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    I hear ya, sometimes we over plan activities then next thing you know time is running out. I may try to plan my "to do" list at beginning then use the later part of the week to relax. Last year I did not even make it to the casino until my last day, did not want to waste my $50 I get from our Red Parrot Club for repeat visitors at Divi. And of course my DH does not gamble so he lets me use his as well, good deal for me.

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    We rent a condo in the Noord area and spend most mornings, early afternoon on the property. Our trip is extremely casual. We take in a morning sunrise on occasion, have breakfast in the condo and venture off to the onsite pool around 10 in the morning while we get acclimated to the sun, taking frequent dips to cool off. We're usually at the gym from 12-1, and then head back to the condo for a snack and shower. After that we're in our rental car traveling aimlessly about the island. We usually plan a direction that morning, but find that plans change often once we leave the parking lot.
    This trip will provide new challenges and I've just recently been diagnosed as type 1 diabetic. Not that we're big foodies, mostly small plates or an appetizer, but we'd frequently pop the cork early on and head to a happy hour for some beverage and something to munch on. This trip we'll be much more controlled. We'll still find a happy hour for one round and a lite snack, but that'll be the extent of the beverages.
    We frequent Cafe 80, Fermin's, Mathews, West Deck, Charlie's Bar, Local Store, Barney's, Bavaria, Bingo's, Aruvaville and Rum Reef to name a few for beverages and a snack.
    For Dinners we stop at Yamanji, Wacky Wahoo, Waka Waka plus some of the one's listed above.
    This coming trip our might stop list include Madame Janettes for a beverage and snack, Driftwood, Que Pasa, Wilhemenia, King Ribs, Balashi Beer Garden, Red Fish and Gostoso's.
    We also like to find a couple of local hangouts to add to our must stop list each trip too and this trip it might just be a food truck.
    Once we've gotten acclimated to the sun, usually after the first week, we'll spend afternoons walking the beach anywhere from Drulf to Arashi, stopping at a beach bar along the way.
    At the end of the day we always try to be on the beach for sunset at the beach of choice.
    Last edited by schexc; 10-26-2015 at 12:52 PM.
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    Where do you like to go for sunrise? We are considering the lighthouse, the chapel, or the Baby Beach area since we will have the Jeep overnight one night. I am looking forward to the Tia Rosa food truck.

    I would love to try Arubaville for a sunset dinner and drinks, but that will be a game time decision based on if we want to take a taxi that far or not. Driving will not be an option since neither of us is willing to be the designated driver.

    How do you like Rum & Reef? I don't hear much about it.

    Quote Originally Posted by schexc View Post
    We rent a condo in the Noord area and spend most mornings, early afternoon on the property. Our trip is extremely casual. We take in a morning sunrise on occasion, have breakfast in the condo and venture off to the onsite pool around 10 in the morning while we get acclimated to the sun, taking frequent dips to cool off. We're usually at the gym from 12-1, and then head back to the condo for a snack and shower. After that we're in our rental car traveling aimlessly about the island. We usually plan a direction that morning, but find that plans change often once we leave the parking lot.
    This trip will provide new challenges and I've just recently been diagnosed as type 1 diabetic. Not that we're big foodies, mostly small plates or an appetizer, but we'd frequently pop the cork early on and head to a happy hour for some beverage and something to munch on. This trip we'll be much more controlled. We'll still find a happy hour for one round and a lite snack, but that'll be the extent of the beverages.
    We frequent Cafe 80, Fermin's, Mathews, West Deck, Charlie's Bar, Local Store, Barney's, Bavaria, Bingo's, Aruvaville and Rum Reef to name a few for beverages and a snack.
    For Dinners we stop at Yamanji, Wacky Wahoo, Waka Waka plus some of the one's listed above.
    This coming trip our might stop list include Madame Janettes for a beverage and snack, Driftwood, Que Pasa, Wilhemenia, King Ribs, Balashi Beer Garden, Red Fish and Gostoso's.
    We also like to find a couple of local hangouts to add to our must stop list each trip too and this trip it might just be a food truck.
    Once we've gotten acclimated to the sun, usually after the first week we'll spend afternoons walking the beach anywhere from Drulf to Arashi, stopping at a beach bar along the way.
    At the end of the day we always try to be on the beach for sunset and the beach of choice.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Schexc, I like that you have a "might stop" list. That's what we should call our list because most times we make it to about half of what we have on the list. In May, we went to Cafe 080, mostly because I wanted one of their t-shirts and then when we got there I found they had changed their design. I bought one anyways and get lots of comments on it at home. The staff there were super friendly and we enjoyed it.

