Aruba for our 30th anniversary

JimDirt

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Aruba vacation. 30th anniversary is today.
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JimDirt

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My great grandparents immigrated from Holland to Iowa and eventually settled in Spanish Fork Utah in the early 1900s. Its kind neat visiting aruba and seeing the Dutch heritage.
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Sweet. Our 30th is coming in Sept. I probably should start working on it...
 

JimDirt

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My takeaway from Aruba. The slogan is "one happy island" It is that. People are super friendly. I usually look at how people behave behind the wheel. That says a lot to me. In Aruba, drivers are very courteous. They will flash lights or give a toot of the horn to tell another driver "go ahead" They are always willing to stop and let bikes/pedestrians cross the road. There are no stop signs or stop lights. It's all yield signs and round-abouts.
Crime is very low. According to a couple of the locals, once in a while some would come illegally from Venezuela, (only 15 miles) and they can't work on the island and would resort to stealing. When they would get caught they would get sent back immediatley. Wow, what a concept! LOL
I didn't see any homeless at all, even tho it is pretty expensive there. Drugs are still illegal. I only smelled pot one time. In one of the major grocery stores, apples were $9/lb, a rib eye, $50/lb and a 6 pack of Budweiser was $15. The weather is the same just about every day. 88/90 to 78/80 over night and the if it's not windy, it's windy-err. On the rare occasion that the wind isn't blowing, that means a storm is brewing.

I doubt that I ever go there again, just cuz of the distance. I can go to Mexico on the pacific or gulf side and have the same stuff, and probably cheaper too. It is a very nice place tho. We met people from all over the world, but, some people from Maine and New Hampshire told us that Aruba is their spot. They can get there from Boston on a 5 hour flight, non-stop.
 

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I've been to both Virgins and Porto Rico in the past and decided if you seen one you've seen them all but it was fun sailing..
 

JimDirt

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I've been to Honolulu for a vacation in 06 and Puerto Rico in 2012. Puerto Rico was for work so we didn't get to do much. But we did have almost a whole day off and we made a lap around the island. In San Juan, 1/2 mile inland from the resorts is pretty ghetto. Reminded me of Del Paso Heights (suburb of Sacramento) on steroids. Every house, business, and apartment building had iron gates, fences and window guards.
 

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A few years ago the wife and I took a cruise from New Orleans to the ABC islands. All were very interesting. Aruba, Bonaire & Courasal. Not like other Caribbean islands where the locals are constantly in your face trying to hustle you for $.
 

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We have been to Aruba 4 times. My buddy's wife won't go anywhere more than once, but since going to Aruba they now go there every Winter for a few weeks.

Our first trip we stayed at a Best Western on Eagle Beach. I was disappointed to see that it was sold and is now an all-inclusive at exorbitant prices. I was also disappointed to see that there were no more waterfront hotels available. My buddy rents a condo inland, but that's not my bag.

On one cruise we did the ABC tour.

We spent our 25th in Hawaii. Next year will mark 50 and we plan a 2 week cruise around the Caribbean.
 

JimDirt

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We have been to Aruba 4 times. My buddy's wife won't go anywhere more than once, but since going to Aruba they now go there every Winter for a few weeks.

Our first trip we stayed at a Best Western on Eagle Beach. I was disappointed to see that it was sold and is now an all-inclusive at exorbitant prices. I was also disappointed to see that there were no more waterfront hotels available. My buddy rents a condo inland, but that's not my bag.

On one cruise we did the ABC tour.

We spent our 25th in Hawaii. Next year will mark 50 and we plan a 2 week cruise around the Caribbean.
We stayed at Eagle Aruba. Probably used to be Best Western.
 
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