CindyO and I have been back for a week and have just about gotten into our normal routine. It was once again a great trip with perfect weather. Aruba is as close as you can get to a guaranteed vacation.
As promised….I’m posting my brief review of the trip. Ratings are 1 to 10 with 10 being the best. Here goes:
9 Renaissance Ocean Suites. Great staff, great location, well maintained.
10 Renaissance Island. Heaven on earth.
7 The Plaza Café. Basic Menu, but the cheapest restaurant with waitstaff I know.
4 Iguana Joe’s. Out traditional favorite, but losing its luster. Food just OK, service poor.
5 Captain’s Corner at Renaissance, breakfast buffet. Pricey, but food is good.
5 Casa Tua downtown. Price is creeping up for what you get.
5 LG Smith at Renaissance. Disappointing given what we had heard. Not a great value.
4 Laguna Buffet at Radisson. Prices going down, quality going down even more.
8 Pincho’s. Good food, great ambiance.
2 Gianni’s. Pathetic service. Their cheese wheel pasta was so bad you could get better out of a can. Needed a microscope to find eggplant in one entrée. Skip it.
9 Hard Rock Café. Greatly exceeded expectations. Celebrated daughter’s sixteenth birthday there. I did not even want to go (went for her). They won us over.
7 El Gaucho. Consistent, but you pay for it.
6 Hooters. Love the chicken wings!
6 Aquarius breakfast buffet at Renaissance. Similar to Captain’s Corner, but better food.
9 Old Man and the Sea. Best meal I’ve ever had in Aruba. If not for the dessert, they were a “10”.
8 Thrifty Rent a Car.
2 Downtown Shopping (more and more they’re going upscale….way too upscale).
8 Ling and Son grocery store. Good selection.
5 Hong King grocery store downtown. OK for basics, but not the cleanest place.
7 Moomba Beach for a day trip, with parasailing. Fun for the kids.
3 Palm Pleasure sunset cruise. Disappointing given prior years. Not worth price. Who needs 70s music in Aruba? Captain made bad decision to go past lighthouse, rough water, lots of people got soaked. I’m not going back.
8 Buster’s Garage Sports Bar. Nice place. Food looked good but had only liquid nourishment. Had to stay outside on deck, too smoky.
2 Amstel Bright (sorry Arubalisa, way too light for me).
10 Weather April 10-24. Maybe 3 minutes of rain. Consistent breeze.
10 Bully Taxi. Great person, great service, great pricing.