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 Post subject: Feb 24 - Mar 14
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:00 pm 
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This is my first trip report in 21 trips, and may be a little boring, since we do the same thing every day! We flew from CT on American Airlines out of Bradley Airport. We stay at the Sheraton in the airport since we always take the earliest flight out. Flew out on Sat, Feb 24 around 5:30 am and stayed til Wed, March 14. We were originally supposed to come home on March 13, but were able to switch our flights and stay one more day thanks to the 3rd nor'easter forecast for the 13th (3rd storm we were missing while on vacation!). American flights were fine. We paid extra for extra leg room seats and it was so worth it. We're both tall, so we were much more comfortable than usual. Flew through Miami with 1 1/2 hr layover, which was more than enough time. Husband waited for suitcases after we landed in Aruba while I ran in duty free to stock up on booze. Off in a taxi to Tropicana for our first week.

We had never stayed there, but got it on an exchange through Interval. It was ok. Some rooms were recently renovated and we had one of the renovated rooms on the 3rd floor overlooking the pool without the slide. The room was decent and the people that worked there were very nice, but I don't think it would be our first choice next time. It was a little boring, but that was probably because 100 rooms of the approx 350 rooms were being renovated. We weren't bothered by any renovation noise since we were at the beach all day. We didn't eat at the restaurant there but did use the gym. It wasn't really a full gym, but rather two separate timeshare units with some cardio equipment in each, a universal in one and free weights in the other. I guess it was better than nothing.

We spent the next 12 days at LaCabana. Rooms there were good and it was a much livelier atmosphere. We used the gym here also. It has tons of cardio equipment, weights and other machines, with plenty of room. It is busier though, and I read where Arubans can join as members, so it's not just LaCabana guests using it. We spent every day at the beach, then about an hour around the pool late afternoon drinking cocktails and going down the slide in the pool. We stayed at the beach for sunset 2 or 3 afternoons with some cheese, snacks, Prosecco, etc. We ended up going to The Islander at LaCabana around 9:00 pm on those nights to grab a little something for dinner.

We walked over and shopped at Super Foods and brought our own cooler to the beach with beer and wraps we had made for lunch. We made a few trips to Super Foods over 19 days to restock a few times. It's so convenient having that right in your backyard.

The weather was fantastic - we had raindrops 1 day for about 10 minutes and didn't even move from our beach chairs. However, it was a bit windier this year and the water was very rough for a few days. We've never seen waves like that on Eagle Beach. There were red flags up for at least 5-6 days, but there were people in the water every day, including us. We could see the waves forming far out near where the container ships were sitting waiting to be dispatched to their next destination and you had about 5 minutes to get in the water and move out about 50-75 feet to be situated past where the waves would break to be safe! It was fun to ride the waves up and then let them break just after where we were in the water. More than a few people didn't realize how strong they would be and either turned their backs to them or tried to ride them. We heard about one person breaking their leg and saw lots of people getting trashed in the waves. We also enjoyed visiting with the dogs at Julio's Watersports - Poochie and Simon - and the stray (?) black dog named Midnight that roams the beach. There was an Aruban man who walked the beach (I think on Sundays) with a 5 gal bucket of fish and fed the pelicans. He wore a royal blue hoodie rashguard type top, put the hood up and waved his arm in the air - he had 3 of the pelicans trained to come to him when they saw that. The pelicans were so chill that little kids were able to walk up to them and pet them.

We don't rent a car, but take taxis to dinner. We ate at a few of our regular places: Bingo, Amore Mio and Azia a couple of times each. Also ate at Salt & Pepper, Blossoms, The Islander, Legends, Altamar, Iguana Joes (with friends from Michigan we met in Aruba about 6-7 years ago), Ike's Bistro at Manchebo (with friends from here in CT), Tropicana Casino, Hard Rock.

As we're lucky enough to say every year, we had an amazing vacation and can't wait til we return next winter. Thinking about 3 weeks in 2019!

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