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GRIZZ
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Need Aruba advice: Dive, Snorkel, Dine, etc
Wife and I are going for 5 days over labor day weekend. We're staying at the Barcelo. It's all inclusive, but we would like to venture out and find some areas to snorkel and dine outside of the resort. We would also like to dive and maybe take a sunset cruise. Can anyone give advice on this and other must-do's? Thanks!


agreenway6
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re: Need Aruba advice: Dive, Snorkel, Dine, etc
We stayed at Barcelo as well. Walk down to the beach and take a left. There is a building there on the beach for Aruba Watersports Center. We did the Arusun snorkeling and booze cruise (took you snorkeling over the ship wreck and into a cove with coral and plenty of fish) and had a great time!

As far as dining, we took a cab to Madame Janette's and it was fantastic!


GRIZZ
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re: Need Aruba advice: Dive, Snorkel, Dine, etc
Thanks! Did you rent a vehicle while there? If so from who and is a jeep necessary?


agreenway6
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re: Need Aruba advice: Dive, Snorkel, Dine, etc
Unfortunately we did not rent anything. The only time we left the resort we took a cab.


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Lester Earl
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re: Need Aruba advice: Dive, Snorkel, Dine, etc
Zeerover- casual lunch, on the water. They fry the catch of the day for you

Flying Fishbone- nice dinner

Both are in Savaneta

Definitely rent a car. Drive to the different beaches. The best ones are away from where you are staying.

Baby beach
Mangel Halto
Arashi

I have several other restaurant reviews I just need to find them


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Tiger Bend Tiger
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re: Need Aruba advice: Dive, Snorkel, Dine, etc
Excellent Dining:
Madame Janette's
Papiamentos
Flying Fishbone - Make reservations at sunset
Faro Blanco - it's at the lighthouse, sunset reservations

On a Thursday, definitely go to Baby Beach first, then on to Charlies Bar in San Nicolas on the way back. While at Charlies bar, there is a Carrubian Festival, check when you get there, it happens on Thursday of every other week, it's fun.

Jolly Pirate during the day is fun, booze cruise. however, the Tranquillo I think has sunset cruise with dining. Don't know how good the food is though.

Baby Beach is a good snorkel place, try going to the Natural Pool, worth the hike.
This post was edited on 8/13 at 6:57 am


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jimlsu1
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re: Need Aruba advice: Dive, Snorkel, Dine, etc
I can firm the Flying Fishbone. On the other side of the island. The drive there isn’t pretty but good dining.
Also grab as much alcohol at Duty Free as you ca. Unless you don’t drink. Drinks are pricey there


weaveballs1
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re: Need Aruba advice: Dive, Snorkel, Dine, etc
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Drinks are pricey there


Just got back, can confirm. The consistent $5-7 for their little 7oz bottles of Balashi was ridiculous. $6.75 for a Miller Lite at one place .
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Lester Earl
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re: Need Aruba advice: Dive, Snorkel, Dine, etc
other restaurants that I liked

Keep in mind I am from NEw orleans, so i eat well here. Food in Aruba is just ok and all in all uninspiring, but these were our favorite spots for dinner, all which over ocean view expect El Gaucho.

Flying Fishbone
Barefoot
Passions on the Beach
El Gaucho (brazilian steakhouse)

Zeerover for lunch was the most memorable experience. Just a casual lunch on the water. About authentic as you can get


If you are looking for something to do, i found this blog with directions on how to drive and then hike to the Natural Pool. It was a fun little morning for us. Keep in mind that you can take an ATV tour through Aritok national park to get here. It's easy and im sure its fun, but time wise, you are at the mercy of the tour guide.

Below is a guide on where to drive and park your car. You then hike for about an hour; probably 1.75 miles or so. If you are in decent shape you can do it. A few hills, some sand and rocky terrains. I wouldnt do it with kids under 12 or older folks. But it is fun, and scenic, and if you go in the morning you will miss hoards of ATV tourist. You do need to stop by the national park office and buy a wristband for admitance to the park.


LINK


Lester Earl
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re: Need Aruba advice: Dive, Snorkel, Dine, etc
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On the other side of the island. The drive there isn’t pretty



smh! this is the only place to stay in Aruba


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weaveballs1
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re: Need Aruba advice: Dive, Snorkel, Dine, etc
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Zeerover for lunch was the most memorable experience. Just a casual lunch on the water. About authentic as you can get


Meant to put this in my other post. It was incredible. One of, if not the coolest dining experiences I've had anywhere. You walk up to the window and they tell you what they've got that day and you order it by weight. We had Wahoo and whole fried Red Snapper and it was delicious.

Madame Janette's was probably my 2nd favorite. Had the Jerk Halibut and it was very good.


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