Monday, January 19, 2009

A Day At Palm Beach Aruba

Here is a breakdown for our extended family of 10 for a day at Palm Beach.

All of the Frills
2 big umbrellas $20 x 2 = $40
6 chaise lounge rentals $8 x 6= $48 (if the kids want to sit they can use their towels)
4 floats to pass the day away $5 x 4 = $20
Banana boat or tube ride for 4 kids $20 x 4= $80
Lunch (hamburger & soda $22.88 pp at the Radisson) for 10 people = $228.80
One hour rental of a Hobie Cat sailboat = $75
2 taxis for 10 people (2 x $20) roundtrip = $40

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hiking in Aruba

Arikok National Park is a great place for hiking. The Aruban government with the assistance of the European Union has made a series of improvements to the Park.

Aruba Nature Sensitive Hikers offers guided hiking tours. Good if you are not familiar with the park. It is a large area and most cactus and rocks look the same.

No matter where you hike, plan on wearing heavy shoes, bringing water, wearing sunscreen and a hat.

Arikok National Park photos

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Travel Gift Ideas & Stocking Stuffers

Aruba Bound
Tired off standing on your home scale without and then with your suitcase to determine how much it weighs?

We have had a luggage scale for years and just upgraded to the digital. You only have to rearrange your open suitcases on the floor of the airport at check-in to realize how much you need one of these scales. They make great stocking stuffers and Dh and I have also bought them as Christmas gifts for other family members who are frequent fliers.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Radisson Aruba vs. the Tamarijn All Inclusive

The Radisson is non-all inclusive & the Tamarijn is all inclusive

If you are big drinkers
  • Radisson drinks are $$$
  • Tamarijn drinks are "free" (top shelf liquor is at least included in what you already paid)

If you are big eaters
  • Radisson make sure the breakfast buffet is part of your package and be prepared for $50/couple lunches on site at Gilligan's (figure 2 sandwiches & 2 beverages)
  • Tamarijn all food and snacks are included at a choice of 8 dining options & 7 bars at either the Tamarijn or neighboring sister resort the Divi (all amenities are shared between the 2 resorts)