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ccallado
08-08-2010, 11:36 PM
Hi everyone - first post here - figured I'd skip the welcome section and get right down to my question. I'm on the verge of booking a home in the Seroe Colorado area. It is walking distance from Roger's Beach.

We are a group of 6 Adults (ages 21-26) looking to spend our spring break in Aruba. We are all pretty laid back - not looking for anything resembling the stereotypical Cancun spring break. We like the idea of being so close to Baby Beach and Roger's Beach, especially given the lack of public facilities in the area. We have also heard that the on-shore fishing has greater potential on the southeastern part of the island. We love to fish.

Not having been to Aruba before, I was curious as to everyone's opinion on staying in that area. Is it too remote? I know San Nicholas is close but all of the "action" is up in the Palm/Eagle beach areas. Is it a pain to drive up there? We will definitely be hitting the casinos and northwestern beaches, probably multiple times. And the Jolly Pirates, fishing charters, heli tours, all depart from that area as well. We will have cars.

Any info you have as to the pros/cons of staying in Seroe Colorado would be greatly appreciated. I know it's usually a seen as part of a day-trip from the resort area. Is it somewhere you could stay for a week? Thanks!

- Joe

Chadd
08-09-2010, 12:10 AM
I'd love to buy a house in that area, but there is very little in the immediate area. You're looking at a minimum of 30 minutes to get to Oranjestad or Palm Beach, probably more.

ccallado
08-09-2010, 12:35 AM
Well wanting to buy a home there is not a bad endorsement! :)

Chadd
08-09-2010, 12:43 PM
I can be a bit of a hermit at times, especially on vacation.

wnysnow
08-09-2010, 06:37 PM
In my humble opinion, I think you should be looking in the low rise to Palm Beach area. People your age love it there! You can snorkel or fish at Boca Catalina or Arashi. Want you to have a fabulous time! :behappy:

nikko
08-09-2010, 09:15 PM
if you plan on having a few drinks while at the casino's and such...that is a tough ride home in the dark.(hopefully there wont be any drinking and driving....) i have a son almost your age and i would agree with wnysnow....dont go further than eagle beach area...

EHampite
08-09-2010, 09:17 PM
We will definitely be hitting the casinos and northwestern beaches, probably multiple times. And the Jolly Pirates, fishing charters, heli tours, all depart from that area as well.

I have to agree with "wnysnow" - especially if you plan to do all the things mentioned in your post. The low rise area is more laid back but still within an easy drive to the attractions you are looking for. You might consider looking for a rental in the Eagle Beach area. JMO. :)

Andrea J.
08-09-2010, 10:37 PM
you and your buddies could look into renting a timeshare on eagle or palm beaches.
look on this forum in the timeshare category
or try
redweek.com

also too, look into renting a villa or a house in that area of palm or eagle.

the area where you are aiming for now is not a convenient location for tourists.
lovely area, but i would wager that you will want to be up at eagle or palm beach area.

Ples
08-10-2010, 09:22 AM
I'm going with a group of 24 year olds in a few weeks. We're staying just south of Eagle Beach. I'd agree with everyone else - that side of the island is probably where you want to be. And downtown is only a short car or cab ride.

We drove down to Baby Beach on our last trip and while it was fun, the area surrounding it was quite meh. Sure, it's not as artificial as the west side of the island, but that's half the fun of going :)

ccallado
08-10-2010, 10:04 AM
Hmm. I appreciate the feedback...definitely will have to think about it. I really want to be able to do some fishing without having to worry about when the beach-going crowd is going to show up. But as you all mentioned, I am concerned that we will get sick of the 30 minute drive back and forth.

Thanks for the replies!

Ples
08-10-2010, 10:20 AM
Hmm. I appreciate the feedback...definitely will have to think about it. I really want to be able to do some fishing without having to worry about when the beach-going crowd is going to show up. But as you all mentioned, I am concerned that we will get sick of the 30 minute drive back and forth.

Thanks for the replies!

Do you just stand on the beach and fish? (I know nothing about saltwater fishing) If so, some of the beaches in the low rise areas are much less crowded than, say, the Hyatt.

