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    In your original question....NO!! I have been staying for five weeks the last 17 years and I never get bored. If fact, I hate to leave but then there are spring chores to do at home.
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    We started at one week once a year then to ten days then 2 full weeks and now 2 weeks in spring and 1 week in fall nice to do multiple shorter trips
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    loving this thread
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    Over the last 20 years or so, we have gone from one week stays to 3+week stays and everything in between! We're never bored with Aruba but I do remember one trip when we started feeling like beach slugs and ended up spending the afternoon (right after bingo) and the night in the Holiday Inn Casino, lol! We were winning and having a great time with fun folks at the blackjack tables, so why leave to eat something? Not the right, mature choice but we had already prepared for departure the next day except for packing toiletries and cleaning out the fridge. When we got back to the Ocean Club,we ate almost everything in the fridge since we skipped dinner, LOL! We're now back to 1 week because we sold our 2 BR Surf Club unit, just not the right place for us, and we have 2 of the most precious Maine Coon cats and it's just too hard leaving them with a cat sitter for more than a week! Just bought extra nanny cams so we can get our MC fix, LOL!
    I should add that back in 2007 or 2008, we were booked for 3 weeks between the Surf and Ocean Clubs. My husband, an IT Consultant, had an abrupt change in his schedule--client couldn't pay their bill and my husband found out in late May! A switch in vacation time would probably work in our favor and it did. Nothing available in Aruba on short notice BUT I could get our regular cat sitter for 1.5 weeks and could get my adult nephew to stay at my house, working on an internship in our town, for the other 2.5 weeks. I was able to buy a night at the Sonesta Maho Bay on St Maarten, got a cheap flight via LIAT to St Kitts the next day. Stayed at the Marriott St Kitts for 6 nights on what is now Bonvoy points and it was lovely! We want to go back but haven't made it yet! We flew back to St Maarten after the 6 day stay on St Kitts and checked into a little apartment on Orient Bay, the French side, for the next 3 weeks and it was so very cool! We loved Orient Beach BUT haven't been back since Hurricane IRMA slammed them. This was our best vacation ever! We really got to chill out. We will go back to that dual country island but will wait until when things settle down a bit from Covid and the EU issues.
    Sorry for the "book"! How long a time on Aruba, or anywhere, ends up being is a personal decision. Maine Coons aren't fully mature until 3 to 5 years of age and I have a brand new, visiting cat sitter this time so a week is my max. I do hope to find a trustworthy, honest and reliable person to cat sit and house sit--stay in our house, for future longer trips. Best wishes on making the right decision for you!
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    Like act1966 and others here on the forum who own property on the island, it is a different perspective. Long term is different then short term for sure. Long term becomes a way of life. Things come up that have a way of filling the day and you have responsibilities. That being said; After living in Upstate NY our whole life, we'd find it difficult to become bored with warm temperatures, trade wind breezes, blue skies, white sand, turquoise water, friendly people and I'll stop there, so I don't bore you







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    Every day in Aruba is a new adventure for us, something new or different usually comes up. We've been going for 18-25 days the past several years. Of course we have to move during that time, but going to a different resort kinda starts the vacation all over. For me laying on the beach is relaxing, but never boring.

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    I retired a year before Covid so 2021 was the first year we were able to take multiple trips to Aruba. Before then 10 days once a year was our annual Aruba vacation and it worked out just fine for us. My daughter would stay the entire 10 days but my son can’t stay anywhere for more than a week without getting antsy and would leave earlier.
    ‘This year we went for a week in May and in July (not long enough) and just returned this week from 10 days (October 11-21). We could have used a few more days- I’m thinking 2 weeks. So we’re already booked for two weeks in May and two weeks in July (with the family). We are never bored in Aruba. We’ve met so many wonderful and friendly people. We love sitting on the beach and the long, lazy days. Is it reality? Not at all but it’s a good break for my husband who runs his own business. I tell him he’s “practicing” retirement when we’re on the island!
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    I agree with Annf, Act1966 and schexe. When you own a place, it is different. You have your routines and things to do just like at home, however; my Aruban home(condo) is much smaller than my NJ home. I cook less in Aruba than at home-go out more often. I don't get bored. I read a lot on my Kindle in Aruba, which is something do I do not have time for at home because I do other things. There are always people around, too.

    To me it is different when you vacation. I don't think I get bored, I just get tired, but not the type of tired you get from working hard. We just came back from a 16 day vacation in France and I was so ready to come home. I get tired of eating out 3 meals a day because that is the only option. I get tired of just hotel room and not having my own bed and pillows. Right now we are away for a few days for a car show with some awesome people and we are having a great time. I am itching to get home because the food sucks, the bed in uncomfortable, and the place could be cleaner. I am rarely bored on vacation, it is just tiring at times.






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    This is great stuff.. I went 3 times for a week in the last 12 months. I absolutely love the island for all the reasons posted. I'm never bored relaxing with no duties. I'm in CT and honestly only enjoy the weather from June 1 till Sept 1. Everyone I know loves the fall , I get depressed .I would like to go 2 weeks in Jan , May , and Oct.. thats my plan for 2022. I promised my wife we would go to Disney for 10 days in July for the 50th Anniversary .
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    take it from one that is very experienced with Disney in the summer.
    run FAR from the house of mouse during that time of year.
    it is excruciatingly hot and the humidity is a killer.

    the best time for Disney is Jan and Feb when the days are cooler.
    we were there a few days ago and it was 85, with a dew point of 70 and we were dragging after 45 min.

    seriously, it is brutal.

    Quote Originally Posted by almaringola View Post
    This is great stuff.. I went 3 times for a week in the last 12 months. I absolutely love the island for all the reasons posted. I'm never bored relaxing with no duties. I'm in CT and honestly only enjoy the weather from June 1 till Sept 1. Everyone I know loves the fall , I get depressed .I would like to go 2 weeks in Jan , May , and Oct.. thats my plan for 2022. I promised my wife we would go to Disney for 10 days in July for the 50th Anniversary .
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