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Safe, shallow beaches, good a/i hotels

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Safe, shallow beaches, good a/i hotels

I'm thinking of going to Aruba in May or June. I've read about strong wind on the beach. Is this a problem? Can anyone recommend a really good all-inclusive hotel with a clean,safe, easy swimming beach without stones and with umbrellas? Is the new Riu hotel super? What is the Tamarjin really like and is the food excellent? All replies will be appreciated.

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1. Re: Safe, shallow beaches, good a/i hotels

Baby Beach is just that, safe and very shallow for hundreds of feet. As for the AIs, I'm not really the AI type so I can't comment from experience. People who travel to Aruba generally skip the AI option as it's such a safe and easy island to travel around and the restaurants are fantastic. It's not like some other places where you're kind of stuck in the resort and AI makes more sense.

Anyway, if I ever were to go to an AI in Aruba, I think I might try the Divi. It's got a fantastic beach and gets good reviews...

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It seems to me that you may want to stay somewhere in the high-rise area of resorts, on Palm Beach. The waves were very large near the low-rise areas, on Eagle Beach, whereas there were virtually no waves on Palm Beach. It may be easier for children to enjoy the calmer water. I stayed in the low-rise area an non-AI, so cannot comment on a specific hotel for you.

As far as strong winds, this wasn't a bother at all. It was nice to feel the refreshing breeze. No issues with "flying sand", as others had mentioned.

And finally, if I remember correctly, I would steer away from the Tamarjin, as I didn't think the beach entrance was good at all. There were a LOT of huge boulders right where the sand meets the water, making it very difficult to get into the water.

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For an AI, I would try the Occidental Grand Aruba since it was just redone. The beach is very nice and if you want you can still do a restaurant in town, no need for you to eat at the AI everynight if don't want to. AI's are great for drinks and snacks. Have fun whatever you do.

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Thanks a million to the 4 people who replied to my Dec question. Here in England we have all-inclusive package deals and as we both love to chill out in the pool with a swim-up bar for cocktails and a calm sea together with a buffet style restaurant of GOOD food (not the fattening burgers,pizzas and chips)and I don't eat beef (especially steak, I know the Americans will not believe it!)but Paradise Island in the Bahamas was super, which hotel can any advisor suggest? I haven't read any hotel that has a swim-up bar? I would now like to go to Palm Beach and not the Tamarjin or Divi thanks to the replies so far. We need a really comfortable hotel room right on the sea, with a view, air conditioning,a fridge or mini-bar and a balcony of course. Will there be any hurricanes in June?

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6. Re: Safe, shallow beaches, good a/i hotels

Clonark, to my knowledge there isn't a single swim-up bar in Aruba. But typically there is a bar around the pool area. Most of the Palm beach hotels should be able to accomodate you on your other requirements. Aruba is rarely affected by hurricanes

(other than sucking the trade winds away, if one passes too close), but it is later in the summer when Hurricanes season really ramps up....so you should be fine in June.

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7. Re: Safe, shallow beaches, good a/i hotels

There are swimup bars at the following hotels in Aruba:

Marriott

Hyatt

Allegro/Occidental

LaCabana (pool at the Villas)

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8. Re: Safe, shallow beaches, good a/i hotels

Thank you Ready4Fun and Amy. I've taken notes.

Would you like to describe Aruba for me? I think it might be partly dry bushland and partly green. Do the casinos have roulette tables (not machines)? Is it worth taking any sort of tour?

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9. Re: Safe, shallow beaches, good a/i hotels

And that is why Amy is the EXPERT!! LOL!

Clonark, Aruba is very lush and "tropical" around the resort area and downtown. The rest of the island is dry, rocky, basically a dessert....this, in a sense, of the broad spectrum. The casinos have the basic table games, including roulette.

What kind of tours are you interested in? Some things are better done on your own, and some are better with a group.

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10. Re: Safe, shallow beaches, good a/i hotels

Ready4Fun described Aruba well. Tropical and lush near the resorts but the rest of the island is very desert-like with alot of cactus and rocky.