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    Recommendations for Honeymoon

    Hi all,

    We will be in Aruba from October 20-27 for our honeymoon and were wondering if you could recommend your favorite restaurants, bars, casinos, excursions, etc. for some Aruba-newbies.

    We are staying on the Tradewinds floor of the Marriott Stalaris and have already booked Carte Blanche and Two Fools and a Bull for dinner. Any other musts with regard to dinner?

    We love to gamble, so any preferences as to which casinos are best is also appreciated.

    Additionally, we would love to know your top picks for sports bars, as college football and the NFL will be in full swing, as well as the baseball playoffs and we are excited to make use of the sports book in Aruba.

    Any other tips or recommendations are much appreciated.

    Thank you all so much in advance -- this forum has been incredibly helpful in the planning process and is certainly detracting me from work

    Katie

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    hey there katie, welcome to the aruba.com community forum


    i will put in a couple of links for Romantic restaurants AND Top Activities

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/rest...0romantic.html

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/top%...ctivities.html













    As far as casinos go, the Marriott has a nice casino. There are many.....most of them pretty smokey though

    Quote Originally Posted by kmbeer View Post
    Hi all,

    We will be in Aruba from October 20-27 for our honeymoon and were wondering if you could recommend your favorite restaurants, bars, casinos, excursions, etc. for some Aruba-newbies.

    We are staying on the Tradewinds floor of the Marriott Stalaris and have already booked Carte Blanche and Two Fools and a Bull for dinner. Any other musts with regard to dinner?

    We love to gamble, so any preferences as to which casinos are best is also appreciated.

    Additionally, we would love to know your top picks for sports bars, as college football and the NFL will be in full swing, as well as the baseball playoffs and we are excited to make use of the sports book in Aruba.

    Any other tips or recommendations are much appreciated.

    Thank you all so much in advance -- this forum has been incredibly helpful in the planning process and is certainly detracting me from work

    Katie

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    We like the Hyatt casino.
    Bugaloe (pier bar) on Tuesday or Friday for live music and a fun atmosphere.
    We did not really like the atmosphere at Champions sports bar at the Marriott - kind of dark and not too much energy when we were there. I've heard good things about Buster's Garage but haven't been there.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Restaurants I recommend; Barefoot, Passions, Wacky Wahoo, Madam Jeannettes

    Activities I recommend; skooter snorkeling with ArubaBob, The Black Pearl boat, Sunrise Tours at Club Arias

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    Thank you all so much for your suggestions. Would you recommend booking the activities (snorkeling, jeep tours, sunset sail) prior to arrival, or would it be pretty easy to arrange all of that through the hotel? Also, do you think we would need reservations in advance for Madame Jeannettes and Wacky Wahoo?

    Is the live music similar to the type of live music we would have in bars in the States? Or is it more island-themed?

    Thanks again!

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    sometimes booking online prior to your arrival for activities, brings a discount.
    an advanced reservation (a week or 2) for Tranquilo or Octopus or ArubaBob Snorkeling might be beneficial.
    that being said, sometimes it is difficult to abide by a schedule when you are on a beach vacation/honeymoon.

    typically october is a pretty quiet month on aruba, and i bet that you will have no problems making reservations at Madame janetee or WW a day or 2 or 3 out.
    (both WW and MJ are closed on Sunday)

    Quote Originally Posted by kmbeer View Post
    Thank you all so much for your suggestions. Would you recommend booking the activities (snorkeling, jeep tours, sunset sail) prior to arrival, or would it be pretty easy to arrange all of that through the hotel? Also, do you think we would need reservations in advance for Madame Jeannettes and Wacky Wahoo?

    Is the live music similar to the type of live music we would have in bars in the States? Or is it more island-themed?

    Thanks again!

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    Great - thank you!

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    If you like fish, have dinner at The Pelicans nest at sunset. They have grilled grouper that comes with grilled veggies and rice for $21. Best fish we have had on the island. It is located at the end of the pier between the Holiday Inn and Playa Linda. You can sit right at the waters edge if you want to.

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    We liked the Marriott casino the best. But, of course, people's favorite would be where ever they won!

    I always recommend the Hyatt restaurants for a romantic dinner with a significant other. It's not directly on the beach, but the restaurants are down stairs next to the lagoon with the black swans. Great service, atmosphere and food. It is a nice walk along the beach from the Marriott, and if you make a later reservation, it's a nice moonlit walk.

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    Definitely Buster's for sports. I haven't been to the new location yet (but will in 47 days!). Good food, folks and football. Champions is hit or miss crowd-wise depending on who and what is playing at the time. Never had bad food at Champions, but I like the atmosphere and food at Buster's more. And their new location is walking distance from the Marriott compound. I like Stellaris casino because it's close, but it can get a bit smokey at times. Definitely hit Pelican Nest for dinner. Ask for a table at the end of the pier right by the water and watch the sunset. After the sun goes down, the pier lights come on and the fish swim right beneath you. And you must try the grouper.

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