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    A short trip report

    We sadly returned from our trip to Aruba last night. Came home to falling snow. Most of us on the plane had our flip flops and cut offs on. hehe. We had a great time as always and had gorgeous weather the entire time. We have been there now 5 times so in the activities world we have done about it all. We just enjoyed differerent places to eat, relax, and swim in the gorgeous water and pool at our resort which is Divi Golf. Our plane was delayed several hours and when we arrived in Aruba it was dark all ready. A disspointment but the airlines tried to make it up with free a drink, food, and a 10% discount on any future flights. I however would have rather arrived sooner as it was a entire day consumed with traveling. Keep the drink just get me to ARUBA!! LOL. I want to say for those of you who would like to go to Wacky Wahoos they do not answer the phone and it you don't have reservations this time of year you more than likely won't get in. Our resort could not get us into there and they tried for several days. Upon my insistance we drove to the place and I tried to walk in and to no avail. It is small inside, perhaps like a double or triple garage inside---so if you have your heart set on it do try to get a reservation before you go away.

    We ate @ Pincho's which kind of set the bar for the week. It is fabulous. The view the service, and pier for where we ate. The food was out of this world and wait staff very friendly.

    We went to Matthews Restaurant for breakfast twice. Wonderful ambiance, right on the water, and the prices are so reasonable for a nice breakfast Highly recommend. They also have Martini night Wed. p.m. and entertainment. It is right behind Alhambra's Casino with Casa Del Mar hotel.

    We went to Cunuco house in Noord it is close to wacky wahoos down a little street. It is unique, nice to experience. The people were sweet, not on my list to have to return to but the home is lovely very Arubian style.

    We ate @ El Gauchos in Orangestad. It was very good, they had singers like Mariachis walking around seranading that was fun. It was very busy and loud. My steak was good and they have the most wonderful Pumpkin Soup! it was fabulous!!

    Last but not least we ate and were lucky to get a reservation at Madamn J's. There had been some negative press about them but our meal was outstanding as always, and we enjoyed the p.m. very much. No complaints here. I asked if Chef Kasi was there and he was in Miami. I wanted him to know true to my word, we did go there for dinner.

    The night we arrived exhausted we went to Avarak gardens and ate at the Mexican restaurant that is a chain owned by igauana Joes, they have great Margaritas and a nice view of the water fountains. Also for a relative inexpensive place I liked Salt and Pepper. they have talpas and I love the area there where there is always music. A lively upbeat area. So that is it, back to reality. I hear the snow blower going outside. YUK!!

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    thank you for sharing!

    wacky wahoo needs to get a better system in place for reservations.
    they obviously are not hurting for customers/diners, BUT it would be beneficial to them not to have ticked off customers/diners. they owe it to their customers/diners....to have an easier way of getting a reservation.




    thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by Diann24 View Post
    We sadly returned from our trip to Aruba last night. Came home to falling snow. Most of us on the plane had our flip flops and cut offs on. hehe. We had a great time as always and had gorgeous weather the entire time. We have been there now 5 times so in the activities world we have done about it all. We just enjoyed differerent places to eat, relax, and swim in the gorgeous water and pool at our resort which is Divi Golf. Our plane was delayed several hours and when we arrived in Aruba it was dark all ready. A disspointment but the airlines tried to make it up with free a drink, food, and a 10% discount on any future flights. I however would have rather arrived sooner as it was a entire day consumed with traveling. Keep the drink just get me to ARUBA!! LOL. I want to say for those of you who would like to go to Wacky Wahoos they do not answer the phone and it you don't have reservations this time of year you more than likely won't get in. Our resort could not get us into there and they tried for several days. Upon my insistance we drove to the place and I tried to walk in and to no avail. It is small inside, perhaps like a double or triple garage inside---so if you have your heart set on it do try to get a reservation before you go away.

    We ate @ Pincho's which kind of set the bar for the week. It is fabulous. The view the service, and pier for where we ate. The food was out of this world and wait staff very friendly.

    We went to Matthews Restaurant for breakfast twice. Wonderful ambiance, right on the water, and the prices are so reasonable for a nice breakfast Highly recommend. They also have Martini night Wed. p.m. and entertainment. It is right behind Alhambra's Casino with Casa Del Mar hotel.

