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  1. #1
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    Jun 2008

    Light fare on beach near marriott

    Hi - I was wondering what the best place is for a light evening meal near the marriott (and preferably on or close to the beach/water). We're arriving next week and will be weary travelers in search of a bite our first night.

    Also, is it better to take a cab to the larger supermarket that's between the high rises and downtown, or is the market near the marriott sufficient?


  2. #2
    Senior Member Liz - Aruba Lover's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Not sure if you are just looking for sandwiches or more of a dinner meal. The closest to the Marriott is Smokey Joe's (Website & Menu) which is across from Playa Linda Resort. For lighter fare there's Aromi d'Italian in front of Playa Linda (Menu) and Amici's across from Playa Linda. The closest restaurant to the Marriott is MooMBas (website). I haven't eaten there but have heard that the service is horrible and food not so great. Though there are people that love the place. MooMba's is on the beach while the other suggestions aren't.

    Coming from the Marriott it is faster to walk on the beach then the street. After the Surf Club on the beach you pass Hadicurari (not light fare but heres their website) then MooMba's. After MooMba's is the Holiday Inn. Go through their lobby to get to the main street.

    Across from the Holiday Inn is Paseo Herencia Mall. There's a TGI Fridays there and Iguana Cantina, Taste of Belgium and Scala's.
    Last edited by Liz - Aruba Lover; 07-27-2008 at 12:00 PM.

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    Senior Member Arubalisa's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Any Aruba beach...
    Laguna Restaurant at the Radisson is beachside and casual. Streetside we like Tomato Charlie's for pizza and salad or Salt & Pepper for tapas.

    Depending on how many groceries you are planning on purchasing, you would probably want to go to one of the big grocery stores.

    If you take a taxi, know the fares and the "rules" before you leave.

    Since taxis charge for "waiting" a good suggestion I have heard in the past is to take the bus to the grocery store and the grocery store will then call a taxi for you when you have finished shopping.

    Another option is to have your groceries delivered to your resort:

  4. #4
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    May 2007
    If you want to eat at the beach, I wouldn't recommend Moomba for dinner. If you want something light, Simply Fish is the outside restaurant at the Marriott. What I would recommend for a "light" meal is have one of their appetizers and the fish chowder (which is very filling). Hadicurari is expensive and not that amazing. If you want other types of food there is also La Scala in the new mall across from the Playa Linda/Holiday Inn and TGI Fridays as well as the other mentioned restaurants. Casa Tua is a inexpensive restaurant, just don't try to get a reservation there during high season!!
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Senior Member cpjones's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Eagle Beach, Glitz Casino, Manchebo Beach Resort
    You could also consider the Pelican Nest on the pier at the Holiday Inn, a short walk from the Marriott. It's open air and right on the water. Another option would be Gilliagan's at the Radisson... it's right on the beach.

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    Senior Member DANNYO's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Marriott Surf Club
    We are owners at the Surf Club and on our first night we go to Champions at the Ocean Club,good food great service.Have a great vacation..

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