August 31 to sept 5
Our trip started with a flat tire and ended with e coli, but in between, we managed to have some fun.
We set off at 4 am to make a 6am flight, which got delayed because of a flat tire. Because of that we ran late and had to rebook our flights because we could not make our connection. We ended up in Aruba 6 hours late at 8:30pm instead of 2pm. Bummer.
Amsterdam Manor was great upon arrival, we got our complimentary drink, dumped our stuff in our room and went to Mangos. The onion soup was good, my wife thought the Caesar salad was the best she ever had anywhere, chicken with Pina Colada sauce was amazing, but the Pork and Prosciutto was a bad cut and so tough I could not cut it with my knife. The staff was friendly and apologetic about it, but I was too tired to order anything else and just sent it back.
We got a first floor suite, which was in front by the entry way and was amazing. Seating for 6, dining table, kitchenette with utensils and dishes, fridge, living room and a spacious bedroom. The shower is quite small and without a door, the missing door concerned me, but surprisingly turned out to not be that big of a deal.
Second day (Saturday):
Linda’s Dutch pancake and pizza, inexpensive and real good food. I got the Dutch with strawberries, fantastic. DW got the omelet, just ok.
The beach is across the street, which was not a big deal. It is a slow street with cross walk that cars stop for. Nice beach, nice bar on beach, good towel service.
For lunch we went to Bingos for a burger and salad. They have reasonable prices, and real good food. It is one of our favorites.
Back to the beach and at night we went to Passions. The service, atmosphere and sunset were amazing. DW and I were split on the food. We both liked the spring rolls, I loved the Prosciutto Rolleaux. My Grouper was not very good, but I liked her Filet Mignon a la Ratatouille while the sauce was not her style. Their specialty drink was great. We followed that up with a trip to the pool bar where Peter dumped booze down our throats. The bar was slow since it is off-season, but Peter is a great guy, the drink specials were real nice and the drinks were not skimpy on booze.
Third day, (Sunday)
Breakfast was the bagel stand outside of Manchebo.
Bunch of shopping.
Lunch was pizza Bobs, which gave us a kick because it’s sister restaurant is Bill’s pizza in Grayslake and Mundelein that we visit a couple times a year.
We did more shopping and beach
For dinner we ate at Amazonia Churracaria and it was pretty great. Neither of us cared for the Filet, but the other meats, drinks and salad bar was all top notch. Although we were the first ones there, the service was fantastic.
Fourth Day, (Monday)
Breakfast was Renaissance buffet. Decent buffet breakfast.
Visited Boca Catalina, Cat cove and Malmok for snorkeling. Great site, saw squid, schools of fish, moral eel and coral that has not been trampled flat.
For Dinner we bought some food and ate on our covered patio and sparked a Cuban cigar.
Fifth day, (Tuesday)
Breakfast a Linda’s again, this time DW got the Dutch pancake with chocolate chips and bananas, I went with strawberries on top again. Great meal.
In no particular order, we went to the natural rock formations, snorkeling, California lighthouse. The natural rock formations was pretty cool. It is built up a lot, so it is more orientated to family instead of rock climbers.
Lunch was Salt and Peppers. I got a cheeseburger, which was good. DW got a Caesar salad that she enjoyed, but made her long for Mango’s Caesar.
Dinner was at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. I got the Lobster Bisque, she the wedge salad, we both got Filets. As usual for Ruth’s Chris, expensive but prime beef and worth every penny. We hit a few hotel bars and went back to Amsterdam.
Final Day, (Wed)
I woke up sick as a dog. (a sick dog, obviously)
We went to Dushi Bagels and burgers for breakfast. She had an omelet. I had nothing.
Mc Donalds for her for lunch.
Kinda glad it is the final day that I got sick, travel is brutal, but at least I am not burning away a vacation day.
Airport, home, Doctor. diagnosis = food poisoning.