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1st Time Tentative Itinerary

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1st Time Tentative Itinerary

Here is my tentative itinerary for our first time in Aruba. I'll have my 15 & 12 year old daughters with me. Any suggestions welcome. We are considering a trip to the natural pools.

Aruba

Wednesday, June 20th

Wed Jun 20 1222 Depart NORFOLK, VA (ORF) on Southwest Airlines at 06:25 AM

Arrive in BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON, MD (BWI) at 07:20 AM

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1804 Change planes to Southwest Airlines in BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON, MD (BWI) at 08:25 AM

Arrive in ARUBA, AW (AUA) at 01:05 PM

Travel Time 6 hrs 40 mins

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Wednesday, June 20th

Taxi to hotel $30 +tip

Chill Beach, Pool, Dinner @ Bugaloe

Thursday, June 21

• AM Relax on the resort

• Lunch on the beach

• PM Afternoon Tubing

• 6:45 Pelican Nest reservation

Friday, June 22nd

• Arrive @ Mi Dushi 9:30 AM for 4 hour snorkel tour

• Moomba’s after Snorkel

• Afternoon Beach & Pool

• Dinner Pizza & gelato

Saturday, June 23rd

Splash Park

• Lunch in town

Pelican Nest Seafood Happy Hour

• Bugaloe Karaoke 8:30

Sunday, June 24th

• Arrive 8:30 AM Jolly Pirate Morning 4-hour Snorkel

• Lunch Pelican Pier Bar

Monday, Junes 25th

• Day - Open

• Sunset Cruise

Flight Departure/Arrival

Tue Jun 26 1805 Depart ARUBA, AW (AUA) on Southwest Airlines at 03:25 PM

Arrive in BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON, MD (BWI) at 08:00 PM

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1096 Change planes to Southwest Airlines in BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON, MD (BWI) at 10:45 PM

Arrive in NORFOLK, VA (ORF) at 11:35 PM

Travel Time 8 hrs 10 mins

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NJ
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1. Re: 1st Time Tentative Itinerary

Personally, unless you are sure your kids would love it, I would skip the splash park. Also might want to switch out one or two of the Pelican's Nest meals and check out some of the restaurants. Pelican's Nest is located beachside at the Holiday Inn. On the other side are plenty of restaurants and 2 malls, all within a short and safe walk.

MD
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2. Re: 1st Time Tentative Itinerary

A bit too organized for me personally but looks like a good time.

In all honesty, the Mi Dushi trip and Jolly Pirates trip are basically going to be the same exact thing. They take you to the same stops and both have rope swings. Not saying that is bad but just letting you know.

I'm a huge fan of Jolly Pirates. I do it every time I'm in Aruba and it's just a great morning. The crew is great and so much fun. I've never done Mi Dushi though so I can't compare them, but I always see the boats basically trailing the JP trip every time I'm out there.

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3. Re: 1st Time Tentative Itinerary

I don't think you need to do two snorkeling trip.. Stick with Jolly;s for the kids. You could even do the afternoon one for sunset cruise too.. Save the money on all 3 boat trips and do something different like jeeping, utving etc..

You really don't have to plan on much.. ie tubing.. there a so many on the beach, when you ready just go up and if they can't take you right away .. they give you a time to come back that day. I don't think you have to worry about lunch.. I was just there with a daughter and friend.. One day I wanted to head to Pelican to eat and they were like nope we are ordering right from our hut and not leaving beach.. HAHA. Enjoy!

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4. Re: 1st Time Tentative Itinerary

Sounds like a good time but I agree I snorkel trip and skip the splash park your girls will be bored in five minutes

New York
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5. Re: 1st Time Tentative Itinerary

I would skip one of the boat tours and do a half day Jeep tour with ABC. It is alot of fun and your kids will enjoy it.

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6. Re: 1st Time Tentative Itinerary

Because you are there for a brief visit, I would personally skip one of the snorkel tours and the splash park. If you really want to see the natural pool, do some type of ATV or Jeep tour. Allow some time just to relax and enjoy some spontaneity. I always create an itinerary for our trips but allow some room for unplanned activities or changes. Have a great visit!!

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7. Re: 1st Time Tentative Itinerary

I would also skip one of the boat tours, the splash park, and do a Jeep or ATV tour. Enjoy.

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8. Re: 1st Time Tentative Itinerary

I loved the Jolly Roger so I would definitely do that. I would add the UTV tour. It’s a great way to see the island. I would get rid of the splash park.

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9. Re: 1st Time Tentative Itinerary

Are you going on a vacation to relax or going on a vacation to follow an itinerary? I know everyone is different but it seems like you'll be more worried about missing a item on your itinerary than just enjoying your vacation. I'm going to Aruba in September, for 7 nights, my itinerary is as follows: arrive, go to beaches, eat, drink, check out a few sights, maybe go to a casino 1 night, go to Oranjestad for a day, go home. No booking palapas, (couldn't be bothered), no booking restaraunts, (who cares, I'll find food somewhere) I'm there to relax, whatever happens will happen. Staying at a small hotel 5 minutes from beach that gets outstanding reviews on TA at less than 1/2 the cost of the hotels on the beach. Also could care less about staying on the beach , all part of the stress free, worry free vacation I am about to go on. But as I said, to each their own.

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10. Re: 1st Time Tentative Itinerary

Aruba is a very low key, relaxing place.

That being said your schedule has my head spinning.

Just go with the flow, your kids will probably just want to hang on the beach or hit the pools.

I had to chuckle that gelato is a scheduled event.

It looks like you are planning low key meals. You’ve missed some great places in the high rise area that are also low key; Casa Tua, Scott’s Brats, Salt and Pepper, Smokey Joe’s to name a few

Pass on Splash Park

Jolly Pirates or Palm Pleasure catamaran are two great boats, They both “ cover” the same activity.

Visit downtown for the local shops and souvenirs and grab lunch at Iguana Joes or West Deck

Enjoy

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