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    New to Aruba

    Hope I am posting correctly. Help me out if not please. Anyway, my wife (Stef) and I will be visiting Aruba for the first time 04 Feb through 11 Feb this year. This forum has just been the most comforting and helpful planning tool I've found during prep for the trip. Love it.

    We're in our late 40's and still very physically active. We are both year-round bicyclists from Omaha, NE. We have several interests, most of which I am sure will be left unexplored this first visit. I'll attempt to post a few solicitations in the "meet up" and the "activities" threads but I'll share a few interests here in hopes of some guidance or advice in general.

    Looking for good advice regarding fishing excursions (wanna hook up and split the cost of a 4-hour fishing trip somewhere that will cook or provide facilities to prepare your fish? I can cook and clean fish - no problem but don't have any gear or facilities. Is morning fishing better? Is there any night fishing?), looking for a local gym, is the island bike friendly?, any organic restaurants or grocery stores?, insider-tips on where the friendly, safe, local culture exists versus hanging out all week in tourist shops, best snorkeling and times to go (should I buy some gear and bring it or is it fine to rent on the island?), of course - best FOOD, nightlife advice? (yeah, we both enjoy a drink), is the sailing/cruise scene awesome? or not so much?

    I realize tastes and interests vary but would really love to hear some opinions. Sorry for being so long winded.

    Randy

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    Long winded is fine!
    Welcome to the aruba.com community forum

    i advise you to check out the activities/watersports area and check out fishing. Many get great reviews.

    Visit the culinary section and see what folks are talking about with restaurants.

    Visit this area too.........http://www.aruba.com/things-to-do

    Are you bringing your bikes or renting? I have no comment as to whether it is bike friendly or not.
    i am not a bike person.

    Lings and Superfood grocery stores have organic stuff!



    Quote Originally Posted by randysellers View Post
    Hope I am posting correctly. Help me out if not please. Anyway, my wife (Stef) and I will be visiting Aruba for the first time 04 Feb through 11 Feb this year. This forum has just been the most comforting and helpful planning tool I've found during prep for the trip. Love it.

    We're in our late 40's and still very physically active. We are both year-round bicyclists from Omaha, NE. We have several interests, most of which I am sure will be left unexplored this first visit. I'll attempt to post a few solicitations in the "meet up" and the "activities" threads but I'll share a few interests here in hopes of some guidance or advice in general.

    Looking for good advice regarding fishing excursions (wanna hook up and split the cost of a 4-hour fishing trip somewhere that will cook or provide facilities to prepare your fish? I can cook and clean fish - no problem but don't have any gear or facilities. Is morning fishing better? Is there any night fishing?), looking for a local gym, is the island bike friendly?, any organic restaurants or grocery stores?, insider-tips on where the friendly, safe, local culture exists versus hanging out all week in tourist shops, best snorkeling and times to go (should I buy some gear and bring it or is it fine to rent on the island?), of course - best FOOD, nightlife advice? (yeah, we both enjoy a drink), is the sailing/cruise scene awesome? or not so much?

    I realize tastes and interests vary but would really love to hear some opinions. Sorry for being so long winded.

    Randy

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    Welcome to the forum..... I think Andrea J. covered all of your questions..... however, don't forget to plan plenty of beach time!

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    Awesome, thank you.

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    When we were out riding ATVs we came across a mountain biker on the trail between the Alto Vista Chapel and the Natural Bridge. We took photos for him and chatted a bit. He enjoyed riding in that area.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Some of the answers to your questions depend upon where you will be staying. Some places have a fitness center on site, but will vary in how much equipment they have.

    I know the Holiday Inn has complimentary bikes for their guests, but I don't believe they are mountain bikes for island exploring. I've seen advertisements for bicycle rentals. Believe it or not, if you plan on riding on the windward side of the island, you really do need a mountain bike.

    Again, the answer to the best time for a sail/cruise depends on what you're looking for. Try an evening dinner sail if you want a more quiet and relaxing cruise or, since you said you are very active, the Jolly Pirate cruise in the morning or afternoon which is very lively and fun.

    The answer about nightlife again depends on your tastes. You can find everything from a dance club type establishment to a quiet bar on the beach or hotel lobby to the casinos, which can have musical entertainment.

    Don't worry about being long-winded. I can be too.



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    Suggest you consider a snorkeling trip with www.arubabob.com. They use water scooters and provide a very nice trip. Will provide all equipment if you do not have.

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    Hi! Welcome to the Aruba.com Community Forum

    Pick up the local free daily paper at your resort and you will find plenty of ideas on nightlife. Make sure you don't over-plan. Leave some time to relax & enjoy the vibe. Most snorkel tours provide gear if you need it.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    I think we could be of some better assistance if you don't mind sharing where you are staying
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    The last thing you would find me doing is biking around Aruba Randy.

    some fun things we have done( 19xvisited) are;
    the Black Pearl snorkel sail
    ArubaBob snorkeling
    Sunrise ATV gator tours
    Jolly Pirate schooner sail
    DH has done deep sea fishing on HatsOff boat

    our favorite dinning experiences are;
    AnnaMaria's
    QuintaDel Carmine
    VentanaDelMar
    Wacky Wahoo
    Matthews
    Ricardos
    Hyatt Brunch

    figure out what you are looking for in a resort and let us know and then we can chime in. Consider; price, suite vs room, hotel vs timeshare; size of resort large vs intimate , walk ability to restaurants, near the action.

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