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    Day 4, Tuesday July 29, 2014

    What a difference a day makes! I was up around 5:30am and even Paula was ready to head to breakfast just after 7:00am. We had another great breakfast at Bucuti, plenty of eggs, bacon, toast and fresh fruit. I had an omelette today instead of scrambled eggs from the buffet. It was very tasty.

    Beach

    We got down early in the beach hut and got plenty of sun early. Our plan was to head down to Palm Beach after 1:00pm today with the couple from Scottsdale. Manuel took great care of us again this morning with drinks and we were ready to start walking up the beach. I remember it being longer, but it wasn't that bad. We walked along the road just before the Divi Phoenix and then back over to the beach there. We showed them were we were married and proceeded up the beach. The goal was to reach Scott's Brats. I forgot they only were open to 3:00pm, but it would all work out.

    Bugaloe Beach Bar

    We were sufficiently thirsty by the time that we got here and we stopped for a couple of drinks, appetizers, and some water. The Cuban Peach wasn't bad and the Aruba Ariba pretty good as well. The fried calamari was much better than I was expecting. We were still in pursuit of brats, so we trudged on.

    Scott's Brats

    We got there right at 3:00pm and they had 2 brats and a hot dog left. We gladly ordered what they had a round of Presidente Light for the crew. We really enjoyed meeting the owners. They are great people. Next year we are going to get up here much sooner.

    Beach Sports Bar?

    We walked nearly to the Holiday Inn and then stopped in for 2 for 1 drinks at some sports bar that I just don't recall the name of right now. I think it was $8 for 2 Aruba Aribas and $10 for 2 Mojitos. They were pretty good and then we decided to part company at that point. They had early dinner reservations and we were planning on shopping a bit. Paula was also a bit hungry as she isn't much of a hot dog/brat person. We went to Paseo Herencia to shop a bit. Paula loves Tous and they had her favorite fragrance there.

    Moomba Beach Bar

    We stopped here for food. We both ordered Mojitos to continue our quest to drink Palm Beach dry. For dinner, I started wtih the Aruba Seafood Chowder. It was wonderful with plenty of small pieces of bread for dipping. I had the Grouper Filet with Rice for my entree. Paula had fish and chips. We were well satisfied with the meal and the drinks. It was time to move on up the beach.

    Ritz Carlton

    We walked past the Marriott where we had stayed on our first couple of trips. Some things had changed, but most had stayed the same. The Ritz is awesome looking place. If we were committed to Bucuti, we would give them a look. They are generally top notch. The ballrooms downstairs make it a great place for meetings, conferences, receptions, whatever.

    The Return

    We walked back the road from the Marriott. There isn't much of a sidewalk in some places, but we walked in 6 years ago and I wanted to see how it has changed. There is a new high rise that looks halted. I believe there was a little shopping center there many years ago because we ate at a little diner somewhere right around there. We stopped in at T.H. Palm to buy a shirt for me, a 100% Dushi shirt for Paula, and a beach dress for Paula. That place isn't cheap, but they have nice things. We stopped over at Che Bar as they opened and talked with the folks there. I had a Quilmes from Argentina. It's a pretty good beer. The owner Juan is from Argentina and went to UNC Greensboro. He's a good guy and the staff there seems nice. We want to come back when we have an appetite. We made our way down to where Salt N Pepper is and saw things that weren't there a few years ago. That whole stretch now seems totally built up. We stopped by at Upstairs Bar as they were opened and had a couple of cheap drinks ($8.50 total) before grabbing a cab at the Radisson.

    Bucuti

    We are spent. As I write this, we are thinking about hitting the late happy hour at Sand Bar, but I don't see it happening. Paula has aready dozed off and I think I might just relax as well. We have a big day ahead of us tomorrow of doing less than nothing. We did a lot of walking today and we are not leaving Bucuti on Wednesday at all.
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    Wonderful adventure..... I recognized everything you noted.... was like being with you. Can't help but think tomorrow will simply be a beach day!

