I am moving this off the Weather thread... so it gets more attention.
We have a few "Renaissance experts" here who will give you the low down on how wonderful it is. If you check the gallery here there are some photos memebers have posted.
Thanks a lot for your help! .
We are staying at the Renissaince! (How is that private beach)?
The private island is for guests at the Renn suites and marina tower. No room key, no boat ride. There is an adult side to the beach with service, and a family side to the beach. The island has many amenities; tennis court, work out room, gift shop, rentals of kyaks,and much more.
We often stay at the renaissance and have never rented a car. Plenty of very good restaurants within walking distance downtown or a short cab ride away. You can also take the bus from downtown to many areas for very little money. Private island is awesome. Try a snorkeling trip like Jolly Pirates. Snorkeling is also excellent at the private island. Old Man and the Sea is recommended for a romantic dinner in the sand. Don't overschedule yourself - you will have a blast!
Since both of you are active I would recommend horseback riding & snorkeling tour @ el paseo ranch aruba. It's a relatively new ranch compared to the other ranches I have previously visited. Snorkeling gear is included if you choose the combo tour. They picked us up at our hotel and we were offered complimentary drinks....the trip is really very beautiful. You even get the chance to ride on the beach should you choose to.
They don't book as many guests as the other ranches...that makes is more personal and more enjoyable I think!