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    My husband and I are thinking about visiting Aruba for the first time in the end of April 2013. It would be our first trip. We would stay at the Hyatt (we want to use points so it's the only hotel in Aruba that we are considering). I've done some research, but I want to know what the atmosphere is like.

    We have previously traveled to Playa del Carmen, Cabo, St. John, Nevis, Bahamas (the One and Only near Atlantis), and Costa Rica (near Tamarindo). We loved Costa Rica and Playa del Carmen. My husband loved the Bahamas (mainly because of the casinos). I loved St. John. We do not like being confined to a resort, enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and snorkeling, and like eating at different restaurants away from the resort. It sounds like Aruba could be a good destination for us. I dislike crowded beaches, though, and that's my main concern, especially from what I've read about the Hyatt. We would not mind walking down the beach and camping out at a beach bar for the day. Would that be an option if the Hyatt was too crowded for my tastes? I know that what I'm asking is subjective, but I greatly appreciate any help! Thanks!

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    everything you want on your wish list is at your fingertips in aruba. and tell your husband that the hyatt is the best casino, everyone goes there no matter where they are staying...

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    the hyatt will provide you with lounges and shade huts.
    walking along the beach, you will have much opportunity to stop at the other resorts beach bars. a good one is the bugaloe bar. inbetween the radisson and the riu.
    be cautioned however, that you can only use the palapas and lounges at your resort.

    you may want to look into Nature Senstitive Tours Aruba http://naturesensitivetours.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by rags123 View Post
    My husband and I are thinking about visiting Aruba for the first time in the end of April 2013. It would be our first trip. We would stay at the Hyatt (we want to use points so it's the only hotel in Aruba that we are considering). I've done some research, but I want to know what the atmosphere is like.

    We have previously traveled to Playa del Carmen, Cabo, St. John, Nevis, Bahamas (the One and Only near Atlantis), and Costa Rica (near Tamarindo). We loved Costa Rica and Playa del Carmen. My husband loved the Bahamas (mainly because of the casinos). I loved St. John. We do not like being confined to a resort, enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and snorkeling, and like eating at different restaurants away from the resort. It sounds like Aruba could be a good destination for us. I dislike crowded beaches, though, and that's my main concern, especially from what I've read about the Hyatt. We would not mind walking down the beach and camping out at a beach bar for the day. Would that be an option if the Hyatt was too crowded for my tastes? I know that what I'm asking is subjective, but I greatly appreciate any help! Thanks!

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    The Hyatt is a beautiful property and they have a great casino. While we always stay in the low rise area because I prefer the beaches there, I have to admit to being tempted by the Hyatt. The resort has a tranquil feel to it with its waterfalls and black swans and you are within walking distance to a number of good restaurants.

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    Aruba has all the comforts of home - yet the climate of the caribbean. You will feel safe exploring the great restaurants. The beaches are nice - and usually not "overcrowded".

    You have bugaloe beach bar, and moomba beach bar along with a few others within walking distance. Google eaither of them.

    The "strip" is great in the evenings to discover a restaurant or people watch or just go shopping. Aruba has a different feel to the other Islands I have visited --- in a good and bad way. The Island is a little too clean for my tastes - but thats also why I love it. I never have any issues - but I also dont feel like I get a ton of culture. Either way - if you enjoyed your other trip - you will LOVE Aruba!
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    Gotta tell ya! You made a perfect choice with the Hyatt.... It's a first class property with easy access to lotsa great restaurants and a number of 'beach bars'.... 3 of those are over the water on piers... all within walking distance. I don't think you'll consider the beach overly crowded. There is lots of space between the palapas. For dining... definately get Mme Janette's on your list. It's a fav of lots of people on this forum. Here's a link for a lot of restaurant information. http://www.restaurantsaruba.com/last_reviews.html

    Get ready to start planning the next trip... you will LOVE Aruba!

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    BTW.... your husband will love being able to walk to half a dozen different casinos!

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    Thanks for the responses! It sounds like Aruba is a good choice for us!

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    I have read your questions over and over and still do not understand. You are describing us (I live here) and you wonder if we are what you say we are. HMMMM So... I guess the best answer I can come up with is ......

    "Yes"

    Unless of course, you just bought St. John and are doing competitive shopping. LOL Come on down - you will love it.

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    Hi Rags123,


    Welcome to the forum and congrats on your first upcoming trip to Aruba! I have stayed at the Hyatt twice now and have had an amazing experience both times. I have been to the some of the places you mentioned (we actually just stayed at the One and Only Atlantis for our honeymoon- which although off topic- was incredible! Aside from Aruba, Atlantis is one of my favorite places in the world).


    What I enjoy about the area surrounding the Hyatt that I find very different from other islands, is there is a walkway that follows along the ocean side connecting all of the high rise hotels. Each hotel has something to offer whether itís a beach bar, restaurant, casino, etc. It makes it fun to explore, especially at night when it cools down. If you leave the Hyatt and take a left across the street, there is a little mall/shopping area with a movie theatre. If you go to the right, there are a ton of restaurants and little shopping places.



    Aruba is one of the only islands I have ever felt fully safe visiting. This is especially true in the area surrounding the Hyatt. One piece of advice I have for a newbie visitor, is to plan enough time to get through the airport for your returning flight. Last time I visited (September) it took me three hours to get through customs and security. This has been my only complaint about the island compared to other tropical islands (I feel like the Bahamas airport is extremely easy to get through). You have to wait in a long line to check in for your flight, another long line (which makes you go wait outside) to get through Aruba customs, then you need to pick your luggage back up (which is just left in a large open room) and wait in ANOTHER long line to get through US customs. I donít know if anyone has also had this trouble but personally both myself and my family have always struggled with this airport getting home.


    Other than that, Aruba is one of my favorite places! Do some research in advance and you'll be able to find some great restaurants and actvities. This forum is great for that

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