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    Best Beach Bar For Your First Drink

    Looking for a great beach bar to enjoy that first (but not last) drink upon arrival to the island. Somewhere anyone...even a bum like me...could get into so a suggestion of "my balcony at Bucuti & Tara Resort" doesn't really help. Looking for ideas on what is your favorite place to 'celebrate that you've arrived' and tell me why it's better than any other spot.

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    Bugaloe's, low key, right on the water, great burgers and drinks, music, fun people......

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    Frankly..... do whatever is closest..... those first sips with the ocean a coupla steps away, the hot sun and wonderful trade winds will make anywhere magical.

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    Bugaloe is a great suggestion. It's out on a pier, lively yet relaxed. We also enjoy West Deck, downtown.

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    Where are you staying? Our first drink is always Moomba or Pelicans Nest in the Holiday Inn area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Frankly..... do whatever is closest..... those first sips with the ocean a coupla steps away, the hot sun and wonderful trade winds will make anywhere magical.

    That's exactly what we do - the closer the better after unpacking. LOL! We stay at Amsterdam Manor so once we've hit the grocery store and unpacked we head to their beach bar or Horizons (upper level pool bar) for happy hour and have our first "we're on vacation" drinks while we watch the sunset. We usually sip on an Amstel Bright while unpacking but that doesn't really count because the view is luggage and closets. LOL!
    ~Amy~ - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- South Beach, FL: Feb. 2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 -- 36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018




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    depending on where we are staying...it is usually the pool bar at the resort where we are staying (LaCabana or Renaissance Ocean Suites)

    if we are staying at Bananas, we head to the Bugaloe which is on the beach near the Hiton.

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    I'm like Amy, my first official drink is an ice cold Balashi while I unpack only the necessities for the first night/morning. Dh is usually roaming the grounds of our resort saying hi to the staff, checking our my beach etc. After about 1/2 hr I then go to the Divi beach bar for a relaxing deep breath that we made it and a toast to a great vacation! Can't wait to see my first sunset in a few months

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    It depends on what time we land. If it's happy hour time we'll head to Mathews or Pega Pega. Sometimes we'll hit Mathews first at 4 and the move to Pega Pega at 5. After those two we're usually in the sack by 8
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