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    Taking the boys as college grad reward

    My wife and I promised to take the boys (22 and 21) to Vegas when they were both finished school. To our surprise they politely suggested that a sunny south trip would be more fun. Seeing as we are from Toronto area and didn't get our usual Feb trip south, that's a good deal.

    So May 6th we arrive for a week at The Rennasance. Seeing as my last visit to Aruba was 36 years ago ( omg ) I should brush up on what to do.

    Will our hotel be a place they will want to hang out?
    Is a bus the best way to go to The High Rise area nightly?
    Would you advise doing our on tour of the Island? (I can here them now, nice dad but can we go back to the hotel now)
    And lastly, will there be lots of young people their age to hang with?

    Thank you for your suggestions, we are really looking forward to Aruba!

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    Your hotel is in downtown oranjestad. Most of the "action" for their age group is on palm beach in the high rise area. There is señor frogs and Moomba which cater to their age group. Also all the high rise hotels have casinos.

    The Ren has a private island that is cool.
    You might want to check out some of the threads on nightlife.
    Tours are cool but I suggest, instead of a group tour, you contact Cerry for a private tour...look for thread about his services. He is a great tour guide and caters his tours to the age group/interests of the group involved.

    Look into the Jolley pirate snorkel or sunset cruise for a fun time.

    Super cool of you to reward the grads!
    Ralph

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    Also bet they would love to do some off-roading.
    There are several outfits to choose from but I am partial to kini kini. They off a cool ATV tour.
    Ralph

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    Keep checking the site; you will soon find many more thoughts and suggestions for your young college graduates. What a thoughtful graduation gift. You will be surprised at how the Island has changed since your last visit; but what always remains, however, is that it still is "Paradise," and the people...surprisingly, with so many visitors over the years...are so friendly and thoughtful.

    Enjoy your trip and let us have a "trip report" when you return...please.

    Ed

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum.

    will you be staying at the renaissance marina hotel or the renaissance ocean suites?
    (the ocean suites have a kitchenette and are in different, but both downtown locations)

    your sons may be interested in renaissance island’s private island, but i would wager that they would be more interested in being up at the hi rise area/beach where more action is and the beach bars are livelier

    the bus is a good option to get to the high rise area and back. the busses run often and it is convenient.

    you may want to consider renting a car for a day or 2 for some driving around on your own tours.

    if your sons are not interested in doing an island tour, there is no reason to include them in your tour. there are many options. check the category “getting around aruba”

    there may a fair amount of young 20 somethings as some colleges will be getting out at around that time. but, this is a particularly quiet time on island "pre summer".

    and your dining plans are? check culinary and culture category.


    Quote Originally Posted by MapleLeafTravellers View Post
    My wife and I promised to take the boys (22 and 21) to Vegas when they were both finished school. To our surprise they politely suggested that a sunny south trip would be more fun. Seeing as we are from Toronto area and didn't get our usual Feb trip south, that's a good deal.

    So May 6th we arrive for a week at The Rennasance. Seeing as my last visit to Aruba was 36 years ago ( omg ) I should brush up on what to do.

    Will our hotel be a place they will want to hang out?
    Is a bus the best way to go to The High Rise area nightly?
    Would you advise doing our on tour of the Island? (I can here them now, nice dad but can we go back to the hotel now)
    And lastly, will there be lots of young people their age to hang with?

    Thank you for your suggestions, we are really looking forward to Aruba!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Ralph View Post
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    Also bet they would love to do some off-roading.
    There are several outfits to choose from but I am partial to kini kini. They off a cool ATV tour.
    Ralph
    Thanks NJ. I will look into kink kini for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    welcome to the aruba.com community forum.

    will you be staying at the renaissance marina hotel or the renaissance ocean suites?
    (the ocean suites have a kitchenette and are in different, but both downtown locations)

    your sons may be interested in renaissance island’s private island, but i would wager that they would be more interested in being up at the hi rise area/beach where more action is and the beach bars are livelier

    the bus is a good option to get to the high rise area and back. the busses run often and it is convenient.

    you may want to consider renting a car for a day or 2 for some driving around on your own tours.

    if your sons are not interested in doing an island tour, there is no reason to include them in your tour. there are many options. check the category “getting around aruba”

    there may a fair amount of young 20 somethings as some colleges will be getting out at around that time. but, this is a particularly quiet time on island "pre summer".

    and your dining plans are? check culinary and culture category.
    Thanks Andrea. They are responsible partiers but I am sure they will want to hang out at Palm so the bus will be better than a cab every night. I have read that Moomba is best on a Sunday night and one of them has a birthday Monday. Barefoot has come recommended as one place for dinner.
    Thanks for your help.

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    some tagged threads that might be of interest.

    pertaining to nightlife
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/nightlife.html


    pertaining to island tours
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/island%20tours.html

    pertaining to ATV tours
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/atv%20.html

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    Being from Toronto I know the boys know what is up. Just remind them to be aware that they WILL be approched by people to sell them "420".

    They will know what I am talking about.
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    EBB with the 420 reference..oh my!

    MLT Sunday night at Moomba is great fun. Awesome mix of locals ans sunworshippers with kicking tunes right on the beach at holiday inn.

    Great for a birthday primer.

    Happy earth day all
    Ralph

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