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    Windy's Trip Report March 17 - 30

    Wow two weeks went by sooo fast!
    Every year our Australian cousins come over and stay with us for 2+ months, and every year we all take a trip -- last Aruba trip was 3 yrs ago -- some new house construction, but not much else had changed.

    Flight and arrival :
    flawless flight Wed AM on Jet blue, loved landing in that hot tropical breeze -- yes, Paradise! Picked up Rav4 at U Save, no problem.
    Checked into Holiday Inn -- got rooms in Aruba tower, friendy and quick at the front desk! Both rooms on the 5th floor, overlooking the main entry, but could see the beach! One room not ready, so went to Tony Roma's across street for lunch, then a swim and beach time, dinner at Papiamento -- scrumptious Escargot, grouper Limon, creme broule (best anywhere!) Def. our favorite restaurant!

    Hotel:
    a pleasant surprise after reading some negative reports! Comfy bed, nice balcony, our housekeeper Ana was a gem!
    Beach was as crowded as anywhere I've been. No problems getting a Palapa or palm tree when we went every day at 2:30 - 3:00. (just couldn't get up early to reserve one!!)
    Water was not as clear as Eagle Beach -- maybe because of so many boats right there at the dock. Very calm and warm. Missed the waves at Eagle Beach.

    Thurs. 3/18
    Discovered it was Flag Day -- no stores open, lots of parades! Huge Harley contingent on the island (came from Curacao and ?) -- hundreds! Husband was thrilled!!!
    Drove to San Nicholas, then travelled to "the other side" for some fun exploring nto incredible wild scenery, rocky coast, roads "less travelled by!", found Boca Prins for lunch -- a little oasis and not to be missed! Balachis and burgers!
    Back to the hotel for some beach and swim time -- ahh the water felt wonderful. thinking of everyone at home in cold New England!!!
    Dinner at Sunset Grille at the Radisson -- we ate inside, it was nice, but I like eating outside better!

    Friday
    Decided to drive down to Baby Beach to check it out. Great place for kids -- shallow and calm. Another perfect day! Bathrooms were out of order so changed in the car. A local sweet dog found us and spent time in the shade under a lounge chair! A nice peaceful hour or so (the Australians don't do sun!) then went into Orangestad hoping for lunch at Mambo Jambo's -- it was packed with only one waitress (and two ships in port) -- things have changed there -- all the pretty and crazy fun chairs and tables are now just worn single colors. Ended up at La Petit Cafe -- slow that day but good.
    Then back to the hotel to hit the beach (found an empty Palapa!) for a couple of hours. Hat and suncreen a must! (I admit to doing some tanning before we left to avoid a burn, but esp. need sunscreen on face and chest!) Nice chill time, with frequent trips into the water, and a good book!
    8PM reservation at Passions -- what a location, right on the beach! Was very windy, almost too much! Excellent waitress great food ( had grouper again!)
    Looked like a very noisy musical apparition coming south in the water -- it was the "Disco Boat" -- what a sight! Lit up like the Strip in Vegas! neon lights with light show, loud music, and everyone obviously having a good time!

    More on our trip later -- meanwhile I've added LOTS of photos if you want to check them out!!!
    Last edited by Windy; 04-10-2010 at 07:13 PM.

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    great report so far!!!
    and i still am waiting to hear from mr burns about your username and other problems that are happening.

    thanks for your patience.

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    Windy's Trip report Part 2

    Saturday:

    Drove to the California Lighthouse in the morning, then travelled some challenging "roads" to see the Palo Alto Chapel -- just as picturesque as the photos! then on to the Natural Bridge ruins for a cold drink and a couple of souvenirs. Had lunch at a little place in Panadera area, Cafe Capri -- good to know some Spanish there! Back to the hotel for beach time! (still no problem getting a Palapa -- amazing!) Sun, swim, read, etc. - nice!
    Had a late (8:30) reservation at Wacky Wahoo's so walked over to see the light show in the plaza across the street from the hotel. Amazing how they put it together! (heard Abba everywhere else on the island but not there!) Then off to Wacky Wahoo's -- jugs of Balashi outside on a bench while we waited for our table. Interesting location, right next to a Sex Shop (yes, the boys really wanted to check that out!) The restaurant is a small bistro, and a bit noisy, but a fun friendly atmosphere, and the Wahoo was outstanding!

    Sunday:
    Went to the Flea Market next to the supermarket in the morning -- lots of goodies! Some of the usual things, but also handmade local crafts. HOT! a hat felt good! Met a nice couple from Attleboro, MA, so we could talk about the horrible weather at home!
    Then off to Oranjestad, ending up eating on the pier, doing some shopping.
    Back for beach time!
    Early dinner at Fishes and More -- again, outstanding Grouper! (I think I had Grouper every night but 4) Fun place for a great meal. Then wandered around the kiosks and found some gorgeous glass jewelry and a black sundress made in Aruba. Walked to the Palm Beach Plaza -- stores opening up there. Still empty spaces.

