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Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. And avoid tourist traps. At Frommer′s, we use 150 outspoken travel experts around the world to help you make the right choices. Frommer′s. The best trips start here. Put the Best of Aruba in Your Pocket Insider tips on the best beaches, dive sites, and outdoor activities. Outspoken opinions on what′s worth your time and what′s not. Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip no matter what your budget. Off–the–beaten–path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions. The best hotels and restaurants in every price range, with candid reviews. Find great deals and book your trip at

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Before finishing graduate school, Ken Lindley had lived in Asia and Europe and around the United States. He’s spent more than half of his life in New York, but call before dropping by—he’s frequently out of town, traipsing the globe from India to Peru to China to Turkey. He’s never been anywhere that wasn’t interesting in some way (although he does keep a list of extremely dreadful destinations). When he’s not on a travel assignment, there’s a good chance he’ll be on Wall Street, where he writes and edits financial reports for hotshot financial firms. His travel writings have appeared in Frommer’s Caribbean Cruises & Ports of Call, in Out & About, and online at Expedia Travels ( Christina Colón ’s two great passions in life are nature and travel. She has been everywhere from Borneo (where she lived for 2 years tracking wild animals) to Belize (where she did her master’s thesis in a jaguar preserve). With a Ph.D. in ecology, a master’s in environmental education, and adjunct positions at several universities, she is a scientist and an educator, as well as an author. When she is not exploring a tropical rainforest or an exotic island, she can be found in the Bronx, where she loves to seek the wilder side of the borough, which is full of hidden treasures. In addition to scientific and academic texts, she has contributed to numerous travel guides, including Frommer’s Caribbean Cruises and Ports of Call, The New York Time’s Guide to New York City, and several Fodor’s USA Guides .

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Good Ideas and Guide 3 Mar. 2002
By Donald Morris - Published on
Format: Paperback
Talks about how to get the best filght and where to stay and eat with complete reviews and price. Also gives dress codes for restraunts and shows. Talks about all beaches and a ton of activities in depth. Only available in portable size and it has the most and best information about Aruba of all the guides. Plus has shopping and side trips and nightlife. Enjoy!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great book! Great island! 10 Oct. 2002
By K. Rostkowski - Published on
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be extremely helpful on my recent trip to Aruba. For a little country it really has so much to offer, but without proper guidance it might be hard to discover everything there is to see and do. The book is well-written, logical, and concise. Buy it, book a trip, read it on the plane, and refer to it while you are there! I was in Aruba for six days and looked at this book EVERY single day.
I'd like to add that I vistited a lot of hotels and restaurants while on my trip, and can attest that the reviews in the book are quite accurate. There are so many great values to be had in Aruba, and this book will help you find them.
Bottom line: the book is a great asset for a wonderful trip. And don't forget to use sunscreen!!
ps: Don't miss the JOLLY PIRATES snorkel and lunch cruise (see page 93). They are now located on Moomba Beach between the Marriott and the Holiday Inn. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great reference! 29 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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A great reference for your Arubian vacation. We used it constantly, on the plane, on the beach, and in the desert! Great hints/tips, maps, suggested exploring routes, recommended beaches, shopping, diving sites, etc. Only gave it 4 stars b/c it is becoming slightly out of date. Need an updated version soon...However, still highly recommended!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Online resources are much better 7 Oct. 2007
By D. Kennon - Published on
Format: Paperback
We just got back from Aruba. We had a wonderful time. The guide was not much help. We read through the guide before we arrived and we did not open it once once we arrived, we actually left it in Aruba on purpose. We found much more updated information from the Internet and the visitor guides at the resort. There's Internet access at most of the resorts, so my advice is to save your money and use online resources. There are a lot of great websites [...]

As far as snorkeling, just drive towards the lighthouse you will see snorkeling boats near the shore, those are the best spots (the beaches just before the lighthouse). Lots of great fish to see. You can rent the snorkeling equipment from the Pelican Pier, it is on Palm Beach. I would stay away from the other side of the island unless you want to get lost and frustrated, the roads are not marked well and there are lots of dirt roads. There is a cool point at the end of the island, but it was just worth our frustrations.

Our favorite things, were gambling, relaxing at the beach, snorkeling, and eating. A must eat is Madame Janette, make sure you make reservations as soon as you arrive. This is the best restaurant; ask to be in the garden. You can also make reservations online through the website. If you are visiting in the winter I would suggest you make reservations before you visit. [...]

The only other thing I that looked like a blast but we could not do, because I am pregnant, is rent an ATV. They were lots of having fun on the dunes.

The party bus. If you are a party person and like to dance, you would enjoy this. They pick you up at your hotel you go up to the lighthouse have a glass of champagne and then go to a beautiful estate where you have dinner and get to know some of you fellow drinkers. Then you go to 3 bars. There were two buses of us on a Wednesday night. So I if you do it on the weekend I am sure there are more people. It was entertaining. Of course I was sober since I am pregnant. They give you tickets so your first drink is free at dinner and the 3 bars.

Spa and salon? Well I was going to go to a Spa but after 2 salon visits I opted not to. It would be fine if you know Spanish, but if you do not I suggest you ask for someone who is fluent in English. Otherwise it is a guessing game. It cost about the same if you did it in the US.

Food and service. They take their time in Aruba. Meals usually take 1-2 hours, so if you are starving I suggest you hit one of the fast food joints. The service and locals are wonderful and nice. On off season most everything is closed on Sunday.

Bargains - hit the local flea market. I found great deals on Silver, I wish I only boght more.

We will be going back to Aruba. It so far has been our favorite vacation spot and we have been to many. Thailand, Japan, Mexico, Key West, Vegas, Sedona, New Zealand, Florida we are well travelled. Have a drink and enjoy this One Happy Island! If you have anymore questions ask a taxi driver once you are in Arbua, they know everything!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
DON'T HESITATE! 2 Mar. 2006
By World Traveler - Published on
Format: Paperback
This was not my first time using a Frommer's travel guide for the purpose of having the best time possible in an unknown place. I purchased the book a day before my Aruba trip, read it on the plane and actually kept it in our rental car for consistant reference. As far as I'm concerned - these travel books tell it like it is, good or bad. I can't imagine anyone giving this book less than 5 stars! Buy it!
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