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April 27, 2009

Bugaloe Beach Bar, Aruba

bugaloe-beach-bar-aruba.jpgIf you are heading way down to the South Caribbean, to the hot little Island of Aruba, there is a fun little bar out on a pier that you shouldn't miss called the Bugaloe Beach Bar. The Bugaloe is located on a pier off Palm Beach between the RIU Palace and the Radisson Resort. My wife and I were just down there and we had several fun times at the Bugaloe. The first night we were there we caught a live band playing with a lead singer originally from Philadelphia... this band was a lot of fun and, actually, very good. They played everything from Santana to Michael Jackson... we actually got out there and danced... thank god there are no videos! One day we had yummy curry shrimp and a burger for lunch, another night we enjoyed a lively "Salsa Dance Workshop" where some local dance instructors had us all out there learning to dance salsa and merengue... what a hoot!

bugaloe-beach-bar.jpgThe staff at this place is really good too, friendly and efficient. Happy Hour is from 4-5 PM... don't miss this place the next time you are in Aruba, check their website for event dates and times... Bon Dia!

This travel tip submitted by "Sherban", who has some neat stuff on Google Earth.

November 3, 2008

Day trip: Aruba Kukoo Kunuku Party Bus

aruba-bus.jpgIt's a party thing. There's a fleet of them - school buses - painted up in psychedelic colours. You whoop it up, stick your head out of the windows, wear funny hats, shake your maracas and yell in strange dialects at the passing windsurfers coming back from a hard day at the beach. The guided tour takes you all over the island, beginning at the California Lighthouse, where you'll get something alcoholic to drink while you check out the sunset. Groovy man, let's party on to the next stop. Whoop some more, and have dinner, which is included. Then it's onto 3 more bars, with the first drink on the house (punch) - and then, more whoops. Tip: You may find yourself coughing up a lot more money on drinks as the tour continues. Drinks are for sale on the bus - no - it isn't all-inclusive. Pick up is at your hotel between 5-6:30pm, and back home by midnight. $59 for adults. For more info check their website on the internet for a discounted price.

November 2, 2008

Guide to the top 10 beaches for power walkers

Orient Bay, St Martin - The Saint Tropez of the Caribbean. Beach bars and a nudist resort keep this mile long stretch from getting boring

Grand Cayman - Seven Mile Beach. Despite the name, the beach is only about 5.5 miles long, all of which is built up with hotels

Negril, Jamaica - Vendors and jerk chicken are the diversions on this 7 mile long Caribbean strand

Varadero, Cuba - 12 miles of sand along a peninsula, not even a mile wide at its widest point. Tips: Possible salsa band sightings

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Seemingly endless stretch of beach and coconut palms, at least 30 miles long fronted by enormous resorts

Grand Anse Beach, Grenada - 2 miles of fluffy, golden sand along a sheltered bay

Harbour Island, The Bahamas - Pink Sands Beach. Solitude, tranquility and quiet are the hallmarks of this four mile long beach

Eagle Beach, Aruba - Miles of gorgeous, blazingly white sand. Watch the windsurfers zoom by

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda - pink sand, framed by rocky coastline punctuated by sandy coves. Not officially Caribbean, but still rates an official tip

Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico - Palm trees, hammocks, locals, snacks and miles of fine Caribbean sand and surf

September 8, 2008

Beaches: Palm Beach, Aruba

palm-beach-aruba.jpgPalm Beach, Aruba
This beach runs for miles along the south coast of Aruba. All the big hotel groups are well represented here along with many American restaurant chains, for your dining pleasure. Tip on the best time to go: anytime is Aruba time, after all they are out of the hurricane zone, so it's 12 months of uninterrupted bliss on the beach! Don't need a guide book here, just a lot of novels to while away the time.

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