    I also wouldn't mind going to Arashi Beach but I know once I'm settled in at the Divi, plans get forgotten!

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    We like the light house for sunrise.

    We've been to Rum Reef a half a dozen times. The Balashi draft is ice cold and the food consistent. The owner and staff are kind of reserved, not really a party atmosphere.They've been working on their expansion the last two times we've been there. I don't know if it's open yet. It will have an expansive view of the beach area when completed.

    Yes, Arubaville is a little bit of a drive and remotely in the dark. A DD would come in handy unless your vehicle has auto pilot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Where do you like to go for sunrise? We are considering the lighthouse, the chapel, or the Baby Beach area since we will have the Jeep overnight one night. I am looking forward to the Tia Rosa food truck.

    I would love to try Arubaville for a sunset dinner and drinks, but that will be a game time decision based on if we want to take a taxi that far or not. Driving will not be an option since neither of us is willing to be the designated driver.

    How do you like Rum & Reef? I don't hear much about it.
    TRIP 15 OCTOBER 2018


    OUR COUPLE'S RETREAT. THE PEARL CONDO HOTEL AT EAGLE BEACH. CONDO ACCOMMODATES TWO ADULTS. YOU MUST REQUEST UNIT #8. https://photos.app.goo.gl/lRquP1F4VtxyZhR42 RENTING DIRECTLY THROUGH http://www.thepearlaruba.com/.

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    Sooooo, I'm assuming no black Friday escapades for any of you going just prior to or on Thanksgiving; LOL. I'd love to spend black Friday on the beach. I was never a black Friday shopper. Only the years my daughter was a teenager and wanted the Victoria Secret special bag.

    Since Thanksgiving is not an Aruban holiday, has anyone found someplace that offers a traditional turkey meal (not that we'll be there, but I just wondered).

    On the two occasions we were on the island for Christmas, we did not have a traditional Christmas dinner, although they were offered at various places. The kids thought it was awesome to have burgers on the beach as their Christmas dinner.

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    Have u made a spreadsheet with your activities ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Another thing we may do depending on how the day goes and if we are up for a later night - Wednesday nights Sweet Peppers at Caribbean Palm Village has a karaoke dance party. Pictures on their Facebook page always look like a good time.
    I'm sure we will end a few evenings at Hard Rock depending on the bands they have.

    I mentioned fishing above. Our plan is to see how the catches look on our first couple days. If the charters are coming in with decent catches, we might try to book a trip. We've gone before but haven't had the best luck. Jon wants to see what they are catching and if there is a boat that is consistent before we book again.

    I'm getting a feeling of organized chaos...lol. I've agreed not to plan every minute of every day, but I have to admit its killing me!

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    I'm so jealous & really want to meet up with all of you for a drink or five!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    No Black Friday shopping for us unless we do it online. We're sure to be scrambling to shop when we get home though. Always enjoy Thanksgiving in Aruba. It's surprising how many restaurants offer a holiday menu

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    No spreadsheet this year and I feel so unorganized! This year is more like a flow chart with different sceanrios. We are going with more of an outline and play it by ear. We have one dinner reservation and have rented a jeep for a day, everything else is wide open. We are still debating Renn Island for a day, we have room booked but it's refundable until the day before. I'm waiting to hear how the construction noise is (if any), and also to see how we are feeling. If the jeep goes well we may extend or change to a car. Not having a plan is killing me but once I feel that breeze and warmth, I will be fine.

    As for Black Friday, that's never been my thing. I hate crowds and don't do a lot of shopping anyway. Aruba is our anniversary and Christmas present this year. I just got a new waterproof camera that I am excited to try out while snorkeling!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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