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    What is your “ daily routine” in Aruba?

    What is your “daily routine” in Aruba?

    Has your "daily routine" changed much from one visit to another?



    We (Paul and I ) are somewhat creatures of habit.
    Our daily routine in Aruba is similar to that of being home (with the exception of casino often in Aruba)

    Typically we are up rather early, sip coffee for a while and make our way to the pool or to the beach. We swim for about 45 min and then walk in the water for an hour……..then breakfast. Usually it is an apple or an orange and a bagel. Occasionally it is the breakfast buffet at the Renaissance Ocean Suites or Lacabana at the restaurants by the pool. YUM.

    We try to get in at least 3 activities that increase our pulse, in the mornings while on island for 2 weeks. Our favorite is snorkeling and that we do usually at Catalina Cove or Beach. In past years, I used to go horseback riding in the morning every other day. These days, not at all as I ride often at home.

    Lunch, pretty much is non existent and consists of usually fruit and cheese and crackers later in the day with a frozen drink for me and a beer or scotch for Paul. Often times, one of us will not have a drink due to the designated driver clause in our “pre nup”

    We spend most of the afternoons in the same spot where we began our day, under a palapa at the beach or pool and we exhaust ourselves with frequent dips into the water and reading or playing on the internet depending on if there is wifi.

    Evenings are usually dinner at around 6:30 or 7. We are not late diners or "gourmet dining event people", so we try to keep it simple like Hung Paradise, Barneys, Wacky Wahoo, Lindas, Matthews and those kind of places…..leaving a Madam Janette or Barefoot kind of places for just once per 2 week visit. We also eat in 4 or 5 times per 14 night stay. Going out to dinner every night is just something that grows tiring after a while. When we were Aruba newbies, going out to dinner every evening was part of the whole experience. Now, not so much.

    The casino is a place where we visit at least every other night.
    Sometimes lucky, other times (most times ) Unlucky.
    Depending on how we do, dictates our favorite casino.
    He likes craps and poker machines, i like slots and craps.
    We bring only enough money that we are willing to lose.
    We consider breaking even a win.

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    Pretty predictable here.....

    Up around 7:30 to 8 with coffee in the room and then breakfast buffet at Laguna (Radisson) and then to the beach to hang under our reserved palapa. We crack open the books and do a couple of walks. DW walks much further than I do..... so I read more. Many dips in the ocean. Generally around 12-1 it's time for Amstel Brights and wine (I mean lunch) at Gilliagan's, Bugaloe Beach Bar or Salt & Pepper. I guess a light lunch is my justification for a couple of beers.... otherwise we'd go without!

    Back to the beach, walks and our books to repeat the morning routine. We just don't tour.... the reason we go to Aruba is to relax, rejuvinate and reconnect. We normally take advantage of the 2 for 1 specials at happy hour and have an Aruba Ariba before finishing up at the beach around 5:30 or 6. Back to the room and get ready for an 8 o'clock dinner out. While DW is taking care of her natural beauty, I'll hit the casino for a bit and hope to win some dinner money.

    We do 50-50 for dinner with nearly half being 'an event' and the others being more casual. After dinner, we usually check out some shops and carts in the Palm Beach area.... hang in the Hyatt lobby for some music or venture down to the beach before walking back to the Radisson. Sometimes a nightcap at Miro Solo. I get DW back to the room where she'll read a bit before crashing while I go down to the casino for a few hours. Then it's crash time for me to get ready to start our wonderful routine all over again!

    Having booked at the Amsterdam Manor for our next trip..... we'll change up the routine a bit.... but the core event of our Aruba vacation will always be our beach time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Having booked at the Amsterdam Manor for our next trip..... we'll change up the routine a bit.... but the core event of our Aruba vacation will always be our beach time!
    It IS all about the beach!

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    Love it Andrea!

    Our daily routine differs. Depends on the kids and what everyone feels like doing. We usually have breakfast in the room and try to make it filling for the kids. I don't want to hear "Mom, I'm hungry" all day on the beach. Of course I do bring snacks, but it never seems to be enough - growing boys! lol If I had my way we would be on the beach all day every day, but the hubby & kids really enjoy the pool so some days we go to the beach till early afternoon then come back to the pool for bingo & frozen happy hour. The kids will either grab a sandwich from the room or a slice of pizza at the pool for lunch. Depending on the daytime activities, sometimes dinner may be a burger or pizza by the pool, or a nice dinner out somewhere. Some days if we've had too much sun we'll take a driving day and go site seeing. I try really hard not to plan every second of every day so that I can sit back & relax, but I don't like to waste too much time relaxing - especially in Aruba!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Our routine is pretty basic. Up by 6:30, quick shower and drop off our stuff at the palapa on the way to the Divi's breakfast buffet. I have to say breakfast is my favorite meal and I have no constaint when I get to the buffet. It's eggs, sausage, fruit, french toast every day. Some days I,switch it up and get eggs Benedict, most days a Danish for dessert. We head back to the palapa and read for a bit and then for me at least it's all about the water. We're generally on the beach until about 4:30; dinner by 6:00 and back to the room by 8:00 where we sit out on the balcony.

