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Old Wednesday, March 30th, 2011, 04:25 PM
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So my wife Shelley and I just booked our trip back to Aruba for September!!!!!! We are sooooooo excited!!!

To give you some history we went every year for 8 years strait then I lost my job and we have not been able to go since June of 2009. When we go in september it will have been a little over 2 years since going to our favorite place in the world!!!!

So my question is...Every year we would go down there would always be changes through the years, stores that closed or opened, restaurants that opened and some closed and even casinos that changed names or closed. With it being 2 years I am curious to know of any major changes, cool restaurant or store openings or any major closings that have taken place since June 2009???

Thanks so much in advance for the insight!!!!
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Old Thursday, March 31st, 2011, 02:28 PM
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hi sbatjc

there is 2 great projects going on right now.

That is one the Linear Park which will start from the airport to the high rise hotels. The construction has already begun and is right now across from the Talk of the Town close by Pinchos.

The second one is the Main street there will be no more entrance with a car, but there will be a tram available from the cruise terminal going to the mainstreet and back.

Another big change are roundabouts in several places. 2 additional, one in Wayaca coming from the airport going direction north at the crossing of Arubus and Texaco gas station, the second one is at the crossing of Marriott hotels. The mainroad has been redone too.

An nice addition to the Balashi Beer is the Balashi Chill.

New sightings, at Vader Piet you can enjoy the view of Giant Wind Turbines decorating the wild side

More Malls beside the new South Beach Mall, there is The village adjacent to it with new restaurants and shopping, next to Paseo Herencia is the Palm Beach Plaza with great assortment of restaurants, stores and entertainment.

The road in front of the high rise hotels in Palm Beach has been remodeled with several big sleeping polices. so the cars are definitely driving more carefully there

Sadly some great restaurants closed their doors, that is Chez Matilde, Mr. Jazz, Brisas del Mar, Cool Runnings, Milano's and Moby Dick to mention a few.

But that means that new restaurants also opened like, Nikki Beach (ex-Havana), Zissles (Ex Mr. Jazz), Papillon Restaurant at the village, Amadeus Restaurant, 7West (Ex- Cafe Bahia), Casa Tua's extensions Casa Tua Mediterranea at Palm Beach Plaza, Casa Tua at the Renaissance Market Place, Kokomo's Bar Rest. at Palm Beach Plaza., Starbucks at the renaissance Mall.

Shopping: new stores opened at the new malls and some moved from one mall to the other.

Entertainment: Definitely closed down is Morgan's Island, the adventure golf, black hog saloon and alfredo's restaurant.

New is the Flow rider at the Marriott Ocean club, new project also with big waterslides going on near the hooiberg mountain.

these are the ones I quickly jotted down. but there are lesser impacting ones. if i remember anything else i will let you know.
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Old Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, 01:22 AM
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Thanks so much!!! You are amazing...the detail is so helpful!!! We can't wait!!
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Old Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, 11:02 PM
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We've been visiting in September (every year) for 23 years.
I'm trying to understand how the closing of 'Main Street' will impact traffic from the airport to the low-rise timeshares...or any hotels.
Is traffic being routed to back streets?
Can we anticipate that the route will be marked? Please say yes, LocaLisa.
I'm finally buying the Borch map of Aruba which may help me understand the city layout.
Last year, we were wishing we knew which streets were connected when there was a lot of street flooding due to the unusual amount of rain.
Also, is there any place to read more about the Linear Park?
We are again bringing some first time visitors to Aruba...and we would like to keep ourselves (and our guests) informed as to what they can expect.
Thanks, LocaLisa. The above report was very nicely done!
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Old Thursday, April 7th, 2011, 10:35 AM
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Thank you and 23 years that is fantastic

the closing of the mainstreet actually will have very little impact on the mainroads if you go to google maps or road maps their are subroads connected to the mainstreet on both sides, these streets are being rerouted to facilitate the traffic that normally goes through the mainstreet. there are new traffic signs placed on these sub roads.

There are no more news on the Linear Park for now but you can see this link

The Linear Park is now on the 3rd month 1st phase. The first phase of the park is from Surfside Beach to Wilhelmina Park, it will be a major improvement for the visuals of the area and to ease up the traffic.

The park is more a stretch along the walking path on the beachside of the main road it will include a cycling path, with adequate lighting for the night walkers and cyclists, sheltered areas, parking spaces, public bathrooms, kiosks and sufficient space for organizing special activities, repleted with trees for embellishment.

