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ellesmere
11-20-2008, 07:11 PM
Hi to everyone. I'm new to this forum and need advice. My husband and i have been considering a visit to Aruba for some time but it's quite pricey travelling from the UK. As our children are now grown up, it will probably be just the two of us next year, so therefore more affordable. Trouble is I'm besotted with Mexico and will need a lot of convincing to make the change. We keep looking at the Tamarijn .....................so convince me - should it be Aruba in 2009?

Arubalisa
11-20-2008, 08:05 PM
I have to say that out of anyone I have ever met who has been to both Mexico and Aruba, Aruba wins by a long shot. The only thing Mexico having an edge in being nightlife and that is very subjective. I think it has a lot to do with one's age. ;) :D

As to the Tamarijn, our family has stayed there twice. Once last Christmas and New Years and again this past June. We have since booked another holiday for June of 2009. I suppose :cool: you could say we like it there...A LOT!

There is a lot of information at:

http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/tamarijn+review.html (http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/tamarijn+review.html)

Quick Overview of Tamarijn 12/22 - 1/3 (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f18/quick-overview-tamarijn-12-22-1-3-a-29659/)
Tamarijn All Inclusive 12/22 - 1/3/08 Overview (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f18/tamarijn-all-inclusive-12-22-1-3-08-overview-29877/)
Tamarijn All Inclusive 12/22 - 1/3/08 Getting There (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f18/tamarijn-all-inclusive-12-22-1-3-08-getting-there-29878/)
Tamarijn All Inclusive 12/22 - 1/3/08 Food, Beverage & Service (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f18/tamarijn-all-inclusive-12-22-1-3-08-food-beverage-service-29880/)
Tamarijn All Inclusive 12/22 - 1/3/08 The Rooms (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f18/tamarijn-all-inclusive-12-22-1-3-08-rooms-29879/)
Tamarijn All Inclusive 12/22 - 1/3/08 The Activities (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f18/tamarijn-all-inclusive-12-22-1-3-08-activities-29883/)
Tamarijn All Inclusive 12/22 - 1/3/08 The Rest of Our Vacation (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f18/tamarijn-all-inclusive-12-22-1-3-08-rest-our-vacation-29884/)

My Tamarijn Photos (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f18/my-tamarijn-photos-29969/)

Tamarijn Aruba June 12 - 24 (Long) (http://www.aruba.com/forum/f18/tamarijn-aruba-june-12-24-long-32283/)

Right now after the storms of the past fall the beach at the Tamarijn is a bit rocky. Mother Nature takes care of the sand on the beach as she stays fit. If you think it will be a deal breaker for you, options are a higher numbered building request at the Tamarijn or simply paying a bit more $$$ and staying at sister Divi Resort. No matter whether you stay at the Tamarijn or Divi, you will have use of facilities and amenities at both resorts.

Jarubian
11-20-2008, 08:19 PM
Hi Ellesmere, You could not get better information sites than Arubalisa. I definitely agree with Arubalisa, Mexico maybe be fun depending on your age, but as far as Aruba, these are the reasons I like it.
1.Clean island
2.Friendly people, not pushy people
3.Nice property, from smaller to bigger, all inclusive to FIT
4.Feels like Europe, with flavor of South America, Central America
5.Beautiful beaches, with the exception of storms that occur occasionally like this year.
6.Weather is warm all year at about 82F
7.No language problem, Arubian all speak at least 4 languages (English) main language
My last thing would be to try and and you will want to go back again.

Flamingo78
11-21-2008, 10:00 AM
Ellesmere,

I have been to Mexico (3 places) and Aruba. After falling in love with Aruba, there really is no comparison. I have made many return trips to Aruba and have no strong desire to return to Mexico. One thing not mentioned is how safe Aruba is - especially compared to Mexico. And I agree with the other comments made - locals are not pushy, everyone is so friendly, amazing food, lots to do (or nothing at all!), the island is gorgeous!

