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    First time in Aruba. Heading down in May. Anything that we "Must-Do" as first-timers?

    So after much research of where to travel down in the Caribbean this year, I chose Aruba. The safety aspect of this island and (obviously how amazing it looks) really won me over so I can enjoy myself down there without having to look over my shoulder every 5 seconds.

    My wife and I are going for 5 nights and are beyond excited to get out of the States.

    I've done a fair amount of research and as much as we love the beach, we definitely would like to see as much as the island as we can but to also enjoy the beaches as much as possible too.

    My "game-plan" is something like this:

    Sunday:
    Complete lazy beach day....we are right on Palm Beach so I figured we'd wake up early and grab one of those hut things. Probably hit up Eagle Beach as well since it's close and enjoy the sunset there.

    Monday:
    I thought this would be a good day to do a tour of the island....either a jeep tour unless people have had good experiences with the ATV tour? I'd rent a jeep but would feel more comfortable having a professional with us on our first time seeing the island....maybe get a jeep if we go again in the future.

    Tuesday:
    Jolly Pirates....everybody says this is an awesome experience and it looks like something we'd enjoy a lot so I figured this would be a good day for that....probably go visit some more beaches once we're done with that.

    Wednesday:
    No game plan really....was thinking of doing a couples spa day and a beach on the dinner experience.

    My general questions:

    Is it worth spending the money to go to Renaissance Island for a few hours to see the flamingoes and chill on that private beach?

    What is the better tour...the jeep or atv? What do you get to see for the most part?

    So excited for this trip. Island looks like a blast.

    Thanks for reading!

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum

    since you are staying at a beach front resort, then you may not want to spend the additional money on renaissance island......but you could check out the couples massage on renaissance island and see if beach/island time is included in the spa massage package?​ check out OKEANOS SPA at Renaissance. http://www.aruba.com/things-to-do/okeanos-spa



    there are many great tours... depalm or kini kini or sunrise tours. they will have jeep or atv options. i think sunrise will only have an atv option.
    jeep or atv=whatever you feel most comfortable doing.
    both are very popular.
    check out http://www.aruba.com/things-to-do/la...-tours?tid=271
    make sure that you read the activities section of the community forum.



    Quote Originally Posted by BigBeezy View Post
    So after much research of where to travel down in the Caribbean this year, I chose Aruba. The safety aspect of this island and (obviously how amazing it looks) really won me over so I can enjoy myself down there without having to look over my shoulder every 5 seconds.

    My wife and I are going for 5 nights and are beyond excited to get out of the States.

    I've done a fair amount of research and as much as we love the beach, we definitely would like to see as much as the island as we can but to also enjoy the beaches as much as possible too.

    My "game-plan" is something like this:

    Sunday:
    Complete lazy beach day....we are right on Palm Beach so I figured we'd wake up early and grab one of those hut things. Probably hit up Eagle Beach as well since it's close and enjoy the sunset there.

    Monday:
    I thought this would be a good day to do a tour of the island....either a jeep tour unless people have had good experiences with the ATV tour? I'd rent a jeep but would feel more comfortable having a professional with us on our first time seeing the island....maybe get a jeep if we go again in the future.

    Tuesday:
    Jolly Pirates....everybody says this is an awesome experience and it looks like something we'd enjoy a lot so I figured this would be a good day for that....probably go visit some more beaches once we're done with that.

    Wednesday:
    No game plan really....was thinking of doing a couples spa day and a beach on the dinner experience.

    My general questions:

    Is it worth spending the money to go to Renaissance Island for a few hours to see the flamingoes and chill on that private beach?

    What is the better tour...the jeep or atv? What do you get to see for the most part?

    So excited for this trip. Island looks like a blast.

    Thanks for reading!
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 02-23-2015 at 10:55 AM.

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    Hi! Welcome to the forum!

    Jolly Pirates is a great choice! You will have a blast with them!

    Take time to check out your dining options too. Depending on when you are travelling, you may need to make reservations in advance.

    Happy planning!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    You'll have fun in Aruba no matter what you do. On our first trip we never left the resort because we enjoyed the beach so much! There are a lot of positive reviews on Jolly Pirates. The rope swing looks like fun. BlackPearl also does a sunset snorkel cruise which is fun but much more laid back. We did a private taxi tour on one of our early trips just to get acclimated and see what we thought we would like to go back to.

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    Congratulations! You have decided to visit our favorite place on earth. You have a lot of good ideas, but you must save the majority of you time for the pool/beach/sun. And dining... Aruba has some of the best restaurants you will ever have the pleasure of eating at. So do your homework, visit the forum often, ask as many questions as you can, and plan out the first of many trips you will make to Aruba. Welcome to the forum!

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    Welcome.. this is my first time going to Aruba.
    We booked a tour with ABC-Aruba for tour of the island in jeeps.. includes a tour of the whole island, baby beach, lunch and drinks . Pick up at the hotel
    Rest of the trip just going to rest and relax. Or and some exercise.. pick up drink .. hold to mouth.. put drink down.
    think that will be a really good work out.

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    If you rent a car for a day or 2 you can see most of the island on your own. You don't need a 4 wheeler for most of the attractions. You can start at the lighthouse on the northern tip, swing by the golf course at Tierra Del Sol. Then to Alto Vista Chapel. From there it is an easy drive to the gold smelter ruins at Bushiribana and the natural bridge. From there you head back west and visit the Casibari rock formations and Mount Hooiberg. From there you can take a drive down to Baby Beach on the southern tip of the island and do a little snorkeling and relaxing. Big Mamas has good burgers and fish and cold drinks. The water is very shallow and the snorkeling is easy. This whole trip can be done in 5 or 6 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    If you rent a car for a day or 2 you can see most of the island on your own. You don't need a 4 wheeler for most of the attractions. You can start at the lighthouse on the northern tip, swing by the golf course at Tierra Del Sol. Then to Alto Vista Chapel. From there it is an easy drive to the gold smelter ruins at Bushiribana and the natural bridge. From there you head back west and visit the Casibari rock formations and Mount Hooiberg. From there you can take a drive down to Baby Beach on the southern tip of the island and do a little snorkeling and relaxing. Big Mamas has good burgers and fish and cold drinks. The water is very shallow and the snorkeling is easy. This whole trip can be done in 5 or 6 hours.
    Thanks for the tip. It would be nice to not get stuck in a tour group and be able to enjoy the sights on our own time so maybe we'll do this. I'd like to check out the natural pool which I've heard can be a sketchy drive...not really sure what that means but last thing I want to do is get a flat tire or something haha.

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    Hi BigBreezy...What a wise decision to visit Aruba, aka, Paradise. You will simply love it no matter what you decide to do. The people are wonderful and so friendly to visitors. They will do everything possible to make your visit the most wonderful experience you have ever had. Welcome to the forum. You were so wise to post and ask many of our Forum members about your plans and ask for suggestions. As you, no doubt, have already found out, we, the Forum Members, of which you ae now one; are a Happy Family willing and able to help you. Again, have a wonderful vacation...and do not hesitate to ask any question you would like. You will always get honest answers.

    Ed Dronenburg

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    do not attempt the natural pool in a car.
    a jeep or atv is the best way......
    and it really should be done with a tour group.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBeezy View Post
    Thanks for the tip. It would be nice to not get stuck in a tour group and be able to enjoy the sights on our own time so maybe we'll do this. I'd like to check out the natural pool which I've heard can be a sketchy drive...not really sure what that means but last thing I want to do is get a flat tire or something haha.

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