    Monday:
    Our two weeks seem to be suddenly going much faster!
    Went on the tour of the Balashi Brewery -- very interesting! Actually, fascinating!
    Walked around Oranjestad, had a great lunch at Mambo Jambo, accompanied of course by a Yellow Bird!
    Beach time for a couple of hours (that's the most we did every day, and came home with a righteous tan to show off!)
    The menu for Chalet Suisse looked good, so we thought we'd give it a try -- what a wonderful pleasant surprise! (ended up #2 on our favorites list, after Papiamento). Benny, the maitre de, was a one-man comedy show! What a hoot! The filet mignon melted in your mouth! And the chocolate mousse --OMG best ever! food was excellent, waitstaff special. Dragged ourselves (rolled?) back to the hotel

    to be continued......................!
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    Thanks so much for the review.. I can't wait to go...

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    This report is so nice...Thank you. Your pictures are really good to see. I just can't wait until our day on that one happy island!

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    Sounds like your having a great time ! Enjoy !! Love to hear the posts on here

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    Oh sounds awesome..so glad your having a great time.. We loved chalet suisse, haven't been to Paipementos hopefully this upcoming trip...yeah 290 something days...well its nice to have something to look forward too right??? keep this report coming.








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    Windy's Trip Report Part 3

    Tuesday 3/23:

    After dh made his morning trip to Dunkies (our hero!) we set off on our morning exploration! Drove to the Casabari Rock Formation. One bus was there, and the top was a little crowded. We found some back stone steps, and went up that way! What a view! The steps are steep, open with no railings, and fun! Found other rocks to climb up -- great photo ops with rocks, winding paths, and hideaways and nooks.
    Then toured around Paradera for a bit before going to B55 for lunch. Food was OK (my tuna salad was mostly potatoes!)
    Back to the HI for our beach time, supposed to meet Attleboro couple from the flea market at 4 at Smokey Joe’s but they never showed (wouldn’t you know they were on our flight home and of course we had to give them a little grief about it!). Walked over to the Palm Beach Plaza for a while, then back to Smokey Joe’s for dinner -- had the sampler and original ribs -- both awesome!

    Wed.

    Woke up to find the entire island had a power outage! (which also meant no water!) Power went out at 2:30 am, didn’t come back on until the afternoon. After trying to call Madi about a tour to the Natural Pool (great article in the Aruba News the day before) we decided to try to find her place. Not too many wrong turns, and we were there! She was out, so we thought we’d see how far we could get -- as expected, not far at all! The road is little more than a goat path! No problem if you’re a donkey, goat, or maybe on an ATV! Gullies, big rocks, ditches, it was all there! Even a regular non-modified Wrangler can’t make it.
    Back to the HI and nice lunch and Balashis at Moomba’s - fun to sit inside the HUGE thatched roof of the restaurant (bar still has the temporary roof) and watch people on the beach and boats at the dock (Jolly Pirate fleet looked like fun).
    Then BEACH TIME! (and we still found a palm tree and then an empty Palapa).
    Called home via Skype to wish our 6 yr old granddaughter a happy birthday. (she thought that was pretty cool!)
    Dinner at The Flying Fishbone -- hasn’t changed much in three years. (if there were more tables I didn’t notice) Such a great location (dh kept singing “got my toes in the water, ass in the sand, not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand…..” -- actually he sang that a lot this trip! lol) There’s nothing like wiggling your toes in the sand while you eat a scrumptious dinner! Our table was on a bit of a slant on the sand, so my husband's chair kept sinking down backwards, and two of us kept sinking sideways -- lots of laughs!

    Thursday:

    Met up with Madi at 10 am -- she is just a treasure! We climbed into her old bright red Willy’s (made in Columbia) and off we went, mostly in 1st gear! Her husband and son are mechanics (lucky for her!). The gas and clutch pedals have big rectangular plates welded on so her feet don’t slip off while she bounces and leaps along the “road” to the pool. The drive was an experience never to forget! We bounced and rolled, and tipped and dropped, and landed on each other, even hanging on to the bars on the side -- very exciting and we couldn’t stop laughing! No way could I take any pictures unless we stopped. She told tales of many rescues and broken axles. We finally got to the Natural Pool -- wild and beautiful, with waves crashing over the outer rocks and coral. Walked down the steps and along the shore, and climbed along toward the pool. Getting in was interesting, but the water was clean and not too rough, and clear enough to see the bottom (14 ft). We climbed back up the steps and started back. In a wet bathing suit, on the vinyl seat, I had trouble staying in one place, sliding around like I was sitting in Jello!
    Madi was singing to us in Papiamento, and telling us childhood stories the whole time. Her excitement, almost child-like enthusiasm, and love for this wild side of the island was contagious! As a little girl, she and her brother would walk 2 miles over the rough terrain to swim in the Natural Pool (or “Conchi“ --[bowl] -- as she called it) She has also lived in Holland, sold emeralds on St. Thomas, very interesting woman, who now just wants to share her island with others. She then took us to see the 1000 yr old cave drawings at the “Iron rocks”, then to see two huge blow-holes that are in the open, and about 10 ft across and 25 ft deep -- I didn’t get too close to the edge! You could see the waves coming in with a roar and then going out again. Then, we went to the “Three Bridges” - really cool with three natural bridges all connected. For me, that time with her was the highlight of our trip!
    Another lunch stop at Café Capri.
    After the beach, had dinner again at Papiamento’s (definitely our #1 choice). From escargot to the grouper Limon, steak, and Crème Brule -- oh I can almost taste it!

