Its been a few wonderful days in Paradise!! Yesterday was by far the best day of the trip, back to normal... sunny, hot, no clouds and regular wind. Our friends arrived on Saturday and they are spending the week with us. It is their second trip to Aruba and I do believe that we have now officially got them "hooked" on our island.
During the day we spend it walking the beach and lounging with many hours spent just floating in the ocean. Apparently, the SC has finally started enforcing the 36 inch rule for the Lazy River. I am not sure if this is just in anticipation of Spring Break next week or this will be a regular thing. I think if this will be enforced going forward then notification should be sent to ppl. So many bring from home the larger rafts and will be very upset if they can't use them without warning. Small things that management don't regularly think of.
We went to Ventanas del Mar last night on the recommendation of Rob and Cindy. Very happy to report that it was excellent. It was very quiet there but it was a Sunday and being a change over day, that would be expected. The service was very good and the atmosphere is wonderful. We were very happy that we went and will definitely return on our next trip. Special mention is the corn chowder, unbelievably delicious.
On Friday we made an impromptu dinner with some friends from SC to Blossoms Japanese section. I am happy to report that the place was full, which is so nice to see in comparison to last year at this time when we were the only ppl in the place. The food was great, our chef average and the ppl we were sitting with were "wacky"! Actually only one person who was from Aruba and we thought he was possibly drunk, I will just leave it at that.
Saturday was back to Wacky Wahoos and back to no Wahoo but at least we had it last week! None the less, we all had amazing fish so we will wait for next year to enjoy another Wahoo dinner. Two of us had scallops and two had the mahi mahi and we all loved our dinners.
Today we are going to pick up a car and then head down to Baby Beach for a bit of a change of pace. Our friends have seen some of the island but we thought this might be a fun thing to do. Tonight we are going to stay in and BBQ and then walk around the shops. Husbands are a little worried and want to keep us women away from the jewelry shops. LOL
That's about all for now as I am taking a few minutes with Dh and friends off running before breakfast to post. Me, I am enjoying my coffee and a little down time.
cathi ..i encourage you, if you have the time, to give a report whenyou are in aruba.
so many of us really live vicariously thru others' stories.
it is totally not necessary to report in every day, but it is certainly much appreciated.
even some members, do not place their trip report/my aruba story until a month or 2 or more after they return home.
that too is fine!!
so many of us learn by what other's have experienced.
the members here get a feel for those whose likes and dislikes are similar to their own.
Going to bring my lap top so will give it my best....
I do know we did book ABC tours and doing the island tour. Be a tour of the island with baby beach, the natural pool, lunch at their place and etc.
On Monday we rented a car and drove to Baby Beach. The sun was shining with a slight breeze and we really enjoyed the day. The rental of a canopy is rather expensive as are the chairs but we got our section to sit at and it was a pleasant change from Palm Beach. Monday night was a BBQ night and then a quiet evening of walking around the High Rise District.
Tuesday was back on Palm Beach and a wonderful dinner at Barefoot. This place is still tops in our book. We met one of their new employees who decided to move on from Arubaville/Mirandi’s. We had a nice chat about the future of Arubaville and the likelihood of its survival.
Wednesday our friends did the ARUBA BOB Snorkeling adventure and absolutely loved it. Their guide was a woman who is the daughter of the owner, so I will assume that meant Kent. They enjoyed spending some time with Stuart and learning his “story” and some interesting tidbits of Aruba. They recommend this company highly as do others from the BB. Another BBQ and off to see what Palm Beach has to offer on Flag Day. We ended up at Hard Rock outside listening to a wonderful band.
Yesterday was a glorious day on the beach. The weather over this past week was just the way we all love Aruba, hot with some wind. The water is warm and refreshing. We walked over to see Scott and Leslie again. We have become hooked on Eduardo’s (Playa Linda) over the past few years, we enjoy their frozen fresh fruit drinks and/or frozen yogurt with fruit and granola. Great price for $5 and really good. We ended our day with another amazing dinner at Quinta del Carmen. Not too much to add here except delicious.
Today is our last beach day and we are going to soak up all the sunshine and keep it in our memory for the next 9 months until our next trip. Our final dinner will be at Carte Blanche and we are really looking forward to that.
Upon my return home I will finish up with a few comments and observations from this past trip. Just wanted to get you Aruba addicts your fill for now.