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    Enjoy baby beach! I’ve never tried Big Mama’s.I hope it’s good!


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    Hi Phrogg,
    I highly recommend a dinner at Ricardo's over at the Aruba Beach Club resort. The resort is located behind the Alhambra Casino and the restaurant is located out on the beach. While I have visited Aruba for many years, I had never previously been to the Aruba Beach Club resort before September of this year. The resort's restaurant, called Ricardo's, came to my attention at the end of March when people on this forum shared a very touching video from the staff at ABC Resort. The owner of Ricardo's restaurant is featured at the beginning of the video and her words and emotion, at the start of the Pandemic when Aruba had to close its borders to tourists for a period of time, had truly touched me. After the island re-opened to tourism in July and I returned to Aruba for the first time in September, Ricardo's was one of the first places where my husband and I made a dinner reservation. It was my first time to dine there and it was WONDERFUL!! I introduced myself to the owner and THANKED her for her wonderful inspirational words in that video and made sure she knew her message had reached me all the way in upstate New York, USA. The owner was just as sweet and special in person as she appears on that video - she is truly a wonderful person. I highly recommend making a reservation at Ricardo's and requesting a table on the porch, closest to the ocean because it is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset.
    For anyone who has interest to look back at that ABC Resort video from March 2020, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHXFs5l-q18 . Aruba has come a very long way since then - and that is wonderful to see. I love to see the trip reports flowing in, just like yours, Phrogg. I hope you have a truly unique and amazing vacation on your return to the happy island of Aruba.
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    Today, we started out at Linda's for breakfast and then drove down to Baby Beach. The water was kind of churned up and visibility was not great. We tried snorkeling around some, but couldn't see very well. Then, my husband realized his new GoPro 8 that he got was taking on water the whole time, so he was none too happy about that. Turns out, the GoPro8 has some serious issues with watertight-ness. Go figure. So now, we're out a GoPro. Anyway, we decided to call it at Baby Beach and as we were walking to the car, it started raining. In fact, it downright poured for a while! We decided to hit up Zeerovers for lunch instead of Big Mamas. That was our second time at Zeerovers and it was much better than I remembered!! The onions in vinegar are SO GOOD! I pretty much ate myself stupid and drank 5 of the 6 Balashi's from our bucket. Heh. Good thing they're small!

    We then drove back up towards the resort area so my husband could get some ice cream. After that, we came back to the AirBnb and I paddled around in the pool while my husband continued to curse at the GoPro. I had some more Balashi's in an attempt to help him relax. Heh.

    We got dressed and decided to have dinner at Cafe 080. Anyone ever try that? It was quite good and good prices too! Its just up around the corner from the Airbnb and we had driven past it so many times last trip that we decided to give it a go. Very glad we did! I also had a nice cigar and some scotch while we sat there. Beautiful evening!!

    We decided to then drive back over to the resort area so we could wander through the shops, get some t-shirts for my sons and see what all was what. Not a ton of people out, but some places were definitely busy.

    We are back at the Airbnb now because I ate way too much, got too much sun and had more beer than I should have. My tummy isn't so happy right now, but that's what Tums are for.
    Pictures from our Oct 2020 trip: https://photos.app.goo.gl/TGHm1uumCXGEkEHv5

    Hubby's pictures from our Oct 2020 trip:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...BH?usp=sharing


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    I believe that things like Tums and Rolaids or in my case Nexium should be the first things on everyone's packing list.

    Sorry to read of the rain and even more sorry to read of the GoPro.
    My son had issues with the waterproofing and do not know how it was rectified.

    Big Mommas gets mixed reviews so I believe that Zeerovers was the best choice.

    Cafe 080 is pretty terrific. We had gone by the place many times and finally stopped and were glad we did!

    Enjoy and thank you.

    BTW which AirBnB did you rent?

    Next November 2021, I am having a hard time finding a 1 bedroom or studio unit at Lacabana for 2 weeks without a room change.
    We r thinking of an air BnB
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    Cafe 080 is a great spot. The staff and actually everyone that came in when we were there were super friendly. Love the fries with garlic sauce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    I believe that things like Tums and Rolaids or in my case Nexium should be the first things on everyone's packing list.

    Sorry to read of the rain and even more sorry to read of the GoPro.
    My son had issues with the waterproofing and do not know how it was rectified.

    Big Mommas gets mixed reviews so I believe that Zeerovers was the best choice.

    Cafe 080 is pretty terrific. We had gone by the place many times and finally stopped and were glad we did!

    Enjoy and thank you.

    BTW which AirBnB did you rent?

    Next November 2021, I am having a hard time finding a 1 bedroom or studio unit at Lacabana for 2 weeks without a room change.
    We r thinking of an air BnB
    Tums, Rolaids, Pepcid... Definitely all part of my necessary items! Lol. I decided on a Pepcid and feel WAY better already. That, and the AC also helps tremendously. My fat, Ohio self isn't adjusted to this humidity just yet!

