That first drink was brought to us in the lobby as we checked into Manchebo...... what a nice surprise that was.....!My wife goes and gets her first drink as I check us in to the hotel. Like CP jones we arrive early and typically never have an issue getting into our room. We check in, change and head to the pool/beach typically. For dinner we head to Bugaloes most trips to start the trip correctly.
..... and now DW loves mojitos happily ever after.....!
Last edited by cpjones; 07-24-2016 at 10:58 AM.
Great happy hours at Riccardo's, Matthew's and Manchebo........On our past arrival days staying in Palm Beach we have always bar hopped. This year we will be staying at Aruba Beach Club so our arrival day routine will change, unless we take a taxi over to Palm, which we may do.
What does everyone like to do?
Anything we should consider in the Alhamra Casino area?
Things we won't do on arrival day: rent a car, nice sit down dinner, or grocery shop.
The Ritz always has welcoming drink but we typically pass as we dont love Champagne, my wife gets her wine and she is very happy, lol.
We get off the plane and wave to all the folks that are leaving..
Get to the hotel; grab a drink at the pool. Hit the grocery store then an other drink...
We leave the gate and try not to look at the people that are leaving, as it reminds us that we'll be there someday. Since we fly carry on only we head straight out of the terminal and meet Ricky from Wheels2go. He is always there waiting for us...great service. From there we head to Price Smart and grab the bulk things that we want for the duration of our stay. If there are no cruis ships in town we'll head that way. We love that past card look as you pass over the bridge. If not we'll take the back roads to our rental. We'll freshen up a bit and then head to Super Foods for some more essentials. Our first dinner is usually at Bavaria. Peter and the staff are always welcoming and it's close to where we stay. Not to mention that the food is consistent and their beer selection is one of the best on the island. We usually end the night by a sunset and then a short stop at a casino. We too are up early at 3am for travel day, so we usually crash fairly early.
The majority of my arrivals on Aruba often happens early evening or really late night( on one occasion), by that time the departure area that you would see on the left (the Crying Room) is completely empty, while the departure area that you will see when going up the escalator may have about a dozen or so people waiting for the last flight to Curacao or its completely void of passengers. On my one late arrival my flight was the last one in for the night, and everything in the airport was shut down for the evening. If anything is still open I try to get some dinner, if my arrival is on a Sunday then it's Sunday Barbecue which my relatives are often kind enough to pick up for me. On the one occasion when my arrival was late on a Thursday night, it was left over Wendy's from the Curacao Airport. On my last visit I was fortunate to arrive a little after 5 pm and it was still light out, the Crying room was empty, the departure area down below had people waiting for the next flight to Curacao or other destinations, and the airport still showed signs of life, it was strange being on Aruba so early, the sun was setting as my friend drove me to La Cabana. After checking in it was too early to turn in and I had no idea what to do, so after my friend who used to work at La Cabana in the Casino dropped me off before she had to go to work, directed me towards the Islander Grill where I discovered their burgers along with their HUGE portions of fries. My next arrival is going to be a little after 9 pm, so hoping to catch dinner at the Islander Grill or the Local Store, that is if my friend from Aruba is available to stay out late.
The benefits to arriving late on Aruba:
1. Very little traffic in the Immigration hall, even if there is it goes by rather quickly.
2. It's cool outside.
3. You don't have to look at the folks in the Crying room.
4. By the time you clear immigration, get your luggage, and make it over to your hotel you can check in and head straight for your room.
Last edited by vallond; 07-24-2016 at 04:16 PM.
Arriving from Boston on Friday flight 773 .Which is check in day at Costa Linda.Usually arrive around 2pm.Leave luggage in lobby and take in the beach bar.After checking in the room walk over to Pizza Bob"s.Several Balashi"s later with our pizza .Short night.Service picks us up at 4am.Erly bed time
From Marblehead ma.Every Jan stay at Costa Linda.For last 20 years.
For 12 of the first 13 years we arrived after 7pm and just went to the resort, got a drink, checked in and went to bed. Now we fly in on Delta and arrive at 2:40 so we pick up our rental car. Check in. I head for the grocery store while DW unpacks. After all this, we head out for an early dinner and drinks. Then back to the room and early to bed because we had to get up at 3 am to catch our 6am flight. If we are staying at Costa Linda we usually just get Pizza Bobs and stay in. This year we are staying at Divi Phoenix so we will probably go to Blossoms for dinner. I know, we are boring. We are not as young as we once were so sleep matters after a long day.