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    Celebrating our Anniversary.. FIRST TIME IN ARUBA!! We need Recommendations

    Hi Everyone:


    After several years thinking about Aruba we finally booked our vacation!!!!!!..So Happy!!!! Heard the island has everything to offer, and excited to go there.. Can't wait!!

    We are celebrating our Anniversary and will be traveling with our kids. We want to do activities with them and explore the island, how many days do we need to sightseeing the island? Do we need to rent a car everyday????

    We need recommendations on Restaurants: we love seafood the real deal, but reasonable prices, not to fancy restaurants as we prefer to enjoy the ambiance and catch the beautiful sunset, we love restaurants by the beach. Also local restaurants for appetizers or snacks.

    Any experience at Divi Resorts anyone? We will have access to all of the amenities in all 4 resorts. Divi has a shuttle that is pretty convenient to take us from one resort to the other. Which resort has the best amenities?

    Activities, things to do. WHAT DO YOU THINK WE MUST DO IN ARUBA???? 5 Activities????

    Thinking of renewing our vows by the beach, we need a photographer as well. Do you know any photographers that will take nice pictures???

    Thanks so much in advance we will appreciate your recommendations.....

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    hello again liz

    i encourage you to cruise around the forum's categories and to read up on the links that i sent to you in a private message.
    using the search feature at the top of the page enter a key word example "photographer" and a bunch of threads will be listed.
    there is much homework on your end

    quite honestly i think that you will be quite content with the divi dutch. it shares a campus with divi tamarijn. across the street is the divi village and divi golf and although divi link has a nice infinity pool, there is no need to head over there as you have the beach and the divi dutch has i think 2 or 3 pools? the watersports area is at the other end of the tamarijn property.

    visit the sections on the community forum ACTIVITIES and FAMILY VACATIONS

    a car is not necessary. many excursions will pick your family up at the resort.

    again, i encourage you to visit the specific forum for your specific questions……..restaurants= culinary , car= getting around aruba, etc.

    also too remember to use the search menu.

    my husband and i stayed at the tamarijn which is on the same property as divi dutch. the beach is great and it is a convenient location. very laid back.
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 04-05-2014 at 02:33 PM.

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    Thanks once again Andrea, so happy I found this website and forum to do my homework.

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    We've stayed at Divi Golf several times. The condos are beautiful and spacious. Your kids will love the infinity pool, which also has a kid's section. The shuttles are very convenient, and will take you to the grocery stores, and some good restaurants and shopping across the street. You don't really need to do an all inclusive, unless you prefer that. The beach for the properties is Druif Beach, which is very wide and beautiful. We've taken excursions that have picked us up and dropped us off right at the lobby. There are usually taxis waiting by the resort, or they will call one for you. The bus runs right in front of all of the Divi properties, so no need to rent a car unless you really want one. We never rent a car when we are there. It's just a matter of personal preference.

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    How old are the kids? Are you staying at the Divi Dutch village or one of the others? When are you going? We rent a car on our trips simply for the convenience. No waiting for cabs or busses. We also found that since we go out to dinner every night and do some shopping and sight seeing, it would end up costing us as much for cab fare as a rental car. We also like to go to Baby Beach at least once and that's at the southern end of the island.

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    Hi again

    Take a look thru some of the posts here - you will find tons of information and personal experiences. That little search box in the upper right will be your best friend while you plan your stay
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    How old are the kids? Are you staying at the Divi Dutch village or one of the others? When are you going? We rent a car on our trips simply for the convenience. No waiting for cabs or busses. We also found that since we go out to dinner every night and do some shopping and sight seeing, it would end up costing us as much for cab fare as a rental car. We also like to go to Baby Beach at least once and that's at the southern end of the island.
    Our kids are 16 and 11. Staying at Divi Dutch Village, July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    Hi again

    Take a look thru some of the posts here - you will find tons of information and personal experiences. That little search box in the upper right will be your best friend while you plan your stay
    Jacki learning so much and reading post and getting familiar with everything, so happy I found this Forum. Can't wait for my trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatteras View Post
    We've stayed at Divi Golf several times. The condos are beautiful and spacious. Your kids will love the infinity pool, which also has a kid's section. The shuttles are very convenient, and will take you to the grocery stores, and some good restaurants and shopping across the street. You don't really need to do an all inclusive, unless you prefer that. The beach for the properties is Druif Beach, which is very wide and beautiful. We've taken excursions that have picked us up and dropped us off right at the lobby. There are usually taxis waiting by the resort, or they will call one for you. The bus runs right in front of all of the Divi properties, so no need to rent a car unless you really want one. We never rent a car when we are there. It's just a matter of personal preference.
    So nice, the shuttle will help us. thinking to rent a car for 2 to 3 days to go around the island. Thanks for the information

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    Definitely take the kids to Baby Beach for a little snorkeling and get a burger at Big Mamas Grill. The caves are not too far from there either. For a good seafood dinner at a very good price, try the Pelicans Nest at sundown. They have a grilled grouper dinner for around $21. They also have shrimp, steak and burgers so everyone can get what they want. Ask the waiter to feed the fish while you are there. It is located on the end of Pelican Pier between Holiday Inn and Playa Linda. Pizza Bobs is excellent at the Costa Linda Parking lot. There is a Dunkin Donuts, Subway and ice cream shop at the Alhambra Casino mall just north of you and the shuttle will take you there. The Hard Rock Café might be good for the kids. Our 18 yr old GD enjoyed a meal there and the food is good. J H Yees Chinese bistro is excellent. It is located in the high rise area. The gold mine ruins , lighthouse and rock formations are a don't miss for first timers. The Donkey sanctuary and the Ostrich farm are interesting. We stayed at Dutch Village once. It is a nice place. The pool at the Divi Links is amazing. n Be sure and use the shuttle service when you can. saves a lot of walking.

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