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    Our November list...a work in progress

    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)


    Maybes
    • 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.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Sounds like a great plan to me....Dh and I go with no plans what-so-ever....and I am as ADD as you can get about that kind of stuff. But seeing as how we have been going so long and really the only thing that is different every year is the choice of restaurants we just go and see what's new and roll the dice.
    I do know that we are going to check out AnnaMaria's and West Deck, which is as far as our plans go !!!
    Have a great time and let us all know how your choices "panned" out......
    ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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    Matthews!!! Omg great
    west Deck super fun place

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    You can easily take the bus to Matthew's from Palm Beach. To return to Palm Beach, the bus stop is across the street right where the road turns right, or you can walk up towards Divi Village a little ways and catch the bus. You could always take the bus up to Matthew's and take a taxi back. It's pretty cheap from there. I love the atmosphere at Matthew's, and we like to go on Thursdays on pasta night, when it's very inexpensive.

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    I second the Matthew's recommendation from cindyo and it's not too far from AM for the latter part of your stay .... also, keep in mind Fishes 'n More does 'early bird' menu all night Tuesday nights.... but you have to ask for the EB menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyo View Post
    Matthews!!! Omg great
    west Deck super fun place
    One thing I know, we have very similar taste in restaurants so I know I can't go wrong with your recommendations. Can we walk from Amsterdam Manor to Matthews? If not no big deal, I just am not familiar with that area other than google maps.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Tracey, if you go restaurantsaruba.com they have a driving directions tab. I used it a lot when I'm trying to decide if I think the restaurant is worth the taxi fare. Matthews is a 5 minute taxi ride from Amsterdam Manor. For me that's too far to walk in the heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Tracey, if you go restaurantsaruba.com they have a driving directions tab. I used it a lot when I'm trying to decide if I think the restaurant is worth the taxi fare. Matthews is a 5 minute taxi ride from Amsterdam Manor. For me that's too far to walk in the heat.
    Thank you. I will check that out!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    I forgot to add there is a food truck near La cabana that we hope to find. Anyone know what Im talking about?
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Yes... Wear your comfy walking sandals
    really nice setting
    its at Casa Del Mar( CDM)
    glad we have the same tastes Tracey

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