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    What a great day! Thanks for sharing Tracey, I hope every remaining day is as excellent as yesterday!

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    So glad to hear Wacky Wahoo had Wahoo....tell them to put some away for me, please!

    You can rent a palapas for $15/day for two days so now standing in line and the other days, if you get up early (not 6am), try putting the bimini lounge chair at the first row where you are allowed but at the end by Hadicurari. Here you can usually see the water by looking towards the pier.

    We also loved, loved, loved Quinta del Carmen. As we all say... too many good restaurants not enough days! Enjoy!!!
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Wednesday Beach day

    On Monday afternoon we paid to reserve a palapa for today but we still didnt have a view of the water. It was only $10 and at least we had shade without wating in line. We started the day at Scotts Brats for breakfast met Aquaman (John) from the forum and had a nice chat.
    Our day was spent having drinks on the beach and jumping in and out of the water. Lunch was Arubian wings from the server on the beach. These wings are really good! In the afternoon we spent some time at the pool bar.
    Dinner was appetizers at a little Argentinean grill called Che Bar over in Palm Beach Mall. This place is just a little store front and the empanadas were big and tasty. If you are looking for a quick bite you should check it out. Its on the outside next to Tommy Hilfiger.
    From here we went to Sopranos piano bar. That place has potential but again we didnt really like the guest singer. He was talented it just wasnt a,style we liked.
    Next stop,was Hard Rock for more appetizers and music. We finally got to see the Joyride Band who i really enjoy. They play R&B and pop style music. For the first day we did not hear Sweet Caroline, but I am sure we will hear it twice today to make up for it. It seems to be a staple here.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    I forgot to mention, there seems to be some type of bud light shortage on the island, the grocery store was out as well as a few bars and restaurants. Have no fear though, we have found plenty of replacement options!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    I love your style! I want to bar hop with you guys someday
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Thursday laid back recovery day

    So I may have understated the amount of drinking we did on Wednesday. It was an all day event, lasting about 12 hours. It was lots of fun, but it sure changed the plan for Thursday. We both were moving pretty slow and just needed food so we ended up with underwhelming and overpriced buffett near the pool. I was up early and waiting in line for a palapa to get a view of the water. We ended up in the 3rd row, but it was better than before. The toddler next to us today was adorable! His favorite past time was handing his unsuspecting relatives handfuls of sand whether they were ready for them or not. Our day was peaceful until late morning when behind us we had a palapa argument. There was confusion over who was 400 and who was 402. Really there was no difference in the two but the aggressor won and the other people moved 2 spots over. Then we got to hear the "regular owners" tell the story to all of their friends of how the new people tried to steal their palapa. After the 4th time hearing the nonstory, we decided to take a walk on the beach and then to the adult pool which was nice and quiet.We had a nice peaceful lunch at Moomba. There were cruise ships in but it didnt feel crowded. We went back to the beach for a nap...really exciting day, I know. One note, the water in the Caribbean feels colder than I remember. It takes some getting used to, we didnt spend a lot of time in the water today. Kent told us the water was about 75, rather than the average 80. Dinner was Matthews were Jon had a melt in your mouth filet and shrimp. I had grouper. We loved the setting. Of course this was the one night we forgot our camera. And this was one of the best sunsets, would have been a frame worthy photo...hopefully we get another one. We stopped in for our first visit to Alhambra casino. We played with not much luck. I think we are pretty close to even for the trip. We have been trying to stay out of the casinos this trip.

    Since I was awake, I came down early to the palapa line. The self appointed queen of the line made sure I knew my place. This lady is a trip! Apparently if you are in her gang, you just set your stuff down and she makes sure each new person kknows you were here at 4:32am and just went to get coffee...an hour ago. I am not loving the palapa situation here, and the number of vacant chairs that are taking up space and blocking views is annoying. But for the proce we paid for the rental, its a small inconvenience.
    Last edited by Traceyd14; 02-27-2015 at 07:21 AM.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    So I may have understated the amount of drinking we did on Wednesday. It was an all day event, lasting about 12 hours. It was lots of fun, but it sure changed the plan for Thursday. We both were moving pretty slow and just needed food so we ended up with underwhelming and overpriced buffett near the pool. I was up early and waiting in line for a palapa to get a view of the water. We ended up in the 3rd row, but it was better than before. The toddler next to us today was adorable! His favorite past time was handing his unsuspecting relatives handfuls of sand whether they were ready for them or not. Our day was peaceful until late morning when behind us we had a palapa argument. There was confusion over who was 400 and who was 402. Really there was no difference in the two but the aggressor won and the other people moved 2 spots over. Then we got to hear the "regular owners" tell the story to all of their friends of how the new people tried to steal their palapa. After the 4th time hearing the nonstory, we decided to take a walk on the beach and then to the adult pool which was nice and quiet.We had a nice peaceful lunch at Moomba. There were cruise ships in but it didnt feel crowded. We went back to the beach for a nap...really exciting day, I know. One note, the water in the Caribbean feels colder than I remember. It takes some getting used to, we didnt spend a lot of time in the water today. Kent told us the water was about 75, rather than the average 80. Dinner was Matthews were Jon had a melt in your mouth filet and shrimp. I had grouper. We loved the setting. Of course this was the one night we forgot our camera. And this was one of the best sunsets, would have been a frame worthy photo...hopefully we get another one. We stopped in for our first visit to Alhambra casino. We played with not much luck. I think we are pretty close to even for the trip. We have been trying to stay out of the casinos this trip.

    Since I was awake, I came down early to the palapa line. The self appointed queen of the line made sure I knew my place. This lady is a trip! Apparently if you are in her gang, you just set your stuff down and she makes sure each new person kknows you were here at 4:32am and just went to get coffee...an hour ago. I am not loving the palapa situation here, and the number of vacant chairs that are taking up space and blockong views is annoying. But for the proce we paid for the rental, its a small inconvenience.
    This palapa set up sounds awful. It reminds me of the first cruise we ever took: it was a Carnival cruise in the Caribbean in 2006. Every day there was some sort of altercation over deck chairs - people would grab towels, put them on the chairs and then go away for literally hours. We saw one woman get into a fist fight with another woman right in front of their respective kids. Charming. We never sailed on Carnival again. Sounds like this Surf club might not be the best situation for you either, Tracey.

    I wonder what what would happen if you went and bought an embrella and just plunked it down in the front row...?

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    I think it will be a while before we choose the Surf Club again, which is really a shame bwcause the rental price was right and I love the room and the pools. We have walked around the Ocean Club a little and that might be a better fit. That or we need to,come the beginning of May like last time we stayed here.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    There are umbrellas for rent in the front row by a vendor. I think we may do that tomorrow for our last day. I just figure if Im awake, might as well wait in line for a free one. 5am got me 2nd row today. I would love to find the queen of the line and rent the umbrella directly in front of her tomorrow.
    If you just want shade its not an issue but I like looking at the water.
    Last edited by Traceyd14; 02-27-2015 at 07:22 AM.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    The palapa system would probably make me think twice if I wasn't happy waiting. One of the reasons we find ourselves always going back to the Divi is the beach is not at all crowded and I just drop our stuff on a palapa on the way to breakfast. When we feel like we need more activity we just grab a cab to Palm Beach.

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