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    Flag Day in Aruba

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    I’ve been to Aruba many times with girlfriends that had timeshares @ CPVR. This year I’m bringing my husband for his first time so I can show him the Aruba I fell in love with. We’re staying at Manchebo Beach Resort for 10 days in March. We’ll be celebrating his birthday March 18th. I wanted to make it a special day not realizing Aruba will be celebrating Flag Day. Has anyone been on the island then? Just wondering what’s closed and what’s opened. Also any info on MBR would be helpful. I know some forum members have stayed here ( I’ve been a lurker for quite a while ). It looks quiet and laid back with spacious palapas on the beach. Thanks!
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    I believe you will find that everything is open. Casino's will however be extremely crowded. There is a huge motorcycle rally on the island that week. On Flag & Anthem Day, they will be touring the island as a group with police escort. That is something to see and experience.
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    Flag Day is a lot of fun! We've been there twice and will be there again this year. Stores are closed, but most restaurants are open. Unless things change, road in front of Manchebo will get totally backed up later in the afternoon. There are activities/events all over the island. We have attended some of the events. Lots of people, but everyone behaves themselves. The motorcycle groups drive the island(main reason for the backup) and people who have classic cars bring them out. They sell teeshirts and hats and other flag items at roadside stands all week.

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    Thanks. That sounds like fun.
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    Well we haven’t been in Aruba for Flag Day but we do stay at Manchebo. We both just love it there and we have stayed at a number of other resorts before settling down here. The beach is just amazing. There are no issues getting a palapa. We generally grab one on our way to breakfast. Joalsef, the beach attendant sets up the chairs and covers for you. The vibe is both Carribean and laid back. All their restaurants are wonderful. The Chophouse for a relaxed evening of fine dining and fabulous steaks without the need to get all dressed up. Pega Pega for lunch; or take advantage of the beach service and never leave your palapa. Ike’s for breakfast, try the coconut French toast; or in the evening out by the pool for some delicious shrimp.

    You will definitely enjoy your stay!!

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    We'll be there too...should be a great time!







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    You will enjoy Manchebo!
    As Peg says ....Awesome beach and staff.

    The grocery stores and shops may have abbreviated hours on the holiday.
    Restaurants and casinos and gas stations will not be affected.
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    Thanks for all the info about Manchebo. I know we’ll love it. I think The Chophouse is perfect for his birthday dinner. Ike’s sound wonderful too, especially the coconut French toast. As others have said before, too many restaurants on the list and not enough time. I’m sure my husband will be hooked and want to come back.
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    ....oh yeah, he'll wanna come back. Especially if he's kinda laid back. Manchebo is a perfect choice. Magnificent staff, clean property and plenty of palapas available any time of day..... and the beach is huge....once you meet Joseul on the beach..... he'll look for you every morning to help you select the right palapa. Very few kids around and just a nice relaxing resort. DW loves the spa too!
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    I was looking for a more laid back resort. I knew Palm Beach was not for us. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people want to be in the middle of all the action. That’s just not for us. We can ride the bus ( which I’ve done before with friends ) or cab it when we want to get to the Palm Beach area. Also, not getting up at 4 or 5am to get a palapa is a plus for us. Another question, what is this Manchito I’ve heard so much about!
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