I have a serious addiction to trip planning. I pretty much plan the possibilities on a daily basis all year long. Lucky for me since we booked a last minute trip to Aruba, my cravings are being satisfied and planning is in overdrive!
This trip will be much different than our last...maybe Our plan is primarily to sit on the beach and enjoy the sun, sand, and beautiful colors of Aruba. So far our only planned excursion is with ArubaBob snorkeling. We confirmed yesterday, and I am so excited. Mangel Halto was our favorite stop on our last trip. We may do a sunset sail, which have never done before. Black Pearl is already full for our dates, so we have some more investigating to do on that one.
The rental car question is an ongoing debate. Someone recently posted that they are spending about $25 a day on their car. I figure that's about our average in taxis since somedays we need them and somedays not, so the cost savings isn't an issue. It's going to come down to whether or not we want to go to Baby Beach and/or Marina Pirata. We may do a car for a day to get those in. It really depends on whether Jon goes diving or not. Planning a 7 day trip is really so much different than a 10 trip. We need our beach time! Our first full day and last full day are going to usually be spent under a palapa relaxing.
We are staying at the Surf Club, so I just ordered some cheap inflatables for the Lazy River. Sunblock order is in. Jon got new fins and booties yesterday. I ordered a new bathing suit top. So basically all of the pretrip shopping is done. Although, he is trying to convince me I need a new snorkeling mask. I feel like if I only use it once or twice a year, a cheap one is fine....the diver in the family feels otherwise.
So the plan is days on the beach and a few good dinners, a few happy hours at Pelican's Nest, A lunch or two at Scott's Bratts and Bugaloe. Dinners will be Barneys for sure, Wacky Wahoo if we can work out the reservation, Marina Pirata if we rent a car. Either Quinta del Carmen or the Teirra del Sol restaurant, still looking at menus. We may do Tango again, we really liked their steak. Yemanji is also on the radar.
I love planning!