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    Just returned from Aruba!

    Wow! What a great island! Wanted to come here since the early nineties, wasn't disappointed.
    Had a decent time in Paradise Island, Bahamas and Turks and Caicos - but this had them both beat
    by a country mile.

    Stayed at the Riu Palace - good value for the money, but I think I would have stayed instead at the Antillas -
    nicer decor throughout the property, slightly better food, better "off hours" snack options for those oddly
    timed cravings, plus access to the other part of the Riu.

    I will definitely return soon!

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    There's only one first time. Now you're hooked...
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    Another Aruba addict!

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    Did you do an activities or go off the property much?
    How are the drink options at Rui...do they include American beers and/or top shelf liquors?
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Did you do an activities or go off the property much?
    How are the drink options at Rui...do they include American beers and/or top shelf liquors?
    I don't drink much. Drank far less in Aruba than when I stayed at a Riu on Paradise Island - and even
    there I didn't have many drinks.
    Didn't notice the brands used at the bar, but each room gets a minibar with an upside down
    liquor dispenser. Unlike the rack brands on Paradise, I saw name brand spirits - Absolut, Johnny Walker
    Red, and a few others I can't recall. All good stuff.

    Didn't do much in the way of in-resort activities - took a cab to Hooiberg Mountain and climbed up to the top (staircase).
    Also walked into town for a bit. Also went on the Palm Pleasure for a sunset sail - that was great!

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    Welcome to the Aruba.com Community Forum!

    Sounds like a great first trip! When is the next trip booked for?
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum aaron!

    aruba is in a whole other galaxy than the others that you mentioned.


    i moved this to the "aruba story" section.

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    Thank you. Sounds great! Palm pleasure is definitely on our list for a future visit.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Not booked yet. I have legacy trip to St. Lucia pending - I have to get that one done first. Plus I have other travel (non-tropical) ideas, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schexc View Post
    There's only one first time. Now you're hooked...
    that is all it takes for many, one trip to Aruba and in love with the island!

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