Coming to visit Aruba for the first time and celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary.
If anyone can help, we wanted to know some good places to; eat, shop, casinos, relax, and take in arubian history. We are staying at the Renaissance Marriot and the Marriott Ocean Club (any comments on those hotels would be appreciated as well). In addition, is there any need for renting a car? We want to see the island, but if public transportation is much more convenient and friendly we would go that route.
Any help would be appreciate and I would also like to say that I love all the comments members have left. They are very insightful and make you want to visit Aruba more than once. Which we hope happens for us after this trip.
Palm Beach!!!Oh, and the airport but only when I'm arriving:)
Ahhhh Ocean Club!!!
The Renaissance looks like a really nice place from the outside but unfortunately that's all I know about it.There are plenty of people that adore it so I'm sure it's great!
As far as the Marriott Ocean Club, I am sooooo envious that you are staying there! It is the best of the best! My husband and I rented a 2 bedroom villa last year with our friends and had a blast! The room is very modern,clean, and large regardless of whether you are staying in a studio,1 bedroom, or 2 bedroom. There are a few good shops by the lobby area. The beach and pool area are amazing. You do have to get up early to reserve a palapa on the beach but it is well worth it! The pool bar has great fruity mixed drinks and have people of all age groups there. Next to the big pool is a smaller "quiet" pool that my husband nick-named the Library pool. We also went there alot and would just relax in the water. The waiters occasionally come by the library pool and ask if you would like a drink. On top of the library pool is the best hot tub in Aruba(in my opinion). We had a system every day there-wake up, eat breakfast from the lobby cafe(obviously by the lobby..good for egg sandwiches,coffee,bagels,etc..) go lay on the beach until about 2-3pm, go to the library pool,then head into the hot tub until we couldn't feel our faces any longer from the heat, the go back into the library pool to cool off, then back to the room to take a nap and get ready for dinner...what's better than that?
Speaking of dinner, we have been going to Aruba since 2005 and we have some definite spots to eat during the time we're there...In no order: Madame Janettes, El Gaucho, and Smoky Joes. The ambiance at Madame Janettes cannot be beat and all of their food is great... from their seafood all the way to their chicken cordon bleu. El Gaucho has fantastic steaks. Smoky Joes has amazing ribs and is pretty reasonably priced. Here's a few others that are good and we will probably go again- Gianni's- I had excellent italian food there, Simply Fish-the Marriott beach turns into a restaurant at night!-good food and you get to watch the sunset, Texas de Brazil- all you can eat place that serves all different types of meats-really good but I could't fit into my shorts the next day!(lol)
This year we are going back again for our 5th trip and staying at the Marriott Stellaris since it's just the 2 of us. I cannot wait!
You will definitely enjoy your trip! I cannot wait to hear your report!