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    First trip to Aruba

    Hello all! Myself and my partner are traveling to Aruba for the first time! We are staying at the holiday inn and will be taking an 8 day trip. I want to book some excursions and am looking for recommendations. We are an active couple but also love relaxing. I do want to see the culture and experience the "real" Aruba. Should we book our excursions before we get to Aruba or while we are there? We travel Dec 4th to Dec 12th. Any and all recommendations are welcome about my first time to Aruba. I want to make this trip special for my partner as she turns 35. She think's we are visiting Mexico and much to her surprise we will be in Aruba I also wanted to fish with local fisherman. Anyone have any details on this?
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    hi and welcome to the aruba.com community forum!

    I recommend waiting to book any excursions..... then check with DePalm or Fofoti.

    Fishing.......scroll around in this category, you will see suggestions. (hats off and driftwood get good reviews)

    I recommend reading lots on this site and also reading other's trip reports in the category MY ARUBA STORY

    I recommend a trip to San Nicolas to see the murals and Baby Beach or Rodgers Beach.

    Will you have a rental car? Are you doing the all inclusive or not at the HI ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Jam28 View Post
    Hello all! Myself and my partner are traveling to Aruba for the first time! We are staying at the holiday inn and will be taking an 8 day trip. I want to book some excursions and am looking for recommendations. We are an active couple but also love relaxing. I do want to see the culture and experience the "real" Aruba. Should we book our excursions before we get to Aruba or while we are there? We travel Dec 4th to Dec 12th. Any and all recommendations are welcome about my first time to Aruba. I want to make this trip special for my partner as she turns 35. She think's we are visiting Mexico and much to her surprise we will be in Aruba I also wanted to fish with local fisherman. Anyone have any details on this?

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    Welcome to the forum...… be sure to plan enough time to relax on the beach.
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    Best advice is to "search" fishing on this forum. Everyone has their favorite. A ton of great info on this forum. Our February trip will be our eighth year fishing in Aruba. You might be able to pick up a "share" party boat by the docks across from Renaissance Hotel. Just ask the boat captains as you walk dock for following day. Go After 12pm and you will see if they come in with any fish. Its a cool place to checkout either way. Try to get an AM trip. They don't let you keep what you catch in Aruba. Rather they give everyone on the boat a couple of filets to take home. Locals fish in small wooded open top pangas out by the prison. The roughest water we have ever fished in. But very active fishing. They will not take out tourists and for good reason. I've been fishing my whole life and that's the only place I get sea sick in...UGH. The Driftwood will cook up your fish for you at their own restaurant. We have brought our caught fish over the island and never had a problem for them to cook it.
    P.S A very local place to check out is Zeerovers in Savaneta. Between 3 and 5 pm the fisherman come in with all Kinds of fish they caught. They cut it up and clean so many beautiful fish. Some huge grouper and wahoo. We find it so interesting. They also sell fresh fish or will fry up some on the dock there. One of the best sunsets on the island there.
    Good Luck, Sean and Susan
    [Countdown=12/01/2013 2:30 AM;]I'm finally there]Count down:[/Countdown]
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    I recommend a visit to the bar at Pelican Pier
    The bartenders are friendly and give good advice on what to see and what to do. It's right next to Holiday Inn and they have good appetizers and happy hour. It's a great stop on your first day.
    You will be close to Hadicurai Fishing pier. In the afternoon, walk over and check out the fresh catches. Have lunch upstairs at Nos Clubhuis and look for the guys in the bright orange rash guard shirts, they are local fisherman. Arubans are friendly and most will be happy to strike up conversation.
    I dont recommend booking your fishing through Holiday Inn concierge. We ended up on an unprofessional boat and it wasnt the best experience.
    Since you are active, I suggest looking up Aruba Outdoor Adventures. It is a local.guide who does a kayak and snorkeling tour.


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    Welcome to the forum! You'll love Aruba, it's much safer than some spots in Mexico. How are you going to explain getting on a plane to Aruba instead of Mexico?

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    I thought of that.......I wonder how she'll be told?

    and IMO Aruba is sooooooooooooo much nicer than Mexico-ranging from friendliness to cleanliness etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    Welcome to the forum! You'll love Aruba, it's much safer than some spots in Mexico. How are you going to explain getting on a plane to Aruba instead of Mexico?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    I thought of that.......I wonder how she'll be told?

    and IMO Aruba is sooooooooooooo much nicer than Mexico-ranging from friendliness to cleanliness etc.
    and safety.... maybe Jam28 will let us know when they post a trip report??

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    Would suggest trip on Montforte III - 10 to 3. go to www.montfortecurise.com. Great scenery and snorkeling, food and drinks. They also have evening cruise but it is dark.. They don't sail every day, so check the website.

    For more snorkeling. www.arubabob.com They use water scooters.

    Consider eating at Barefoot restaurant during your stay and Terrazzo. Suggest you make reservations for these two.
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    You will love the Holiday INN and the Pelican Pier (which is very close) cooked a fish we caught a few years back. It was a Wahoo and they lightly fried one half and baked the other half. Maybe I will see you there!
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