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Our Story: 36 Years ⁄⁄ 39 Trips

In the late 70s, we were on a diving trip in Bonaire and we stopped in Aruba for one night. That was all. It was like paradise and Arubians made ​​us feel very welcome. Sometimes when you visit a place, you feel like an outsider. Here, we do not feel it. After all these years we still feel comfortable, Aruba and we consider our second home.

Diving has always been our passion, so we spent much of our time at sea in the past three decades. When our son was old enough, he was certified that all we could dive together. Now that we are older, we do more snorkeling beaches. One thing Paul loves is snorkeling with a water scooter. He says it's the best thing since little paradise!

Because we were in Aruba so many times, I was invited to be a moderator on the forums aruba.com site. I love helping people discover Aruba for the first time. I always tell people two things: It's very safe here, and there is so much to do, you will never be bored!

-- Andrea James

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Some of our favorite places
Located opposite the marina, Crystal Casino has over 400 slot machines and is open 24 hours per day.
One of the original casinos in Aruba, offers over 300 slot machines and all your favorite table games.
Located at Renaissance Mall, you'll find machines, table games, and a sports book, with eight screens.
Some of our favorite places to eat
KING RIBS
Not far from the tourist areas, Aruba local cooks up some mean ribs in his front yard on weekend afternoons.
At Renaissance Market, you will find Chinese food with a Dutch touch.
A great casual meal, they offer Dutch pancakes that can be filled with toppings such as prosciutto and brie for dinner.
Some of our favorite activities
A National Geographic dive center five stars, they offer scuba lessons and all the best sites, with boats leaving throughout the day.
Small and secluded, yet accessible, many catamarans stop just offshore for the day snorkeling.
Just a boat ride five minutes from the mainland, this is a great place for snorkeling and snuba. There is also a water park for children and youth. Good food and great staff.
I feel that I was put on earth to talk about Aruba!
Andrea James
Tips
Best Find
The enhanced King Ribs are delicious - you will go home with leftovers.
Aruba Facts
Best fun within a budget
Play slot machines on the Crystal Casino. Best to start with 80 cents!
Best Kept Secret
Knowing Linda's Pancakes and experience the tomato soup. They also serve dinner!
Best Diving Equipment
Rent your equipment in Unique Water Sports. They've been there for decades.