I think that if you have already been to Mexico, why not try someplace new? Life is short, the world is big... take a chance and maybe you will find a new favorite place worth returning to over and over again... :rolleyes:

Keep us posted on what you decide! *cheers*

cindyo
11-21-2008, 11:44 AM
Ellesmere, As you can see by this forum there are many many return visitors to the island. Reason- its the best island, for others and us. We've been going for 12 years, and will continue to go. Ah, be adventurous, give it a try. Check out the entire forum, read the posts both present and past, and then look at the gallery of pictures that we have all posted.....Any questions, ask away.
cindyo

Chadd
11-21-2008, 01:29 PM
There is a reason Aruba is the most re-visited island in the Caribbean, one visit and you will be coming back as often as you can. The Tam is nice, you get access to all of the tam/divi goodies for a good price and you are still close enough to walk downtown if you want. It's very convenient place for first time visitors.

mattnewhampshire
11-21-2008, 07:41 PM
We've been all over Mexico and will go nowhere but Aruba now. Mexico is fantastic, Aruba is fantastic squared.

cindyo
11-21-2008, 10:05 PM
I have been thinking about the title of this post...convince me...well, I have decided we shouldn't be convincing anyone to go to the island, the less people there the better IMOP....We'll keep it all to ourselves, LOL....Anyone else with me on this one????

Chadd
11-22-2008, 03:52 AM
I have been thinking about the title of this post...convince me...well, I have decided we shouldn't be convincing anyone to go to the island, the less people there the better IMOP....We'll keep it all to ourselves, LOL....Anyone else with me on this one????
Actually, once I close on a rental property I'm all for convincing more people to go.

cindyo
11-22-2008, 07:56 AM
Chadd, you're right on that one....I guess I am being selfish....:>) cindyo

abj
11-22-2008, 08:43 AM
We keep looking at the Tamarijn .....................


we liked the tam. there are a ton of kids though and its dead there by like 8pm. but man walk out of your room and your on the beach. gotta love that. here are our pictures from this past aug. http://s70.photobucket.com/albums/i109/abodyjoe/aruba/

DANNYO
11-22-2008, 05:30 PM
I have been thinking about the title of this post...convince me...well, I have decided we shouldn't be convincing anyone to go to the island, the less people there the better IMOP....We'll keep it all to ourselves, LOL....Anyone else with me on this one????I second that,the Surf Club was so crowded in October we really don't need any body else....only kidding we love Aruba and you will too.Come join us at the Surf Club,theres always room for one more

Mr. Ratt
11-23-2008, 02:04 PM
I'll say this with a completely un-serious tone to my voice....

Stay away.... we like it the way it is, if any more new people show up it's going to be over-run....

Just kidding. Let everyone you know learn about this little bit o' heaven. That's the only way the place will get better and grow...

As much as I do love and enjoy the "quaintness" of the island, the truth is progress is progress, and once it touches down, it would seem there's no stopping it. So who are we to make that decision?

Everyone should get the opportunity to appreciate it the way we all do.

counting the moments until we make that final plan for April

Mr. Ratt
www.heyoka-healing.com (http://www.heyoka-healing.com)

Glenn
11-24-2008, 10:25 AM
Good morning everyone,

Ellesmere, two weeks in Aruba and the spell which Mexico has over you (Goodness know how that came about) will melt away like snow on a tropical beach.

I've been going to Aruba, on and off,since 1980. Back then it was a clean, well-run, stable island with gorgeous weather, beautiful beaches and friendly people. It is still all of those things.

You will not need an "all-inclusive" type of resort. Those are great in destinations where, once you step off the property, dining choices are limited and matters such as language, sanitation, personal safety and just the general feeling of being uncomfortable are issues. Places like Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica fall into that category. In Aruba these are non-issues.

It can be pricey, but you get what you pay for. Why not look for package holidays to Aruba from Amsterdam? KLM flies into Aruba several times per week.

I'd love to say don't go, so those of us who love Aruba can keep it to ourselves, but that wouldn't be fair.

Anyway, give it a try. Have fun.

Bye for now,


Glenn

denisedld
11-24-2008, 11:29 AM
I was last (and the only time) in Aruba in 1996. I have wonderful memories, and now want to return for a (delayed) honeymoon with my new husband. However, I have heard & read some disturbing news of sewage in the ocean & the beaches. We are planning to stay at the Hyatt.

Can anyone either confirm these reports, or dispel them so I can feel comfortable in booking this vacation?

