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    March 21st to April 7th

    Sorry for being behind on my trip reports. I so much look forward to everyone else's and then when I am here I get very lazy, but I prefer to say relaxed.

    Got tested at a Project Beacon site on Thursday, the 18th. Results came bac at 5 AM the next morning and had my green check shortly thereafter.

    Flight and airport on Sunday was routine, but cleaner. I didn't feel grossed out or in close quarters. We routinely bring is “sleeves” of ten plastic shot sized bottles of Fireball and Dr. Dr. McGillicuddy, because there is nothing better than tossing your friend a nice cold shot while swimming in the pool. We’ve heard of increased checks at Customs here and decided to chance it. Our thought process was we can’t get these down here, they make our trip better, and if we get caught, it will be worth the $19/liter duty. Luckily, customs was not scanning bags when we arrived.

    Sunday we arrived, checked in, ran to grocery store and had a great day. Sunset at the ocean and then I skipped dinner for a hot tub soak and met the folks who went to dinner at the Al Hambra. I won $250 using my free $10 slot play, but felt a bit too inebriated to partake any further so I went home made myself a sandwich and went to peg.

    Monday I got up bright and early and went for a walk/run (mostly walk) on the beach. I’ve been actually exercising lately and don’t want to lose that momentum. After I finished I dove in the water. This is where things took a turn, when I dove in I noticed that I lost my chain and cross. I searched everywhere and in the panic it seems I lost my earbuds (cheapo ones). The earbuds are no loss, but the cross it sentimental as it was given to me by grandparents. I’ve since done some recon using our photos and I did not have it on my in the hot tub the night before, but I did at Logan airport. I think I must have lost it Sunday night in the ocean or sometime during the day. I’ve reached out to lost and found here at Divi Village and at the Tam/Divi Divi and posted on a few facebook groups. Hopefully someone comes across it.

    But I was determined not to let that ruin my day, so we had a great day at the pool, catching up with friends who are usually here these weeks. Another sunset at the ocean and then Tango for dessert. Dinner was delicious as usual. That night I stopped again at the Hyatt casino, and lost my winnings, but no more.

    Tuesday was more pool and then the ocean for sunset. Chalet Suisse that night for dinner did not disappoint. Although their chocolate mousse, on of my favorites, was not up to par. The flavor was good but it was not silky smooth. I didn’t even finish it. Again, not going to let it get me down, and I plan to try it again next week when my Aunt comes down. It is one of her favorite places too.

    Wednesday, some new to our group this year friends came down so I picked them up at the aiport. Then spent the day between the ocean and the pool. Dinner that night was cheese and crackers in our room. There might have been some drinks with those cheese and crackers.

    Thursday we spent the day at the beach. Able to grab two palapas around 11 AM and our numbers only grew after that. With the decreased capacity, obtaining a palapa is not a problem on the Druif Beach. That night I went to Blossoms for dinner and we had Chinese. I’m not usually a big Chinese food fan, but we all love their crispy honey chicken.

    Friday we changed it up a bit, and went to the Infinity Pool out back at Divi Links. A few in our group were staying out there, so we were able to take advantage of their unit during the day for laundry and the bathroom. Dinner was Sole Mare and it did not disappoint. There was 10 of us that went to dinner and they spread us out into 3 tables and followed all protocols.

    I’m not sure what is on tap for today.

    I will say everything has felt safe. There are some concerns now that an earlier curfew has been enacted, but again, nothing is going to ruin my good time. I’ll make the necessary adjustments. Drinking on the beach is another one, idk what we are going to do about that, but we will figure it out.

    The good thing about the curfew is that after sunset, and then going to dinner, there hasn’t been time to hit the Casino most nights. I thought I’d miss it, but I don’t. Now with the earlier curfew, I have to balance between seeing the sunset on the beach (6:50) and then whether I have time to get showered changed and make it to dinner in time before they need to close. I usually book 8:00 dinner reservations at the earliest. But adjustments will be made.

    I will try and keep up better with this post, I feel it is my duty as a year round lurker.


    Sorry for being behind on my trip reports. I so much look forward to everyone else's and then when I am here I get very lazy, but I prefer to say relaxed.

    Got tested at a Project Beacon site on Thursday, the 18th. Results came bac at 5 AM the next morning and had my green check shortly thereafter.

    Flight and airport on Sunday was routine, but cleaner. I didn't feel grossed out or in close quarters. We routinely bring is “sleeves” of ten plastic shot sized bottles of Fireball and Dr. Dr. McGillicuddy, because there is nothing better than tossing your friend a nice cold shot while swimming in the pool. We’ve heard of increased checks at Customs here and decided to chance it. Our thought process was we can’t get these down here, they make our trip better, and if we get caught, it will be worth the $19/liter duty. Luckily, customs was not scanning bags when we arrived.

