view which means warm days!!!
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Since my wife is a teacher, we can only go to Aruba in February(not President's week) or Easter break. I will usually wear a Steeler hat or shirt on the beach. It never fails that we meet Steeler fans from Pittsburgh. When they played in the '05 SB, I think it was at the Hyatt that had a big screen tv on a platform in the water. So many people were there , they ran out of beer! (I wasn't there).

We live outside of Detroit and while we did not spend the $2600 for tickets, we went downtown and it looked like downtown Pittsburgh. We went to this year's game here and it was 80% Steeler fans.

While Pittsburgh is home...Aruba will always be Paradise...
Other than wishing I could go to another Super Bowl, if there were any place I would want to be to watch the big game, it would be Aruba!

And I agree, Pittsburgh is home and Aruba is paradise!
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Okay!
Thanks for the tips and the info I found!
Off to bed shortly,
0300 etd from home (time "recommended" for check in & security)
0610 flight etd,
1205 arrival Aruba,
1310 drink and beach!
Periodic restroom breaks and ocean cool off dips to follow (WARNING:may be combined).

Wooooot!!!

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hahahaha!

have a great time and report back to us after you return. can't wait to hear about your vacation>

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Okay!
Thanks for the tips and the info I found!
Off to bed shortly,
0300 etd from home (time "recommended" for check in & security)
0610 flight etd,
1205 arrival Aruba,
1310 drink and beach!
Periodic restroom breaks and ocean cool off dips to follow (WARNING:may be combined).

Wooooot!!!
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Safe travels ~ have a wonderful time, and we'll be waiting to hear EVERYTHING!!! lol
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Re: Ritz

It all depends at what stage they are at...
From last I had heard (last month) - Marriott
people were saying they were working on the financing.
The only info they could say is that they were moving
the road. No drawings about what it would look like or
anything.

If that is true - it means that the building plans have
to be approved and a lot of other 'government' approvals
have to be done. If the government decides they are
going to stand by their 'overbuilding stance' - they can
make sure that the plans do not block the winds for
the windsurfers. It would mean a lot of votes if they
either delay or shut it down.

PLUS - the fisherman's huts will NEVER be torn down. They
were given by the queen of the netherlands to the fishermen.
You don't mess around with stuff like that....consider it
'sacred'.
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So, we're just back from our week at Tamarijn, Aruba.

On a scale of 1 to 10, the Tam scored well of the chart. Everything was beyond what we could have imagined.

We somehow lucked our way into the most desirable building on the resort, based on beach access, bar/restaurant location. Perfectly not too close and not too far.

We will be returning many times, if we don't end up simply moving to the island!

We met Kent on Saturday morning, our first full day. What a great guy!
He took time out of his trip to show us one of the best spots to snorkel.
He loaned us gear that we were lacking and had great patience in dealing with Wendy, who is not the most confident in the water. Even left us with a parting gift!
Big THANKS!!! to Kent!
BTW Kent, we bought ourselves a proper underwater digital cam after seeing yours!

At no time during the trip did we feel unsafe. We managed to put 500 kilometers on our rental, exploring nearly every square inch of the coast and as much of the "interior" as we could.
All days were mostly the same routine; swim 0700, breakfast 0730, driving/exploring 0800, back on the beach, drinking and eating 1200 (usually with Janet and Eric...see if they're on this forum).

All in all a great trip!

Now, here is where I'll answer some of my own questions.
The parking at the Tam felt very safe.
The sliding door was rarely locked while we were on the resort, including while eating for a half hour or more.
I came across a great map at Windys dive shop. $10, waterproof and updated, even though street signage is sparse. I highly recommend this one, if you feel the need for one.
That's about all the questions that I can answer or that are worth answering.

Now a few photos! We took 950 but mostly sunsets!


Bats in one of the caves.


Wendy enjoying the fish!
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aha! another aruba addict has been born. welcome home and when is your next trip?

just one comment. please lock your door, lol.

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So, we're just back from our week at Tamarijn, Aruba.

On a scale of 1 to 10, the Tam scored well of the chart. Everything was beyond what we could have imagined.

We somehow lucked our way into the most desirable building on the resort, based on beach access, bar/restaurant location. Perfectly not too close and not too far.

We will be returning many times, if we don't end up simply moving to the island!

We met Kent on Saturday morning, our first full day. What a great guy!
He took time out of his trip to show us one of the best spots to snorkel.
He loaned us gear that we were lacking and had great patience in dealing with Wendy, who is not the most confident in the water. Even left us with a parting gift!
Big THANKS!!! to Kent!
BTW Kent, we bought ourselves a proper underwater digital cam after seeing yours!

At no time during the trip did we feel unsafe. We managed to put 500 kilometers on our rental, exploring nearly every square inch of the coast and as much of the "interior" as we could.
All days were mostly the same routine; swim 0700, breakfast 0730, driving/exploring 0800, back on the beach, drinking and eating 1200 (usually with Janet and Eric...see if they're on this forum).

All in all a great trip!

Now, here is where I'll answer some of my own questions.
The parking at the Tam felt very safe.
The sliding door was rarely locked while we were on the resort, including while eating for a half hour or more.
I came across a great map at Windys dive shop. $10, waterproof and updated, even though street signage is sparse. I highly recommend this one, if you feel the need for one.
That's about all the questions that I can answer or that are worth answering.

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Surlee.....welcome home and welcome to the club of .... "Arubaholics". I always love to hear when a new person goes to the island and comes home ready to return. We've all been there!!! It helps you understand what the rest of us do all year long anticipating our trips. Makes us look less obsessed....lol. You now "get it". Thank you for coming home and giving us your opinion and beautiful pictures. I for one hope you continue to come around here and contribute to our family. You are now an experienced Aruba traveller....and can now help someone else have a wonderful trip.
And I'm with Sherry here....lock the doors...
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Surlee. Glad you had a wonderful time. You have posted some great photos. We enjoy snorkeling in Aruba more than any other activity. Go nearly every day we are there, and see something new almost every day. Hope you found Windie at Aquawindies as helpful and friendly as we do. She and her family are wonderful people.

I am sure that Kent's snorkeling adventure was great. Have seen many of his great photos posted here. We try to go snorkeling at least once with Windie or her son when in Aruba.
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Where do you go snorkeling? Have you been to Arashi Beach? Are there facilities? Is the water deep? Has Baby Beach built restrooms and nicer beach equipment?
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Aruba 2010 pictures by leedufour - Photobucket
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Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing.
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Click the image to launch a slideshow. Should make for easier viewing.


Thanks for the comments!
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Fabulous pictures! Great composition. Are you a professional photographer?
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