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    Finally Returning after 5 years

    We are so excited to be returning to Aruba after 5 years, first visit was in 2012 for our 25th anniversary, we loved it so much we had to take our kids back the following year (2013) to experience this awesome island, now that college is done it is time for Mom & Dad to get back to Aruba!
    The count down is on (18 days) and we are very much looking forward to this trip.

    Staying at LaCabana, car is rented with Hans from Tropic.

    i have been lurking for a while catching up but am curious what has changed in the last 5 years in Aruba?
    Hopefully not much...

    Also curious on what time I will need to be up to secure a Papala in June?

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    hooray!!!
    honestly, if you want front row palapa on that section of eagle beach...........5 to 6 am is the norm.
    if you are happy with any other location on that section of beach............up to about 10 or 11 you should be able to find something.
    often early afternoon you will find spots too, as some head back to the pool and bingo!

    past 5 years.....the container port is now in bacardera and the downtown location of the container port is now all demolished and a giant clean up well underway.
    there is a trolley downtown (i think it is within last 6 yrs so maybe you have seen it) lots of roundabouts added in and many traffic signals removed.
    superfood near LaCabana is a great place to shop.
    many many other changes.


    have a wonderful vacation.
    Quote Originally Posted by robinthedot View Post
    We are so excited to be returning to Aruba after 5 years, first visit was in 2012 for our 25th anniversary, we loved it so much we had to take our kids back the following year (2013) to experience this awesome island, now that college is done it is time for Mom & Dad to get back to Aruba!
    The count down is on (18 days) and we are very much looking forward to this trip.

    Staying at LaCabana, car is rented with Hans from Tropic.

    i have been lurking for a while catching up but am curious what has changed in the last 5 years in Aruba?
    Hopefully not much...

    Also curious on what time I will need to be up to secure a Papala in June?

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    Welcome back. Just a tip with Hans from Tropic at airport. Dennis will probably meet you at airport, a nice young man with dark hair. When you head out of airport other driver will ask if you need a ride. Just say your here to meet Hans from Tropic and they will help you find them. Only in Aruba would other drivers help out the competition. Tropic will drive you down the road to their new location. Make sure you have your rental forms filled out from online and signed and you can just zip out to that beautiful beach. Enjoy!
    Sean and Susan

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    How exciting! Congrats on getting back to Aruba!

    If you stayed on LaCabana in the past you will see some changes there. Some demolition in the courtyard area, Glitz casino may be new within the last 5 years. I *think* the Alhambra Casino area has changed quite a bit in that time, as well as the new hospital building.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ



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    ....the best things that haven't changed would be the friendliness of the Aruban folks, wonderful hospitality, fantastic beaches and the azure blue caribbean waters!

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    I'm excited for you! Enjoy your trip!!!!

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    Yay! Make sure you fill out your ED forms online before arriving. https://edcardaruba.aw/

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    Thank You all for the info.

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    so happy for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinthedot View Post
    We are so excited to be returning to Aruba after 5 years, first visit was in 2012 for our 25th anniversary, we loved it so much we had to take our kids back the following year (2013) to experience this awesome island, now that college is done it is time for Mom & Dad to get back to Aruba!
    The count down is on (18 days) and we are very much looking forward to this trip.

    Staying at LaCabana, car is rented with Hans from Tropic.

    i have been lurking for a while catching up but am curious what has changed in the last 5 years in Aruba?
    Hopefully not much
    Congradultions for your special, well deserved return to paradise!

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