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barryvabeach
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Re: Where has/does one stay in Aruba [Re: Daisy304]
      #1748426 - 10/02/17 09:32 PM (100.4.108.113)

Jeanne, there are some nice beaches on Aruba, and actually, while I greatly prefer the places I have stayed in St. Martin, the view from the Bugaloe ( a bar on a pier on Palm beach ) is one of the best in the world - the water is shallow for quite a distance so it is a very light blue, prettier than any view in St. Martin, in my opinion. The downsides - Aruba is usually pretty windy, except during the windy months, when it is even more windy. My friend went a few months ago on a cruise, and said they could not stay on the beach , it felt like being sandblasted. We had some days when it wasn't that bad, but there is usually a fair amount of wind. Next, while the beaches are pretty, they are not very wide, so they can get crowded. I think the beaches are all public, but the chairs on the nice beaches, Palm and Eagle, are owned by the hotels. We stayed at the Hilton, my brother stayed a few months later at the Raddisson, if I did this link right,https://www.google.com/maps/place/Aruba+Marriott+Resort+%26+Stellaris+Casino/@12.5694288,-70.0475751,206m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x0:0xfa199e9911786450!2sHilton+Aruba+Caribbean+Resort+%26+Casino!8m2!3d12.5684!4d-70.046749!3m4!1s0x0:0xb841f3e5ad0bb6b2!8m2!3d12.5807403!4d-70.042989
you will see there is not much open beach space. When in St. Martin, we usually stay in a condo and enjoy a little less of a crowded space, but if you like hotels, and having everything on site, you might like Aruba.


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irish1223
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Re: Where has/does one stay in Aruba [Re: JeanneJOE]
      #1748450 - 10/03/17 11:06 AM (96.38.120.77)

We went to Aruba for the first time last December. We stayed at the Manchebo Beach Resort on Eagle Beach. Very nice resort on a decent beach, but in all honesty, we didn't care for Aruba. That's just us and your mileage may vary. We prefer more of a 'local culture' feel and Aruba just didn't have that. To us, it was like being in Florida (too 'Americanized'). Some people like that; we didn't. It was nothing like SXM.

Like many of you, we've had to change our SXM trip this year (November). We have booked 10 days in Curacao instead at the end of October. We will be staying at the Avila Beach Resort and this will be our first trip there. We know we need to go with an open mind and a realization that it won't be St. Maarten. We're okay with that -- for the time being. Will keep you posted on what we find.

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IslandBoi
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Re: Where has/does one stay in Aruba [Re: Daisy304]
      #1748468 - 10/03/17 02:20 PM (71.31.60.142)

we stay on the southern coast at Butterfly Beach Hotel...a small hotel on a small quiet beach...not super-fancy, but meets our needs...close to St. Lawrence Gap and Oistin's Fish Fry...we always have a car, so spend days driving all over the island checking out beaches, monkeys, rainforests, monkeys, rum distilleries, monkeys, caves, etc.

we haven't been in a few years, so really looking forward to our return in dec/jan

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Re: Where has/does one stay in Aruba [Re: Daisy304]
      #1748541 - 10/04/17 12:14 PM (100.38.184.167)

LINK

Southwinds and Heritage

Southwinds in St Lawrence Gap and Heritage in St James

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Re: Where has/does one stay in Aruba [Re: JeanneJOE]
      #1748542 - 10/04/17 12:17 PM (100.38.184.167)

Suggest

Amsterdam Manor
Bucuti - Tara
Divi Golf
Divi Dutch
Aruba Beach Club
Casa del Mar
Costa Linda
Manchebo
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all good choices in low-rise area

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