Just got back and we've been about 15 times. We've always stayed downtown at the Reniassance (was the Sonesta) and seldom went to the low or high-rise areas for dinner.
I think Aruba tourism is suffering from a recession just like to rest of the world is--- much to my dismay. Several restaurants appear to have closed. We usually eat between 6:00 and 8:00 PM and the restaurants were not busy. We ate at The Paddock, L G Smiths, The Old Man and The Sea, Matilde and Pinchos on the Pier. The places were half full at best. I love Aruba and I love the people, but I guess people around the world are thinking twice about how they are spending their money.
I'm "almost" retired and, thank God, i don't have much money in the stock market, but the value of my portfolio is 1/3 of what it was 6 months ago.