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Must Sees/Dos and Food Suggestions

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Must Sees/Dos and Food Suggestions

Hi Everyone,

I will be staying at Aruba for 4 days/3 nights, starting thursday night...so technically 3 full days. I was wondering where the 'hot spots' were and if there were anything special that we must see or do. For example, when we went to Puerto Rico, the BioBay thing was wonderful and only found in a few parts of the world. i was wondering if there was any of that sort in Aruba.

Also, are there any food recommendations? I haven't decided on the Renaissance Ocean Suites or the Marriott Stellaris Resort & Casino, so any suggestions on food around those areas would be nice.

Thanks for the help in advance!

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1. Re: Must Sees/Dos and Food Suggestions

Hi LiLxBeBe,

Must see's IMO: the California Lighthouse (not only for the lighthouse itself, but the view from there is just beautiful), the Alto Vista Chapel (again, gorgeous views), and the downtown area (for shopping, lunch, gambling, etc).

Must 'eats:' Marandi - located on the beach, approx. 1/4 mile from the airport. The restaurant itself sits under a giant 'palapa.' Request a sunset table, and make sure your reservation puts you there prior to sunset. The service and the food were both outstanding. I can honestly tell you, one of the best meals I have ever had (and we are 'foodies' from New England!) For dessert: chocolate mousse w/banana crisps - need I say more?

Madame Janette - not on the beach, but excellent atmosphere and first-rate food. Sit outside under the twinkling lights and listen to the guitar player. I always forewarn folks that the service here is slow, and I do mean slow. So, be prepared to go, chill out, and realize this is truly what is called 'island time.' Highly suggest the almond-encrusted Grouper. WOW!

Gasparito - this is a restaurant and art gallery, rolled into one! This is where you go for authentic Aruban cuisine - try the 'Keshi Yena,' a blend of dutch cheeses baked w/chicken or seafood (I preferred the chicken). Their patio seating is very nice. Again, remember the 'island time' for service.

ENJOY!!

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2. Re: Must Sees/Dos and Food Suggestions

Just a quick PS to my last message. I do not believe that the Renaissance is on the beach. If I am wrong, anyone, please correct me. If you are looking to stay on the beach, then the Marriott Stellaris is the way to go.

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3. Re: Must Sees/Dos and Food Suggestions

I have seen raves on Marandi..what time would you suggest would be a good time to see the sunset?

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By the way, I forgot say THANKS!

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Regardless of where you eat, try to make reservations prior to going. Most of the top places have websites & will take reservations. It is so much easier to do this ahead of time & it guarantees that you can eat where and when you want to. Plus it gives you more time on the beach, instead of sitting at the conceirge desk.

We ate at El Gaucho, Chez Mathilde & Sunset Grille the last time we were there. All three were wonderful!

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6. Re: Must Sees/Dos and Food Suggestions

Madame Janette is my absolute favorite. Gasparito is really good too. Most restaurants have good food but those would be my picks.

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7. Re: Must Sees/Dos and Food Suggestions

You don't need to make reservations for restaurants prior to going - it's strictly a personal choice. I don't like to be on a schedule on vacation so we just went whenever and wherever the mood took us. If there was a certain restaurant we wanted to eat at, we just called them ourselves that same afternoon for reservations - never a problem getting in.

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8. Re: Must Sees/Dos and Food Suggestions

The sun sets pretty early in Aruba. I'd suggest a 5:45 - 6:00 reservation. Have a wonderful time!!! Write when you get back and let us know how it was!!

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9. Re: Must Sees/Dos and Food Suggestions

Hi again,

Here is the web address, if you would like to make a reservation:

www.marandiaruba.com

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10. Re: Must Sees/Dos and Food Suggestions

I think we are staying at the Marriott Stellaris instead of the Renaissance so will these food places still be close? Is there places around the Marriott that is good for food? (cheap preferrably for breakfast and lunch =)