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    Never been to Aruba before...so tell me all you know...

    We are going to Aruba in February....have not made reservations yet. Still shopping. Not sure if we want AI...a house...or what we should do. It will just be the two of us (early 50's). We have a pizzeria in NY...long days...busy days. So we are really wanting someplace where we can sleep in...have breakfast...lay on the beach, read, drink, then go out to dinner and to the casinos/shop/etc. then repeat that for the following 9 days. Obviously we will do some site seeing maybe...but the beach and relaxation is what we are after. Love good food, not big drinkers, but would have drinks with dinner, or on the beach. So...suggestions? Thanks everyone!!

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum.

    hurry February is right around the corner!!

    my first suggestion is to read some of the MY ARUBA STORIES and read about where others have stayed.
    determine your budget.
    if your have somewhat deep pockets and are looking for the perfect couples (adults only) beach vacation check out the BUCUTI (but they may be booked solid that time of year)

    if you are a bit adventurous, how about renting a villa or a condo or an apartment?
    again, time is of the essence as February is THE month that is very very busy.

    all inclusive properties include the Divi/Tamarijn and the Riu and Occidental......
    Divi and Tamarijn are real laid back.

    do some more reading and see what others suggest.

    have fun and again, welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by misspennyt View Post
    We are going to Aruba in February....have not made reservations yet. Still shopping. Not sure if we want AI...a house...or what we should do. It will just be the two of us (early 50's). We have a pizzeria in NY...long days...busy days. So we are really wanting someplace where we can sleep in...have breakfast...lay on the beach, read, drink, then go out to dinner and to the casinos/shop/etc. then repeat that for the following 9 days. Obviously we will do some site seeing maybe...but the beach and relaxation is what we are after. Love good food, not big drinkers, but would have drinks with dinner, or on the beach. So...suggestions? Thanks everyone!!

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    Welcome to the forum..... all of your answers are here someplace. I would not recommend all inclusive because of the great assortment of restaurants that are available to you. We've had great luck with the Radisson for a relaxing beach vacation within walking distance to tons of great restaurants. MCM Players Choice can help you with the perfect vacation.

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    Bucuti was one of our choices...but yet, they are sold out. Will read some of the reports...thanks for the info.

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    You'll probably want to stay in the resort areas given your list of criteria. Finding a villa near the beach (in Noord) will be a challenge both geographically and because of when you're booking.
    Last edited by act1966; 01-13-2015 at 06:07 AM.

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    I second the Radisson. It's a great property. The beach is great for relaxing and there are plenty of restaurants and casinos close by. Keep in mind Aruba beaches are public, so a soft sided cooler is recommended by most of us. You can bring your own drinks to the beach, or if budget is not a huge concern, the Radisson does have wait staff on the beach serving drinks and food.

    I've heard good things about the Marriott Stellaris Tradewinds section too, but have no personal experience there.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    For a last minute stay, you may find room at the Paradise Beach Villas. It's right on Eagle Beach and within walking to Passions other great places to eat and a couple of casinos. Also there is a bus stop right there for rides to Palm Beach and downtown. We enjoy it because it's laid back but near so much. Whatever you choose, you'll enjoy Aruba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramdee View Post
    For a last minute stay, you may find room at the Paradise Beach Villas. It's right on Eagle Beach and within walking to Passions other great places to eat and a couple of casinos. Also there is a bus stop right there for rides to Palm Beach and downtown. We enjoy it because it's laid back but near so much. Whatever you choose, you'll enjoy Aruba.
    I have to say that I don't enjoy staying at Paradise Beach Villas during the month of February. We've done it several times and like the resort, but February is just a mad house because of all of the cruise ship traffic. There are often as many as 4 ships in port in Feb. Bus load after bus load unloads right at Paradise Beach Villas. Every time, they try to take over the chairs and palapas, even with your towels and stuff on them. Many times we have left for a few minutes to go eat lunch, and returned to our palapa to find cruisers have moved right in. I've even had them move my chair and lay on my pool towel. The security does what they can, but since they also spend so much time up at the pool, they aren't there for a lot of the problems. We've found that it just isn't a relaxing way to spend our vacation. I recommend staying somewhere that isn't on the public access area. From what I've seen, this is probably the worse place to stay, as far as cruise traffic goes. I would stay there again any other time of the year, but not during Jan. or Feb.

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    We stay for two weeks at the end of January for seven years and never had that issue. Sorry you did. This year Paradise is issuing guest wrist bands to ID guests at the resort and have done away with the showers down by the pool to discourage non guests from coming over from the beach to use them. If you have a problem with the beach chairs the PBV attendant will address it. Those are not public. They also have additional brand new PBV owned sun shelters they will set up for you that are for guests only. We have never found Eagle beach crowded but then again we are there the last two weeks in January so can't speak for February.

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    Hi Misspennyt! Welcome to the Aruba.com community forum!

    You are in for an amazing trip I'm sure! One of the amazing things about Aruba is that you can find exactly what you want for your vacation! Relaxation and gorgeous beaches are there just waiting for you, but you can also explore the island and not have to worry about safety!

    There is a ton of information available here on the forum and a bunch of great people willing to answer questions & share experiences. Good luck & Happy planning!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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