    Friday:

    A lazy start, then into Oranjestad to look for a bathing suit (great place in the Renaissance Mall but more $$$ than The Juggling Fish). Left the boys at the Casino. (did that a lot if we wanted to shop!) Had a great light lunch across the street at The Paddock -- sat right on the dock. A grilled ham, cheese and pineapple was $4 and delicious!
    Back to HI for beach and book time!
    Dinner at Mirandi’s -- wonderful, clean, delicious food, great waitress! Grouper again! On deck out over the water, protected from the wind.


    Sat. 3/27:

    Drove south and around San Nicholas, then up the middle of the island in residential areas (quite a variety), ending up at the California Lighthouse for lunch. Love that view!
    Back to the hotel for computer and beach time. (note on the computer situation at Holiday Inn -- $10/day or $70/week -- a better deal if you’re there for 2 weeks. Aussie cousin signed up and had limited access in room, nothing in lobby area. I used the Internet Room to check emails -- .35/min. However, if you got on it, one of the computers had unlimited free use, something we obviously never mentioned to management! It can be our little secret!)
    Dinner at Pincho’s -- really fun spot on a square pier, but the wind was blowing almost too much! Food was excellent, although smaller portions (a relief after big meals every night!) A very nice waiter, but once we were served he didn’t pay much attention to us, and we might have liked a second drink! J I’m thinking he was having an off night! Note on the ladies room -- if you’ve had drinks, be careful when you come out that you don’t walk straight out of the pier into the water! :0)

    Sunday:

    Darn, our wonderful trip is coming to an end.
    Went back to the Flea Market and picked up a few more things -- there are some great $5 flip-flops with a gel heel! Took a drive through the De Sol Resort -- some amazing houses there! Then drove into Oranjestad. There was a huge sailing ship , “Star Flyer”, in port, but we couldn’t get close enough to check it out.
    Another good lunch at The Paddock in town -- handy, yummy, and not expensive, with a great view! Fun sitting on the pier and watching land and sea activity!
    Afternoon beach time to chill, read, sun, and swim!
    Dinner at Texas de Brazil -- wow! Our waitress was wonderful, standing by to help out and find anything we needed. The buffet part was full of so many choices, all good. Waiters come around with skewers of meat -- tenderloin, filet mignon, chicken, lamb, sausage and more. The meats were delicious and tender (unlike other Brazilian restaurants we’ve been to). It’s so good and you want to try everything that comes around that you suddenly realize you are very full!!!

    Monday 3/29:

    Our last full day -- and another perfect sunny hot one!
    Drove to the “Gold coast” development and toured their open house -- fun to dream!
    Then downtown for last minute shopping/looking (boys at Casino!). A great lunch (and of course one last Yellow Bird!) at Iguana Joe’s.
    Some serious last-day beach time.
    Then back to Chalet Suisse for our last dinner. Just as wonderful as before, but I should have had the Filet Mignon again -- the Stroganoff was great though. Wonderful menu. Again, wonderful service! DH again had vanilla ice cream w/melted Toblerone chocolate sauce. We all split their famous Chocolate Fondue -- OMG it was wonderful! Dreams are made of desserts like this!

    Tuesday 3/30:

    Time to get things organized and see if everything will fit into the suitcase! It was certainly way more stuffed than when we arrived! A last walk down to the beach to say goodbye, then off to the airport. Dropping off the car at Usave no problem -- they seem to be a good outfit. A long flight back to Boston, getting in late because of the tail end of the rainy Nor’Easter.
    It was an awesome trip -- can’t wait to get back!


    The Holiday Inn turned out to be fine for us. We never ate there, so can’t comment on the food. Beach was very crowded but we always managed to find a Palapa at 2:30 or 3:00, which is when we like to go anyway. The water was not as clean as Eagle beach, but still wonderful. Our housekeeper Ana was terrific and so helpful, rooms were very nice except the carpet needed to be cleaned. Cold refrigerators, nice balconies, comfy beds. Laundry was nice to have -- Be sure to get quarters (1.25/load) ahead of time, as the front desk sometimes doesn’t have any, or the line is too long to bother. As others have said, it’s a Holiday Inn , but it’s in Aruba, and right on the beach!!!!!!!!!
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    what a great review... thanks for taking the time to post...

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    Thank you for sharing your vacation with us, loved reading every bit of it!!

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