(Closed) What to do in aruba? Excursions? Restaurants?

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

There’s not a ton to do in Aruba outside of the area you will be staying – it’s a tiny island, and much of it is basically a desert.  But you can do all the water sports in the resort area, the beaches are lovely, snorkeling is good, there are restaurants, shopping and nightlife in the area as well.  You can go to the spa at the MVCI property attached to the Marriott.  If one of you can get up early in the morning (like 7am) you can reserve one of the free tiki huts on the beach, which you’ll probably want to do!  We did rent a jeep one day to drive around the island, we stopped at “Baby Beach” which was a nice little public beach (though not really any better than than the beach at the hotel), and then came back through the state park/desert and stopped to see some carvings on a wall in a cave…  There was a really good seafood restaurant about an hour from the resort area – The Flying Fishbone – that was worth the trip.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Madame Jeanette’s ask the concierge to make you a reservation, don’t do the jolly pirates.. Do red sail sports if you want to snorkel. The paddock has great ribs and is right on the water, the port though no beach…. Hmmm it depends on what you are looking for. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The natural pool is pretty cool we went a horseback ride there. I didn’t get in though. I’ve never been on a sunset cruise but did do the booze cruise Tattoo… that was a good time for my bf at the time! 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Rent a car for one day and drive around the island (maybe some off roading). Baby beach is fun for snorkeling (bring a bag of frozen peas to feed the fish). Go up to the lighthouse. Definitely spend a happy hour at the Marriott (buy one get one free drinks at the pool bars) and just float  freely around the lazy river with a cocktail- pure relaxation.

Restaurants: El Gaucho for a nice steak dinner (it’s Brazilian steak, but not like Fogo de Chao where they come around and you eat a ton of meat- just a good steak dinner). There’s a pretty good pizza place if you are at the Marriott facing the ocean, walk left past the hotels and you’ll hit a ton of restaurants and shops. Amadeus has great food (it’s Austrian, but really good).

There’s also Pan Pan- it used to be where the locals would go for a nice night out and really good food, but I heard it was recently bought out and there’s a fight going on over the new owners charging more or something. It might be closed right now, but could open back up in the future- unfortunately I can’t vouch for the food under new ownership, but talk to other people at the resort or the concierge. A lot of people return year after year so to get the scoop on restaurants it’s best to talk to people around the pools.

I thought Jolly Pirates was ok, but definitely nothing amazing. Going to see the natural baths on horseback is fun too. There isn’t a ton to do in Aruba as far as excursions because it’s such a small island, but just enjoy yourselves relaxing and having no worries.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Relax!!! It’s the best part about Aruba! I second renting a car and going to Baby Beach- it’s completely flat and amazing!  Buy one of those cheap air mattress pool floats to take and just float around for a bit.  Drive up to the California lighthouse for great view.  Red Sail Sports has great snorkling trips- I think it’s 2 or 3 hours, 2 snorkling sites, and an open bar with snacks.  It was $50/person when we went in December, and was worth every penny.  I’ve never gambled, but hitting the casion for awhile was fun!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’ll be there Sept 9-16th, also at the Marriott! Are yiou staying at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club? I know there are 2 Marriotts there. I’m sure I’ll do a recap when we get back, just in time for you to be there!

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