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    Some questions

    What is the Salt-n-Pepper area? We went to Aruba for the 1st time last October. We LOVED it. Heading back again this October. I wished we had spent more (any) time at night, after dinner, sitting in the breeze listening to a singer or dancing, while sipping amazing cocktails and just visiting. It seems our first trip we forgot to relax and we went with too many gamblers. This time we want to get dressed up a bit and solve the problems of the world with some good friends over wine. Other people told us they tried to go to some of the nicer hotels and couldn't get in because they weren't guests. Have you found this to be true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QsGrame View Post
    What is the Salt-n-Pepper area? We went to Aruba for the 1st time last October. We LOVED it. Heading back again this October. I wished we had spent more (any) time at night, after dinner, sitting in the breeze listening to a singer or dancing, while sipping amazing cocktails and just visiting. It seems our first trip we forgot to relax and we went with too many gamblers. This time we want to get dressed up a bit and solve the problems of the world with some good friends over wine. Other people told us they tried to go to some of the nicer hotels and couldn't get in because they weren't guests. Have you found this to be true?
    Never heard 'couldn't come in... not a guest'.... We stay at the Radisson and regularly hang at the Hyatt lobby in the evening. Open air generally with entertainment just off the lobby. You'll also be welcome at Miro Solo at the Radisson.... nice outside bar/lounge that generally has entertainment. We've also been in and thru all of the hotels on Palm Beach in the evening. Those with cash bars have always accepted my dollars.

    Salt and Pepper is in the Arawak Garden strip with Soprano's, Casa Tua, Tango, Fishes n More and OMG Burger King. Great area to hang in the evening for a meal, drinks and entertainment!
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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum

    Salt n Pepper area is in the high rise across from the hotels.

    The hotels/resorts welcome you to come in, to have a drink at their bar as a paying customer.
    The Bucuti does not allow non guests to their beach/pool bar.

    The all inclusive hotels/resorts would require you to purchase either a day pass or coupons for drinks.

    The Riu only allows guest onto their property (does allow non guests in their casino)

    Quote Originally Posted by QsGrame View Post
    What is the Salt-n-Pepper area? We went to Aruba for the 1st time last October. We LOVED it. Heading back again this October. I wished we had spent more (any) time at night, after dinner, sitting in the breeze listening to a singer or dancing, while sipping amazing cocktails and just visiting. It seems our first trip we forgot to relax and we went with too many gamblers. This time we want to get dressed up a bit and solve the problems of the world with some good friends over wine. Other people told us they tried to go to some of the nicer hotels and couldn't get in because they weren't guests. Have you found this to be true?

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    For the first 14 trips we always arrived from 7 pm to 10pm because of AA schedules from here. We would just check in, find something to eat and go to bed. The next morning we would eat breakfast at what is now Matthews at the Casa Del Mar. We ate our first breakfast in Aruba there and have done so every time since. It was the Sea Gull in 1996 on our first trip and stay at Aruba Beach Club and several years after, then changed names to the Gondola and maybe something else. Now it is Matthews. We have been taking Delta the last 2 years and this year as they allow us to arrive at 2pm. Now we check in, go to the grocery store and Dushi Bagels, then hit the beach before dinner.( I usually get to go to the store by myself as Linda cant walk as well as she used to.)We still eat breakfast at Matthews the next morning but on the balcony after that.
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    For the first 14 trips we always arrived from 7 pm to 10pm because of AA schedules from here. We would just check in, find something to eat and go to bed. The next morning we would eat breakfast at what is now Matthews at the Casa Del Mar. We ate our first breakfast in Aruba there and have done so every time since. It was the Sea Gull in 1996 on our first trip and stay at Aruba Beach Club and several years after, then changed names to the Gondola and maybe something else. Now it is Matthews. We have been taking Delta the last 2 years and this year as they allow us to arrive at 2pm. Now we check in, go to the grocery store and Dushi Bagels, then hit the beach before dinner.( I usually get to go to the store by myself as Linda cant walk as well as she used to.)We still eat breakfast at Matthews the next morning but on the balcony after that.

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    We have never had a problem entering other properties in which we are not staying. Usually, we're going to the casino, so yes they want you to come in and leave a deposit. We've had a drink or a snack at some of the different places without being denied service.

    However, I did notice on our last trip, when walking during the day, a couple properties had what looked to be security around their pool area. At one place, the Occidental, I felt awkward walking by these security people when I didn't have a wrist band for that property. I didn't try to swim in their pool. I wanted to look in their shops. The only problem I had was that the security in the lobby area did mention to me that I could not walk through their lobby with simply shorts, flip-flops and a swim top showing. Thought that was odd, but ok.

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    Going to have a drink, eats, gamble or shop is not a problem but when u want to use the pool, that's when they tell u to leave. Welcome aboard!!!
    Snorkel Mangel Halto, day or night with a waterscooter. Check out our website. E-mail Stuart at arubabob@live.com or call Stuart local: 745-7459 Or visit: www.arubabobsnorkeling.com 50th trip Dec 11, 2017

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    Hi! Welcome to the forum

    Do yourself a huge favor and plan to relax a bit this trip! It helps to really enjoy the beauty of the island
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    We have always walked through others properties (Hotels), and even ate / drank at their bars. I even went to the RIU casino, and was given service there. Not sure if they knew I was not staying there or not.

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    the riu is very welcoming to non guests in their casino and casino bar.
    anywhere else on the property, not so much.
    my understanding is that they do sell day passes that would include beach chairs, drinks and meals.

    Quote Originally Posted by joec3535 View Post
    We have always walked through others properties (Hotels), and even ate / drank at their bars. I even went to the RIU casino, and was given service there. Not sure if they knew I was not staying there or not.

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