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    Day 8 Relaxation and Barneys

    After the whole hotel drama, we need a day of lounging on the beach. The Radisson hotel has been great to us and it really made a,difference it what could have been a much more stressful situation.
    We had paid to reserve a palapa the day before mainly to avoid the line and for convenience of,not,having to, get down to the towel hut at a certain time,to make sure we got one. I do like the option of paying since their reservation time is in the afternoon and I am not going to stop enjoying my day to wait in a line or to try to get down there between 4-5 before they are all gone. On the days we have know we are not going to be around, we just pay before we head up to our room. Today we are atving again so we have already paid for Friday.
    Back to the days events, we tried the right side Gilligans area at the recommendations of cpjones, and we enjoyed it. The water visibility was the best Ive seen on Palm Beach today. The morning didn't feel as humid as previos days. The colors of the,Aruba beaches simply amaze me. The white sand, blue water, bright blue sky with big puffy white clouds, simply beautiful. We said goodbye to our friends from the beach,which was sad. I wished they could have,stayed a few more,days. But we were still here so we celebrated with beers on the beach. Lunch was Chicago brars at Scotts Brats. If you like their Chicago dog you should really try the brat. They were out of the regular hot dogs when we ordered,so we lucked into this little treat.
    Since were there, we stopped,at Pelicans Nest bar for Brights and a visit with our favorite bartender Jonathan. All of the staff here is friendly. They just make such an effort to get to know guests. It feel like our own little Cheers right here in Aruba. We walked back on the beach with our toes in the water, what a day!
    We decided to go cool off and shower for an early dinner. We made it to Barneys for grouper night. Jon wasnt so sure about going to dinner, he was fine with appetizers. I convinced him that I had to try this Parmesan grouper and since it was grouper night he woild have more choices. Well a big thank you to WaltVB, it was your "_life-changing" review that made me push the issue and get there. We both ended up ordering it. It lived up to the hype!!! The grouper is light and delicious and the parmesan crust and cheesy mixture on top is making my mouth water as I type. Keep in mind this is coming from people,who ate grouper for breakfast the other day, so I think that qualifies us as experts. Jon loved it too. I asked if it was his favorite so far,and he said he wasnt sute because it was just so different. He said it was pretty much a tie with the Fishes and More grilled grouper. I have to agree, both were good. If I had to choose, I would choose the Parmesan 9 times out of 10.
    If you are looking for a light,dinner that is also filling, this is the way to go. I mean it doesnt sit heavy on your stomach so you can still have a few drinks after. The sauteed veggies were nice compliment to the fish. We will be back here in the future.
    We headed back to Pelicans Nest for the tail end of happy hour then a quick,stop by Carlitos for mudslides, 2 for $8, cant beat it.
    We,decided to make an early night of it because we are renting from George's again tomorrow. We plan to hit the National park to ride a few,more trails, then its off,to explore beaches for the day.
    Sorry for the horrible typing and grammer, thanks for bearing with me and my tablet. I love,sharing these reports,and,I love,knowing I can go back in a few,weeks and relive the trip.
    Last edited by Traceyd14; 11-13-2014 at 07:21 AM.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Side note, we won't make to Wacky Wahoo. The only reservation times available were too late for us. That is my fault for waiting too long to try to get a reservation.
    Also, no Black Pearl. But Jon said maybe next time. Jolly Pirares is great but after 4 years of the same, we both agree next year we will try something new.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Thank you for sharing.
    My mouth is watering imagining the grouper dish at Barneys!

    Yes, typing on a tablet is problematic......I have been battling all week with mine too.
    What a pain!

    Enjoy

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    Thanks for posting during your trip I have really enjoyed. I love the fact you are touring the whole island. We really enjoy loading a cooler and traveling the backside.

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    You're really making me homesick for Aruba.....

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    Love it all! Thanks so much for taking the time to check in
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Hey Tracey, so glad you enjoyed Barney's grouper! Keep the reports coming, I don't want to miss a single happy hour!!

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    Really enjoying your daily trip reports, they are so detailed and entertaining! I love how you described the beach so perfectly for all of us at home starting to freeze way too early it is so cozy to read about the white sand, blues sky and water etc. I can almost warm up believing I am there with you. Keep them coming, I will have to meet your bartender Jonathan at Pelican's in a couple of weeks. I will tell him how you rave about him!

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    Thanks for taking the time to write your trip report. I, too, enjoyed a lot your description of the beach, the white sand, the blue water, clear sky and the white fluffy clouds. I also enjoy Palm Beach area a lot and like reading about your experiences there. I remember Pelican Nest and when you mentioned it again, I was curious if there would be a jump into the ocean! LOL I think I would not be so brave.

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    Day 9 Exploring Beaches

    Woke up in the morning to a little rain but since we reserved the Rhino atv again. The weather didn't even phase us, plus we could tell from the surrounding sky that it was going to clear up and it did. We had another on time pick up from George's cycles. We had consided a car rental but had so much fun on that we dod it again. Definitely not the economical choice, but way more fun. We drove a similar route as Tuesday but skipped the typical stops and headed for the park. The ride was muddy and bumpy and just how we like it. I made some videos and will post when we get home if there is anything worth seeing on them. Our first stop was Boca Prins for breathtaking scenery. Just seeing the power of the seas up close and personally, I was in awe. This is NOT a place to get in the water. The cost to get in the park is $10 per person, which is a little steep for what we did. We were basically just passing through since we were just there few days ago. We did ride the trails a little bit, saw a ton of goats.
    From there we drove the path near the massive windmills and out the back exit towards Baby Beach.
    More to come...
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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