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    LOVE IT!!

    We checked in to the Surf Club last time on a Saturday & it was insanity!! DH walked around - brought me a warm, scented wash cloth (nice touch) - cold water from the store - when all we wanted to do we lay down. We had been up since midnight the night before - flew in from San Fransisco -with a lay over in JFK.

    This year we are checking in on a Monday. Were there any lines on Monday?? If I rememeber correctly - Saturday was the big In & OUT day.

    We never made it to the beach at the Surf Club (it was our first trip - too much to see & do) but we plan to this year.

    Did you have to register for a palapa? Did you do this when you checked in or at the towel hut? Can you pick first row, 2nr row, etc.

    Do they charge you?

    Thanks!

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    Arubalisa-Yes they are still doing that. It seems a bit like over kill at that point-but at least they are trying to keep us all safe

    Wildewoman-Saturday is SO busy to check in there!! Not sure about Monday, I can only assume it isn't as busy since it's not a big transition day...that was really nice of your husband to bring you a towel and water! So sweet-especially coming from SAN FRANCISCO! What a trek!

    As for the palapas-My father usually took care of all that but from what I gather he usualy got up at like 6:30 AM and waited in line for them outside I do believe-you do have to pay for front row if I am not mistaken and they do have rules about consecutive days and what not. You can also wait in line starting at 4pm for the next day-say you need one for Wednesday, you can get in line at like 3pm on Tuesday but they don't open for reservations til 4. I hope that helps-like I said he usually took care of that for us! Have a GREAT trip!!!!!!

    I almost forgot the craziest part of our trip....DH and I were walking back from dinner on the beach @around 8:45 a man on the beach approached us and asked if we wanted an "eight ball" I said to my husband, what did he say, he told me and I said isn't that drugs??? YUP! We just kept walking and ignored him but I was SO FREAKED out. We were near Moomba & The Holiday Inn on the beach just minding our own business. That has NEVER happened to me in Aruba. I told my father the next day and he was shocked-Aruba is such a safe and happy place.

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    Heard that either A-rod or Jeter were in the Ocean club this week- heard the same rum

    My kids friends saw them at the Marriott Hotel during week 51 or 52, can't remember which one. They spent some time in the casino there and some were asking for pictures, many left them alone.

    As far as check in on Mondays, it is much better than on the weekend. The Thursday and Monday check ins only account for 5% of the room allocation. Much of the problem with weekend check ins (Saturday in particular) is the lack of staff at the front desk.

    Palalpas, you have to go to the hut at the beach. For the reserved huts, reservations are only made up until 3pm. The cost is $15 and $10 depending on which hut. You can only reserve for two days and then have a 2 day rest (this allows more people the ability to use the huts) and then have a hut again. Half the huts are for reservations and half are handed out for fee. All the even numbered huts are free. From that pool of free huts, half are distrubuted at 7am for that day (hence lining up in the morning) and the other half are handed out in the afternoon (4pm) for the following day.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjn109 View Post
    I almost forgot the craziest part of our trip....DH and I were walking back from dinner on the beach @around 8:45 a man on the beach approached us and asked if we wanted an "eight ball" I said to my husband, what did he say, he told me and I said isn't that drugs??? YUP! We just kept walking and ignored him but I was SO FREAKED out. We were near Moomba & The Holiday Inn on the beach just minding our own business. That has NEVER happened to me in Aruba. I told my father the next day and he was shocked-Aruba is such a safe and happy place.
    This is very unfortunate. But has been a problem for a number of years. You would have to believe the police are aware it is going on. Every resort has security beachside and even they do not report it. Do they not report because they could care less or because they know nothing will be done.
    Anyone heard anything about drugs down at the highrises??

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    GREAT trip report thanks for posting!

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    Arubalisa, someone in the family did mention, do you think it was an undercover? but then quickly changed that to say that the police there might not be that advanced....so who knows what to think?? We just have to remember that while unfortunate for sure, it's not America and in the end, there are SO many other wonderful things about the island we all LOVE so much!

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    A criminal element surely exists.
    My beloved Casa Vieja...
    Home Burglaries in Aruba
    74 year old in critical condition

    BUT Aruba is still one of the safest places to visit
    The safest destinations around the world

    and we have tossed around this subject before
    Safety /aruba/other Vacation Spots

    People are quite shocked and truthfully. I don't know if they even believe me, but I have no reason to make it up. Almost 10 years ago we were warned by security at the Hyatt not to walk the beach at night to get back to the Radisson. He wasn't even too keen on us walking the sidewalk back.

    It was shortly after 1 a.m. Like he said, you don't want to be walking in any unlit areas. I live in a rural area here in the states and don't do it at home, why would I do it in Aruba? Jmho. For 999 incidents where there are no problems there is always going to be just 1 to ruin it. I don't want to be the one.

    All just good reminders for us to be aware of our surroundings.

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    "wicked good" (can u tell i hail from MA?) trip report.
    thanks for posting.
    i have lived thru that escalator/immigration nightmare.
    even if someone gets killed on that escalator, i doubt changes will be made.
    it has been that bad on weekends for years!
    a lousy way to start a holiday in aruba.
    thanks

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    Andrea J, I am originally from MA-I knew someone would pick that one up LOL

    Arubalisa, you are SO totally right! I wouldn't walk home here in my sleepy CT town either at 1am so definately not in Aruba or anywhere common sense right? LOL

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    How is check in at the Surf Club on a Sunday. That's the day we fly in.... Hopefull flights will all be on time never know with the snow here in the North.. and we're flying US Scare. I shouldn't even say that about US Air as we have always flown them with no problem and continue to. I can't believe MJN's scary event on the beach, it was early in the evening too...

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