View Full Version : Palm Beach without the "ra-ra-ra" possible?

02-16-2009, 09:13 PM

I'm interested in finding a place in Palm Beach area that's not in the mega hotel complex and that's right on (or across the street) a beach. Prefer non inclusive so that we can explore the island. Prefer to be within walking distance to a few restaurants.

Is this even possible? Palm Beach appears to be overcrowded. How busy is it during the late June time frame?

I'm organizing a group trip (3 couples). We want to experience the calm aspects of the island without the ra-ra-ra of casinos. If that's not possible I'd like to know that too.

Thank you for your time.


02-16-2009, 09:43 PM
Everything it sounds like you want would be at Eagle Beach. Is there a reason why you are stating Palm Beach? Palm Beach has only high rise "mega" resorts. The only exception being the Mill Resort which is across the street from the Westin and receives mixed reviews.

02-16-2009, 09:53 PM
Eagle Beach is quieter but at the highrise/Palm beach there is more places to walk around at night.
My suggestion would be to consider Playa Linda. The Marriott is a big complex as is the Rui and the Westin. Playa Linda is not an all inclusive, nice beach and I am not sure if there is a casino in there??
Rooms have been refurbished and because it is an older building the units are quite large.

Eagle beach is very, very nice but it depends on your needs!

02-16-2009, 11:31 PM
Very good advice for Eagle Beach. I'll review the hotels in that area. Thank you. It's great to have this kind of support! :p Any experience comparing that area to Punta Cana in Dom. Rep.?

02-17-2009, 07:59 AM
we have a time share at the divi phonex, very quiet at night, no casino. there is construction going on now, last year in march not so bad, a little styrofoam blowing around. the boardwald starts there and goes down to the holiday inn. a lot of resturants within walking distance.

02-17-2009, 02:25 PM
Try the VROB website

02-18-2009, 08:34 AM
Another wonderful thing about Eagle Beach besides the fact that it is quiter, beautiful & noncomercialized is that it is so easy to catch a bus and go to the high-rise area or downtown for the restaurants/shopping or something to do at night. Buy a roundtrip ticket when you get on the bus for $3.00 - cheap! I love Eagle Beach! It's the best! :behappy:

Angela Munzenhofer
02-18-2009, 09:21 AM
It sounds like you are interested in the low rise area. Many great resorts strating with Divi Phoenix, Amsterdam Manor, La Cabana, Manchebo and Bucuti (no kids), Costa Linda is great to if you can find a timeshare holder looking to rent their week. You might be interested in Divi Village which is a magnificent complex with the beach across the street. Eagle is Quiet, pristine and best of all you feel relaxed. Like someone previous said buy the bus ticket for$3.00 or rent a car so you can get around the island. Restaurants near by Eagle are, Gasparito, Buccaneer, Papiamento, Cooks, Giorgio's, Pizza Bob's and so many more without paying the high prices such as in the high rise area. For adventure you can call a jeep tour and go on a nature hike around the island, An evening at Adventure Golf with a round of golf and then enjoy the fun at Black Hog Salon, this is an exciting place just make sure which nights they have the dinner package.
Have a great trip and enjoy where ever it is you choose.

Mr. Ratt
02-28-2009, 04:27 PM
Why not inquire about spending some of your time at either the Tamarijn or the Divi?
It sounds like the atmosphere at either of those two resorts may be just what you need. NOT a high-rise, NOT massively populated, and the beaches (as I remember them) are magnificent. Long, sweeping, nice views out to the ocean, sunset is always awesome. Technically, it's just south of Eagle Beach, just around the bend, so it's pretty much all the same long beach.

And before I say something I shouldn't, does anyone know, has the Black Hog Saloon closed yet?

03-24-2009, 04:28 PM

When I read your post, I had to think of The Boardwalk (http://www.arubaboardwalk.com/).

Never been there, but it seems to match your wishes quite well, i.e. close to Palm beach, but quiet, not AI, etc.

There are some reviews at tripadvisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147249-d152010-Reviews-The_Boardwalk_Boutique_Hotel_Aruba-Palm_Eagle_Beach_Aruba.html).

Couldn't find any reviews on this forum, but someone probably has some more info :o Anyway, wherever you are staying, enjoy the trip! :D

03-24-2009, 06:00 PM
I have been intrigued in reading about the Boardwalk, however is there a swimmable beach across the street?

03-24-2009, 06:40 PM
From the Boardwalk website:

"Uniquely located within walking distance 150 meters (3 minutes walking) from the beach, right across from the Marriott resort and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse at world famous Palm Beach".

That would be a no then :) Plus, sometimes when you read 3 minutes walking, that would be 3 minutes for an olympic athlete, they just don't mention THAT :p

In the end it will probably be a matter of KiloAlpha's personal preference (and the rest of the group of course!). I don't think crowds will be a big problem in late June. Last year we were there in July, it wasn't that crowded at all in the high-rise area, or anywhere else for that matter.

PS: Might try and pinpoint it with Google Earth tomorrow. Not installed on this laptop, bed's too comfortable to leave :)

03-26-2009, 11:05 AM
wow, lots of good advice KiloAlpha11, based on what you've said I'd have to agree that eagle beach is right up your alley..I think someone already mentionned but I'd recommend the tamarind...its a two storey...all rooms face the beach...no crowds..and when you want a taste of the "ra-ra" just hop on bus up to palm beach for a few hours...but hey just remember...its aruba..you just simply can't go wrong...enjoy!

Patti P
04-03-2009, 04:01 PM
My husband and I have stayed at the Board Walk, Bananas Apt's (in Malmok) and several in the resort area. If you choose to walk to most activities, the Board Walk is 100 ft from the entrance to Marriot Stellaris (across the road). The 1 bedroom apts are large, well furnished with kitchenette area, full size fridge, 2 burner cook top and bbq available. Airco in bedroom only. Lovley covered patio area with table and chairs, hammock near by. The pool is a little small and hard to keep clean due to the landscaping. You are able to use the Palapa huts across the street at Vela Windsurfers which are directly on the beach and a lovely area. If you request a reservation quote, ask about any specials, they will offer a discount for extended periods, or sometimes special includes car rental. There are many accomodation options available on Aruba, you will just need to do some research. Our next trip is Sept 26 - Oct 17 with a house rental.

04-16-2009, 11:17 AM
We are owners at Playa Linda. So yes, I am partial to the resort. It is centrally located smack in the middle of Palm Beach. The front of the resort has lots to do and see on that "strip". Once in the resort and when going to the pool and beach its quiet. There is no casino on the grounds of Playa Linda, but there are casinos within walking distance - Holiday Inn, Radisson, Occidental, Marriott. The units are large and spacious and much better than a hotel room and I agree on not going all inclusive - better to explore and eat what you like - there are both very reasonable and expensive restaurants, but you choose. A favorite of ours is Smokey Joe's. Lot of good food and reasonably priced. With that being said, I have friends who always stay at LaCabana and they love it. The ocean is across the street from the resort, but the water can't be beat, and depending on what time of year you go, you might get to see the turtles hatching on the beach. That's awesome! Have fun deciding, but wherever you stay, you'll love Aruba.