Hi All, what a fantastic forum you have going on here !
As the title states, my wife and I are Aruba Rookies and we'll be making our first trip in just over 2 weeks. We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary in September, so what a place to go and celebrate together ! We will be staying in a condo at Oceania, as we chose to stay in the low rise area. Been there/done that in other high rise/AI resorts in other areas. Looking forward to being there during the off season, hoping to be able to enjoy all there is to see & do with less crowds. Here's what I've learned for all the great threads...
- Take a taxi from the airport to Oceania, Our passports have the chip, we have already completed/printed our Customs ED cards, there's a Super Foods close to our condo for buying breakfast/lunch/beverages for our condo, there's no safe in our room so we purchased a lockable tote bag to secure our valuables, the tap water is just as good as bottled water, bring sunscreen & DEET bug spray , there's nothing like Aruba trade winds blowing through your hair, rent a car/Jeep for a couple days to tour the island (too much to do in 1 day), buses/taxis should be sufficient for most other daily adventures, most places take US$ credit/debit cards but nice to have cash as well, budget $200-250 for daily meals/drinks, lots of beautiful beaches to relax on, and too many adventure options to list.
One of the biggest things we're looking forward to is eating !! I've read so many reviews for all the great restaurants. Only issue is that we are only there for 10 nights and the "must visit" list is longer than that. SO, we would gladly love to read your "Top 5" list if you feel like sharing.
The official countdown is at 19 days...the excitement is building every day.
If there's any other tips/suggestions/info you'd like to share, we would surely appreciate it.
We'll see your beautiful island soon....
Jeff & Beth