I recommend you make dinner reservations at Papiemento, by the pool. I still think it is the most romantic restaurant in Aruba. While I love the romantic 'toes in the water' eateries (Flying Fishbone; Barefoot; Passions) when you're facing the ocean you can't see the amazing fireworks! We are in Aruba for 4 weeks...from Thanksgiving till the Thursday before Christmas, but last year we stayed for 7 weeks and got to experience New Year's Eve in Aruba...wow! The sky is literally aglow in a semi circle with the dark half of the circle being over the ocean. Arubans start setting off fireworks during the day (to ward off the evil spirits) but once evening comes the fireworks really start. I was afraid that the lighthouse would be too busy so after dinner we returned to our room at La Cabana and watched the fireworks from our terrace. Closer to midnight we went out on the back balconies so we could see even more of the island...and it's not just the hotels setting them off...it's everyone! The sky is completely lit up...just glorious! After midnight we went to Alhambras where we were given party hats and a toothpick. The room was set up for a balloon drop where several folks won what was on a tiny piece of paper in the balloons that they got to break...such fun! We look forward to welcoming in 2013 in Aruba and can't wait for those amazing fireworks!