Thank you!

arubamark
11-24-2008, 07:34 PM
Ahhh good one! Mexico is far much nicer I would stick with that. In all fairness being new to the forum and besides my sense of humor there really is no convincing to do here! I am not speaking badly of Mexico, I had my spring break shares during my college days and also did some quick getaway trips there as well. In my opinion, do yourself a favor and book the trip to Aruba!;)

DANNYO
11-24-2008, 07:44 PM
Hi to everyone. I'm new to this forum and need advice. My husband and i have been considering a visit to Aruba for some time but it's quite pricey travelling from the UK. As our children are now grown up, it will probably be just the two of us next year, so therefore more affordable. Trouble is I'm besotted with Mexico and will need a lot of convincing to make the change. We keep looking at the Tamarijn .....................so convince me - should it be Aruba in 2009?Ellesmere,Do you need more to be convinced?We all love Aruba and we think you will too..:):)

rob o
11-24-2008, 07:45 PM
I have heard & read some disturbing news of sewage in the ocean & the beaches. We are planning to stay at the Hyatt.

Can anyone either confirm these reports, or dispel them so I can feel comfortable in booking this vacation?

Any such reports are rediculous.

Glenn
11-25-2008, 10:16 AM
Hi Denise,

I have to agree with Rob. I've been going to Aruba since 1980 and I've never heard or seen anything like that.

During a storm, the seaweed and sand might get churned up a bit, and it may take the water a few days to settle down and clear, but nothing more than that.

Book your trip and have fun!


Glenn

Divi Bums
11-25-2008, 01:56 PM
My wife and I have been to Aruba 9 times. I talk to anyone and always ask if they have been anywhere else besides Aruba.....I get the same answers re: "we have been to Mexico, Bahamas, Jamaica etc etc. but since we came to Aruba, we have never gone anywhere else". I think that says it all. After our first two visits to Aruba we wanted to try somewhere else and asked our travel agent where to go....the reply was, now that you have been to Aruba I can not think of any other place better than that.....so we went back to Aruba 7 more times. We just got back Nov. 15th and can't wait to go back again. Four years ago we went to Aruba 3 times that year,...a little expensive but worth it. Our best place is the Divi All Inclusive,..best beach, service, people etc. You will not be sorry with a trip to the Divi in Aruba.

Arubensis
11-30-2008, 01:43 PM
And clearly the people have spoken... :)

Cosmo
11-30-2008, 03:28 PM
I enjoy both, but I can go a few years in between trips to Mexico, I would have a real tough time skipping a yearly trip to Aruba.

DougAruba
12-02-2008, 07:18 AM
That is a NO Brainer for me. We have been to alot of Islands, including Mexico. 18 consecutive years in Aruba. Wonder WHY. Out of the hurricane belt for one and most important the Arubans. I will NOT tell you anymore. Find out for yourself. BOOK it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

wen4017
12-15-2008, 07:17 PM
I went to Puerto Vallarta last September and stayed in Paradis Village...I gues its Puerto Nuevo or something like that. Anyway, there is NO....did I say, NO?? comparison! I was SO disappointed when I was in Mexico. I expected it to be more like Aruba, and it wasn't at all. But, I will say, we were told it was a bad time to come, as 5 different rivers all flowed into the Bay of Bandaras, and the water was yukky. You couldn't even see your hand in the water!! We did take a boat trip across the Bay, and the water was definately clearer, but nowhere near as beautiful as Aruba is.

Chadd
12-15-2008, 08:39 PM
In september we went to the Bahamas specifically, port lucaya near freeport. While the hotel was wonderful, and the snorkeling was fantastic, the rest of the trip suffered in comparison to any of our trips to Aruba.

Glenn
12-16-2008, 08:27 AM
Good morning Ellesmere,

I don't think there is anything more to be said here. We love Aruba, as it was and as it is. The people, the beaches, the weather, the restaurants and bars, the casinos, and just the general ambiance of the place.

All of us think you'd love it. The next part is up to you. At the risk of sounding so un-Canadianly blunt, either go to Aruba, or don't!

Regards,

Glenn

Palapaman
02-07-2009, 08:03 PM
Hi Ellesmere: We are returning to Aruba this February for the 14th time! ---If you stay at the Divi, the beach is practically empty even in high season. The locals are wonderful people, there is almost no crime, the restaurants are varied and reasonably priced, the island is easy to navigate, and the climate is close to perfect. Once you come to Aruba, I know you'll shop E'Bay for a timeshare as soon as you get home!

lisa_and_adrian
02-08-2009, 06:26 AM
hi where are you staying and where are you flying from flamingo68?