The theme of our trip this year is relaxation and play it by ear. As a planner, this is hard for me. So as a compromise I came up with some categories and a list. Keep in mind, we don't rent a car - we like to have drinks with dinner and don't want to take turns being the DD, just a personal preference. But by doing that, we have to factor in the cost of transportation to our dinner plans.
I've been thinking about our November list constantly, but I'm still very much up in the air.
Here's what I do know:
Breakfasts and lunches will be spent primarily at Scott's Brats, Salt N Pepper, Bugaloe, Gilligans, and other places in walking distance of Radisson. When we move to Amsterdam Manor for the last few days we plan on checking out Super Foods for some light meals.
Must do dinners:
- Pelican's Nest (first night - probably just grouper fingers appetizers and lots of drinks, but maybe dinner)
- Wacky Wahoo
- Barneys (maybe twice, based on Walt's description of the grouper)
- Passions (our last night, since we will be staying at Amsterdam Manor, it seems like a good idea)
- Mangos (convenient to our hotel for the last few days)
New Places (new to us) I want to try, but it will just depend on how the days go:
- West Deck (if we do a downtown walking around day)
- Sweet Peppers (Jon found this one without me mentioning it so we probably should try it)
- Linda’s Dutch Pancakes (possible bday breakfast)
- Fishes and More (read a recent review that stood out to me, and it’s walking distance)
- Barefoot (Went last year, loved it! We may go back, but when you add in the cost of the cab, it may not happen)
- Pinchos, Yemanji, and Matthews (these are all strong possibilities if we decide to cab to dinner)
Unlikely but still on the radar:
- Madame Jeanette’s (recent reviews are a little disappointing, but we’ve never been)
- Café 080, Pam Pam (based on reviews, I would like to try them, but without a car, not sure we will make the effort)
- Iguana Catina - this was our first dinner in Aruba where we really relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. It has been somewhat of a tradition for us, but I think we are ready to give it up.