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    Christmas/New Years in Aruba

    For those of you that have been visiting Aruba over Christmas and New Years.....

    What kind of activities did you participate in?
    Where did you dine?
    Did you need reservations?

    Did Santa visit your kids @ the place where you stayed?


    We were in Aruba a few times over Christmas holiday.
    It was an exciting time and quite busy.

    We needed reservations wherever we went for dinner (Cooks (now closed) , Madame Janette, Rio (now closed), LG Smith, Blossoms, Chalet Suisse, and a few others that i cannot recall.
    It is important to have reservations during this very busy time.

    Santa always made a stop at our timeshare at LaCabana and the 2x we stayed at the Tamarijn over Christmas.

    Our activities always were the same....snorkel at Catalina Cove and Baby Beach and being on the beach about 9 hours a day

    The pargara (spelling?) fireworks is always fun and LOUD.

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    We've been to Aruba twice for New Years Eve. Both times we participated in a couple of businesses Pagaras where we are friends of the owners. Also both times we celebrated NYE with a 5 course dinner, dancing, and fireworks at Amsterdam Manor's poolside party at Mango's. They have quite the set up with tables around the pool, live music, dancing, great dinner, champagne at midnight, fireworks, etc.

    I really don't recall needing dinner reservations except for once at Madame Janette's that someone else made for us. We usually eat pretty late on vacations (8:30-9pm) so we tend to miss restaurants busy times. Of course, we needed reservations for the NYE dinner/party. Wait..we did have reservations for Carte Blanche and Quinta del Carmen. But the more casual places we ate it we didn't need reservations after 8:30pm.

    Loved going to the stand outside of Super Food for freshly made oliebollens and Dutch apple flaps to take back to our patio for breakfast. Pretty sure there are absolutely NO calories in either one. LOL!!!

    We actually enjoyed the weather at this time of year because it seemed cooler than our usual late spring and early fall trips. So we were much more active on the island and didn't feel the need to hang out on the beach all day. Maybe a few hours on the beach in the morning and then we were off looking for new adventures and visiting friends.
    ~Amy~ - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 --
    36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018





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