We are adventurous, and a little bit cheap. Our Monday started with a walk over to the Beach hut where Ritz guests can get snorkel masks and fins for no charge. We wanted to explore Boca Catalina today so getting our gear was a priority. Next we decided to walk and take the bus as... Continue Reading →
Dinner on the Town (Oranjestad) – Learning a lesson about reservations
Dinner on the Town – Learning a Lesson about Reservations. We spent the afternoon at the Renaissance Island and came back to our room for a shower and a rest. We had stopped at the Navigator Desk in the lobby of our hotel (Renaissance Marina) and asked about dinner recommendations. She mentioned the Driftwood Restaurant... Continue Reading →
Renaissance Island – Aruba
I wanted dedicate this post specifically to the Renaissance Island that is a perk of staying at the Marina hotel and/or the Ocean Suites. Both of these are Renaissance Hotels. The Marina Hotel is Adults only and the Ocean hotel is family friendly. We stayed at the Marina Hotel – the room was small –... Continue Reading →
Breakfast and Exploring Oranjestad and the local shops
Day 3 – Breakfast – Exploring Downtown and local shops We started our day with a walk over to the Dutch Pancake house at around 8:00am local time. We arrived to the open air restaurant and a line of about 6-8 people. All the tables were full, and we had a brief wait of about... Continue Reading →
Finding Local Flare in Oranjestad Aruba
Trip Report Dec 8 -15 Finding local flare We booked our first couple of nights at the Renaissance Marina Hotel Oranjestad. We wanted to experience the downtown, local culture and visit the Renaissance Island that I had read so much about. The taxi arrived at the hotel at half past 3:00pm – we were greeted... Continue Reading →
Flying from Chicago to Aruba – Bring Breakfast – Buy Booze at the duty free!
We left on a 5:25am flight on Southwest Airlines out of Chicago Midway Airport(MDW). We arrived at 3:30am knowing that Southwest would want to check passports and documentation for our 5:25am flight. The lines were long – but moved quickly. The agent carefully weighed and checked our bags to confirm we were not exceeding weight... Continue Reading →
ARUBA for the first time – but are we cheating on our true love!?!
ARUBA for the first time - but are we cheating on our true love? Writing this at 6am on a plane headed south from Chicago. Hubby and I woke up at 2:30am to head out and do one of our favorite things, which is quality time on a beach, snorkeling, exploring and disconnecting. We have... Continue Reading →
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