Marriott's Aruba Surf Club (if you happen to stay here)
- Bring your own inflatable tube to use in the lazy river.
- The $3 fries at the resort is one of the best deals we found and the fries are surprising good!
- Arubus (get it, get it) is the island's public bus system. It's very easy to navigate and cheap. For the 5 of us to get from the "high rise hotel" area into Oranjestad downtown it's only $11.50 round-trip, take about 20 minutes.
- Aruba really doesn't have any local souvenir, but jewelry seems to be the thing here. Say you happen to be in the market for some jewelry or a watch, you might be able to find good deals here especially since there's no tax. For example, there's a Tiffany's and Chopard here and if you know the exact product you want, check the price before you come (or on the web once you're here) and then put on your bargain hat.
Everything on this island is expensive! I guess we shouldn't have been so surprised since it's only obvious as everything is imported here. After 8 days here, we all agreed that the best meal was at the local joint "Shahai".
It's even better when a local dude who spoke a little English came up to help us with the orders and then bought us a local dish of mixed rice with beans. To thank him, we bought him the local Balashi beer. As we took this picture he said "don't make me famous on the Internet."
And if you're a baller or if one of your best friends proposes to his girlfriend on the island at sunset, then you can go splurge and celebrate at Aqua Grill, good seafood place.
So that's about all the tips we can think of and remember. Good weather (except for about an hour of thunderstorm with one video), good food and good companionship made it a great week here. See all the food we had, various places we visited, Liz's new ring from Jeff and some bumpy vidoes from the ATV tour. Head on over for the 150 photos and videos.