This was my 25th trip to Aruba.
A detailed trip report and photos will be coming in the next couple of weeks....but in a nutshell -
Weather - beautiful, sunny, HOT, breezy (back to the Aruba weather I know)
Food - favorite new place was Carambola and just okay "old place" was Marandi - not sure we'd go back to Marandi again for such a long drive for "okay" food.
My usual favorites (Screaming Eagle, Bingo, Passions, Mango's, Tulip, etc.) - great as always!
Car rental incident - my rental car was almost stolen from the hotel parking lot one night. Luckily, the security guys were there. They didn't catch him (couldn't hold him because he was threatening them with a knife and a screwdriver and police got there too late) but he did some damage and....left his Blackberry in my car so hoping the police can arrest him. Just happy that he didn't get away with the car. Will give more details on this later. But what a pain/mess for everyone. Hans at Tropic has been great though and we will spending alot of time together via email with all of the paperwork, claims, etc.
Fishing charter with Mahi Mahi - first time I ever did this and had a ball. Mango's cooked our mahi-mahi that night for dinner
Philip's Animal Garden - if you love animals, spend a few hours here seeing everything from rescued monkeys, horses, birds and kangaroos
Oh....another new favorite place for me was Tandoor. Was in the mood for something other than steak/fish/etc. and they have the best curry chicken! Will definitely be going back again! Their food was GREAT!
Went to a charity golf fundraiser at Tierra del Sol for Cas Animal. Looked liked everyone had a great time after golfing with good, drinks, music - all for a good cause.