    Sunday we arrived, checked in, ran to grocery store and had a great day. Sunset at the ocean and then I skipped dinner for a hot tub soak and met the folks who went to dinner at the Al Hambra. I won $250 using my free $10 slot play, but felt a bit too inebriated to partake any further so I went home made myself a sandwich and went to peg.

    Monday I got up bright and early and went for a walk/run (mostly walk) on the beach. I’ve been actually exercising lately and don’t want to lose that momentum. After I finished I dove in the water. This is where things took a turn, when I dove in I noticed that I lost my chain and cross. I searched everywhere and in the panic it seems I lost my earbuds (cheapo ones). The earbuds are no loss, but the cross it sentimental as it was given to me by grandparents. I’ve since done some recon using our photos and I did not have it on my in the hot tub the night before, but I did at Logan airport. I think I must have lost it Sunday night in the ocean or sometime during the day. I’ve reached out to lost and found here at Divi Village and at the Tam/Divi Divi and posted on a few facebook groups. Hopefully someone comes across it.

    But I was determined not to let that ruin my day, so we had a great day at the pool, catching up with friends who are usually here these weeks. Another sunset at the ocean and then Tango for dessert. Dinner was delicious as usual. That night I stopped again at the Hyatt casino, and lost my winnings, but no more.

    Tuesday was more pool and then the ocean for sunset. Chalet Suisse that night for dinner did not disappoint. Although their chocolate mousse, on of my favorites, was not up to par. The flavor was good but it was not silky smooth. I didn’t even finish it. Again, not going to let it get me down, and I plan to try it again next week when my Aunt comes down. It is one of her favorite places too.

    Wednesday, some new to our group this year friends came down so I picked them up at the aiport. Then spent the day between the ocean and the pool. Dinner that night was cheese and crackers in our room. There might have been some drinks with those cheese and crackers.

    Thursday we spent the day at the beach. Able to grab two palapas around 11 AM and our numbers only grew after that. With the decreased capacity, obtaining a palapa is not a problem on the Druif Beach. That night I went to Blossoms for dinner and we had Chinese. I’m not usually a big Chinese food fan, but we all love their crispy honey chicken.

    Friday we changed it up a bit, and went to the Infinity Pool out back at Divi Links. A few in our group were staying out there, so we were able to take advantage of their unit during the day for laundry and the bathroom. Dinner was Sole Mare and it did not disappoint. There was 10 of us that went to dinner and they spread us out into 3 tables and followed all protocols.

    I’m not sure what is on tap for today.

    I will say everything has felt safe. There are some concerns now that an earlier curfew has been enacted, but again, nothing is going to ruin my good time. I’ll make the necessary adjustments. Drinking on the beach is another one, idk what we are going to do about that, but we will figure it out.

    The good thing about the curfew is that after sunset, and then going to dinner, there hasn’t been time to hit the Casino most nights. I thought I’d miss it, but I don’t. Now with the earlier curfew, I have to balance between seeing the sunset on the beach (6:50) and then whether I have time to get showered changed and make it to dinner in time before they need to close. I usually book 8:00 dinner reservations at the earliest. But adjustments will be made.

    I will try and keep up better with this post, I feel it is my duty as a year round lurker.
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    awesome thanks for sharing your first week with us!!!

    I am particularly interested in hearing of your experiences with the new and temporary rules with alcohol on the beach.

    again, thank you!
    Quote Originally Posted by mvosilla View Post
    Sorry for being behind on my trip reports. I so much look forward to everyone else's and then when I am here I get very lazy, but I prefer to say relaxed.

    Got tested at a Project Beacon site on Thursday, the 18th. Results came bac at 5 AM the next morning and had my green check shortly thereafter.

    Flight and airport on Sunday was routine, but cleaner. I didn't feel grossed out or in close quarters. We routinely bring is “sleeves” of ten plastic shot sized bottles of Fireball and Dr. Dr. McGillicuddy, because there is nothing better than tossing your friend a nice cold shot while swimming in the pool. We’ve heard of increased checks at Customs here and decided to chance it. Our thought process was we can’t get these down here, they make our trip better, and if we get caught, it will be worth the $19/liter duty. Luckily, customs was not scanning bags when we arrived.

    Sunday we arrived, checked in, ran to grocery store and had a great day. Sunset at the ocean and then I skipped dinner for a hot tub soak and met the folks who went to dinner at the Al Hambra. I won $250 using my free $10 slot play, but felt a bit too inebriated to partake any further so I went home made myself a sandwich and went to peg.

