Great topic, really enjoying reading everyone's first experiences in Aruba. After a couple cruises and a handful of different islands we decided on Aruba after hearing about it from a former co-worker. Our first trip was November of 2001. We stayed at Allegro AI resort and fell in love with Aruba. The resort itself was 50% occupied as it was only a couple of months after that terrible day of 9/11. I remember meeting so many NY police and firefighters who had stories of loved ones lost so it was an emotional trip as well hearing these stories and also flying so soon after. We really enjoyed the resort when it was Allegro I remember the cool swim-up bar and the filet mignon was out of this world. I remember thinking how can this filet be so good at an all inclusive. I do not believe we went off the resort our first year we just enjoyed the shows and people at the resort and the beach as well. I remember this lady I met in the hot tub and the "HUGE" tanzanite ring she purchased. I was determined from that day forward to someday own something tanzanite as well. My birthday is in December and we always go to Aruba in November so for a few years my DH would buy me something there, I have a few tanzanite rings which I love (of course nothing of the size of that lady's) but still very beautiful. I bought myself some tanzanite earrings this past year. I also remember begging my DH before we even left Aruba that first year to come back which we have been doing every since. No need to beg anymore we usually end up booking our next trip before we leave each year. The next year returned to Allegro and we were both shocked when the waitress remembered us! Of course now we know this is common to be welcomed home which is another reason to love the people of Aruba. After Allegro was closed for renovations we chose Divi AI which I love, love, love and we return to each November. I only wish we found this paradise many years earlier but at least we found it and pray we have many more vacations to come at our home away from home. We have met so many people who we are lucky enough to call friends there and look forward to reuniting with them each year as well. I also would like to add I am so happy I found this forum to share experiences with and learn tips from and consider a lot of the people our friends as well even though we have not met but hope someday to meet some of you!