I'm headed to Aruba for the FIRST TIME on Feb. 22, and I'm so behind on my planning! Usually I'd have at least two restaurants booked by now, some excursions lined up, maps pinned, would know local history, etc., but I feel so lost, because I haven't done anything! I'm so dissapointed in myself LOL. How/when/where do I begin getting some more information on Aruba? What is my first step? Does anyone recommend guide books? I've been reading message boards, trip reports, websites, but feeling a tad overwhelmed and out-of-the-loop embarking on a new country. What are my top 5 must dos/must sees/must eats!? And i'm just looking to chat and get engrossed with Aruba!!! I love knowing all the ins-and-outs of a place before I go there.
A little bit about me at my trip:
I'm 34, married, and have two children, 5 and 3. We are all going to Aruba, along with my parents, 61 and 64, and we're staying at a 3 bedroom penthouse at Oceania. My parents are VERY active, not your typical grandparents, so there are little or no travel restrictions.
My Husband and I have been to the carribean a few times, Mexico, Bahamas, so we're no strangers to the island life...but our #1, hands-down favorite vacation spot is Maui :) I could walk around Lahaina with my eyes closed.
Also, my mom will be turning 65 on Feb. 25th, and I'll be 35 the nex day!!! So this is a BIG, once-in-a-lifetime vacation for us. Any help all all is a plus!
Looking forward to chatting about Aruba with all of you for the next 50 days or so :)