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    My trip to Aruba. 9/2-9/9 at the Divi

    Hello all.

    Our trip from newark to aruba was seamless. No problems at customs. We were out of the airport with our bags within 20 minutes. Got a cab and went straight to the Divi. There was horrible traffic downtown, but made it Divi by 2:30. Checkin was quick and our room was ready. We were in vista 2, room 512.

    The Divi's beach was great, spacious not crowded and easy to get chairs and palapas every day even though the resort was crowded. We spent everyday either lounging at the beach or by the pool and at the pool bars. The resort was packed with many people from the UK, and not many from the US. Not a problem at all, just making a note of it. The food at the divi was ok, nothing spectacular. Our best meal was it Ginger. We did not try Papparazzi. Red Parrot was just ok.

    According to the locals, the weather was very strange the week we were there. Monday was overcast, and Tuesday overcast and rainy. Wed and thurs, extremely hot with hardly any wind. Friday, Sat, and Sun, it was windy but the water was so rough, that you could barely swim. Therefore, the pool was packed on those days. Many surfers were enjoying the rough waters.

    We only did one excurison on the atlantis off the depalm pier. The water was very rough that many people got sea sick and could not enjoy the ride. I did see some sea turtles though and plenty of pretty fish. The high rise section was packed as usual. We made our way up to the marriot surf club to go to Moomba beach. It was fun to see some of the same staff as last year. The Ritz looks almost finished. The taxi drivers said they are planning to open in November or December and that the trolley downtown should be finished by then too.

    We spent every night at the alahambra casino, were me and the hubby both won 100 the first night and was able to let it ride the entire week. We only lost 30 bucks a piece, not bad.

    We really enjoyed the divi for its laid back, no rush feel. The staff was friendly and polite. The only complaint we had, was that the bars opened too late in the morning, 11:00, lol and there was no music playing at them. If we weren't on such a tight budget, we would have gone out to eat out of the resort. Hopefully on our next visit.

    The trip home was horrible. We got to the airport at 11:30, no wait until we got to customs. an hour wait to get through. They only had 4 windows open. Many people were stopped and questioned in the back, which took, agents from their desks. This made our plane leave 45 minutes late, because there were 25 people that still had to go through customs and the plane was not allowed to take off without them. Never heard of such a thing. Luckily, the pilot made up for it in the air and landed on time. I was wondering if anyone else had have this happen. When getting off at Newark, we had to have our passports out and there were about 10 cops wating at the gate to show our passports to. Nobody knew what was going on. Don't know if this is why are flight was held up because of this. Very strange.

    All in all, a great trip again, and can't wait to go back!!!

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    Sounds like the trip itself was great - sorry about the craziness getting home. I have never had that happen at Newark.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    thanks for posting.
    yes the weather there that had little wind was somehow related to a tropical disturbance that sucked away the beautiful trade winds.
    that storm has now reformed and is threatening bermuda.

    that is odd re: delay and then the officers wanting to see passports huh?

    glad you had a good time and thanks for taking the time to share

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristion99 View Post
    Hello all.

    Our trip from newark to aruba was seamless. No problems at customs. We were out of the airport with our bags within 20 minutes. Got a cab and went straight to the Divi. There was horrible traffic downtown, but made it Divi by 2:30. Checkin was quick and our room was ready. We were in vista 2, room 512.

    The Divi's beach was great, spacious not crowded and easy to get chairs and palapas every day even though the resort was crowded. We spent everyday either lounging at the beach or by the pool and at the pool bars. The resort was packed with many people from the UK, and not many from the US. Not a problem at all, just making a note of it. The food at the divi was ok, nothing spectacular. Our best meal was it Ginger. We did not try Papparazzi. Red Parrot was just ok.

    According to the locals, the weather was very strange the week we were there. Monday was overcast, and Tuesday overcast and rainy. Wed and thurs, extremely hot with hardly any wind. Friday, Sat, and Sun, it was windy but the water was so rough, that you could barely swim. Therefore, the pool was packed on those days. Many surfers were enjoying the rough waters.

    We only did one excurison on the atlantis off the depalm pier. The water was very rough that many people got sea sick and could not enjoy the ride. I did see some sea turtles though and plenty of pretty fish. The high rise section was packed as usual. We made our way up to the marriot surf club to go to Moomba beach. It was fun to see some of the same staff as last year. The Ritz looks almost finished. The taxi drivers said they are planning to open in November or December and that the trolley downtown should be finished by then too.

    We spent every night at the alahambra casino, were me and the hubby both won 100 the first night and was able to let it ride the entire week. We only lost 30 bucks a piece, not bad.

    We really enjoyed the divi for its laid back, no rush feel. The staff was friendly and polite. The only complaint we had, was that the bars opened too late in the morning, 11:00, lol and there was no music playing at them. If we weren't on such a tight budget, we would have gone out to eat out of the resort. Hopefully on our next visit.

    The trip home was horrible. We got to the airport at 11:30, no wait until we got to customs. an hour wait to get through. They only had 4 windows open. Many people were stopped and questioned in the back, which took, agents from their desks. This made our plane leave 45 minutes late, because there were 25 people that still had to go through customs and the plane was not allowed to take off without them. Never heard of such a thing. Luckily, the pilot made up for it in the air and landed on time. I was wondering if anyone else had have this happen. When getting off at Newark, we had to have our passports out and there were about 10 cops wating at the gate to show our passports to. Nobody knew what was going on. Don't know if this is why are flight was held up because of this. Very strange.

    All in all, a great trip again, and can't wait to go back!!!

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    Great relaxing vacation story... thanks for sharing. Re the delays with the departing flight and arrival..... sure seems like they were chasing down some type of lead..... glad you made it home safely.

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    Thanks for sharing your story. I'm always amazed and a bit jealous how quick and easy people for the north/east coast can get to Aruba. Here from Texas, it's now sooo difficult, expensive and they are sending people across country to get to Aruba.

    The past week the weather here has changed considerable. I don't know if it has to do with Aruba and the Tropical Storm Gabrielle.

    Those extensive passport check when going back from Aruba to the US: Yes, it happened to me as well. Personally. I had my European Passport, my Green Card, my round trip ticket, had lived legally in the US for many years already. But at the US customs, they gave me a very hard time returning back to my home in the US. Lots of questions, my picture taken, fingerprints taken ~ I felt like a criminal! There was a long line of other travelers waiting to get through. It was embarrassing, I haven't done anything wrong. I had to vent to the lady next to me when finally being let through, she said it's probably for all our safety.

    Things changes when I got my US Passport. It was a piece of cake going through US customs.

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    We always stay at the Divi and in Vista II. My favorite! We had a similar experience in Newark. We were told that we had reclaim our luggage before we connected to Boston. Then we had to wait 2 hours for it! We almost missed our connection. Never found out why but people on our connections coming from Antigua had the same problem.

    Glad you enjoyed your trip to my favorite place in the whole world...hopefully someday soon we can have trip #6

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