    Monday I got up bright and early and went for a walk/run (mostly walk) on the beach. I’ve been actually exercising lately and don’t want to lose that momentum. After I finished I dove in the water. This is where things took a turn, when I dove in I noticed that I lost my chain and cross. I searched everywhere and in the panic it seems I lost my earbuds (cheapo ones). The earbuds are no loss, but the cross it sentimental as it was given to me by grandparents. I’ve since done some recon using our photos and I did not have it on my in the hot tub the night before, but I did at Logan airport. I think I must have lost it Sunday night in the ocean or sometime during the day. I’ve reached out to lost and found here at Divi Village and at the Tam/Divi Divi and posted on a few facebook groups. Hopefully someone comes across it.

    But I was determined not to let that ruin my day, so we had a great day at the pool, catching up with friends who are usually here these weeks. Another sunset at the ocean and then Tango for dessert. Dinner was delicious as usual. That night I stopped again at the Hyatt casino, and lost my winnings, but no more.

    Tuesday was more pool and then the ocean for sunset. Chalet Suisse that night for dinner did not disappoint. Although their chocolate mousse, on of my favorites, was not up to par. The flavor was good but it was not silky smooth. I didn’t even finish it. Again, not going to let it get me down, and I plan to try it again next week when my Aunt comes down. It is one of her favorite places too.

    Wednesday, some new to our group this year friends came down so I picked them up at the aiport. Then spent the day between the ocean and the pool. Dinner that night was cheese and crackers in our room. There might have been some drinks with those cheese and crackers.

    Thursday we spent the day at the beach. Able to grab two palapas around 11 AM and our numbers only grew after that. With the decreased capacity, obtaining a palapa is not a problem on the Druif Beach. That night I went to Blossoms for dinner and we had Chinese. I’m not usually a big Chinese food fan, but we all love their crispy honey chicken.

    Friday we changed it up a bit, and went to the Infinity Pool out back at Divi Links. A few in our group were staying out there, so we were able to take advantage of their unit during the day for laundry and the bathroom. Dinner was Sole Mare and it did not disappoint. There was 10 of us that went to dinner and they spread us out into 3 tables and followed all protocols.

    I’m not sure what is on tap for today.

    I will say everything has felt safe. There are some concerns now that an earlier curfew has been enacted, but again, nothing is going to ruin my good time. I’ll make the necessary adjustments. Drinking on the beach is another one, idk what we are going to do about that, but we will figure it out.

    The good thing about the curfew is that after sunset, and then going to dinner, there hasn’t been time to hit the Casino most nights. I thought I’d miss it, but I don’t. Now with the earlier curfew, I have to balance between seeing the sunset on the beach (6:50) and then whether I have time to get showered changed and make it to dinner in time before they need to close. I usually book 8:00 dinner reservations at the earliest. But adjustments will be made.

    I will try and keep up better with this post, I feel it is my duty as a year round lurker.


    Sorry for being behind on my trip reports. I so much look forward to everyone else's and then when I am here I get very lazy, but I prefer to say relaxed.

    Got tested at a Project Beacon site on Thursday, the 18th. Results came bac at 5 AM the next morning and had my green check shortly thereafter.

    Flight and airport on Sunday was routine, but cleaner. I didn't feel grossed out or in close quarters. We routinely bring is “sleeves” of ten plastic shot sized bottles of Fireball and Dr. Dr. McGillicuddy, because there is nothing better than tossing your friend a nice cold shot while swimming in the pool. We’ve heard of increased checks at Customs here and decided to chance it. Our thought process was we can’t get these down here, they make our trip better, and if we get caught, it will be worth the $19/liter duty. Luckily, customs was not scanning bags when we arrived.

    Sunday we arrived, checked in, ran to grocery store and had a great day. Sunset at the ocean and then I skipped dinner for a hot tub soak and met the folks who went to dinner at the Al Hambra. I won $250 using my free $10 slot play, but felt a bit too inebriated to partake any further so I went home made myself a sandwich and went to peg.

    Monday I got up bright and early and went for a walk/run (mostly walk) on the beach. I’ve been actually exercising lately and don’t want to lose that momentum. After I finished I dove in the water. This is where things took a turn, when I dove in I noticed that I lost my chain and cross. I searched everywhere and in the panic it seems I lost my earbuds (cheapo ones). The earbuds are no loss, but the cross it sentimental as it was given to me by grandparents. I’ve since done some recon using our photos and I did not have it on my in the hot tub the night before, but I did at Logan airport. I think I must have lost it Sunday night in the ocean or sometime during the day. I’ve reached out to lost and found here at Divi Village and at the Tam/Divi Divi and posted on a few facebook groups. Hopefully someone comes across it.