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    I think so too. I know we had a ton of drinks, but they just seemed to roll right off my back. My feet, on the other hand, are wasted. Lots of walking this afternoon. We should have cabbed up and back.

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    i am exhausted just by reading of all of your walking

    i am queasy (inebriated) from the mix of drinks!


    so glad that you are awake and that you have the strength and the generosity to share your story with us
    Quote Originally Posted by drtucker1 View Post
    Day 4, Tuesday July 29, 2014

    What a difference a day makes! I was up around 5:30am and even Paula was ready to head to breakfast just after 7:00am. We had another great breakfast at Bucuti, plenty of eggs, bacon, toast and fresh fruit. I had an omelette today instead of scrambled eggs from the buffet. It was very tasty.

    Beach

    We got down early in the beach hut and got plenty of sun early. Our plan was to head down to Palm Beach after 1:00pm today with the couple from Scottsdale. Manuel took great care of us again this morning with drinks and we were ready to start walking up the beach. I remember it being longer, but it wasn't that bad. We walked along the road just before the Divi Phoenix and then back over to the beach there. We showed them were we were married and proceeded up the beach. The goal was to reach Scott's Brats. I forgot they only were open to 3:00pm, but it would all work out.

    Bugaloe Beach Bar

    We were sufficiently thirsty by the time that we got here and we stopped for a couple of drinks, appetizers, and some water. The Cuban Peach wasn't bad and the Aruba Ariba pretty good as well. The fried calamari was much better than I was expecting. We were still in pursuit of brats, so we trudged on.

    Scott's Brats

    We got there right at 3:00pm and they had 2 brats and a hot dog left. We gladly ordered what they had a round of Presidente Light for the crew. We really enjoyed meeting the owners. They are great people. Next year we are going to get up here much sooner.

    Beach Sports Bar?

    We walked nearly to the Holiday Inn and then stopped in for 2 for 1 drinks at some sports bar that I just don't recall the name of right now. I think it was $8 for 2 Aruba Aribas and $10 for 2 Mojitos. They were pretty good and then we decided to part company at that point. They had early dinner reservations and we were planning on shopping a bit. Paula was also a bit hungry as she isn't much of a hot dog/brat person. We went to Paseo Herencia to shot a bit. Paula loves Tous and they had her favorite fragrance there.

    Moomba Beach Bar

    We stopped here for food. We both ordered Mojitos to continue our quest to drink Palm Beach dry. For dinner, I started wtih the Aruba Seafood Chowder. It was wonderful with plenty of small pieces of bread for dipping. I had the Grouper Filet with Rice for my entree. Paula had fish and chips. We were well satisfied with the meal and the drinks. It was time to move on up the beach.

    Ritz Carlton

    We walked past the Marriott where we had stayed on our first couple of trips. Some things had changed, but most had stayed the same. The Ritz is awesome looking place. If we were committed to Bucuti, we would give them a look. They are generally top notch. The ballrooms downstairs make it a great place for meetings, conferences, receptions, whatever.

    The Return

    We walked back the road from the Marriott. There isn't much of a sidewalk in some places, but we walked in 6 years ago and I wanted to see how it has changed. There is a new high rise that looks halted. I believe there was a little shopping center there many years ago because we ate at a little diner somewhere right around there. We stopped in at T.H. Palm to buy a shirt for me, a 100% Dushi shirt for Paula, and a beach dress for Paula. That place isn't cheap, but they have nice things. We stopped over at Che Bar as they opened and talked with the folks there. I had a Quilmes from Argentina. It's a pretty good beer. The owner Juan is from Argentina and went to UNC Greensboro. He's a good guy and the staff there seems nice. We want to come back when we have an appetite. We made our way down to where Salt N Pepper is and saw things that weren't there a few years ago. That whole stretch now seems totally built up. We stopped by at Upstairs Bar as they were opened and had a couple of cheap drinks ($8.50 total) before grabbing a cab at the Radisson.

    Bucuti

    We are spent. As I write this, we are thinking about hitting the late happy hour at Sand Bar, but I don't see it happening. Paula has aready dozed off and I think I might just relax as well. We have a big day ahead of us tomorrow of doing less than nothing. We did a lot of walking today and we are not leaving Bucuti on Wednesday at all.

