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    What Did you Do on your First Trip to Aruba?

    What did you do on your first Aruba trip?

    My first trip was in 1979 pre and post SCUBA in Bonaire.
    We had 1 add on day at the beginning and then again at the end.
    I think we were on an Arthur Frommer charter.

    It is kind of a blur now, but I do remember going into a wonderful jewelry shop and buying a pretty gold signet ring.
    I also spent some time in the Crystal Casino downtown and going for a horseback ride to the natural pool.

    It was such a whirlwind and not enough time to get out much to explore.

    I swore that I would go back!

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    The flights from Canada arrived late in the evening back then so we picked up the rental car in darkness and had to find our way to Paradera because we were staying in the model home at Modanza Villas - we were on the hunt for a Caribbean island to buy a retirement property on and the developer offered up the model hoping we'd buy there.

    I'll give it to our friend Mary: she seized the steering wheel and yelled, "Let's roll!!" with me navigating off the cocktail napkin we wrote the directions on. Pizza Hut... roundabout...Texaco... watch for goats... make a right...through some miracle, we found the place, met the developer, dropped the bags and went to dinner at "Aqua Grill".

    The next day, we met with our internet-discovered real estate agent, Ellen, and headed out - lo and behold, the first property we saw, we both fell in love with:

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/pbiN14cXEX5MrjKP6

    Luckily, our friend Dave was with us and he was in the process of getting certified as a home inspector... he pointed out some significant things that we never would have caught and we skipped the buy. I think we looked at fifteen houses in seven days on that trip. It would be a few years before we ended up plunking money down but we knew Aruba was the right island.

    This was our first morning in the pool:

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/VG52XnhNXu7QSXji9

    And, no, those aren't smoothies in the glasses... Miss Margarita paid an early visit that particular morning.

    We made two trips to Baby Beach.

    We went to a few restaurants that trip: "Murandi", "Flying Fishbone", "Aruban Chef" and some others I can't remember. Still mourning the loss of Aruban Chef though. But we cooked a lot as well as we wanted to get a feel for living there so we went to Ling's, Sav-A-Lot and some sketchy markets near the property.

    After that trip, we've been coming down 2-3 times per year and we always discover something new. We've never had opportunity to stay in a timeshare, hotel/resort nor Palm Beach, Eagle Beach or the Renn... always houses/villas. So it's fun when friends come down and stay at a resort and we get to see what it's like inside.

    So our first trip was highly productive, fun and ensured we'd come back again and again.

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    We were in awe of the Hyatt lobby...…. mesmerized by the beach and water.....loved the friendly people. We dined at Sunset Grille, El Gaucho, Pago Pago, Amazonia, the Italian restaurant at the Hyatt, Hostaria da Vittorio....and Aqua Grill. Discovered Salt and Pepper for lunch. I hit 4 deuces at video poker at the Hyatt for 1000.... 5 times..... Watched the first and last time DW would ever parasail...… Treated myself to a Rado watch and a titanium bracelet and DW to a cute Aaron Basha ladybug ring at Little Switzerland. Had muffins and coffee in the Hyatt lobby everyday with DW before heading to the beach. Got the tops of my feet sunburned...……. And..... started to make plans for next year's trip....!

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    My first trip was in 2006 for my 50th. Traveled from Hartford the day before my birthday, so I turned 50 in Aruba! We stayed at the HI that trip. My birthday present to myself, besides the trip, was a Movado watch. Took a private tour with Maddie. Also went snorkeling for the first time, but I can't remember with who. The boat was a catamaran. We explored downtown one day, and made a donation at the Crystal Casino. It was a short trip, so the rest of the time was spent on the beach. I knew I would be back, and I have returned two times so far. I can't wait to go back!

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    What a blur! It was 20 years ago and our honeymoon!

    We stayed at Aruba Beach Club and were amazed by the view! We went on a sunset sail, Atlantis Submarine (and video taped the whole thing for Brianna because we missed her so much and thought she would have loved it), We dined at what is now Ricardo's & Matthew's quite a bit and had one dinner at Ruins del Mar at the Hyatt. We rented a Toyota Tercel and drove around the island on our own - no map, no cell phone, no GPS and somehow found the Natural Bridge and Tunnel of Love (which I could not bring myself to enter). Somehow we wound up at California Lighthouse & Faro Blanco for a few drinks & dinner on the patio surrounded by more goat than I had ever seen in my whole life. It was such a great time!

    We swore we would be back with Brianna!

    ETA: Oh Yeah - we dined at El Gaucho too (thanks CP) as it came highly recommended by the one person we knew (at that time) who had been to Aruba. Rich loved every bite of his steak.
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    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    22 years ago is a blur for us. We stayed at the Hyatt and LOVED the place beyond belief. We ate a couple of special meals at Ruinas Del Mar. We went downtown and gambled downtown then did dinner at someplace that served steak right there. We dined off site at an Italian restaurant whos name escapes us. We took 2 cruises, rented a jeep and toured everyplace we could find except San Nicholas area.....

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    wow..........."Maddie" that is not a name that has been on this forum for a loooong time.

    Aaron Basha...CP I am impressed!. Paul would not know who or what an Aaron Basha is. .
    I have a few of his charms and a lovely leather and gold bracelet, which I really should wear more often.

    Jacki and her Atlantis tour. I am so surprised the so many people have not ridden on the sub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Jacki and her Atlantis tour. I am so surprised the so many people have not ridden on the sub.
    We did that on our first trip as well... to be honest, I wouldn't recommend it.

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    Oh I wouldn't recommend it - but I am not good with confined spaces, or lack of control or many other things lol

    And Brianna wasn't even interested in the video after about 5 minutes and has never gone on the Atlantis herself! My boys have and they enjoyed it, but say it is not something they ever have to do again.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    I too am not especially interested in the Atlantis.................being the mother of a nuke engineer sub mariner, I just "assumed" that most loved it.
    I cannot tell you how much money we spent on the Atlantis when he was a kid.
    He had been on it at least 20 times.
    Now, he is the guy that replaces the reactors in the big boomers.

    His boys are now old enough to go for an Atlantis ride.

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