    But I was determined not to let that ruin my day, so we had a great day at the pool, catching up with friends who are usually here these weeks. Another sunset at the ocean and then Tango for dessert. Dinner was delicious as usual. That night I stopped again at the Hyatt casino, and lost my winnings, but no more.

    Tuesday was more pool and then the ocean for sunset. Chalet Suisse that night for dinner did not disappoint. Although their chocolate mousse, on of my favorites, was not up to par. The flavor was good but it was not silky smooth. I didn’t even finish it. Again, not going to let it get me down, and I plan to try it again next week when my Aunt comes down. It is one of her favorite places too.

    Wednesday, some new to our group this year friends came down so I picked them up at the aiport. Then spent the day between the ocean and the pool. Dinner that night was cheese and crackers in our room. There might have been some drinks with those cheese and crackers.

    Thursday we spent the day at the beach. Able to grab two palapas around 11 AM and our numbers only grew after that. With the decreased capacity, obtaining a palapa is not a problem on the Druif Beach. That night I went to Blossoms for dinner and we had Chinese. I’m not usually a big Chinese food fan, but we all love their crispy honey chicken.

    Friday we changed it up a bit, and went to the Infinity Pool out back at Divi Links. A few in our group were staying out there, so we were able to take advantage of their unit during the day for laundry and the bathroom. Dinner was Sole Mare and it did not disappoint. There was 10 of us that went to dinner and they spread us out into 3 tables and followed all protocols.

    I’m not sure what is on tap for today.

    I will say everything has felt safe. There are some concerns now that an earlier curfew has been enacted, but again, nothing is going to ruin my good time. I’ll make the necessary adjustments. Drinking on the beach is another one, idk what we are going to do about that, but we will figure it out.

    The good thing about the curfew is that after sunset, and then going to dinner, there hasn’t been time to hit the Casino most nights. I thought I’d miss it, but I don’t. Now with the earlier curfew, I have to balance between seeing the sunset on the beach (6:50) and then whether I have time to get showered changed and make it to dinner in time before they need to close. I usually book 8:00 dinner reservations at the earliest. But adjustments will be made.

    I will try and keep up better with this post, I feel it is my duty as a year round lurker.
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    Enjoying your report. It’s great that you’re able to be flexible and not let the new restrictions impact your good time. Sorry you lost your chain and cross!!

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    Thanks for sharing. Look forward to more updates.
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    Glad you caught us up with your trip. I hope you find your cross... hang in there, a lot of things lost in Aruba have been found using social media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    awesome thanks for sharing your first week with us!!!

    I am particularly interested in hearing of your experiences with the new and temporary rules with alcohol on the beach.

    again, thank you!
    Yea that is a tuff one for me NO BOOZE AT BEACH..You can always sneak it in your water bottle like I do. Ha ha ha..
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    Yesterday was more pool and sun. We had a few discrete beers at sunset down on the beach and no one bothered us. The hotel also sent around a new flyer announcing the new curfew, but there was no mention of the alcohol ban. I am guessing, but I think perhaps with Holy Week coming up, the alcohol ban was more directed at the locals that usually camp out on the beach for that week.

    For dinner we just went to Mulligans and found out that because they are on property, the new curfew doesn't really affect them. So they can stay open until 10. If Windows does the same, that leave two restaurants I can go to later.

    I just had the burger and it was delicious. It might have been a bit overcooked, but that could have been the vodka talking. LOL
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    I believe that you are correct with your thoughts that the alcohol on the beach banning is directed more to the residents.
    Now that it is Holy Week, beach camping should have begun today.
    I am disappointed for the Arubans.
    They have lost so very much during this last year.

    Keep your eye out for folks combing the beach with metal detectors. Make an inquiry about your lost chain/cross.

    Quote Originally Posted by mvosilla View Post
    Yesterday was more pool and sun. We had a few discrete beers at sunset down on the beach and no one bothered us. The hotel also sent around a new flyer announcing the new curfew, but there was no mention of the alcohol ban. I am guessing, but I think perhaps with Holy Week coming up, the alcohol ban was more directed at the locals that usually camp out on the beach for that week.

    For dinner we just went to Mulligans and found out that because they are on property, the new curfew doesn't really affect them. So they can stay open until 10. If Windows does the same, that leave two restaurants I can go to later.

    I just had the burger and it was delicious. It might have been a bit overcooked, but that could have been the vodka talking. LOL
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    Just saw on Costa Linda owners website that resorts that already have a permit are allowed to have alcohol on the beach. I'd guess that includes Divi but I would check.
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