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    Just 7 more days until 1st visit!

    My wife and I are visiting for our 10th anniversary and staying at the Hyatt.

    We plan to tak eit easy and haven't set up much of an agenda. So far all we have booked is some massage at Na-Fanny and a trikes tour.

    I've looked at restaurant info on this and other websites, but would welcome firsthand suggestions. We'd enjoy a mix of higher end as well as local hole-in-the-wall places. I'm also wondering about the need for making reservations before leaving the states?

    From what I've read Aruba has a low crime rate, relatively speaking. What about panhandling and aggressive street sales from locals. I always find myself handing out cash to everyone when I travel out of the states Just curious what to expect in Aruba.

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    i've never seen panhandling or aggressive street sales at all from the locals, and i'm a shopper, lol. even at the flea market on saturday and sundays, they are low key, not annoying at all. that definitely won't be a problem.

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    Hyatt is a first class property. Good choice. There are some great restaurants within walking distance. Do check 'culinary and culture' tab in the forum for lotsa info, opinions and suggestions. Smokey Joe's is a great casual restaurant just a short walk from the Hyatt. Texas de Brazil is a fun concept if you're a carnivore and that is also a short walk. The one restaurant we would never miss is Madame Janette's and that's a quick taxi ride away.

    Do not worry about panhandlers and aggressive sales people. Never a problem.

    Here's a link for great view of restaurant locations and the Palm Beach area:

    http://www.restaurantsaruba.com/googlemap.html?rid=62

    Enjoy the trip.... you're gonna become another Aruba Addict!

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum

    below, click the link for some tagged threads for fine dining chatter
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/fine%20dining.html

    and below are tagged threads, inexpensive dining
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/rest...expensive.html

    also too visit the category CULINARY/CULTURE

    panhandling and aggressiveness ........not much of that on aruba.
    enjoy.

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    Please add my welcome to thee chorus of "Forum" members. You are in very good company for information and suggestions.

    Have an absolutely wonderful...as if you could not...10th Anniversary visit to "Paradise."

    Ed

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    The Hyatt is a beautiful property in a great location and also home to our favorite casino. You will have a great stay. The garlic shrimp appetizer is really good at the Bugaloe Bar on a pier near in the high rise area. That place has a great atmosphere for a laid back happy hour view of the sunset. I also recommend Iguana Catina for a casual dinner across the street in the Palm Beach mall (look for the TGIFridays sign). Passions at sunset is a must for a romantic dinner.
    Happy anniversary and enjoy!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Flying Fishbone was a very nice meal and atmosphere. Have never encountered any pan handling. Think you are going to love it.

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    One of the many things I love about Aruba is that there is no pan handling. Not even the time share sales people are aggressive unlike MEXICO where they start the moment you pass through the airport...

    I just got back and did not make any restaurant reservations prior to my arrival. I took it casual and decided day by day where I wanted to dine from casual to medium to upscale.

    My list of casual eateries are as follows:

    Bugaloe Bar,
    Busters Sports Bar (there is a casino there),
    Iguana Cantina (MEXICAN),
    Smokey Joes (Ribs, Chicken, Burgers and other items)

    Or sometimes I order a Pizza with salad or wings for dinner if I want to stay in.

    Yes passions for a romantic setting at the beach. Make the reservation for 6pm so you can enjoy the beautiful sun down...

    Matthews Grill At Casa Del Mar also has a nice romantic view from their deck overlooking the water.

    Chalet Suuise is my favorite on the expensive side which has an expansive menu from steaks, seafood, lamb chops, chicken etc.. Food is great and so is service!

    Happy Anniversary and enjoy your vacation!

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    i know i've asked this a million times but again, where exactly is the bugaloe bar???

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    Bugaloe in front of the radisson

    on the beach at the radisson
    if you are standing on the beach with the radisson behind you, BUGALOE will be off to you left a little and extend out into the water. DePalm susnset sail boat sails from that dock.
    there is also a depalm ticket sales office there. (at least last time i was there it was there)

    Quote Originally Posted by gaby View Post
    i know i've asked this a million times but again, where exactly is the bugaloe bar???

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