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    What touristy things do you bypass?

    When in Aruba, what kind of things do you skip? (been there done that)

    If you are a veteran visitor to Aruba, undoubtedly you have done a lot and there are now things that you do and things you don't do.

    If you are a newbie, what do you not want to miss in Aruba?

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    As Aruba veterans, we have done lots of the tourist stuff.

    What we'd do again is a helicopter tour (if it ever became available), horseback riding and self guided car (not jeep) tour.

    What we'd probably not do again (been there, done that) is a jeep tour, jolly pirates (done a couple of times), and shopping.

    Aruba for us is beach, beach, beach and restaurants, although not fine dining places.

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    We still do many touristy things. We visit the natural rubble (former bridge) every single trip. I love watching how much the kids grow by pictures in the window of the gold mine ruins and see how their interests change each year. They go from looking at the ruins building to venturing inside to being brave enough to climb up into the window, to climbing up and over the top. At the bridge site one year the nooks & crannies of the coral limestone holds their attention for hours, one year it's the dry salt on it, one year it's how many little crabs can we find.

    Once the kids are older and stop being so fascinated the everything we'll likely slow down and not do baby beach or the bridge, we'll probably stop visiting DePalm Island and just enjoy the beach. I kinda look forward to that time and dread it at the same time.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    We just plain bypass all the touristy stuff. Aruba for us is the wonderful beach, crystal clear water and some nice dining adventures. It's the only time during the year DW and I can truly connect.

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    We will be bypassing the downtown area for the most part from now on, with exceptions made for dinner every now and then. We aren't shoppers and just haven't found anything there to catch our interest the few times we've tried.

    We skip the Natural Bridge rubble when we are touring around.

    We skip the animal stops, just not our thing.

    We are becoming more and more about the beach each trip.
    Last edited by Traceyd14; 02-04-2016 at 07:19 PM.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    I'm not sure we've ever done that many touristy things and even the touristy things we do they tend to be done in an unconventional way. For instance I like Alto Vista but only at sunrise. Rode the trolley once but that was enough. We like to visit the backside of the island but that's for the scenery... don't really visit any landmarks.











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    Things I do not need to see/ do in Aruba;
    Butterflies- Roger Williams Park in Providence is fine for me at home
    Donkeys- I m not into feeding animals
    Water rides/ parasailing/ jet skis- scares the hell out of me
    Shop the huts- I need no more dust collector items in my house

    Things I could do repeatedly;
    Black Pearl- love the cool vibe, un party ride
    Brunch at Ruins del Mar
    Aruba sunrise tour- doesn't get old, the scenery, the fun ride in ATVs, and Aria is a hoot
    Tranquilo- fabulous ride, captain, scenery, dog, Dutch pea soup
    Dine at AnnaMarias, TDS and Quinta
    Last edited by cindyo; 02-05-2016 at 08:27 AM.

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    It's easier to just post our daily schedule.

    Day 1:
    Breakfast
    Bride to the beach
    Me to Alhambra
    Lunch
    Bride to the beach
    Me to Alhambra
    Dinner
    Cocktails
    Bed

    Day 2-14
    Repeat Day 1

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    my husband would like to travel with you.
    Quote Originally Posted by PawPaw View Post
    It's easier to just post our daily schedule.

    Day 1:
    Breakfast
    Bride to the beach
    Me to Alhambra
    Lunch
    Bride to the beach
    Me to Alhambra
    Dinner
    Cocktails
    Bed

    Day 2-14
    Repeat Day 1

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    Restaurant

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    When in Aruba, what kind of things do you skip? (been there done that)

    If you are a veteran visitor to Aruba, undoubtedly you have done a lot and there are now things that you do and things you don't do.

    If you are a newbie, what do you not want to miss in Aruba?

    -----

    As Aruba veterans, we have done lots of the tourist stuff.

    What we'd do again is a helicopter tour (if it ever became available), horseback riding and self guided car (not jeep) tour.

    What we'd probably not do again (been there, done that) is a jeep tour, jolly pirates (done a couple of times), and shopping.

    Aruba for us is beach, beach, beach and restaurants, although not fine dining places.
    What restaurant due you prefer not fancy but have great food newbies arriving Saturday

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    Tell us where you're staying for better ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by apple51 View Post
    Arriving Saturday what type of restaurant do you prefer first time going to aruba prefer casual restaurant

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