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    My Trip 4-12 to 4-20 2013

    Well My wife and I just returned from our annual trip. Like always it was Great!

    We arrived last Friday we took the 6:50 flight out of JFK let me say Jet Blue is a first class airline our flight left right on time we landed on the island by11:05. We cleared customs with no problems it was fast and easy. We rented from Budget and that was easy as well, we were in the car and to The Costa Linda by noon. It always nice to not have to waste a day with travel. the Costa Linda has become our home away from home we absolutely love it there cant stay enough about the staff and the property. I have been staying there since the first time I visited the island in 1997 and would not consider another place unless I absolutely had to.

    Our friends that stayed with us for the week chose not to fly Jet Blue and they found out why that was a mistake. they were due to land at 1:45 they flew delta on the way down, they were delayed leaving New York and then delayed again leaving Miami they didn't land until 4:45. So we ran to the air port to pick them up which was easy and made it back to the CL for happy hour.

    that night we ate at Salt N Peppers in the highrise area, good food and nice place. We then went to Sopranos for a few drinks before heading back for the night we were tired due to traveling.

    Im not gonna bore everyone and go day by day, but my friend and I fished on Monday with J-String captain Eddy and his son Anthony I fish with them every year and I highly recommend them. We got a blue Marlin that was estimated to weight about 200 pounds and a few wahoo, the Blue Marlin was very rare and was the first time I had got one down there. We released the Marlin to swim another day but kept the Wahoo. Anthony steaked us up some to bring back to the condo which we made that night delicious!

    We visited Charlies bar twice through out the week I absolutely love it there Cornelius is a great bar tender and you cant beat the atmosphere!

    We ate at Barefoot for the first time. This is an absolute MUST, I cant say enough good things about this place. the food was tremendous I had the Grouper special topped with shrimp in a creamy garlic sauce my wife had the snapper and the other couple both got the tuna, everything was GREAT, and you cant beat the spot! You have to go there!!!

    We spent the rest of the week relaxing and doing a lot of nothing which is what we love to do, we did go to baby beach for a half a day, I cant believe what Big Mommas has turned into! Its no longer a little shack on the beach!
    Departing was not as bad as expected we left on Saturday. Our flight was at 12:10. We arrived at the airport just after 9:30 returned the car and was in line by about 9:45. We ended up getting to the gate by just about 10:45 which left us plenty of time. It was very bust but thankfully we did run into a nightmare like some have had in the past.

    Another great time had on a beautiful wonderful island. We will be back next April but may return sometime this summer!

    I will post pictures when I get a chance.


    Mike

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    Great report. We're fans of Jet Blue as well and always fly with them nonstop from Boston. Everyone seems to love Barefoot so we made reservations for our upcoming trip. Thanks for sharing!

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    thank you mike for posting your "aruba story".
    never think that you are boring folks with day to day details.
    so many forum members and readers live vicariously thru other's stories.

    barefoot gets many awesome reviews and from what i read it seems to be the #1 beach dining experience on island.

    any photos of the blue marlin that you care to post?
    kudos on the speedy trek thru queen beatrix airport.
    the us customs furloughs begin today......hope it all works out for all involved.

    thanks so much!

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    Here are a couple pics of the Blue Marlin I have more and more pictures from the trip that I will post My Trip 4-12 to 4-20 2013-aruba-marlin.jpgMy Trip 4-12 to 4-20 2013-aruba-marlin2.jpg

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    holy cow.
    speaking from the point of the marlin...........thank you for not making him a trophy.
    speaking from the point of a wife.................there's no way that thing is going to hang in my house!!

    it is beautiful. glad you released him so that he could indeed swim another day.

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    Mike, Nice report..... I think you finalized my decision to go to Barefoot this year... another fantastic review. On behalf of the marlin.... thanks for the escape!

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    Andrea you couldn't have said it any better! As an avid fisherman here on the east coast I have fish and fishing related items all over our house she would not allow me to have another fish in our house haha, and with no edible reason to keep the fish back he went, i like to think of it as good mojo!

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    Here are a few pics from Barefoot

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    gorgeous photos.
    thanks for sharing
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    Here are a few pics from Barefoot

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    Here are other random pictures from the week, my wife took over 200 so I wont bombard you guys with everything.

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