the thing you mentioned about saving the seats..........very annoying!!
Originally Posted by burghboy
I'm glad to be able to share things from our perspective. We have always rented but sometimes wonder what an all-inclusive or timeshare would be like. Its just that we stumbled onto our house and would probably need it to not be available before we went in another direction.
We are 1.5 hours in the opposite direction. We are actually closer to Philadelphia International but we like BWI better and it is usually a bit cheaper. We did pay for early bird check-in but I ended up not even using it for the first leg of the journey. If you care about where you sit I do recommend using the early bird. I noticed something quite a few people did which kind of upset me. One person in a group must have done the early bird because they would then save seats for the rest of their party.
On the last leg of our trip from MCO back up to BWI This happened for the exit row across the aisle from us but one aisle back. I also noticed pairs of people taking an aisle and window seat and putting a bag in the center to dissuade people from sitting in those seats. They ended up having to eventually give up their saved seats but not before undoubtedly inconveniencing someone. I fume when I see people do stuff like that.
This was our second time there but the first was only stopping in for a late night snack. This time we cozied up to the bar to see what it was all about. It definitely turned into our hangout. It's the giant palapa between the Holiday inn and Marriott Surf Club and it tends to get repeat clientele so you do end up seeing the same people each night.
the brat with PB and Cream Cheese and jalapeņos YUM!!
and we too love Marina Pirata!!!
Andrea. Both of those are highly recommended by me
Originally Posted by WaltVB
Love your report. We too "hang" at MooMba. It is a great place to people watch and drink. Not real impressed with the food, but there is always a fun crowd and good bartenders.
Walt VB We went to Moomba once on our last trip late at night for munchies and it didn't make much of an impression. This time at the recommendation of the woman we rent from we went for drinks. I quickly became a big fan of their late night happy hour.
Originally Posted by kemperato
I'm hoping you are going to report that you found your way to the Nachos at Bugaloe??!! They are exceptional!
Can't wait to read more. I'm not even halfway to our annual trip, and suffering from some serious withdrawals already!
kemperato Yes! Bugaloe is her goto place in Aruba for nachos. They've had the best on the island that I can remember, although I'm not nearly the connoisseur.
Saturday - Today would be breakfast at home and then Eagle beach. At this point I’m probably getting far too used to leisurely mornings and big breakfasts. In just a few days all of that will seem like the stuff dreams are made of, but in the mean time may as well enjoy it. Bagel, bacon, eggs and mimosas… pretty standard vacation stuff.
Shortly before 10 we had the jeep all packed up and headed over to Eagle for the first time in 3 years. I’m not sure why we never go to Eagle beach. I mean, it’s constantly voted as one of the best beaches on the planet yet we routinely skip it.
Somewhere on this message board I read about a pretty good food truck located on Eagle across the street from Chalet Suisse. We decided that would be as good a place as any to park ourselves for the day. We only planned on being at Eagle for half the day and figured grabbing some good ole local cuisine would be a great way to end the first half of our day.
The only problem was, we didn’t see any food truck.
Since we had already decided this was where we would be spending our time at Eagle we didn’t let the lack of a food truck influence our plan. Instead we decided to go with plan B. It was already set in stone that we were doing a half day at Eagle and then Arashi so we figured a hotdog lunch back at the villa was the next best course of action. But first Eagle Beach.
I really need my head examined for neglecting Eagle as much as I have. The first thing that struck me at Eagle was the width of the beach. The walk from where you park down to where you park your chair is perfection. I could be wrong but I do believe it is the widest of the beaches we visited on this trip. That’s a huge bonus in my book. There is so much room for everyone that despite being a fairly popular beach it feels almost deserted.
On Eagle our closest neighbors were maybe 20 yards away from us to one side and even further in the other direction. As we settled in and started taking in the sights we noticed that most of the people we saw seemed to be locals rather than resort guests. This was obviously a contrast to Palm Beach, but also something I remember from the last time I had visited Eagle Beach.
