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    De Palm Island Beach Cabana

    We enjoyed the DePalm Island Beach cabana so I wanted to share my thoughts. It's not cheap. First you have to pay for the DePalm Island day pass per person, then the beach cabana is a $350 add on, but it does seat 12 and I would say comfortably. We were greeted by an escort who walked us down to the cabana area. There are 4 of these beach cabanas that include a shaded area with a sofa, table and chairs, and 6 comfortably padded lounge chairs that can be enjoyed on the deck semi shaded or pulled onto the beach for sun. The white sand is beautiful and there is a rock wall to keep the water fairly calm in the private cabana area. This private area is where the flamingos are, so you can take pictures any time. I love that they keep a person with the flamingos to keep tourists from doing anything they shouldn't and they keep you about 5' away from the birds at all times and will take pictures for you.

    In the little lagoon, there isn't much too see as far as snorkeling (there is a net at the rock wall). There are lots of little iguanas, crabs, and pelicans. Water shoes are a must!
    There are 2 fresh water showers to rinse off that are shared by the 4 cabanas.

    You have a dedicated bar and the bartender will come by and ask if you need anything but we have had more attentive cabana service at other locations. Drink options are limited and not very strong. There are no premium drinks offered, all rail liquor and premade frozen drinks. The only beer is balashi draft. The cabana comes with a bottle of sparkling wine and our server brought us OJ for mimosas as soon as we arrived. You also have a mini fridge, a small safe, lots of ice in a cooler, and beach towels. There is a bose speaker that plays the music that you hear around the island.

    We had people on both sides, and could hear them, but with the breezes and the waves crashing it wasn't bad and still felt private.

    If the beach cabanas aren't your thing, this area also has some upgraded loungers and a few palapas that are a $45-ish add-on. I think it would be worth it just to be in an area that is not very busy.

    Food on the island is average at best, but it was plentiful. There are no separate restaurants for the premium area, so that's no different that the regular island day pass.

    I prefer the beach cabanas to the over water cabanas they offer with steps to the water. On our day it would have been far too rough to try to enter the water from the other smaller cabanas.

    This is something I would do again for a special occasion or with a group of friends to share. It was a nice break from the busy Surf Club Beach. Once the new waterpark is fully opened, this area is very close to it. The new slides are huge and made for adults to enjoy along with kids.
    The biggest downside is the restroom situation. The closest ones are port-o-potties which we didn't use - we walked to the ones near the restaurant which is on the opposite side of the island.
    Last edited by Traceyd14; 12-11-2019 at 09:42 PM. Reason: 6 loungers, not 8
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    Very informative cabana report. Another reason why we love Aruba. It has something for everyone. Our big expense is fishing, but with jeeping, shopping, gambling and high end restaurants and cabanas, there are many fun things to do if you have the cash. Best free things on the island, swimming and sunsets.
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    exactly right S and S.......... Aruba, there is something for everyone.

    Tracey....were the adult flamingos now walking around?
    I do know that the young ones are confined to a certain area.

    Thanks for sharing your review!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    exactly right S and S.......... Aruba, there is something for everyone.

    Tracey....were the adult flamingos now walking around?
    I do know that the young ones are confined to a certain area.

    Thanks for sharing your review!
    The adults are walking around but they don't go all over the island. Their area is behind the premium fence but others can come over for a short visit. There are more babies that are in a smaller penned in area for now.
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