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    Returning to Aruba after COVID

    Hello All,
    This will be my first visit back to Aruba since 2017. This time, without my best friend/sister, Debbie She unfortunately took her own life in April of this year. No clues, no answers as to "why" just a whole lot of questions and heartache left behind.

    I will be bringing a part of her ashes in a butterfly charm I wear on my wrist. I will also be travelling with my sister-in-law; whose never been ANYWHERE out of the USA her entire life. Would like to make it special for her....which brings me to the true reason for this post.

    Can anyone tell me what is open during COVID ? (we will be there from Nov. 5 - 12). Also, what would be some good excursions, tourist sites to explore for first-timers? She can't swim very well, so I don't know how she would do on any of the water sports or water activities.

    Any information/help will be greatly appreciated. We will be staying at the Marriott Ocean Club. Thank you!
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    very sad indeed. my condolences on the loss of Debbie.

    most everything is now open so don't worry about things being closed.

    a nice island tour would be fun. if you are driving yourselves, go for it..............if not, hire a taxi and take a half day tour.

    a few hours at a spa would be fun.

    a sunset cruise would be fun too.

    read here, in the MY ARUBA STORY category other's trip reports and see what they enjoyed.

    You only have a few days, so please do not over schedule yourselves.........leave plenty of beach time.





    Quote Originally Posted by zizi5678 View Post
    Hello All,
    This will be my first visit back to Aruba since 2017. This time, without my best friend/sister, Debbie She unfortunately took her own life in April of this year. No clues, no answers as to "why" just a whole lot of questions and heartache left behind.

    I will be bringing a part of her ashes in a butterfly charm I wear on my wrist. I will also be travelling with my sister-in-law; whose never been ANYWHERE out of the USA her entire life. Would like to make it special for her....which brings me to the true reason for this post.

    Can anyone tell me what is open during COVID ? (we will be there from Nov. 5 - 8). Also, what would be some good excursions, tourist sites to explore for first-timers? She can't swim very well, so I don't know how she would do on any of the water sports or water activities.

    Any information/help will be greatly appreciated. We will be staying at the Marriott Ocean Club. Thank you!
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    Enjoy the memories of Debbie.... so sad you lost her that way with so many unanswered questions. As far as making the trip really special for your SIL.... Andrea had some great advice.... but, frankly.... just the trip to Aruba would be so special to someone for the first visit.
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    Very sorry for your loss. Three nights in Aruba will go by very quickly considering the travel days. You also need to allow more time than usual at the airport leaving Aruba especially on a weekend. Would be great if you can add a night or 2 but it will be lovely no matter how many days you are there.
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    Sorry for your loss. Good times are everywhere in Aruba. De Palm tours are nice to see the island and so are Aruba Trikes. Black Pearl is our go-to sunset snorkel tour (you can stay on the boat if you wish). Where are you staying? The water at Palm Beach is shallow and very calm. Your SIL would be able to go in the water with little to fear. Since you are there for a short time, make plenty of time to sit on the beach and hangout. With the right conditions, sunsets are unforgettably gorgeous.

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    With essentially three days, the only excursion I'd recommend is to the bar, pool and back.
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    I recommend:
    - Lots of time on the beach, ocean & pool (and pool BAR!!) at the Ocean Club (that is a fabulous resort)
    - A sunset sail (Check out Red Sail Sports or Delphi Water Sports (The Dolphin)) - all within easy walking distance of Ocean Club
    - Dinner at Passions on Eagle Beach - make an on-line reservation now and request a Table for Two in the front row for 6pm seating (they are popular tables - so start reservation process now). Passions is a "pop-up" restaurant on Eagle Beach and the tables for two are in the front row with unobstructed ocean view. Watching sunset there is tranquil, the food is delicious, the view is breathtaking - and it just feels like paradise. It is a short cab ride from the Ocean Club - and that way you can see and "sit on" another beach. The famous Fofoti trees (that you see on every Aruba postcard) are located on Eagle Beach right next to Passions so you'll have an opportunity to see the trees and take photos of the two of you in front of them - very picturesque. (https://www.amsterdammanor.com/passions-on-the-beach).

    On a personal note, I traveled to Aruba shortly after losing my mother. When I would watch sunsets, the sun would look so large in the sky (since Aruba is so close to the equator) and at times, it felt like I was so close to heaven. I found it was a wonderful time for reflection. So as you watch a sunset - think about your sister because she'll be smiling down upon you...and from your perspective on the beautiful beaches of Aruba, it will feel as if she can almost reach down and touch you.
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    very consoling words Chris!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by SkiChris View Post
    On a personal note, I traveled to Aruba shortly after losing my mother. When I would watch sunsets, the sun would look so large in the sky (since Aruba is so close to the equator) and at times, it felt like I was so close to heaven. I found it was a wonderful time for reflection. So as you watch a sunset - think about your sister because she'll be smiling down upon you...and from your perspective on the beautiful beaches of Aruba, it will feel as if she can almost reach down and touch you.
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    Sorry about your recent loss. Please take an early morning trip to the butterfly farm. It may be a special place for you.
    Sean and Susan
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    That's a wonderful suggestion, and I couldn't agree more. I love the Butterfly Farm. It is very peaceful and tranquil. Some people rush right through it. When I've gone (several times over the years) I stroll, sit by the koi pond, search for different butterflies hiding in bushes. It's very good for the soul and spirit.
    I'm so very, very sorry for your loss.

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    Sorry about your recent loss. Please take an early morning trip to the butterfly farm. It may be a special place for you.
    Sean and Susan
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