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    GREAT REPORT...Thank you for taking the time to share your vacation with us

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Loving your report.... lot's of great beach time and bar time..... well written. Thanks!
    Thanks! Beach time and bar time are two of our favorite times. We don't actually booze THAT much but we love watching other people over do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by DANNYO View Post
    GREAT REPORT...Thank you for taking the time to share your vacation with us
    Thanks! We love reading trip reviews and figured after years of reading it was our turn to finally share. Didn't expect it to be a novel when we started but once we got rolling things just kept moving along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burghboy View Post
    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. Thatís 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.


    Exactly why I love Eagle Beach so much! Gosh I miss it!! Totally enjoying your report! Thanks!!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Sunday - Breakfast food was running low. So today we had the last of our bacon and eggs. We also didn’t do a great job of planning out our mimosas as we ran out of OJ before we ran out of champagne. #vacationpeopleproblems

    The night before while at Moomba’s I discovered that one of my friends had called me out on the ALS ice bucket challenge. I guess he figured I was getting too hot in Aruba and needed to cool down. Since our rental only had about 4 ice cube trays I started preparing yesterday so I was up to about 12 trays worth by the time we were set to leave for the beach.

    Only two beach days left on our trip so we figured what better place to spend it than our favorite beach, Manchebo, which now that I think about it may actually be Eagle. I guess it depends on whether we are sitting closer to the Bucuti or Manchebo Beach on that particular day. Well no matter what you call it, I call it spectacular, just look at my avatar to see what I mean.

    Like always that area of the beach was pretty empty and if you don’t turn around to see the resort behind you its easy to pretend its your very own stretch of private beach. I figured I would do the ice bucket challenge before lunch but first I had to down the beers that were keeping my ice cold.

    That didn’t take long so I did a couple of quick run-thrus to make sure my camerawoman knew what was going on. We commenced to shooting the video as those who were at Manchebo that day watched. I’m not sure if they knew what was going on or not but they seemed to get a kick out of the crazy American dumping ice over his head and then diving into the ocean head first.

    After drying out we decided to get lunch. All week we had waited to have one of those excellent (maybe best on the island) burgers from the restaurant at the Bucuti. I had been calling it Ike's but later found out it was actually Element's as Ike's is located at the Manchebo resort. We cleaned up a bit and went up to the restaurant only to find out they didn’t accept cash. I think I already knew that even though I didn’t have a card on me at the time. It was just one of those things you don’t think about until you are actually in the moment. Ike’s was going to have to wait until next visit. Instead we decided to pack up and head over to Palm. We hadn’t been to Buglaoe the entire vacation and figured this would be as good a time as any.

    Couldn’t park in our regular spot. I was starting to think it was actually reserved for us as we had parked there every time we went to Palm for our last 4 trips. I guess that was a gentle reminder that we are actually just visitors. I hate that feeling you get when vacation starts winding down.

    We were able to get out normal spots in front of the Radisson and then walked over to the Bugaloe. We ordered the loaded french fries (skipped the Nachos) as an app and they were excellent (highly recommended). I ordered a grouper sandwich and she got a steak sandwich on a baguette. They both tasted great. I always get the grouper there and she says the steak sandwich was better than expected, would recommend both. If Scott’s was open we probably would have ended up there but being that it was Sunday Bugaloe was a nice fallback option.

    We spent the rest of the time floating around on our papasans and reflecting on the past week or so. Palm was pretty empty today, compared to normal. I guess it had something to do with Sunday being a heavy transition day with lots of people either coming or leaving. We finally dragged ourselves off the beach at 5 or 5:30 to shower and change for dinner. We also had a lot of laundry to do since we didn’t want to leave packing until the last moment. Something I learned today is drinking the last of your champagne is an excellent pastime while waiting for the washing machine to finish. Afterwards it was time to give Iguana Cantina a try.

    So we get to Iguana Cantina. From reading tripadvisor reports we were a bit skeptical of Iguana so we decided to order just one entree to split, just as a test. While waiting for that entree the waitress brought us out chips and salsa. It only took one chip-scoop of salsa to know that ordering that one entree may have been the best decision of the vacation. I’m not even that particular about my salsa, but how could any restaurant much less a spanish restaurant have salsa this bad. Maggie swears they opened up a can of Delmonte diced tomatoes (the unsalted kind) and dumped it in a dish. The chips themselves may not have been that bad but I honestly don’t remember because the salsa was so horrible. The funny thing is we looked around the restaurant and no one else was eating their free salsa and chips either. When the entree came out we nibbled at it but it was also pretty bad so we decided to just ask for the check. As we were waiting we spotted and new guy preparing to eat the free chips and salsa. Maggie wanted to run over and knock them out of his hand before his taste buds were assaulted but I was able to restrain her and it’s a good thing I did because he couldn’t get enough of them. To each their own.

    We moved onto some other place to eat. Since Maggie wasn’t feeling well the last time we were at Tango I suggested we go back. Besides restaurant week started after our previous visit and I figured the specials might be worth checking out. We got there and were seated immediately. The table we were given was marked as reserved. Maybe they had a feeling I was going to drop by, maybe I looked like someone super important (that’s the one I choose) or maybe they just accidentally placed the placard there. In any case the reserved table was ours.

    I think this was the 3rd or 4th year for restaurant week. We were around for it last year as well, actually it was a catalyst for us trying Salt and Pepper, Fishes N More and Tango last year. This year we didn’t make it back to Fishes, and Salt and Pepper is more of a tapa place for us but Tango stuck. I ordered the restaurant week special of chorizo skewer app, 6oz filet entree and cheesecake for dessert for 25 dollars. She opted for a caesar salad and the 8oz filet which wasn’t on the restaurant week menu.

    As usual the steak was cooked to perfection even though they did mess up on the size. Initially they brought both of us both the 6oz. She noticed immediately that it was smaller than the one she had the other night and being that I trim my own filet at home I agreed that it definitely wasn’t 8oz. We called the waiter over and he confirmed with the chef that we were right they did send out two 6oz steaks. Not really a big deal size wise but there are principles involved.

    After dinner we decided to head back to pack, reflect and play a little paper football. This time I kicked her butt, made a video commemorating my victory and announcing my retirement. I am the champion.

    Last edited by burghboy; 10-06-2014 at 12:40 PM.

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    thank you for sharing

    how about posting your ice bucket challenge and your video commemorating the victory ?

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    What a great vacation..... and you'll come home the paper football champion.... can't get better than that!

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

    how about posting your ice bucket challenge and your video commemorating the victory ?
    The ice bucket challenge may get posted some day but the way overzealous celebratory video will never see the light of day. Maggie says its because I'm not truly the champ I say because its way too embarrassing.

    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    What a great vacation..... and you'll come home the paper football champion.... can't get better than that!
    I fully agree but she disputes the validity of my title... more on that later.

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    Thanks for the report. It seems like Hollywood Smokehouse is not all that. A few members have posted that its so so but I have read better reviews about their mix drinks. I will probably go just to try they bourbonwood..

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    Thanks for posting. I couldn't agree with you more on Iguana Cantina. We have given it a chance several times in the past. This year we walked by, I looked up and just shook my head. It's a nice location, too bad something a little higher on the food scale doesn't move in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    Thanks for posting. I couldn't agree with you more on Iguana Cantina. We have given it a chance several times in the past. This year we walked by, I looked up and just shook my head. It's a nice location, too bad something a little higher on the food scale doesn't move in.
    Would love for a quality establishment to take over that location. I love Mexican food and wanted to like Iguana but I'm not sure I've seen less effort put forth by an Aruban restaurant.

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