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    First night dinner

    If you want to eat on the water or with a great view, you can try Simply Fish at the Marriott Ocean Club - but it's not cheap. Great food and beach table though. Another, cheaper choice is Moomba between the Marriott Surf and Holiday Inn. For one of the best sunset views, Tratorria el Faro Blanco.

    As to why Aruba, the other members said it well, including the great people, lot's to do, beautiful sand and water and a safe, inviting atmosphere.

    We've been there twice and will be back as soon as we can.

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    Thanks

    Many thanks to all. I have some great suggestions for first night. Now gotta convince the wife.

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    I will also chime in and give my 2 cents....
    The first time we went to Aruba I noticed that I was not chased around everywhere I went by someone trying to get me to buy somekind of trinket or get my hair braided....nobody was rude and everyone smiled and answered any questions we asked them.....that did it right there....
    We have been going back faithfully for about 12 years now....
    The Arubans are wonderful people and truly want to make your vacation a wonderful and lasting experience that will bring you back for years to come.
    Though it is true that some bad things have been know to occur it is common sense that must always be used when going to a foreign country...just because you are on a safe island does not mean you should leave your better judgement at home....
    All that being said....leave your judgements at the door of the airplane, plan on a wonderful relaxing vacation and then let us know how you feel after you get back....I am sure you will be addicted like the rest of us !!!!!
    Okay, off my soapbox
    ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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    Just checked out the long range forecast for Aruba.....scary to someone whose never been when I see all the "rain" and such high winds. We're leaving on Sunday, returning to Philly on Thursday night. Is this typical of their daily forecasts?
    Also, is the wind of 18 - 20 miles or 30kilometers so strong that sitting on the beach is uncomfortable? When I was in Sardinia an island in Italy the winds were so bad that we couldn't go to the beach. The sand would sting and get into everything.
    It would be my luck to have rain and sandy beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeedsAruba View Post
    Just checked out the long range forecast for Aruba.....scary to someone whose never been when I see all the "rain" and such high winds. We're leaving on Sunday, returning to Philly on Thursday night. Is this typical of their daily forecasts?
    Also, is the wind of 18 - 20 miles or 30kilometers so strong that sitting on the beach is uncomfortable? When I was in Sardinia an island in Italy the winds were so bad that we couldn't go to the beach. The sand would sting and get into everything.
    It would be my luck to have rain and sandy beer.
    The weather the past few days has had showers and clouds. With that said, the trough causing the unsettled weather is forcast to dissipate by the weekend.

    You will LOVE this forecast: http://tinyurl.com/23p296

    Average "tradewinds" this time of year are 18 mph with average gusts 35 mph. Yes, hold on to your hat and no fancy hairdo's. This is normal and also what keeps Aruba bearable in the 90+ F. degree heat. Blowing sand on the beach is generally not a problem, but sometimes does depend on your resort.

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    Staying at Playa Linda. Sun, Monday, Tuesday's weather looks good. Hope Wed and Thursday a.m. changes as we have to leave on Thursday at 2pm

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    Always warm weather the ocean is always warm for swimming, the people are wonderful what ever you want is there... To visit ARuba is to be hooked.... Paradise....

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    Can't wait. My first trip, have always wanted to go. Just sorry that we have to cut it short by 3 days. There's always another time. Thanks everyone for your input.

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    threre aren't many places to eat by the waters near the divi since it's a little off from the high rises. then again, there aren't many places to eat on the water with a casual atmosphere by the high rises.

    marandi is "sort of on the water" - more like a deck but nicely done - that you can dine casually. however, it's not near the hotel.

    moomba - very casual and actually on the beach (15' from the water). they sometimes have a band playing. food is pretty cheap compared to other places and not that bad. it may get a little roudy depending on what time you're eating as the restaraunt is adjacent to their bar. but then again, this place is not close to the divi either - you'll have to drive.

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    return visits

    We came back a second time because the island is beautiful and clean. The arubans are so pleasant and friendly.They seem to care if we like their island.They are obviously proud of their island and want us to feel that also. They don't treat us like annoying tourists but as guests. I even find other tourists friendly. The beaches are fabulous and choices of good food fantastic. When people call it paradise they would be correct.

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