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    3/5-3/28 trip #14

    Day 1-3, Mon-Wed:

    Monday: Up at 2:30 AM for a 6 AM flight. We scheduled a Lyft ride at 3:50 AM. Driver was right on time and got us to the airport in plenty of time. We had to go the counter to check in, even though we weren't checking bags, as we booked a return flight with a different airline. Still had plenty of time and got to our gate 45 minutes early. Our flight left on time and connected in Atlanta. We had and hour and a half layover so we took out time and had grabbed some breakfast while we waited. Left Atlanta on time and arrived in Aruba 25 minutes early, which was eaten up on the tarmac as we waited for a plane to push off of our gate. We breezed through the Happy Flow Line and made our way to meet Ricky from Wheels2go. Ricky has always been there waiting for us but not this time. We waited for 20 minutes and then called their office. They had lost our reservation and didn't know we were here. They sent someone right over to pick us up and provided a car for us to use, while they tried to scramble something for the rest of our trip, given they were totally booked for high season. They delivered a different car the next day and we are to make another exchange on Thursday to cover the rest of the trip. They've really been exceptional in covering the error. We stopped at Price Smart and renewed our membership before picking up a number of items for our stay. From there we went to our condo and unloaded the car. The condo was spotless and the A/C and refrigerator were turned on. The management company is doing an excellent job. We then went to Lings and Super Foods to pickup a few more items. We unloaded again and went to get something to eat at Pika's Corner. It has been a year since we last ate there and it was just as good as last time. We were beat so called it a night.

    Tuesday: Went to BodyTech fitness and renewed our membership. Our usual morning routine has started. Gym in the morning, breakfast at the condo and then off to the beach, so I won't bore you with that again. We want a couple more furnishings for the condo so we went back to Home and Nature to see what they had. We came out empty but they have another container coming in on Thursday so we'll head back then. We stopped at the Do It Center to check out their new grocery store. It's actually not bad. We grabbed a couple of things and finally got our discount card. Stopped at the Glitz Casino for a couple of hours, had a couple of free beverages and walked out a little ahead. We took a little ride North and then stopped at Yami Yami for dinner. We really like this place and have eaten there a number of times. We came back to the condo and had a beverage under the stars and then called it a night.

    Wednesday: We've changed things up a little bit this trip and instead of sitting poolside the first week we headed straight to the beach. So after our morning activities we went to Eagle both Tuesday and Wednesday. We bring our own beach chairs and don't get an umbrella, so we don't stay to long, while we get our Casper bodies used to the sun. Wednesday we went to Waters Edge at Costa Linda for happy hour. They have a number of two for one beverages and their food looks good, so we'll go back another time. We stopped at Grand Fish for a late lunch. We had a couple of salads, one with shrimp and the other chicken. The wife said the shrimp was the best she'd had on the island so far. It's a little more upscale compared to Red Fish and is air conditioned. From their we stopped at Alhambra Casino. The bride got body slammed and left unhappy. That casino was not good to her last trip either, so it'll probably be awhile before we go back there. Went back to the Glitz and recovered some of the losses and had a couple free beverages. Still down for the trip though. We decided to go to the movies tonight, so we stopped for a quick bite at Kalin's. We enjoyed our meal and we'll stop there again. The Cinema 8 now has discount tickets on Monday and Wednesday. Each ticket is 5fl, which is a lot less then it is in the states. Closed the night out like the previous.
    Nice to be relaxed in paradise!
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    Quote Originally Posted by schexc View Post
    Day 1-3:


    Awesome. We were going to try and swing another trip this winter but haven't been able to make it work...yet.

    We really like Kalin's. Is that insane train still running around it?!?

    Has the beach been crowded?

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    awesome!
    thank you for sharing


    i am so glad to read that your situation was not as terrible as it could have been re: your rental car with Wheels2Go.
    ricky is a good businessman and an even better person.

    there has been some discussion on tripadvisor with "another car rental" and there were some issues.......instead of the proprietor handling it like a professional and a gentleman , the proprietor got ugly, pointed fingers and ultimately dug himself such a hole that he may never get out of.
    so, kudos to ricky of wheels2go for taking the extra few steps to make things right.

    ahhhh Grand Fish is air-conditioned.
    terrific.

    and your take on the detours..traffic..ease of getting from point A to point B?

    again, thanks for checking in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Awesome. We were going to try and swing another trip this winter but haven't been able to make it work...yet.

    We really like Kalin's. Is that insane train still running around it?!?

    Has the beach been crowded?[/LEFT]
    The train was there but didn't have any takers while we ate. We'll definitely return to Kalin's.

    We've only been to Eagle so far and it hasn't been crowded. Oddly enough there are no watersport vendors there either. Maybe the beach policy cleaned them out.

    Hopefully you can escape winter one more time. It was very frustrating sitting at home this winter while knowing we had a place to come to anytime we wanted.



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    Quote Originally Posted by schexc View Post
    Hopefully you can escape winter one more time. It was very frustrating sitting at home this winter while knowing we had a place to come to anytime we wanted.
    It's like you're reading my mind. "What. Are. We. Doing. Here."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    awesome!
    thank you for sharing


    i am so glad to read that your situation was not as terrible as it could have been re: your rental car with Wheels2Go.
    ricky is a good businessman and an even better person.

    there has been some discussion on tripadvisor with "another car rental" and there were some issues.......instead of the proprietor handling it like a professional and a gentleman , the proprietor got ugly, pointed fingers and ultimately dug himself such a hole that he may never get out of.
    so, kudos to ricky of wheels2go for taking the extra few steps to make things right.

    ahhhh Grand Fish is air-conditioned.
    terrific.

    and your take on the detours..traffic..ease of getting from point A to point B?

    again, thanks for checking in.
    There has been no traffic issues. The only road in our area that has been close down is between Super Foods and Eagle Beach. Someone must have realized that the initial closure was to much of an inconvenience.



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    Oh that train!

    Wow 5fl - maybe I'll let everyone hit the movies this year! Great inexpensive night out and an inexpensive nap for me
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ



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    Too bad about the car rental delay. It is nice though, to hear the owner is doing his best to make it work for you. We have yet to rent a car in Aruba but I would like to get one for a day or so. Thanks for sharing your report!!

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    Thanks for sharing and good luck to your bride in the casino!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    Oh that train!

    Wow 5fl - maybe I'll let everyone hit the movies this year! Great inexpensive night out and an inexpensive nap for me
    Yeah, we’re a cheap date! And we both almost snoozed for a moment!



    OUR COUPLE'S RETREAT. THE PEARL CONDO HOTEL AT EAGLE BEACH. CONDO ACCOMMODATES TWO ADULTS. YOU MUST REQUEST UNIT #8. https://photos.app.goo.gl/lRquP1F4VtxyZhR42 RENTING DIRECTLY THROUGH http://www.thepearlaruba.com/.

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