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    Great report! In my mind, I was with you on that tour, many familiar places. I could easily keep up with the walking ~ but not with the drinks! LOL After just a zip or two, I would be history!

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    Wow you did quite a crawl on your walk. Sounds like fun though!

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    I'm tired too. That was a heck of a walk and I'm exhausted from joining you, and we went to all the right places (we love TH Palm). Thanks for sharing a full day with us!

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    Talk about walking, I made my wife walk from Amsterdam Manor all the way to the butterfly museum and then to Pelican's Nest. I still hear about it.

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    We were so lazy the rest of the trip that I didn't even get to post daily reports.


    Day 5, Wednesday July 30, 2014

    We were a bit tired from all of the walking on Tuesday. But, we were up early and ready for a nice big breakfast that did not disappoint.

    Beach

    I finished Dan Putkowski's book Dark Currents and started on Bonk's Bar while on the beach today. We were did nothing all day but sun, read, and have Manuel bring us Havana Club mojitos. It was a truly productive day.

    Lunch

    We walked the 10 feet over to the Elements deck to try the lunch buffet. It was very good and we ate too much. No worries. Back to the beach hut and more relaxing before happy hour starts at 4pm.

    Happy Hour

    We sat down with our new friends from Scottsdale and I shifted to Balashi for happy hour. That makes no economical sense because drinks were now cheaper than the beer, but I was in a beer mood. Karen is a wonderful bartender at Bucuti and took great care of us on our stay. We had a couple of rounds and then went up to prepare for dinner with our friends at Elements.

    Elements

    The dinner was great at Elements. I want to eat here more next year. The steak and fish are prepared just perfectly and the view of the ocean is fabulous. After dinner, my wife and I went over to Fusion Wine & Piano Bar in the Alhambra shops for music and drinks.

    Fusion

    This is the second year in a row for us at Fusion and we love it. The drinks are stiff and the music is very good. They stop playing around 11pm, so we went back over to see who was closing down Sand Bar.

    Sand Bar

    It turns out that we were closing Sand Bar, along with 3 other couples. They close up shop about midnight, and we were ready for bed by then.

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    Day 6, Thursday July 31, 2014

    We were up early again and down for breakfast around 7:30am. The breakfast really hits the spot.

    Beach

    Manuel has been the best this trip. He is ready with coffee and water when we get down for breakfast and already has our beach hut set up for us when we get there. It was another lazy day on the beach and he made it wonderful. Around 12:30pm, we decided to order lunch in our beach hut and Manuel hooked us up.


    Lunch

    We went lite on lunch since tonight was our 2 Fools and a Bull night. The food at Bucuti seems to get better each year. It made the rest of the day at the beach a wonderful experience. I might even have caught a Z or two.

    Caribbean Store

    We took a taxi up to Noord a little early and stopped in at the Caribbean Store for a cold Balashi before the 7pm opening for dinner. It's right next door to 2 Fools and is a great local rum shop. The 2 ladies that run the place remembered us from last year. We were there a couple of times last year and talked with them a lot.

    2 Fools and a Bull

    The Fools greeted us for our 3rd visit in as many years. I told Paul when he sent a confirmation Email that we would be there if they had to drag our corpses there. He was glad we showed with no coffins. We met a lot of very fun and interesting people and had another awesome dining experience. The Cornish hen, halibut, ravoli, beef tenderloin, all of it was just fabulous. The conversation was great and we had just the best time. The wine pairing ran us $280 before tip, but it was worth it. We grabbed a taxi back to our hotel with another couple staying at Bucuti.

    Sand Bar

    We decided to close down the Sand Bar with our new friends at Bucuti. They were from Charlotte and had visited 2 Fools last year as well. We were the only repeat guest on this night. The bar closed around midnight and we were back to the room for some much needed rest.


    Sand Bar

    It turns out that we were closing Sand Bar, along with 3 other couples. They close up shop about midnight, and we were ready for bed by then.

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