    We don't usually plan too many activities because we're content with the beach. Although this past trip we did enjoy snorkeling with the Black Pearl and would book this again. Usually I'll squeeze in shopping time but it's hard to move away from the beach. If Tom gets bored with the beach he heads over to the casino.

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    We stay in houses out of the resort area so I think our routine is a little different...

    I wake up early-ish... sometime between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m., eat breakfast and go online to catch up with the freezing cold world we've escaped from. Send a few emails and pics to drive our frozen friends completely mad and see if North America has collapsed.

    The Spouse sleeps in until 9-10ish but rolls out and, generally, into the pool to wake up.

    We then spend the balance of the morning making plans (if dinner isn't already booked/planned) while in the pool.

    We're now addicted to lunch at Ventanas Del Mar at Tierra Del Sol so we work that in a few times each trip.

    If there are no errands, we spend the day in the pool until our friends, Missy Margarita and the Countess De Amstel Bright, pay a visit or three at 2:00 p.m.

    I'd say we go out for dinner every three days - it can be "event" dining or simple/casual. Taxi mandatory due to our friend's visiting int he afternoon.

    We barbecue A LOT at home. Usually simple (stuff from Super Food's prepared section), salad and a visit from Mr. Wine.

    We do the rounds (Kooyman, Do It Center, Banulux, EQ3, Bula Surf, etc.) to see if anything has changed from a retail perspective and say hello to the proprietors.

    We'll hit the casino once or twice but I tend to prefer burning money in the fireplace at home so I can visit with Missy Margarita or Mr Wine.

    Once in a while, we'll do an excursion like snorkeling but we tend to be pretty low key/stress and prefer to just sit in the pool and enjoy the sun.

    As always, we see our local friends and also tend to pay an annual visit to the government tax office to make sure we contribute our fair share of keeping Aruba sustainable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    We stay in houses out of the resort area so I think our routine is a little different...

    I wake up early-ish... sometime between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m., eat breakfast and go online to catch up with the freezing cold world we've escaped from. Send a few emails and pics to drive our frozen friends completely mad and see if North America has collapsed.

    The Spouse sleeps in until 9-10ish but rolls out and, generally, into the pool to wake up.

    We then spend the balance of the morning making plans (if dinner isn't already booked/planned) while in the pool.

    We're now addicted to lunch at Ventanas Del Mar at Tierra Del Sol so we work that in a few times each trip.

    If there are no errands, we spend the day in the pool until our friends, Missy Margarita and the Countess De Amstel Bright, pay a visit or three at 2:00 p.m.

    I'd say we go out for dinner every three days - it can be "event" dining or simple/casual. Taxi mandatory due to our friend's visiting int he afternoon.

    We barbecue A LOT at home. Usually simple (stuff from Super Food's prepared section), salad and a visit from Mr. Wine.

    We do the rounds (Kooyman, Do It Center, Banulux, EQ3, Bula Surf, etc.) to see if anything has changed from a retail perspective and say hello to the proprietors.

    We'll hit the casino once or twice but I tend to prefer burning money in the fireplace at home so I can visit with Missy Margarita or Mr Wine.

    Once in a while, we'll do an excursion like snorkeling but we tend to be pretty low key/stress and prefer to just sit in the pool and enjoy the sun.

    As always, we see our local friends and also tend to pay an annual visit to the government tax office to make sure we contribute our fair share of keeping Aruba sustainable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    I know missy margarita well she is the bomb!
    She can be the best and worst of friends...

    God help duty free if they stop stocking Patron Silver!!

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    I'm the first one up, be it if I'm solely with DH or if the kids are along. I'm not up much before 8:00 as the Hol Inn palapa reservation system works great for us (they begin reservations at 4:30 each afternoon for the next day). Since each night I have my beach bag ready for the next day, I quietly slip out of the room, head to our palapa, set up camp and head for a walk. Sometimes north, sometimes south, but I always end my walk at Scott's Brats and get sandwiches for everyone and take them back to the palapa. Sometimes I grab a few donuts and a coffee as well since Dunkin is right there.

    We spend allllllll day on the beach, reading, drinking, eating, swimming, floating, talking. When sunset approaches, the parade to the room begins to shower up for dinner. Since we have a simple "hotel" room, we eat out almost every night (boy that got expensive with the teenagers in tow. DS loves his appetizers!). I'm the last to shower. I refuse to leave the beach before I see the sunset.

    After dinner, it's casino time until we run out of money or I start falling asleep at the machine (yes, DH caught me asleep once at a slot machine). I also play blackjack or craps.

    After a good night's sleep, it's time to begin again.

    Once or twice during our trip we take day trips around the island and go shopping downtown.

    90 days and counting; can't wait.

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    DW is up first. She turns on the coffee and goes down to claim a space for us. Then we have a leisurely cup of coffee on the balcony or by the pool. We relax with friends until breakfast. Activities vary until lunch. Then activities vary until dinner. Dinner is ither cooking in with friends or eating out with friends. Evening activities typically center around a casino.

    Day times are spent by the water, either pool or beach. Sometimes we head into town or the highrises for the ladies to shop.

    We are, afterall, on vacation so the objective is to relax and have a good time. We do that every day!

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