A careful attention will be given in construction plans to preserve beaches and the white sand.

It will positively have an impact on the quality of life for the locals and not only an eye candy for visitors. The first phase is expected to be completed in June this year.

About the traffic that is easy just don't go through town and stay in the outskirts or just follow the roundabouts into the west-north direction.

If you go the google maps you can see road 1 from the airport then take road 1b change to 2 and as soon as you get to a small roundabout here you go left follow the road Belgiestraat to 2 more roundabout and you're free.
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How has the weather been lately. Earlier in the year it seemed like there was a lot of rain.
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Old Thursday, April 7th, 2011, 01:55 PM
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While celebrating the national flag and anthem day (March 18th) we had a real downpour from early morning till late in the evening. that was I belief the last heavy rainfall. after that the days are sun-shining and hot. so sunblock is a must.

there are still a morning showers going on and that is like a 5 to 10 minutes sprinkles to welcome the day. wish it was every morning sigh, i like to take my morning walks and after the am showers it's simply delicious to fill your longs with pure fresh air.

here is a pretty good weather forecast you can even see 10 days ahead.
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Thanks...I was hoping for cold and rainy everyday (just kidding). My wife and my streak of 10 years in a row came to and end this year when the school board decided to change the winter and spring dates that were the same for years. Because we have to book our timeshare a year in advance, we booked it like we normally do. This year the week after Easter. The school board changed it to the week of Easter which we do not own. Oh well....we WILL come back next year some how some way...
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Thanks again, LocaLisa!
After all these years, I did not realize that beach areas along that waterfront had names like Playa Fofoti and Playa Klip.
I'll wager few tourists know that.
We go back to when the main shopping street was Nassaustraat, then became Caya Betico Croes...way before the Royal Mall/pink mall and when the old Fruitmarket stalls actually sold fruits and vegetables. With a lot of favorite store closures like Little Switzerland, it doesn't quite seem like "Mainstreet". Over the years, we felt like we got some excellent bargains at places like LS on Mainstreet. And I think a lot of newer people think the LG Smith Boulevard is the "main street"...and I was confused.
Hope we can keep coming to see some of the Linear Park completed. It will make Aruba even a better place to visit!

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iamromo, not to worry hopefully you can do another streak of 10 years or more starting next year. although the weather is constantly changing we still count on the trade winds to keep the sun shining.

to JohnJT well it is called that way because there are several fofoti trees close enough to the water like a natural chiki or hut. playa klip is named after the town. the name klip came probably from some family name owning that land.

the mainstreet had several changes over the year and it was kind of forgotten in the last couple of years so that is why the government is doing something about it. we all hope with the new changes the mainstreet will be charming and lively again like the old days.
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Thanks...we are already making plans for next year. I am a little concerned about the weather. It was always a no brainer, but starting with last year's trip in April, rain and clouds seem to be more prevelant. I read posts on the board at least each week and it seemed the rainy season went from November to March this year. But heck, even at that, Aruba is a far better place to be on a rainy day then any place else.

Is "old" main street behind all the big malls? I like the street vendors by the docks and the stores behind the malls. They seem to always have the better deals. One can never have too many Aruba hats or shirts! I hope all the new shoppings areas by the high rises don't hurt downtown too much.

What is the status of the Ritz next to the Marriott. That was always our "Aruba" spot....the fisherman's hut and boats..
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Mambo is doing a great job. Mambo is an organization of all the merchants in the mainstreet they organize the Shopping Bazaar, this keeps the flow of people coming. the bazaar is a real event, the streets are closed for traffic. the stores place a table or 2 outside and gives a special discount on their goods or even a gift. the streets are filled with live music form popular local bands and the kids also get a treat by having a chance to take a picture with their favorite cartoon character.

The new malls at the Palm Beach had definitely made an impact on the mainstreet flow but still it is great place to shop.

i went to fishermen's hut this weekend and drove around the changed area besides the big roundabout the road has moved and you have to pay attention to the arrows on the road and to the traffic signs to drive safely and to know where you want to go it may sound overwhelming but it is quite easy after a couple of rounds. the ritz charlton is in construction phases.

the fishermen's hut is till there though the background has changed but you can still access it.

see this post for an idea of how the road is moved http://bb.visitaruba.com/f2/ritz-car...280/#post86765
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