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Old October 9th, 2003, 02:43 PM
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Default Aruba Beaches

Does anyone know of a resort near port of Oranjustad, Aruba on the beach where we can rent beach chairs and shade umbrellas??? Will only be in port one afternoon and just want a place to relax on the beach. Thanks, Louise
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Old October 9th, 2003, 02:53 PM
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There are a lot of little beaches off the sides of the road. But there are also some nicer beaches there is one beach I can't remember the name of but any taxi place can take you to a nice beach. Aruba is really gorgeous one of my favorite ports. If you have time you should really go on a tour of the island there are so many beautiful sites to look at .The Natural Bridge is a definate must see. We went to Aruba for the first time a few yrs ago and took the Town and Country tour that the ship offered it was a few hrs long and took us on a bus to all the nice spots and it was rather inexpensive. Whatever you decide to do you'll have a great time. Happy cruising.
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Old October 9th, 2003, 04:53 PM
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Look on ship excursions to see if there is a tour to DePalm Island. This is an island run by De Palm tours the largest tour company in Aruba. They have rental everything from chairs to umbrellas, snorkelling , food facilities etc. May be offered as an excursion off the ship , they have a web site , find it on google, name again is De Palm Tours. Place is De Palm Island. You may be able to arrange to go there directly with De Palm.
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Old October 10th, 2003, 12:56 AM
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If you are looking for a quiet, uncrowded, huge, beautiful beach then the Manchebo
Beach is for you. You can go to the front desk of the Manchebo Beach Resort
and arrange for about $25 to rent a chair and a shade hut. There are no
watersports like wave runners at this beach; however there is a dive shop on
the property where you can arrange snorkeling/scuba diving excursions. The
resort has a beach bar & grill for drinks and light lunches. There is also a
regular restaurant for lunch and dinners. The beach bar & grill is called the
Pega Pega and the restaurant is actually two venues- one outdoors and the
other indoors both under the name of the French Steak House. Their restaurant
has an excellent reputation for their food, especially their steaks.
One caveat, if it is important to you: Manchebo Beach does tolerate optional
topless sunbathing, popular among European guests. It is done discreetly and
practically unnoticeable. The resort is also popular with adults- you will find
very few children which lends itself to a much quieter and laid back beaching

However, if you want to relax on a beach with lots of activities and watersports,
then further up from the Manchebo to Palm Beach is for you. Many of the
high rise hotels are fronted there and you can also arrange to rent beach chairs
and umbrellas through their front desks. Examples of such resorts would
be the Holiday Inn, Wyndham, Marriott, Radisson and the Hyatt. Speaking of
the Hyatt, you should take some time out to visit their grounds- beautiful gardens,
gorgeous birds such as parrots, scarlet ibis, black swans adorn their lagoon
with their premier restauarant "Ruinas del Mar" as a backdrop.

For more information, go to the Manchebo Beach Resort's website at
www.manchebo.com and also check out www.visitaruba.com which has a nice
map of the hotel locations so you can get an idea of where the beaches are.

We have stayed for week-long land vacations twice at the Manchebo Beach
Resort and also twice as cruise port of calls in which we spent the day at their
beach. We have been very pleased and always enjoyed the relaxing and quiet
time there.

You should have a very pleasant experience in Aruba- everyone is very friendly
and English is spoken everywhere. Weather is usually what we hope for-
sunny and pleasant! Aruba is located outside the hurricane belt and rarely
gets a lot of rain as other more lush Caribbean islands do. Aruba is not a lush
island- geographically it is more like the American Southwest or even like
Palm Springs, California. It has a desert like landscape so it is not a pretty
island in the traditional way. However, it makes up for that by having such great
weather, and super friendly people who speak English, accept American dollars,
do not hustle like in Jamaica, have great restaurants and fun shopping in
Orangestaad. If you are going to be in port late enough for a bit of nightlife
be sure to go to Carlos' and Charlies' located right at the pier! There are other
nightspots worth checking out too. Then there are the fun hotel casinos and
a few shows....... Lots to do on that island!

Have fun!

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