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    First Time Aruba trip

    I'm heading to Aruba for the first time on Thurs. the 13th and staying at the Tamarijn. Any good tips on what I should do?? I also saw that the forecast is possible showers for the week, is that usual or should i be worried it'll actually rain all week. I'm just lookin for some quick answers like are shorts for the week ok or should I bring long pants, what are the restaurants in the hotel like?, is there anything I should definately plan to do that is not on the hotel grounds?
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    Plan to enjoy the beaches and good restaurants. If you like casinos, go for it.

    Don't pay any attention to Aruban weather forecasts, highly unreliable. Though there are exceptions, Aruba weather is typically either rain free or showers pass very quickly.

    Enjoy!
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    first of all ignore the weather forecasts
    (most of the time it says scattered showers)

    also too check the weather category up at the top!

    once you get to the tamarijn, make your reservations for
    paparazzi, red parrot and palm grill a'lar carte restaurants.

    be forewarned that the beach areas at the tamarijn sometimes change month by month..day by day ...all due to weather patterns.

    you will love the tamarijn

    don't make too many plans............just relax and vegetate.
    i do suggest renting a car and do a little exploring.
    also suggest taking a snorkel cruise.
    there are a few to choose from.
    look around the forum in the activities section and see what u think!

    andrea

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    To answer your question on pants vs. shorts.....shorts is the answer. As a woman, shorts, sundresses, beach cover ups, swim suits should be your attire for the entire week, that is unless you decide to horse back ride and then I would say 1 pr. jeans. Also, light weight sweater for the cool restuarants. cindyo

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    I wouldn't worry about the weather. The forecast is basically calling for isolated showers. Showers usually last 10 minutes or so and the sun comes back out. Also this time of year it rains over night and early morning. http://www.weather.an/

    It is another beautiful day today...
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    Last year I got woken up a couple times by a passing shower while dozing on the beach. So if you are napping make sure you are under the palapa!

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    hi phillyfive0!

    First of all I wish you great days in TAM.
    In the past we spent our vacation at several other resorts.
    You can not find any other hotel so nearby the beach.
    You open the balcony door and can see the beautiful sunset from the bed.
    Sometimes cruises ships are passing by,really dreamlike!
    Enjoy the time.
    flying dug

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    we were there this past aug. stayed at the Tamarijn also. awesome place. we were practically on the water. when they said beach front room man did they mean it. we opened the sliding doors and took three steps and there was the beach. we loved it. the sunset was incredible from the room, i did see a cruise ship one morning as i woke up. i really don't have anything bad to say about it. i can't wait to go back. hope its soon. make sure as soon as you get there you book the all inclusive restaurants for the week. they fill up fast. yes shorts are fine for anything you want to do there. while we were then it rained twice but it was only like 15 minutes each time in the morning.

    as for as what to do. as soon as i got there i had to get into that awesome water. the first two days we did a bus tour then the atv tour. i regret doing so. total waste of time and money in my opinion. and being at the Tamarijn your only option is De Palm right at the hotel. i didn't like them at all. my recommendation would be to split the week up. water half and the desert the other half. snorkel,para sail, wave runners, tubing or just enjoying a swim outside your room which we did every day around 4pm. then the other half of the week buy a good map and rent a jeep and explore the other parts of the island. there is a ton of stuff to see and in my opinion it was a blast being out on our own in the jeep. the best part being we got to do thing at our own pace and see things that the tours don't let you see. not sure if your into it or not but you can take a tour of the power plant too. i didn't get to do it because no one i talked to knew when they gave tours. i stopped by the plant on friday (the day we had the jeep) and they said tours were on thursdays. so if you want to chck that out get ahold of them early in the week and set it up also.

    at night if the day didn't wear you out too bad you can go down by the high rises and there is a bunch of shopping and restaurants. we had to goto Fridays for some home type of food..lol. we didn't do many restaurants because we had an all inclusive package but we did hit el gaucho and man were the steaks good there. big servings also. the family really liked it there, we also went to sole mare on a recommendation from a time share couple that have been going to the island since the 80's. very good itallian food. we all enjoyed that place too.

    your gonna love it there. enjoy man.
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    The TAM is very relaxing with plenty to do. They have free snorkel gear and you can use a sunfish sailboat or kayaks as part of the all-inclusive. If you rent a car, sign out some snorkel gear and try some other spots on the island such as Baby Beach, Malmok and Boca Catalina. We found that the buffet at the Divi was a little better than the Tam for breakfast or lunch. The food at the pool bar at the Tam was good including pizza, chicken nuggets, fries, onion rings, paninis, etc. You can catch the bus outside the resort if you don't rent a car and the fare is $2.20 round trip to go downtown and gamble, try a restaurant, shop or see a show.

    The nightly entertainment at the Tam was actually pretty good and you will see a schedule when you check in. Take advantage of being right on the beach...truly what makes the Tam special.

    HAVE FUN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyfive0 View Post
    I'm heading to Aruba for the first time on Thurs. the 13th and staying at the Tamarijn. Any good tips on what I should do?? I also saw that the forecast is possible showers for the week, is that usual or should i be worried it'll actually rain all week. I'm just lookin for some quick answers like are shorts for the week ok or should I bring long pants, what are the restaurants in the hotel like?, is there anything I should definately plan to do that is not on the hotel grounds?
    Last time I was down weather.com listed showers every day. I think there were 15-20 drops that actually hit me over the course of the week. I'd bring one pair of pants in case you decide to go somewhere nice, but it's not really needed otherwise.

    The buffets are ok, but we skipped them after breakfast. We hit the pizza joints more often than not for lunch. The Divi and Tam pizza bars make some of the best pizza I've had.

    We usually walked downtown from the Tam and saved the cab fare. It's probably a little less than a mile and helps burn off the balashi.

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