Here are just a few pics from last night's carnival festival in San Nicolas. Now in its third year, the weekly event is co-sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Association and held on Thursday from 5pm to 10pm. The turnout was larger than we had anticipated, which was comfortable while not unbearable. There was plenty of visible security and police presence, plenty of parking, DePalm tours has a bus package..........lots of food and drink, and basically a well organized street festival.
Charlie's had a very nice crowd. We had visited earlier in the day and had lunch, as well as chatting with Cornelius and Mayor Charlie. Yes, DePalm is smart as that is what makes the trip so do-able especially for those in the low-rise/high-rise area who don't have transportation, don't know their way around San Nicolas, or otherwise don't mind going as a group. I did notice (and I guess it's part of the package), riders were given party favors and opportunity to second-line with dancers/musicians.
OK - try this. It appears each resort activity desk does the booking and contracts with DePalm who provides the transportation, etc. As an example, we are at the Surf Club and just called......and was told the cost is $64 per person, DePalm picks you up at the resort - 5ish. Hope this helps.
Thanks sunscreen, here is the response from Arubus:
The Caribbean Festival is every Thursday
The price is $ 64.00 per person
That includes Transportation from the Hotel to the
Festival and return transfer
3 Drink tickets Valued at $1.00 each ticket
2 Meal tickets
Looks like a good deal to me, I'm glad the cost gets you more than a bus ride, the cab fare would be 70 bucks from the hi-rise to San Nicolas round trip.