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Lakegirl480
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Just booked Aruba July 2017 for 10 days.
      #1708117 - 09/15/16 05:40 PM (68.169.178.54)

After our horrible disappointment on our BVI charter we have booked a trip to Aruba at a resort. Although I would love a "do-over" charter, it just wasn't in the budget this soon after returning. I'm cautiously excited about this trip and maybe it'll live up to the dream vacation the BVI trip was supposed to be.

Looking forward to sharing info over the next few months.
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Roaruba
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Re: Just booked Aruba July 2017 for 10 days. [Re: Lakegirl480]
      #1708851 - 09/23/16 08:52 PM (100.2.129.208)

We will be there in June for 10 days. Where are you staying? We love Aruba and go every year.

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Lakegirl480
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Re: Just booked Aruba July 2017 for 10 days. [Re: Roaruba]
      #1718017 - 01/05/17 08:11 PM (68.54.206.209)

La cabana

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Re: Just booked Aruba July 2017 for 10 days. [Re: Lakegirl480]
      #1718630 - 01/10/17 02:28 PM (64.235.150.152)

Hey there - can you give the general vibe of Aruba? I am trying to decide between there and Bermuda this fall. I have been to Curacao, St Martin, Anegada, Tortola, Turks, Jamaica, St John, St Thomas, Belize etc. So I am wondering what Aruba is like...thanks!

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Re: Just booked Aruba July 2017 for 10 days. [Re: horncusker]
      #1718649 - 01/10/17 03:57 PM (47.192.9.53)

Aruba is very Americanized, more than Dutch SXM. There's not a lot of Dutch flavor to it, and of course, no french influence like on SXM. LOTS of US chain restaurants and lots of other high end restaurants. Prices for cars and groceries and liquor are higher than SXM. Restaurant prices are perhaps a bit higher than SXM, alcohol in bars much higher. GREAT tourist transportation system, with buses which run all the time, clean, cheap. The climate is very dry, and outside of the resort areas, the landscape is desert. There is a pretty constant wind, usually 15 mph at least. There are a bunch of big hotels, highrises, and lots of timeshares and condos. The island is cleaner than SXM. The perception is that crime is much lower in Aruba. I'm not exactly sure that's true, but that is the perception anyway.

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horncusker
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Re: Just booked Aruba July 2017 for 10 days. [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1718669 - 01/10/17 07:24 PM (64.235.150.151)

Thanks Carol - very interesting - still thinking - might just go back to SXM - HA!

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Re: Just booked Aruba July 2017 for 10 days. [Re: horncusker]
      #1718672 - 01/10/17 07:48 PM (69.141.55.60)

Carol is right on about Aruba. It is a nice vacation island. I have been to all of the islands you have listed and I am partial to Curacao and I will say it's much different than Aruba. Have not been to Bermuda, would love to some day, it's only 2 1/2 hours away from us. One thing if you are going in the fall, remember Aruba is out of the so called hurricane belt, Bermuda is not. Enjoy where ever you go!

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horncusker
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Re: Just booked Aruba July 2017 for 10 days. [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1718750 - 01/11/17 03:51 PM (64.235.150.152)

Yeah, I use the "sailors theme" for Hurricanes...June, too soon, July, stand by, August, a must, September, remember, October, it's over.

But that doesn't always work...ha...I was in the Turks last year in October and there was a hurricane bearing down on Bermuda and we dodged a tropical storm in T&C. I really liked Curacao, and plan on going back in 2018, just looking for a new spot for this year.


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Re: Just booked Aruba July 2017 for 10 days. [Re: horncusker]
      #1718831 - 01/12/17 10:54 AM (69.141.55.60)

If you are into "laid back and relaxed", try looking into the Out Islands in the Bahamas. Very beautiful, beaches and water to die for.

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Re: Just booked Aruba July 2017 for 10 days. [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1718921 - 01/12/17 09:45 PM (64.235.150.154)

I would kind of like the best of both...a bit laid back and a bit of nightlife close by...

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