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Where and when was your first Aruba stay?

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Where and when was your first Aruba stay?

So many people have been coming back to Aruba for years. It would be interesting to see where everyone stayed their very first trip here and when that was. This thread was on the Turks & Caicos forum and I thought what a great idea it was.

Every trip to Aruba has found us at the Bucuti. Our first trip was in May 2005. Not so very long ago. I can't imagine staying anywhere else but Bucuti in Aruba. Just sayin......

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1. Re: Where and when was your first Aruba stay?

1995 beginning at the Caribbean Palm Village and second week at Playa Linda.

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2. Re: Where and when was your first Aruba stay?

1996. Stayed at the Aruba Palm Beach Resort & Casino on Palm Beach in a lanai room just steps from our palapa. They changed their name to the Aruba Grand in 1999 - and then the Riu purchased the small hotel in 2005 so it is no longer the 176 room hotel that we loved for so many years. After trying a few different hotels we found our new "home" at Amsterdam Manor.

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3. Re: Where and when was your first Aruba stay?

My first visit was in July 1985 (27 years ago next month). We stayed at the Sheraton which is now the RIU. I've been to Aruba so many times that I stopped counting but it is at least 40 times or more. Back then we didn't go as much as we wanted as my daughter was young and busy with school, soccer games, friends, etc. You know how it is when you are a parent.

In 80's I started my own travel company and was very busy travelling with my groups; so again we didn't go to Aruba as much as we wanted. In the early '90's we starting going more to Aruba. Some years 2, 3 or 4 times a year. With my travel business I did travel to other places but my heart was still in Aruba. .

We made so many friends over the years (locals and tourists that we met over the years) that I am ready to go back again even though 5 weeks ago I got back after being there for 5 weeks.

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4. Re: Where and when was your first Aruba stay?

We stayed at Sonesta (now Renaissance) formerly Harbourtown in July, 1993 in the ocean suites timeshare section. Harbourtown had not long before gone into bankruptcy when Sonesta entered the picture.

I can still recall the famous "white tigers" exhibit around that tiem or sometime after opposite the old Waterfront crabhouse.

The mall was pretty much as it is today, of course merchants have cone and gone over the years.

The private island also pretty much as it was then, I think they had five beaches open to the guests and visitors back then.

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5. Re: Where and when was your first Aruba stay?

2005, with 10th trip coming up in August....mostly Divi AI with visits to the Occidential and the Marriott Surf Club thrown in...we are retiring this year and hope to visit at least twice a year....my mother-in-law visited the Divi in the 80s' and raved about it....it took us a while but we made it. :)

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We are newbies to Aruba but not new to traveling. We made our first visit in 2008 and stayed at the Costa Linda for 2 weeks in a 2 bedroom. This year we are trying out a 3 bedroom there for 2 weeks and bringing some friends with us. We also traded one of our weeks at another timeshare for a 2 bedroom unit for one of our friends coming along. Hoping our friends love Aruba as much as we did on our first trip there.

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7. Re: Where and when was your first Aruba stay?

We've had three years at the Tam, starting in 2007 and spent a week at AMBR last summer. This summer will see us at the Rad.

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8. Re: Where and when was your first Aruba stay?

1988 for our honeymoon we stayed at the "Divi Divi". It was not AI back then. I remember walking across the street to where the Alhambra and shops are, and we would get a late night snack at a place called the NY Deli.

We returned to Aruba in 2003, and have been 9 times since, staying at 6 different places (a few more than once, obviously).

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9. Re: Where and when was your first Aruba stay?

Ooops. Just checked my old forum posts and realized that our first trip was in May 2006, not 2005. It was in 2005 that we first started inquiring about Aruba. Thanks to all the help on this forum, we chose the Bucuti and Eagle Beach. Never looked back.

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10. Re: Where and when was your first Aruba stay?

2002 - Marriott Resort.

Believe it or not, it was not love at first sight...it took about 24 hours - LOL!