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    Arriving christmas day, do we need to book activities in advance?

    Its out first time to aruba and I understand we'll be there during the busiest week of the month. I was hoping to simply drive around and research a bit for specific activites once we get there, but should we rather look to book everything in advance right now? Do tours fill up? We're looking at depalm island, horseback riding, snorkeling, and possibly atv.

    Thanks in advance!

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    I am of the opinion you can never book too early - especially for that week. Things are very busy. The other advantage of booking ahead online is that you typically will get a discount.

    That being said - you would still find some activities - but dont count on getting exactly what you want when you want it.
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    hi new2 welcome to the aruba.com community forum!

    i agree with making online reservations especially since you will be on island during a very busy time.

    be cautioned though.........since this is your first visit, do not over schedule yourselves. if you are happy sitting on the beach/poolside and frolicking in the water, you will find it difficult to tear yourselves away from that environment to do a planned/scheduled activity.
    i would recommend scheduling just 2 or 3 things.

    Quote Originally Posted by new2aruba View Post
    Its out first time to aruba and I understand we'll be there during the busiest week of the month. I was hoping to simply drive around and research a bit for specific activites once we get there, but should we rather look to book everything in advance right now? Do tours fill up? We're looking at depalm island, horseback riding, snorkeling, and possibly atv.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Welcome to the "Forum." Hope you enjoy Aruba...of course, you will...but have a Very Merry ?Christmas and a Happy New Year

    Ed

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    Thanks guys, I think we'll likely book a trip to depalm, maybe a snorkeling trip, and horseback riding to start. We'll have a car so maybe exploring the island should be fun as well.

    Which beaches will be less congested during this time? Are restaurants going to be equally packed?

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    where ever there are palapas (shade huts) you will find lots of people on those beaches......eagle, palm, druif, arashi....baby beach will also have lots of folks.
    where are you staying ? maybe on arrival you can register and reserve a palapa at your resort's beach?

    yes the restaurants are crowded.

    you will need reservations for most of the restaurants as they will be busy.


    Quote Originally Posted by new2aruba View Post
    Thanks guys, I think we'll likely book a trip to depalm, maybe a snorkeling trip, and horseback riding to start. We'll have a car so maybe exploring the island should be fun as well.

    Which beaches will be less congested during this time? Are restaurants going to be equally packed?

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    activities

    You will immediately fall in Love with Aruba, We are going for our 6th trip this April. But remember Aruba is a desert and while activities can be fun, watch that you dont over do it You might want to try Palm beach uo by the Mariott/Holiday Inn area, the beach is stunning and while your there try the seviche or red snapper at the Pier. If your only going to be there a week I would probably limit myself...check out baby beach (free) and the natural bridge part of the island where the surf is wicked, its awesome. We have found there are great things to just check out in Aruba that are absolutely free. As a matter of fact we have never been to the depalm island but we have looked at their pricing . There are great snorkleing trips to be had in the high rise area including a Pirate ship, we have been on them all (not mentioning names as they are all good) and you will have a great time! I envy you but my wife refuses to leave the snow for christmas (dont have any yet but who knows. Merry Christmas and Bon Bini

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