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    Live trip report 10/28-11/26/19

    Monday Travel Day: We usually plan on trying to get as much sleep before the long day, but something always seems to get in the way and we end up exhausted. This trip was different, as we were all packed and ready to go as scheduled, ready for a good night's sleep. Well that ended abruptly at 11:30 after three hours of rest, as we both woke at the same time with eyes wide open. We now had four leisure hours to get ready before our ride to the airport.

    Our Lyft ride arrived on time and we made it to our gate as the flight was starting to board without a hitch. We had a three hour layover in Charlotte, so we grabbed some breakfast to pass the time. We got a little sleep on the first leg but not nearly enough. We both watched a movie on our flight to Aruba. I had just dozed off when the stewardess was rolling by with the beverage cart, so that needed rest ended. I ordered now my tenth cup of caffeine for the day.

    We landed on the island a few minutes ahead of schedule and made our way to customs. The hall was fairly empty and we were ushered to live agents, mainly because all of the Happy Flow lines were about five people deep. There were three agents on duty and we only had to wait for one couple ahead of us so we were through in minutes. We only had carry on luggage so we exited the airport with ease. There was no additional screening taking place, as others have mentioned recently. I did stop at the duty free store to price Grey Goose, which was $32.00 per liter.

    Wheels2Go was waiting for us at the Digicel counter. They are always on time and waiting. We still highly recommend them.

    We got our rental and wheeled into Price Smart to renew our membership and grab some groceries for the month. From there we drove through downtown and went to the condo to unload. We put the cold items away and then went to The Beach Bar for a beverage and relax for a few minutes, catching the sunset. Stopped at Super Foods to pickup a few more things and price compare between the airport duty free and Price Smart for beer and Grey Goose and then back to the condo to unload again. We were both starving so we went to Ling's Chinese restaurant for a quick dinner. We were both exhausted and the wife has a cold, so it was back to the condo. Our management company had left fresh linen and bedding on for us, so we didn't have to unpack our own for the night, which was so nice as we had had enough for the day. We crashed around 9:30 being so glad that travel day had come to an end.

    If anyone has any specific questions about the island, feel free to ask. I will try to answer what I can during our travels this trip.

    TBC.....

    Link to Photo Album, which I'll update with the Daily Report:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/N5nFuvAcpkULQzyr7
    Last edited by schexc; 11-09-2019 at 09:35 AM.




    OUR COUPLE'S RETREAT. THE PEARL CONDO HOTEL EAGLE BEACH. CONDO ACCOMMODATES TWO ADULTS. YOU MUST REQUEST UNIT #8. https://photos.app.goo.gl/lRquP1F4VtxyZhR42 RENTING DIRECTLY http://www.thepearlaruba.com/. SEND PM BEFORE BOOKING FOR REFERRAL.
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    Yay!! A trip report! Glad you made it safe and sound, thanks for thinking of us and posting.


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    I was going thru trip report withdrawals!

    Enjoy and thanks!
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    We are happy too to see a trip report. Was starting to think this forum was for people who hope to travel to Aruba one day! Thanks so much...Schexe.
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    [Countdown=12/01/2013 2:30 AM;]I'm finally there]Count down:[/Countdown]
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    Have a wonderful and fun trip! Travel days can be exhausting and I know what it is like to wake up wide awake with excitement. Bet you slept like a baby your first night. Hope the weather is beautiful!

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    Yes we did, but oddly enough we were up pretty early, as we have a lot of things to accomplish these first few days.T here is a lot of scheduling and time frames, which we hate having, but certain things have to get done.

    Quote Originally Posted by DiviDiviFan View Post
    Have a wonderful and fun trip! Travel days can be exhausting and I know what it is like to wake up wide awake with excitement. Bet you slept like a baby your first night. Hope the weather is beautiful!




    OUR COUPLE'S RETREAT. THE PEARL CONDO HOTEL EAGLE BEACH. CONDO ACCOMMODATES TWO ADULTS. YOU MUST REQUEST UNIT #8. https://photos.app.goo.gl/lRquP1F4VtxyZhR42 RENTING DIRECTLY http://www.thepearlaruba.com/. SEND PM BEFORE BOOKING FOR REFERRAL.
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    Yay.....! You're there and posting. Thanks!
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    Have to love a trip report. Get out and enjoy the sun and beach!!

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    Seems like those that own their own places really have to go for a month at a time so you get the business out of the way and then get to relax. I am interested in the beach bar you guys went to last time. I think it's kind of new, maybe near the Tamarijn? Can we walk there on the beach from Manchebo? Bonus points for a picture


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    The same responsibilities of owning a home in the states apply here too. Most of the time we are unpacked and ready to go on day two. This trip we have a couple other additions to take care of, which I'll include in future trip reports.

    We went The Beach Bar on our first evening here. Yes, you can walk there on the beach from Manchebo and then sand crawl back

    If I take enough pictures I'll post a link to Google Photos and update them during the trip. I've gotten away from taking a lot of pictures over the years, as we frequent a lot of the same places and it's usually only of something new these days. I know a lot of you like food porn, but we're not big eaters, so I don't think anyone will get excited over our dining experiences. We'll see...

    Oh, tell your husband that Super Foods has a lot of Bud Light. I'll add a picture of beer porn for him

    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Seems like those that own their own places really have to go for a month at a time so you get the business out of the way and then get to relax. I am interested in the beach bar you guys went to last time. I think it's kind of new, maybe near the Tamarijn? Can we walk there on the beach from Manchebo? Bonus points for a picture




    OUR COUPLE'S RETREAT. THE PEARL CONDO HOTEL EAGLE BEACH. CONDO ACCOMMODATES TWO ADULTS. YOU MUST REQUEST UNIT #8. https://photos.app.goo.gl/lRquP1F4VtxyZhR42 RENTING DIRECTLY http://www.thepearlaruba.com/. SEND PM BEFORE BOOKING FOR REFERRAL.
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