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Thread: Brad & Deb's 2016 Trip Report!

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    Brad & Deb's 2016 Trip Report!

    And so it begins!

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    Yay!!

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    Day 1: First off....this will be be shorter because I'm only traveling with a tablet! (Yeah for me ).Apologies if short or crazy stuff appears. Fifteen years coming with a laptop....and now I decided to go cold turkey.

    Delta out of Raleigh at 6:30am.....connection in Atlanta. .with on time arrival at 2:40pm
    Online immigration forms..great!
    Budget rental car great
    Checked into Hilton for 2 nights before going to Ocean Club for the next 7
    Hilton ok.. better than Radisson. ...still not the Ocean Club
    Dinner at Gilligan's new fish market. Grouper. .snapper and shrimp. .surprisingly good $65
    Early night. .hopefully better wifi at Ocean Club! !
    More to come....wonder where I can get a good Bluetooth keyboard for this tablet?????????

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    Day 2...Gotta kick this party off yall !!!

    Slept in
    Breakfast at Salt&Pepper (go figure)..Healthy sandwich for Deb..along with healthy Bellini! Normal American for me $38
    We're out on the beach by 10:30...wow..Hilton a mess with all the local biz putting up umbrellas in front of the palupas! !!!!!
    Be glad I have no keyboard or I would fill your ears with stories on this issue!!
    Later lunch at Gilligan's. ..grouper and Tunafish sandwiches $44..average quality
    More Beach and pool time
    Drinks on balcony (**stronger and cheaper ** )
    Dinner at Casa Tua .....AWESOME. .BOLINAS Gnocchi and Mushroom Gnocchi $54..it was so good..I consider giving up MJ's.........(say it ain't so...............it's SO !!!!! )
    Tomorrow we can into the Ocean Club. .can't wait! !!
    So happy to be back..I was having freaking rotator cuff surgery last year this time..hate we missed it!
    So much to say...so little keyboard :-((((
    Till...tomorrow

    Brad&Debbie

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    That's quite an endorsement for Casa Tua! We enjoy it there too. Have fun!

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    thank you bradrobster for dealing with the tiny keyboard
    are you using a phone or tablet?
    either is a nightmare for typing

    the beach area at hilton is pretty congested normally...add the lounge rentals from other folks and i am sure it is difficult.
    from what i understand there are some new regulations re: beach vendors that take effect july 1

    enjoy your stay at the ocean club and type when you can!
    Quote Originally Posted by bradrobster View Post
    Day 2...Gotta kick this party off yall !!!

    Slept in
    Breakfast at Salt&Pepper (go figure)..Healthy sandwich for Deb..along with healthy Bellini! Normal American for me $38
    We're out on the beach by 10:30...wow..Hilton a mess with all the local biz putting up umbrellas in front of the palupas! !!!!!
    Be glad I have no keyboard or I would fill your ears with stories on this issue!!
    Later lunch at Gilligan's. ..grouper and Tunafish sandwiches $44..average quality
    More Beach and pool time
    Drinks on balcony (**stronger and cheaper ** )
    Dinner at Casa Tua .....AWESOME. .BOLINAS Gnocchi and Mushroom Gnocchi $54..it was so good..I consider giving up MJ's.........(say it ain't so...............it's SO !!!!! )
    Tomorrow we can into the Ocean Club. .can't wait! !!
    So happy to be back..I was having freaking rotator cuff surgery last year this time..hate we missed it!
    So much to say...so little keyboard :-((((
    Till...tomorrow

    Brad&Debbie

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    Thanks for taking the time to write. I only took a tablet with a new blutooth keyboard on my last trip. The keyboard messed up for a few days and typing the trip reports was difficult, so I feel your pain. I also feel your pain with the rotator cuff surgery - been there, done that. I'm glad that this year is a better year, and that you get to enjoy Aruba. I look forward to hearing about the rest of your wonderful vacation!

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    Hope they get a leg up on the construction and umbrella rentals. We'll be arriving on Sept. 3. Casa Tua and Salt and Pepper are two of our go to places also. Have a relaxing vacation and don't re injure the rotator cuff lifting those refreshments.

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    Thanks for checking in!! Will you be lugging the laptop next time?
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Thanks for sharing.. I plan on bringing my tablet and of course my phone...

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