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    Marriott High Rise

    Definitely stay at the Marriott Stellaris - High Rise. I have been going to Aruba since 1999 and the Palm Beach area is more honeymoon oriented. The downtown Renaissance is nice, but downtown hectic.

    Stay in the High Rise section.

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    ren ocean suites are nice
    there is a private beach that is accessible by water shuttle that runs every 15-20 minutes

    we have stayed at both the marina and the ocean suites


    the beach at the marriott properties (hotel, surf and ocean) are congested.
    the whole palm beach area is very busy and in my opinion congested.

    some folks love the hustle and bustle of the palm beach (high rise area), some like the low rise, and some like the downtown (renaissance marina or ocean)

    i am betting that either the renaissance marina tower or the renaissance ocean suites will be your best choice.
    andrea

    Quote Originally Posted by bkid33 View Post
    I have never been, is Palm Beach the place to be???

    I was told that the Renn- Marriott was on the beach, that is false?
    I know they have 2 sides, marina and ocean something.

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    Go to Ren Oceanside

    If you want a beach that is not too crowded, I would go to the Renaissance. They have a nice private island. I own a timeshare at the Marriott Surf Club, and I NEVER stay at the Palm Beach, because it is so crowded, and the beach and water is inferior to other beaches on the island. My favorite beach is Eagle Beach. Not crowded, beautiful soft white sand and turqoise water. Only a 5-minute drive from the Marriott, and you don't have to stand in line and fight with hundreds of others for a palapa on the beach or a lounge chair at the pool. I do hear that the Marriott Stellaris does not have that much of a crowd problem as we do next door, but still Eagle Beach beats Palm Beach anytime. My advice: Rent a car, and you can go anywhere. Aruba is so easy to get around. However, remember that you can't go to the Renaissance island unless you stay at the Renaissance. I was told that their private island has a "family" side and an "adult" side (where topless sunbathing is allowed). Actually, topless sunbathing is allowed on all the beaches, however you won't see it much at Palm Beach since that beach is primarily visited by Americans, who are not used to that kind of thing.
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    topless sunbathing is NOT allowed on all of the aruba beaches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Love2Go2Aruba View Post
    If you want a beach that is not too crowded, I would go to the Renaissance. They have a nice private island. I own a timeshare at the Marriott Surf Club, and I NEVER stay at the Palm Beach, because it is so crowded, and the beach and water is inferior to other beaches on the island. My favorite beach is Eagle Beach. Not crowded, beautiful soft white sand and turqoise water. Only a 5-minute drive from the Marriott, and you don't have to stand in line and fight with hundreds of others for a palapa on the beach or a lounge chair at the pool. I do hear that the Marriott Stellaris does not have that much of a crowd problem as we do next door, but still Eagle Beach beats Palm Beach anytime. My advice: Rent a car, and you can go anywhere. Aruba is so easy to get around. However, remember that you can't go to the Renaissance island unless you stay at the Renaissance. I was told that their private island has a "family" side and an "adult" side (where topless sunbathing is allowed). Actually, topless sunbathing is allowed on all the beaches, however you won't see it much at Palm Beach since that beach get mobbed by Americans, who are not used to that kind of thing.

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    I guess I will weigh in on this debate...

    You need to decide what you like and where you might be happier with your own personal preferences.

    The Renaissance is right downtown in the heart of the city. Never stayed there so I, too, can not comment on the rooms or private island. There are many good restaurants in the downtown core.

    Palm Beach, which is where I stay, has become trendy as a lot of restaurants, shops, clubs, etc have sprung up. Everything is within walking distance, always nice on the lovely Aruba evenings. We stay at the Surf Club (hello my fellow Canadian, arubasurfclubcanada). The Marriott hotel has done a beautiful job with their total renovation of rooms and lobby and will be starting in the summer a much needed overhaul of the casino.

    We like the flexibility of being able to go back and forth to our room throughout the day, for lunch, to bring down drinks (regular and alcoholic) or snacks, etc. which is why staying right on the beach is desirable for us.

    Having just returned last night from an extended stay, many of the beaches are not as crowded as in previous years. Lots of hotels have specials on where you can stay at a beautiful hotel for a lot less money and perhaps might not be able to afford later on once the economy rebounds. The two hotels right in the middle of "the strip" are the Hyatt and the Radisson. The Hyatt and the Marrriott rival in which one is the nicest but taking location into consideration and the pool, I would lean more to the Hyatt. The Radisson is lovely too and it has a breakfast only component (so does Marriott) which is a great option. You can eat at the hotel and go out for dinner at the wonderful restaurants. Lots of good restaurants all over the island and taxi's are relatively inexpensive to get around in. Even if you stay downtown, you will want to go to various restaurants that are only reachable by taxi.

    The Marriott Hotel, form what I saw, did not seem to be very crowded at the beach. Actually, the only beach that was crowded was the Surf Club and that is a whole other story!!

    Eagle Beach is also very nice but quieter. Not as many places to walk to at night. AGAIN, it is what you like to do and at what stage of life you are at. Very personal decision.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Quote Originally Posted by philwppa View Post
    Definitely stay at the Marriott Stellaris - High Rise. I have been going to Aruba since 1999 and the Palm Beach area is more honeymoon oriented. The downtown Renaissance is nice, but downtown hectic.

    Stay in the High Rise section.

    I HIGHLY recommend the rennaissance suites. Downtown is NOT crazy at all, nor hectic. We have gone 12 yrs in a row and love the suites. There is not fighting for a chair on the beach, no getting up early, the private island is a hiden gem with 2 beaches, restaurant, work out area, tennis court, hiking trail, water sports etc, the location is ideal for those who don't want to cab it and walk to the good restaurants, 2 pools avail at suites, 1 adult pool at marina, close to stores...AH....I can't say enuf good things...you choose, its your money and you know what you are looking for...Check out my photo's in the gallery here to see a peak of the private island...what ever you choose its your vacation and youwill enjoy it...ask away for more answers...
    AND BY THE WAY, I WILL BE THERE IN 18 DAYS....WOHOO

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    Thumbs up Quiet! The Renaissance is our Little Secret!!!

    Hi Cindy,

    I know it's hard to keep a secret, but let's try to convince people to all go to Palm Beach High Rises! That way we can preserve our Paradise Found! So looking forward to the Private Island. Will wave to you upon your arrival. Denny and I will be the ones with the tans!

    Guess what, I am going to switch weeks next year so we will see you and the family week 16, 2010.

    Bon noche,
    Sue

    Next Aruba trip in

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    Sue, great news...you will meet our crazy group. It will probably be our last yr week 15 & 16 as we will be now in the "college" break. SO, we have to figure all that out in 2011.
    We'll wave as we walk thru the glassed in walkway up the esculator...

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