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Thread: Advice that you'd give a 1st time Aruba visitor?

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    Rent a jeep and tour the northside and the island on your own time. Bring lots of sunscreen and wear it. If you burn, get Aruba Aloe After Sun. Aruba has great restaurants. Eat in locally owned places and stay away from the chains you can eat in at home. Get to the airport at least 3 or 4 hours early. Enjoy!






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    Read Charles W. Smith's e-book HOW TO ENJOY ARUBA - One Man's Opinion. Although it has not been updated in 5 years, the vast array of information in there still provides an accurate insight of what to expect when visiting Aruba for the first time. We read it in 2015 and could not book our trip fast enough. As a few mentioned above, you will be back! We're looking forward to our 7th trip later this month.
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    Also, bring and WEAR your sunscreen!
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    Bring no socks and no sweaters and DO NOT agree to attend any time share presentations no matter what they may offer you as compensation.
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    Bug spray if its like last October !!
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    Try to add another week to your trip.
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    Don't underestimate the sun - no matter what you're used to, your complexion, or whether you've never had a burn. WEAR SUNSCREEN.

    Eat where the locals eat, at least once.

    Tour the island - not just the national park. Get away from the major tourist area, then you'll see that Aruba is not "too Americanized."

    Get IN the water. Not just the pool, but the beautiful clear blue ocean.

    Buy hot sauce to take home, even if you have to grab it at the airport (especially if you're traveling with a carry on).

    Don't hesitate to do an organized tour. The tour guides are always happy to offer additional suggestions on things to do and places to eat.


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    Take a taxi from the airport so you can look around and relax and just get a feel for things without worrying about directions. Take one day to do a tour or explore on your own, but whatever you do go and explore. Look at menus online before you go.
    The best trip is the next trip. Anxiously waiting to book something.
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    Read all the info this site has to offer plus the forum! You can find the search field towards the top on the right but you can ask all the questions you need answers for plus opinions, too. Knowledgeable, helpful group here!
    Consider travel time when planning your length of stay--a direct flight from Miami is going to be almost 3 hours air time. Add to that, time on the road getting to your airport several hours early, layover times, etc. It can take up a lot of time going and and coming.
    Ditto on sunscreen and bug spray but I always bring a wide brimmed hat with an adjustable chin string thingy, too. I also bring my favorite shampoo and conditioner and lots of hair bands, ties and clips--THE WIND. Love the wind but not if I'm eating outdoors at night.
    Local food is great! Love pasteshi and funchi.
    Early on, you could take a circle tour of the island that will hit the tourist spots like the Alto Vista Chapel, CA Lighthouse, Baby Beach and Oranjestad, maybe other stops, too. I kinda like it for a first time to get the "lay of the land" and an overview of the island. It's also an opportunity to chat with your tour guide, driver and other passengers to see what else they recommend. Who knows, you might make some new friends!
    Agree with the don't over schedule comments. If you find enjoying the beach all day, every day is your new thing, let sand gravity take over! Aruba has something to offer every visitor.
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