    Cafe 080 is definitely going to be a recurring spot for us. We wanna try so many other things!

    The Airbnb we have is this one: https://abnb.me/bMx8dSH1Sab. The owners name is Susana and she is WONDERFUL!! It's off the same road that Local Store is on and in a neighborhood near where the new ArubasLife condos have been built. Speaking of, that place is a ghost town right now. Not a whole lot of lights on there and we only saw one car in the lot.
    Pictures from our Oct 2020 trip: https://photos.app.goo.gl/TGHm1uumCXGEkEHv5

    Hubby's pictures from our Oct 2020 trip:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...BH?usp=sharing


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Cafe 080 is a great spot. The staff and actually everyone that came in when we were there were super friendly. Love the fries with garlic sauce.
    Ooooh! I'm gonna need to try those!! Along with a side if Pepcid... hahaha!
    Pictures from our Oct 2020 trip: https://photos.app.goo.gl/TGHm1uumCXGEkEHv5

    Hubby's pictures from our Oct 2020 trip:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...BH?usp=sharing


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    A few things about the Airbnb: 1) it is a studio, so the little kitchenette and bed are all in the same room. 2) it's in a neighborhood and two of the neighbors have roosters. One of those roosters seems to be broken and/or needs to be fired... or maybe restarted. He starts clucking at 3am sometimes, but the AC drowns him out for the most part. 3) the house does not have a septic system so no toilet paper can be flushed. To me, that's the only "negative" about the place, but I don't consider it much of a negative. It's just "different than I'm used to". I'm sure it would be off-putting for some to know that you put toilet paper in a trash can. A little weird to bring up, but I figured I should mention it since it's way different than the US. Lol. Along those lines, what do the resorts, hotels and condos do/have? Is it the same or do they all have some kind of septic system? Inquiring minds wanna know...
    Pictures from our Oct 2020 trip: https://photos.app.goo.gl/TGHm1uumCXGEkEHv5

    Hubby's pictures from our Oct 2020 trip:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...BH?usp=sharing


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    Quote Originally Posted by phrogg108 View Post
    Today, we started out at Linda's for breakfast and then drove down to Baby Beach. The water was kind of churned up and visibility was not great. We tried snorkeling around some, but couldn't see very well. Then, my husband realized his new GoPro 8 that he got was taking on water the whole time, so he was none too happy about that. Turns out, the GoPro8 has some serious issues with watertight-ness. Go figure. So now, we're out a GoPro. Anyway, we decided to call it at Baby Beach and as we were walking to the car, it started raining. In fact, it downright poured for a while! We decided to hit up Zeerovers for lunch instead of Big Mamas. That was our second time at Zeerovers and it was much better than I remembered!! The onions in vinegar are SO GOOD! I pretty much ate myself stupid and drank 5 of the 6 Balashi's from our bucket. Heh. Good thing they're small!

    We then drove back up towards the resort area so my husband could get some ice cream. After that, we came back to the AirBnb and I paddled around in the pool while my husband continued to curse at the GoPro. I had some more Balashi's in an attempt to help him relax. Heh.

    We got dressed and decided to have dinner at Cafe 080. Anyone ever try that? It was quite good and good prices too! Its just up around the corner from the Airbnb and we had driven past it so many times last trip that we decided to give it a go. Very glad we did! I also had a nice cigar and some scotch while we sat there. Beautiful evening!!

    We decided to then drive back over to the resort area so we could wander through the shops, get some t-shirts for my sons and see what all was what. Not a ton of people out, but some places were definitely busy.

    We are back at the Airbnb now because I ate way too much, got too much sun and had more beer than I should have. My tummy isn't so happy right now, but that's what Tums are for.
    We go to Cafe 080 once or twice each trip. It's one of our favorites.







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    Quote Originally Posted by phrogg108 View Post
    A few things about the Airbnb: 1) it is a studio, so the little kitchenette and bed are all in the same room. 2) it's in a neighborhood and two of the neighbors have roosters. One of those roosters seems to be broken and/or needs to be fired... or maybe restarted. He starts clucking at 3am sometimes, but the AC drowns him out for the most part. 3) the house does not have a septic system so no toilet paper can be flushed. To me, that's the only "negative" about the place, but I don't consider it much of a negative. It's just "different than I'm used to". I'm sure it would be off-putting for some to know that you put toilet paper in a trash can. A little weird to bring up, but I figured I should mention it since it's way different than the US. Lol. Along those lines, what do the resorts, hotels and condos do/have? Is it the same or do they all have some kind of septic system? Inquiring minds wanna know...
    ‘Hotels/resorts must have septics or sewer systems as there are no flushing issues. I think tissues in the trash would be quite the adjustment. +

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