    We went to Cunuco house in Noord it is close to wacky wahoos down a little street. It is unique, nice to experience. The people were sweet, not on my list to have to return to but the home is lovely very Arubian style.

    We ate @ El Gauchos in Orangestad. It was very good, they had singers like Mariachis walking around seranading that was fun. It was very busy and loud. My steak was good and they have the most wonderful Pumpkin Soup! it was fabulous!!

    Last but not least we ate and were lucky to get a reservation at Madamn J's. There had been some negative press about them but our meal was outstanding as always, and we enjoyed the p.m. very much. No complaints here. I asked if Chef Kasi was there and he was in Miami. I wanted him to know true to my word, we did go there for dinner.

    The night we arrived exhausted we went to Avarak gardens and ate at the Mexican restaurant that is a chain owned by igauana Joes, they have great Margaritas and a nice view of the water fountains. Also for a relative inexpensive place I liked Salt and Pepper. they have talpas and I love the area there where there is always music. A lively upbeat area. So that is it, back to reality. I hear the snow blower going outside. YUK!!
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 02-03-2013 at 10:29 AM.

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    Yes for SURE they do. We spoke with many locals and it is very popular and due to the size of the establishment of course it fills up quickly. I would suggest to anyone PARTICUARLY now (high season) to make your reservations any where prior to visiting to avoid dissapointment. I also wanted Papimentos and was not able to get in there either at the timeframe I wanted. If you are willing to eat @ 6 I could have gotten in there but I did not want to eat at 6---When we were in Aruba in June we did not have these problems. Just my advice--

    I forgot we also ate at the Poddack on the pier in Orangestad. it was ok, nice view. We actaully were trying to go to Iguana Joes' They are closed on Sundays. (??) I did not know that so we were hungry and just popped into there. I almost forgot it that place. They do have house dressing that was very good and different.

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    Enjoyed your report. I always like to hear about the places people dine. There have been a lot of postings about Pinchos lately that have been very positive. Up until now it wasn't on my to go list but I don't really know why. We also enjoy Salt and Pepper and make it there most ever trip. You can generally get a seat at the bar and watch all the activity. I also like it because they have a nice selection of small plates.

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    Thanks for the report..... I'm still going thru Aruba withdrawal ..... you helped me make it another day!

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    Thank you Diann, Love all trip reports. We are having a heat wave this week with mid 30's.

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    Our timeshare is at Divi Links too. We'll be there end of March. Have owned there since they built but have never been to Matthew's. Have been hearing great reviews so it is on our must-go-to list this year. Thanks for the report.

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    Lewney when did they build Divi Links? I for some reason do not know--We purchased 2 years ago. Never thought to ask--It is ok but I would now rather be @ the Phoenix closer to the beach only downside to that is there is not much of a beach and huts are limited. Nightlife at Divi is somewhat on the quiet side as well don't you think?

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    thanks for the trip report....can't wait for my turn in april !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diann24 View Post
    Lewney when did they build Divi Links? I for some reason do not know--We purchased 2 years ago. Never thought to ask--It is ok but I would now rather be @ the Phoenix closer to the beach only downside to that is there is not much of a beach and huts are limited. Nightlife at Divi is somewhat on the quiet side as well don't you think?

    Hi Diann24,
    We bought at the Links on our honeymoon 9 years ago (will be 9 years in March). It was preconstruction at the time so the first phase was up 8 years ago and they've built 2 or 3 more phases since. We added a second room and second week 5 years ago, we we moved to a different building (part of Phase 2 I believe). I prefer the pool but we do make it to the beach every few days for an hour or so. Ever since they added a second row of huts, we can usually get one (which is a necessity with our very fair skinned 4 year old) but I don't like that the huts are still so far from the water. I don't mind not being beach side. We rent a car every year and hubby actually drives down to the beach and parks under a tree lol. It is quiet at night. I wish they did some sort of entertainment; however, like I said, we rent a car for the entire duration of our trip so we can drive to different restaurants, casinos, the mall, etc.

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