The vibe at Eagle mimicked the laid back environment of the low rise area. In future trips I could see myself spending a lot more time here. Everyone seemed comfortable, relaxed and at home. The atmosphere was very family oriented. One of the families we spent a great deal of time watching was a father and his two young sons having the Aruba version of a snowball fight, using balls of sand instead of snow.
It was the two brothers against their father, with the father usually coming out on top. While the children who I’m guessing were maybe 9 and 10 had seemingly unlimited amounts of energy what the father lacked in that department he made up for in accuracy. It was hilarious seeing the brothers come up with plans on how to distract or flank the father only to have their plan foiled in large part because the dad seemed to be equally accurate with both his right and left hand. The two children had no answer for that but continued to fight on for at least an hour. It was the kind of scene that would bring out the inner child in nearly anyone. I don’t know about you but I would give nearly anything to be able to spend even 1 day as an energetic 10 year old, completely care free (and ache free) playing with my siblings on an Aruban beach.
Time flew by on Eagle between watching the various families going through their routines and enjoying time in the water. Even though I considered nixing the plan to leave Eagle in favor of spending the entire day there I ultimately decided to stick with the plan.
On the way up from the beach we noticed a small crowd gathering. As we got closer Maggie realized the food truck we had been looking for was now open for business. I didn’t know what they were selling but being that lunch was only 7 bucks I figured I’d give it a try anyway. So I ordered a mixed platter to go.
The mixed platter consisted of chicken, steak and a half pork chop. This was all accompanied by french fries, rice and mac and cheese. In terms of shear value this may have been the best meal I had this trip. For such inexpensive food the taste was great and the portion was absolutely huge, easily enough for the both of us. We took our food back to the villa to eat and then headed out to Arashi.
Arashi sunsets. Does it get any better? We arrived at Arashi around 3:30 or so. We brought a few beers along with us to drink in the water, seems like the thing to do at Arashi. Today a group of maybe 6 kite-boarder’s were in the area. Kiteboarding is definitely something I have to add to my bucket list. I also had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Aruba fanatic while at Arashi. On this day most everyone in the water was something other than American but he spotted my Pittsburgh Steelers hat and figured I must be American. He was a Cowboys fan so we talked a bit about football and then transitioned into the Aruba talk. He’d been coming to Aruba much longer than myself and is lucky enough to be able to visit 5 or 6 times each year. A few years ago he and his wife purchased a home in Gold Coast so let’s just say I am pretty envious. We spoke for a while and he shared quite a bit of his knowledge about the island. It was a great conversation and who knows maybe next time I’ll rent his unit.
We watched the kiteboarders until just about sunset and cleaned up our gear as the sun was setting. Took some photos and made our way back to the rental to snack on Loempia’s, shower and change.
Dinner that night was at Hollywood Smokehouse. I ordered one of their specialty drinks called the Bourbonwood, it was delicious I’d recommend it. According to Maggie the Sangria was pretty good but not as good as the Sangria at Texas de Brazil (best on the island). The waiter told us it was 5 dollars per glass but we got charged 7, I didn’t catch it and she didn’t tell me until after we had left so they got an extra 4 bucks from us. Other than that mistake the waitstaff was great. Our main waiter was from Venezuela but grew up on Aruba, oddly enough he had no accent and sounded like he could have just as easily grown up in Maryland. We also were waited on by the owner’s son who had no accent, understandable since he just moved to the island from Chicago. So if you ever get homesick and want a thoroughly American experience Hollywood Smokehouse is the place for you. As for the food I’d say it was pretty good but not great. I enjoyed my korean bbq wrap more than she liked her smokehouse burger. The ribs were fine but I’d take Fermin’s over Smokehouse when it comes to that, more authentic and cheaper.
On the way out we won some Divi Timeshare scratch-off thingamajig but figured it was a ripoff/waste of time so we decided not to give up tomorrow morning for it. Next it was onto Palm for some people watching while downing the not so great Sangria at Salt and Pepper and then onto Moomba as usual.