We've been back home and back to reality for a few days now and of course I still have Aruba on the brain. I've had a few thoughts that I wanted to add to my trip report:
We know what we like. We are Palm Beach people for the foreseeable future. We like being directly on the beach and being able to easily go between our room, the beach, and lunch spots. I see most of our future stays bouncing between Playa Linda, Hilton, and Holiday Inn.
I am willing to make sacrifices for front row on the beach. I prefer to pay, but if I have to get up early I will.
We don't need a rental car for more than a day. My husband was right, we only need a car one day for driving around, other than that taxis are fine for us.
I don't need to research more than 3 restaurants because that's all we are going to make it to. And we don't like reservations. Every time we have a reservation we feel tied down the entire day and not free to just do whatever comes naturally.
Making our own happy hour on the beach can be just as much fun as going to happy hour at a bar. Our tastes have changed on this one.
We did not hear, see, or experience anything regarding Venezuelans while on the island. Once we got home, I realized our ATM experience may have been related, but if it wasn't for all the talk on the forums and facebook pages, as a tourist in Palm Beach I never would have known there was an issue. This includes our day touring around and our grocery store experience.
Bugaloe has surpassed Pelican's Nest as our favorite pier bar. The food, the service, and the overall experience was just better. Pelican's Nest feels different. We used to always meet other fun tourists and have great interaction with the staff. There seems to be more turnover in the staff the last couple trips and the music is more house and latin than it used to be. Its still a fun happy hour once or twice, but they have also raised their drink prices. It's no longer an every day stop for us.
That's it, I promise no more trip reports until we make it back to the island!
Pelican Pier at sunset with a bucket of Brights!
Sunsets at Bunker Bar
LG Smith Steakhouse, Windows on Aruba,
I agree with not liking reservations Tracey and feel the same way the day just seems to be not as laid back as it should be. It always seems like the night we have reservations is the night we are having too much fun and wish we could not stay where we are. I also agree with Pelican's Nest, the staff is not as friendly as they used to be, although we did have fun with the Palm crew putting up their new sails. I enjoyed your detailed reports and maybe next trip we can have a drink together somewhere. Hope your week back to work was not too bad, the first day is always the hardest.
I agree about the reservations, we would rather not be tied to a schedule. Yet, every trip I There seems to be a new restaurant I want to try and end up reserving one or two spots. We're unsure where we'll stay next trip. While we seem to prefer the low rise area we also like the high rise for a change of scenery. Enjoyed you reports!
I'll take more too! I love the casinos and proximity of all the restaurant choices (especially Bugaloe) on Palm Beach just like you do.... but for some great beach and tranquility... I'm really sold on Eagle Beach. DW and I only make advance reservations for 2-3 top restaurants.... and then wing it for the other nights. One of the things I love about Aruba is all the wonderful restaurant choices.