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    New Member and 1st Time to Aruba

    Hello Everyone! I'm so happy I found this forum and to be coming to Aruba for the first time!! My sister and I are coming to take a break away from everything and have some well needed brother and sister bonding time. Since this is our first time, I was looking for some assistance/suggestions to help us plan and make the best of our stay. We'll be arriving July 1st, and departing on July 6th.

    We rented a Jeep from More4Less (hopefully they're an ok company) and will be staying at the Renaissance. We only rented the Jeep for 3 days , and most likely will not attempt going to the Natural Pool, unless the majority here would think it's a safe thing to do. I welcome everyone's thoughts.

    I am also looking for some information on the following:

    • How's the weather/wind looking for next week, and do the high winds prevent and/or lessen the snorkeling around the island? We are bringing our own snorkel equipment and we'd like to check out some spots on our own while we have the Jeep.
    • Recommendations for good, but economical breakfast and lunch options - preferably, locally owned places because we like to support the community businesses as much as possible.
    • Recommendations for moderately priced and upscale local dinner options. We're thinking of having at least one really nice dinner experience during our stay.
    • LGBT Scene/Nightlife - Any recommendations, or is Jimmy's pretty much the happening spot? (Asking for myself, my sister is not LGBT).
    • Recommendations for any day trips? She wants to see the Gold Mines, Rock Formations and Natural Bridge - any other suggestions?
    • Shopping Recommendations - We do want to pick up some souvenirs to bring home for our family and friends, but again, we'd prefer to support locally owned businesses and bring back items unique to Aruba.
    • Recommendations for any "off the beaten path" destinations that would be both unique to visit and take some nice pictures to bring home. She's an amateur photographer and loves to take pictures.


    Thank you in advance for assisting us and we are very much looking forward to coming to your beautiful island next week.

    Cheers!
    Lloyd

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    Welcome to the forum.... lot's of great answers coming your way..... Enjoy Aruba!

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum Lloyd:


    • How's the weather/wind looking for next week, and do the high winds prevent and/or lessen the snorkeling around the island? We are bringing our own snorkel equipment and we'd like to check out some spots on our own while we have the Jeep. the wind has been stronger over the last month or 2. it should not prove to detrimental to your snorkeling. hot, humid and breezy with a passing shower is the norm for this time of year.
    • Recommendations for good, but economical breakfast and lunch options - preferably, locally owned places because we like to support the community businesses as much as possibl i recommend visiting the culinary section and seeing what others recommend. we have always enjoyed breakfast at the renaissance ocean suites outdoor restaurant near the pool. alos too Lindas or the dutch pancake house are delicious as is matthews at casa del mar.
    • Recommendations for moderately priced and upscale local dinner options. We're thinking of having at least one really nice dinner experience during our stay.again visit the culinary section. we like madame janettes for special dining! also too barefoot and quinta del carmen and ventenas del mar
    • LGBT Scene/Nightlife - Any recommendations, or is Jimmy's pretty much the happening spot? (Asking for myself, my sister is not LGBT).

    unsure, though i do hear good things about jimmys

    • Recommendations for any day trips? She wants to see the Gold Mines, Rock Formations and Natural Bridge - any other suggestions?

    see the activities category. yes, the ones that you have mentioned are good, but will only take a few hours. i would suggest and island tour. check out this link http://www.aruba.com/things-to-do
    • Shopping Recommendations - We do want to pick up some souvenirs to bring home for our family and friends, but again, we'd prefer to support locally owned businesses and bring back items unique to Aruba.

    see the shopping category. i recommend local art..paintings, photography prints and jewelry. and check out these tagged threads http://www.aruba.com/forum/search.php?searchid=812605
    • Recommendations for any "off the beaten path" destinations that would be both unique to visit and take some nice pictures to bring home. She's an amateur photographer and loves to take pictures.

    ​if you take an island tour, over on the rough side are some spectacular spots of the fierce ocean.


    Quote Originally Posted by L.Smith View Post
    Hello Everyone! I'm so happy I found this forum and to be coming to Aruba for the first time!! My sister and I are coming to take a break away from everything and have some well needed brother and sister bonding time. Since this is our first time, I was looking for some assistance/suggestions to help us plan and make the best of our stay. We'll be arriving July 1st, and departing on July 6th.

    We rented a Jeep from More4Less (hopefully they're an ok company) and will be staying at the Renaissance. We only rented the Jeep for 3 days , and most likely will not attempt going to the Natural Pool, unless the majority here would think it's a safe thing to do. I welcome everyone's thoughts.

    I am also looking for some information on the following:

    • How's the weather/wind looking for next week, and do the high winds prevent and/or lessen the snorkeling around the island? We are bringing our own snorkel equipment and we'd like to check out some spots on our own while we have the Jeep.
    • Recommendations for good, but economical breakfast and lunch options - preferably, locally owned places because we like to support the community businesses as much as possible.
    • Recommendations for moderately priced and upscale local dinner options. We're thinking of having at least one really nice dinner experience during our stay.
    • LGBT Scene/Nightlife - Any recommendations, or is Jimmy's pretty much the happening spot? (Asking for myself, my sister is not LGBT).
    • Recommendations for any day trips? She wants to see the Gold Mines, Rock Formations and Natural Bridge - any other suggestions?
    • Shopping Recommendations - We do want to pick up some souvenirs to bring home for our family and friends, but again, we'd prefer to support locally owned businesses and bring back items unique to Aruba.
    • Recommendations for any "off the beaten path" destinations that would be both unique to visit and take some nice pictures to bring home. She's an amateur photographer and loves to take pictures.


