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    Senior Member brady bear's Avatar
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    We choice ABC Tour., It was worth every penny. Decided to do the 9 hour tour and would recommend it to anyone vs the half day ones.
    Rockey, Raul and Alberto were so awesome.
    End up going every where. The light house, gold ruin, churches, wind mill, national pool, bridges, baby beach and much more.
    Half way through we stop for lunch at Waka Waka; again, we were greeted by the owners and wash clothes. OMG we were so filthy.
    Some wore white shirts.. and those with grey hair.. got a free dye job. Sandy brown. lol
    Would highly recommend females with long hair to wrap it. Guys wear a hat that ties under the chin.
    Also I would wear water shoes as the walk down to the natural pool is very slippery.
    On this tour they supply tons of that ice cold water; and coke and diet cokes.
    Very informative... got to see the whole island and it was so much fun.
    Would recommend them for the great tour (one of the best ones I ever done with all of our cruises..)
    With the wind and sun remember to bring and use sun block.
    They also supply snorkeling gear as well.
    Brought us back to the hotel where at the desk they were serving ice cold watermelon juice... virgin.

    We decided that since it was happy hour and we both looked like we have been celebrating already we will get a drink.
    Forbidded jungle and Love Holland are to die for.

    After showers... our bathroom towels looked like we just clean up from a construction site.

    Since we had a great lunch, it was off to Dutch Pancakes for dinner. Lou had the blueberry and I chose the mix fruit.
    Added some of those real yummy potatoes to go with them.

    Sat around the dock and listen to the music.

    We were greeted by three elderly men whom was born and raised here. All in their 70's. They gave us a wonderful story of the island and it was so nice listening to them talk about their native land.

    Walked the stores and just took it really easy.

    I am really enjoying this and thinking this is better than a cruise. No rushing back to the ship... no schedule. Eat when you want with no time
    Best part the room is their and don't leave like the ship

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    Wednesday we took our coffee and bagels to the private island. Along with our huge cup of ice water. The driver told us to bring the coffee with us and enjoy it on the island. Never question us about being breakfast to the island.
    We placed ourselves in chairs with cover... really enjoying the peace and quite. Flamigo's every where.
    For some reason it was extremely windy this day (some say it was a storm brewing.. very unusual) water was ice ice cold...
    We stayed for a little longer and headed back.

    Walked up to the rum factory; was told it was only a short 20 minute walk. Don't know what 20 minutes meant to some but it was a lot longer.
    Finally get there and was informed they no longer do the tours and do no sell to the public. WTH ???

    Okay I will find a store and get the rum their for my son.

    This time we took the bus back. Dropped off the stuff and decided to take a trolley around the main street.
    Found this little shack next to trolley station that had the very best fresh fruit smoothies I ever had. $4.00 and she kept the blender next to
    you since it did not fill the huge cup. This was such a cool place... add a little rum for more flavor.

    Dinner was Driftwood... highly recommended by my three new friends and the guys at the airport.
    Very good. Huge portions too.

    Back to Renn. Market and just sat there listening to the music and relaxing.

    Got to admit we never had any problems or saw many police. (not until the king's visit)

    Got the kid's some nice little stuff.. Did not buy the monolpy game. Didn't see anyone buy one either. The cashier told us they won't sell any till the price drops.

    Oh we did make happy hour again... Watermelon cooler and Aruba Ariba (my new favorite... yep even got some coecoei from the manager cause I couldn't find it to take home.



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    Thursday... we took our coffee and breakfast to the private island again... what a blast. Weather was nice all week in the 90's less windy and spent time in the water just relaxing.
    Stayed there for a little bit and took the bus to the high rise and low rise area. Wasn't aware nothing is really open till late so we sat on the beach and had lunch from the snack bar with another drink....yup Aruba Ariba.. (tad strong... but so refreshing and yes it does sneak up on one.)

    Ijugana Joe's had some of the best hot wings.. and ribs. Got a bottle of their rum and prior did purchase some Havana rum too to take home. Also got some of their hot sauce and spices. (all this for a mid afternoon snack. Guess the drinks made us hungry)

    Talking about food the kids are all looking at me and asking for dinner. Crap,,, I am no longer in Aruba, no one to pick up my towels after my shower or to cook for me, clean and etc.
    Dang... reality is hitting me. I have to go to work tonight. Dang with this reality
    Last edited by brady bear; 05-03-2015 at 02:17 PM.

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    Great that u were able to bring back some cuban rum. I always wanted to do that but was afraid the customs agent might find it and confiscate it like they do with the cuban cigars.

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    Going through customs was a breeze... very surprise too. Will post more later.



    Quote Originally Posted by ace2063 View Post
    Great that u were able to bring back some cuban rum. I always wanted to do that but was afraid the customs agent might find it and confiscate it like they do with the cuban cigars.

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    Thanks for the posts
    i can picture your day unfolding
    so glad you enjoyed the Renn
    Delighted all went well
    (if you decide to go back we have timeshares that we rent there)

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    Enjoyed all your reports. Yes it is hard to return to reality but on the bright side it is fun to start thinking about returning to Aruba. In the meantime we all live thru reports like yours until our own trips get here. So glad you loved it.

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    Loving your reports and lovin' that you love Aruba Ariba..... it's our traditional welcome drink!

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    I am really enjoying this and thinking this is better than a cruise. No rushing back to the ship... no schedule. Eat when you want with no time
    Best part the room is their and don't leave like the ship






    We used to cruise a lot before we started going to Aruba. Since we started going to Aruba six years ago, we've been to Aruba six times and only cruised twice. We have found that we would much rather go to Aruba than cruise. I'm sure that we will cruise again, but if I had to choose, I'd take Aruba every time.

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    I've been doing a cruise every year and 1 trip to Aruba. Actually last year I did 3 cruises and 1 trip to Aruba by I also want to go to Aruba more so I might be cutting down on the cruises

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