Seems like there are a bunch of threads on here that might help.

https://encrypted.google.com/search?hl=en&q=site%3Aaruba.com+aruba+fishing

ccallado
08-10-2010, 10:32 AM
We do plan to do charter fishing, but obviously we can't afford to blow $800 a day for the entire week we are down there. So the other times we just plan to park our butts on the beach and throw some lines out. I have looked at most of the threads on this site regarding shore fishing, and there is not a whole lot of information to be found. My limited research indicates that shore fishing has the most potential on the southeastern part of the island - down by Baby Beach and the Refinery. The big open water fish from the north side apparently swing around the tip and prey on all of the smaller fish that populate the snorkeling sites.

wnysnow
08-10-2010, 12:24 PM
Simply put, saving money may not be worth risking your life. As seasoned veterans who visit Aruba frequently we are worried about your safety. There are some great deals on timeshares that can be had on this board from the low rise to the high rise area. You can fish for free where the locals do, right by the shore next to the Renaissance. Also, you can cut a great deal with fisherman at the Marina downtown.

I applaud you for doing your homework before you stay anywhere. Enjoy Aruba!
Cheers,
Susan:p:p:p

ccallado
08-10-2010, 01:12 PM
Thanks. While I'm not sure we'd have been risking our lives down there, I do think you guys are right to steer us away from that area. I'll be looking for a home up near the resorts.

Again, many thanks for the honest feedback!

Joe

amarg
08-10-2010, 03:15 PM
You can rent really nice affordable large timeshares, condos, apartments or homes in Aruba on this site, visitaruba.com, redweek, vacationrentalbyowner (vrbo), craigslist under housing-vacation rentals and other online sources. If you decide on a particular timeshare like Casa Del Mar, Costa Linda, Aruba Beach Club, Playa Linda, etc., they have their own sites with bulletin boards where owners post rentals. You can also post your own free ad saying what you are looking for on many of these sites.

I'm not sure what you are looking for or what your budget is but you can get a 2 bdrm, 2 bathroom with a pullout couch as well (sleeps 6) and full kitchen (maid service too) in the lowrise area for anywhere starting at $750 per week and up. Just keep an eye out and negotiate. You would be surprised at the deals you can get. The same TS I rented is renting for the weeks right after mine for $100 a week cheaper that what I paid and I think I got a great deal.

I think everyone on this board is right and you don't want to be driving 30-40min each way to the main part of the island every other day.

Good luck!

EricaS
08-10-2010, 06:17 PM
"We do plan to do charter fishing, but obviously we can't afford to blow $800 a day for the entire week we are down there"

Would you be practicing the catch & release program if you are fishing everyday? If you fish everday and have any luck at all, it would almost be wasteful/irresponsible not to release them because the fish are very big down there!

I'm not sure how much fishing you need to do but we chartered a boat on our first full day on the island and we had so much fish in our freezer by the time we were leaving! We ate fish every day and even gave it away to just about everyone when we checked out. And the crew on the boat filets the fish for you- can't put a price on that!

ccallado
08-10-2010, 08:58 PM
amarg, thanks for the tips. i have a new direction for my research so your information helps!

Erica, if we keep anything, its just what we can eat that day. I'm looking forward to seeing just how big the fish actually are! We will probably only be able to afford 2 days out on charter but that should be more than enough to get a shot at a big catch! :)

amarg
08-12-2010, 01:22 AM
You're welcome. I hope it does help as it's the kind of information that I wish I had gotten when I came on here. The people have been very helpful on this forum, but the info can be very overwhelming, contradictory according to opinion and the topic can go in different directions at times. I totally understand what it's like to try and plan an Aruba trip and try to make the right decision. Housing for when you are there and airfare are the hardest to figure out. It's nice to have an idea of what's an average price and what's a good price. Without some sort of marker, if it's your first trip, how arey ou supposed to know? When someone says to me "you can get a good deal" or "it's not expensive"l well I want to know details because one person's cheap can be another's average. For example, I think Mc Donald's is cheap but others may say that Tony Roma's is cheap. It's all relative.
Therefore, as you can see on this site right now, there's a 2bdrm, 2 bathroom with full kitchen available at Costa Linda, which is a great place to stay I hear, for $750. That is a good deal and right on par with what I posted earlier, $750 and up is the norm but you can get even cheaper, keep an eye out and negotiate.
If you have any more questions, I can try and help you as I've been doing lots of research for weeks. Private message me though.