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Thread: 1st Timers to Aruba - our family trip report

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    I'm loving your vacation almost as much as you are! Jackson seems to be having a blast. So glad you tried (and loved) Mme J's. It's been our absolute favorite for years! Please keep your reports coming!

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    Love the reports and so glad you are loving the Surf Club...and MJ's too! Our kids are older so I guess I'll have to wait for grandchildren to play in the pool and lazy river with me since my wife never wants to leave the beach

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    Great trip report. We really miss Aruba after reading your report. Glad to hear that M.J's was good. Been reading alot of negative reviews on trip advisor about them . We also like Matthews. Enjoy your trip and send more great reviews. that papala saving is a trip, isnt it?
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    Sean and Susan

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    Thanks for sharing.

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    So happy you are having a wonderful time, I knew you would get "hooked" on Aruba

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    Thanks for posting. I'm missing Aruba already and can't wait for May 2013..

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    nice trip report.question about the beer at ling & sons.are you sure the price was $14.00.Its normally more then twice as much at lings.I won't pick it up at the airport if thats the price

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    beer - yes it was $24 florin, so divide in 2 and add 10%. so about $14

    Oct 11 –day 4
    Up early as usual with J. They have the best bread made from corn here, so we had corn bread toast for breakfast with melon and grapes on the balcony. We were at the beach by 830 am, which was great! it was empty. Walked and swam til 10, then went to Iguana show. There were over 30 iguanas all eating lettuce from our hands! It was great. jackson loved seeing the little baby iguanas everywhere, not so much on the huge ones! A few were over 2 feet long.
    Went back to beach and found J’s friend and played with him and his parents til 12 in the ocean, we had a blast. Again, the only bummer – water is sandy from all the activity.
    Back to the pool for 1230 and went in lazy river, waterslide and pool til around 130. Up to room for lunch (you can see a pattern!) and ate on the balcony. Walked J to sleep (in all of 2 minutes) and Doug and I went back to beach til he woke at 330 pm.
    Back to pool and ordered our pina coladas (which J loves). To room for 530 for wine and snacks.
    Walked down to Pelican Nest for dinner and sunset. It was THE MOST amazing sunset we have ever seen. We love that location! Saw my first green flash so that was so great!!
    Had a great dinner, doug had mahi mahi, I had red snapper (with polenta, rice, plantains and steamed veggies) and J had chicken nuggets. Appetizers of salad and crab cakes. 2 glasses of wine and sodas. Bill came to $80 with tip after 10% off coupon, which I thought was really reasonable.
    J’s friend was at next table, so we walked to get gelato with them at Aroma Di Italia. Gelato was great!
    We walked through the mall area and there was a circus performance on the stage – like a cirque de solei performance. We watch for 20 minutes – the kids loved it. Then back to the resort for 9. We stopped at the playground so J could play til about 930. Had a great day and night!
    Oct 12 – Day 5
    No rush to get chairs or a palapa, as we were headed off to a half day sail on Red Sail. Had pancakes and bacon for bfast then headed downstairs. Van picked us up at 9:00 and drove us to the boat (by the pier at the hyatt). We boarded and off we were – tickets were reasonable, I had a 15% off coupon.
    They served fruit and there great cheese danishes on the way to the first stop. J had 5 dishes of fruit!
    The cat was huge, and there were only about 20 people on board – so it was great! We first sailed to a Boca Cantina (im sure im getting this wrong). Snorkelling was great there. took great underwater pictures. Jackson came with us and we pulled him along in his tube – which he thought was great. J and I swam into the beach there, and spent about 20 minutes playing and looking for treasures.
    Back up onboard after about 40 minutes at the first stop.
    The second stop was the shipwreck antilla (sic). It was so amazing. I have never seen anything like it before and I think this was my favorite stop! We stayed for about 30 minutes (J didn’t go in here). Doug and I took turns snorkeling. My pics came out great! it was like looking at titanic underwater! J
    Next stop was mamroneck rock (sic). Again we loved this stop (J came this time to just swim after we snorkeled). I loved the underwater caves – wish I dove.
    After the third stop we had an amazing lunch on the cat – cesar salad, tomato and cucumber salad, chicken and pasta, rice and fish with dessert. It was great!
    Sailed back to pier and arrived just after 1:15. Quick shuttle back to the hotel and we were in the room by 1:30.
    Spent time relaxing and checking in with work til about 2:30. Then we walked J down to the pool and he was asleep by the elevator! Doug and I laid by the ‘wind tunnel’ pool til 430 (J slept whole time) because it was so hot – but it really never feels hot here bc of the breeze.
    Back to condo for daiquiris, appetizers and wine. Left around 630 to walk to dinner and town. Went to Smokey Joes for BBQ. We loved the food! We ordered sodas, shrimp on the Barbie, salad, Rotisserie Chicken with rice and beans and slaw, and pulled chicken. BBQ was great (and service was quick). Bill came to a whopping $40 and we had a great dinner!
    We walked to strip and I got my mom a present from the jewelry store. Then got J ice cream at baskin robbins. Walked into see Playa Linda, which looks like a nice trade. Then got J a pirate Aruba tshirt.
    Walked back to the condo around 830 and J played on the playground. Back to the room for 9 and we played J’s first game of Uno! We had so much fun!

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    Glad to see that Jackson is having such a great time.... he's another 'Arubaholic' in the making. Mom and Dad too! Really look forward to your trip reports. Smokey Joe's is a real gem for the money. Thanks for sharing!

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