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Thread: What to do in Aruba if you are NOT a fan of the beach or pool?

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    Cool photo!! Plus you were able to post it! I haven’t been able to post photos for weeks.

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    There are only two reasons I'll get up at 4 am: 1.To go to the bathroom and go back to sleep 2. To get on an early flight. The first is mandatory the second is voluntary.

    Things to do: read, explore the island, shop, sit on the balcony and enjoy the breeze and sun, walk, run errands.




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    Good afternoon everybody,

    Andrea, you ask what I think is a really good question. If not the beach or pool, what then? Truth be told, in a 24 hr day, I probably spend about 90 minutes to two hours at the pool at Sunset Beach Studios. Subtract the hours sleeping at night and that still leaves lots of time for other things.

    Many things like exploring Aruba have been covered here aplenty. What about shopping? Especially downtown. We do lots of that. Why do you think they have to repaint the stone bench outside Little Switzerland every few years? Lol.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayshea View Post
    Attachment 7766Here is the full moon picture I took

    Love full moons while in Aruba! Great picture

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    I do love to go to the beach in the ocean but I am not a sun lover. I stay for 5 weeks and come back as white as when I got there. But I can sit under a palapa and read all day. There is the butterfly farm, the donkey farm, going downtown to see the cruise ships, shopping of course or my all time favorite, doing nothing.

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    Aruba is more my vacation. Tom isn’t a beach person. In all our trips I think he may have gone in the water once. If the tables at the casino were open all day he would probably be there all day. He compromises and spends time on the beach with me. We then head off for lunch somewhere and stop at the casino. For him, I think he enjoys the warm weather sitting on the balcony enjoying the views. He enjoys dining out and playing cards at the casino. He’s perfectly okay with lazy days.

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    I still cannot post photos either peg.

    I am so glad to read of everyone's non beach or pool suggestions.

    (now back to bed as allergies have me DOWN and OUT today)

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    Go to the casino.
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    Many locals are not avid beach goers either. Thankfully there is so much more to do. Mane enjoy mountain biking along the north side, hiking, paintball, casinos, museums, restaurants, different animal sanctuaries/zoo's, tour the Aruba aloe and/or water plant(WEB), jogging, horseback riding, football(soccer) games, baseball, go-Karting, tennis, golf etc etc etc
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    Shopping, shopping, shopping; LOL.

    In reality, I can get all my shopping done in one day. With the airlines dictating the weight of baggage, we can't buy as much to take home as we once did. One time we bought a very furry rug and took it home in a suitcase that would now be considered overweight.

    Reading is a great option. The only time I successfully get through a book is on vacation. At home, I only have time to read late in the evenings after work, dinner, errands, etc. I fall asleep after only a page or two.

    A daily long walk before the day heats up, bar hopping and casino hopping is what I would do if there was no beach/pool.

    I think Aruba is trying to become a destination that appeals to everyone's tastes, offering things to do for all. Did anyone see the photo on Facebook that got people's feathers ruffled? It was a photo of a jeep in the water on the corral. Someone mentioned Aruba being marketed as an "adventure destination" and that the "adventures" are imposing upon and destroying the natural beauty.

    I'm pretty certain that if one of my friends that did not like beach/pool activities asked about Aruba, I'd say "don't go". Our Aruba vaca is ALL about the beach, pool and imbibing.






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