    Thank you in advance for assisting us and we are very much looking forward to coming to your beautiful island next week.

    Cheers!
    Lloyd
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 06-27-2015 at 03:40 PM.

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    Thank you for all of the information, and links/helpful hints. It's my first time on a message board as well - I'm a complete newbie haha. Looking forward to visiting this beautiful place.

    Cheers!!
    Lloyd

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    you are welcome.
    get yourself comfortable and read read read the different categories.

    there are many suggestions, links and reports.

    pay special attention to the culinary and the activities sections

    pay little attention to weather reports

    enjoy and safe and fun travels
    Quote Originally Posted by L.Smith View Post
    Thank you for all of the information, and links/helpful hints. It's my first time on a message board as well - I'm a complete newbie haha. Looking forward to visiting this beautiful place.

    Cheers!!
    Lloyd

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    Hi Lloyd, welcome to the forum. One thing I would like to mention is to make time to relax and enjoy the beaches. You can snorkel at Renaissance Island and since you have a car, definitely go to Baby Beach. Try to make one evening a trip to Palm Beach (the Hi-rise area) and enjoy everything there is to offer, good food, great bars, a couple of casinos if you're into that and generally a good time. If you don't want to drive, the bus will take you there and you can catch a taxi back downtown (the buses stop running around 11:30PM or so). I also recommend you scour the topics in the forum, just type your question or item of interest in the search bar of the appropriate category. We have heard that Jimmy's is still the place for LGBT folks to go and once you get there I'm sure everyone will clue you into the scene on the island. You will find that everyone is very friendly and more than willing to help you out anywhere you guys go. Here are links with bus and taxi info: www.arubus.com and http://www.aruba.com/sigma/Aruba_Taxi_Fares.pdf If you get a chance, tell us about your trip in the "My Aruba Story" section. Have a great trip!

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    Hi Lloyd!! Welcome to the Aruba.com Community Forum

    The Natural Pool is an amazing experience, but not something I recommend attempting on your own the first time. Check into a tour for that (or at least follow a tour in your jeep like I did )

    Aruba is such a beautiful island that almost anywhere you go, your sister will find inspiration Just drive around - start at the California Lighthouse and follow the dirt road that will bring you to the natural side of the island, great picture taking at the lighthouse and all the way around to the Gold Mine Ruins and (now collapsed) Natural Bridge.

    Arikok National Park is another great place to explore and photograph as are the caves!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Hi Lloyd:


    • How's the weather/wind looking for next week, and do the high winds prevent and/or lessen the snorkeling around the island? We are bringing our own snorkel equipment and we'd like to check out some spots on our own while we have the Jeep.
    • Are you strong swimmers? The currents can be pretty strong in certain areas/beaches - particularly the further out you go in the water. Check out some of the snorkel threads for more info.
    • Recommendations for moderately priced and upscale local dinner options. We're thinking of having at least one really nice dinner experience during our stay.
    • I would highly recommend Gostoso's for a unique Aruba dining experience. The owner and staff are wonderful as is the food. Definitely reasonable relative to other restaurants on the island.
    • I'd also recommend a night out at Cafe 080 - locally owned and operated... it's a dive but a hoot: the beer and food are cheap, the music eclectic and the crowd is fun and diverse.
    • LGBT Scene/Nightlife - Any recommendations, or is Jimmy's pretty much the happening spot? (Asking for myself, my sister is not LGBT).
    • Jimmy's is about it - definitely a late night scene.
    • Shopping Recommendations - We do want to pick up some souvenirs to bring home for our family and friends, but again, we'd prefer to support locally owned businesses and bring back items unique to Aruba.
    • The I Heart Aruba store is all Aruba, all the time. One of those, "Somebody went to Aruba and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" kind of places. And mugs galore.


    Have fun!

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    you did not mention the french fries at cafe' 080 i have been told they are the "bomb"
    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Hi Lloyd:


    • How's the weather/wind looking for next week, and do the high winds prevent and/or lessen the snorkeling around the island? We are bringing our own snorkel equipment and we'd like to check out some spots on our own while we have the Jeep.
    • Are you strong swimmers? The currents can be pretty strong in certain areas/beaches - particularly the further out you go in the water. Check out some of the snorkel threads for more info.
    • Recommendations for moderately priced and upscale local dinner options. We're thinking of having at least one really nice dinner experience during our stay.
    • I would highly recommend Gostoso's for a unique Aruba dining experience. The owner and staff are wonderful as is the food. Definitely reasonable relative to other restaurants on the island.
    • I'd also recommend a night out at Cafe 080 - locally owned and operated... it's a dive but a hoot: the beer and food are cheap, the music eclectic and the crowd is fun and diverse.
    • LGBT Scene/Nightlife - Any recommendations, or is Jimmy's pretty much the happening spot? (Asking for myself, my sister is not LGBT).
    • Jimmy's is about it - definitely a late night scene.
    • Shopping Recommendations - We do want to pick up some souvenirs to bring home for our family and friends, but again, we'd prefer to support locally owned businesses and bring back items unique to Aruba.
    • The I Heart Aruba store is all Aruba, all the time. One of those, "Somebody went to Aruba and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" kind of places. And mugs galore.


    Have fun!

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    The French fries at Cafe 080 were great. I had them with a garlic sauce, sort of like a garlic aioli. Staff goes out of their way to make sure you are happy

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