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Meem27
06-22-2010, 01:27 PM
This will be our 3rd trip to Aruba. We have always stayed on Palm beach. Last time we went back in 2007 we stayed at occidental, beach was very crowded as was the pool.

We are planning to go this year late september (we like AI) is it less crowded on Ragle beach? Hotels just as nice? good places to eat in and off the resorts?

Any help would be greatly apprecciated. We are celebrating our 38th weddig anniversary. we like the quiet but we also like interaction with other couples.

Thanks

Andrea J.
06-22-2010, 04:30 PM
short answer YEs and Yes.

great selection of restaurants within walking, bus or taxi.

eagle beach is wider and has lots of space and little crowding.

silverfox82
06-27-2010, 02:57 PM
Speaking strictly about the beach, Eagle is wider, the sand softer, the water clarity is excellent and the bottom is clean. Eagle is also much less crowded and has plenty of palapas and room to spread out. Palm is crowded, the water cloudy and the bottom slimy in spots. Now as far as restaurants, bars, nightlife and shopping Palm has it all over Eagle with more "stuff" being built daily it seems. Both have their strong points so it really depends what you want in a vacation. The previous observations were made in the last 2 weeks, got home last night.

xobxdoc
06-27-2010, 05:24 PM
Without a doubt, Eagle Beach. I'd rather be steps away from a wide uncrowded beach than steps away from where all the restaurants are. The restaurants in the Palm beach are 3 minutes by bus from Eagle Beach area.

truzcarla
06-27-2010, 05:52 PM
We stayed on Palm Beach for many years at the Wyndham and now Westin. Lately, we have been staying @ Costa Linda just because of Eagle Beach..It is so much more private and water is crystal clear. It's like our own little paradise.Very few people and our own little area. Hands down what the better beach is.. My husband and I love the privacy and freedom to enjoy the beach without someone right next to us... Sometimes it's really just the two of us in our own spot. We can always go anywhere for dinner. Aruba has so many choices by car or bus or taxi...What a romantic beach!!!Can't wait ...40 days and counting.........I love this forum...

Windy
06-27-2010, 09:34 PM
I'm with Andrea -- Yes! Yes! Yes! to Eagle Beach!

dogwriter
06-28-2010, 09:45 AM
We prefer Eagle Beach and the low-rise area. For A-I, Divi, Tam or Manchebo.(optional)
We own at CDM and have many places to eat close by, from Pizza Bob to Matthew's to French Steakhose, Promenade, Tortuga Grille and more. A Cheap bus fare gets you to Palm Beach in minutes with all the activities you need.
Walt

sunnysmiles
06-28-2010, 12:54 PM
I'm another Eagle Beach fan! I enjoy the Palm Beach area in the evenings - dinner and walks etc.
We enjoy going to Arashi beach (past Palm Beach) a couple times during our visit but it's a little more crowded and a smaller beach area.

Aruba4Me
07-01-2010, 12:40 PM
Love 'em both! Costa Linda is wonderful for a really relaxing vacation. It's so pretty, uncrowded and has a fabulous beach. But the Palm Beach area is lots of fun - very active. I agree that the beach area is rather crowded in front of the HI, Radisson, Occidental, etc. I find that the Ocean Club beach is more roomy, though. To each his own - as long as I'm on Aruba, I'm happy! :)

luvsun
07-02-2010, 07:01 AM
We are ones that like Palm Beach. We like the more active beach and being able to walk around and not have to have a car or bus. We have stayed downtown and the low rise.

jeffnev
07-02-2010, 09:17 AM
I'm with you, Palm Beach is more crowded but more fun and action. I know the Surf Club has lots of people, but there are so many things to do...and we can drive down to Eagle Beach in 5 minutes if we want some quiet time.

I guess once we settle in under our palapa the world seems great anywhere in Aruba.

http://tickers.tickerfactory.com/ezt/d/4;10732;103/st/20100705/e/Aruba+Time%21%21/k/d3cd/event.png (http://www.tickerfactory.com/)

Love Aruba
07-02-2010, 10:02 AM
I am a Palm Beach fan as well. It has never been over crowded when we are there. I don't feel people are on top of each other. But then again to each their own. I LOVE being in Aruba so I don't think it matters where you are.
Pat

Robertf
07-02-2010, 04:00 PM
Its Eagle Beach!

Arubalisa
07-02-2010, 05:37 PM
We loved Palm Beach for many years. It still does not get as crowded as say the Jersey shore on the 4th of July weekend....

Imo, it really depends upon what you are truly looking for. If you NEED calm waters, then Palm Beach is perpetually, except when there is a storm out to sea, lake like.

If you NEED a lot of activities and restaurants within walking distance, then Palm beach is for you.

Along Eagle, Manchebo and Druif Beaches, the water can get a bit rough at times. We have stayed on Druif beach during the summer and winter and had days of waves.
http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/9209-1300a_1229_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=1069&c=7) http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/9209-1100_1229_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=1067&c=7)

If the possibility of waves does not bother you and you do not have to be in the middle of the activity, then I would say the beautiful stretches of Eagle, Manchebo and Druif Beaches would be a pleasant change. :)

Windy
07-03-2010, 06:59 PM
We've been twice -- first time was at Bucuti on Eagle beach three years ago, and this year at Holiday Inn at Palm Beach -- so we've experienced both ends of the spectrum!! lol!
Eagle Beach sometimes had fun waves (not scary) to play in and Palm beach water was flat calm and not as clear (or clean?). Way better beach at Eagle, but more fun walking around at night at Palm Beach area. So, they each have their draws!

cpjones
07-04-2010, 06:05 PM
As long as it's Aruba..... I'm fine.... do prefer Palm Beach and have never found it crowded during off season!

Windy
07-04-2010, 07:35 PM
Arubalisa, you really had some big waves!!! Guess we were lucky in April '07 as the water was perfect! :D

Arubalisa
07-04-2010, 07:56 PM
Here were some calmer days on Druif Beach. During different trips in the past we have seen the water go from flat to HUGE. :)
http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/9209-adventure_otsa_871379_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=1421&c=7) http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/9209-1300_1200_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=1420&c=7) http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/files/9209-1200_to_divi_thumb.jpg (http://www.aruba.com/vbgallery/showimage.php?i=1419&c=7)

Windy
07-04-2010, 08:05 PM
OOOOH! those pictures make me want to go right now!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol!
(and I just spent the afternoon on the beach on Cape Cod -- my first beach day since Aruba!)