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The Fying Fishbone restaurant (2 hrs)
This great restaurant has a gorgeous menu and a spectacular location; it is a bit expensive though. Check the menu and much more information at their website.
The restaurant is open daily from 5 pm. Coming from Oranjestad, if you see a big sign Flying Fishbone, turn right and follow the road. You'll see it on your right hand side.
The West Deck (1-2 hrs)
This lovely place is located next to Wilhelmina Park on the brand new Linear Park at the Governors Bay. It is set on a large wooden deck over the white sandy beach and right by the water’s edge.
The menu is based on ‘small plates’, mostly Caribbean specialities. Order a few of these dishes and you can share them like tapas. The food is delicious but what attracts us most is the caring and enthusiastic attitude of the staff. A must go.
Moomba at Moomba Beach (Sunday eve)
The open-air seaside restaurant is a great place to have your dinner and at Sunday evenings they offer a mouth-watering all-you-can-eat BBQ. After dinner you have to go to the bar again to enjoy more drinks and live music.
You will find Moomba at the end of the high-rise hotels at next to Palm Beach (coming from Oranjestad). A taxi from downtown will cost you approximately $14 one-way. It might be hard to get a taxi back so you have to arrange a taxi in advance or go to the taxi stand in the nearby Marriott Ocean Club Hotel.
Reflextions Beach club (1 hr - ½ day)
They offer very comfortable beach beds with sheets and umbrellas. Two beds and an umbrella will cost you $22. Their food and drinks are a bit expensive as well, but it is definitely worth to go to this hidden jewel.
It is located between Oranjestad and the airport. From the beach you can see the planes fly in. It is also a perfect spot for kids as there are no big waves. If you swim further away from the beach you have to be careful for boats though.
It is very nearby Oranjestad. A taxi from downtown will cost you $7 but you can easily walk there as well, along the Linear Park walkway.
Souvenir market (1 hr)
During daytime you can buy all kind of Caribbean crafts, souvenir clothes and local products. And remember to bargain, especially when there is a cruise ship in the harbour.
El Faro Blanco Italian restaurant (2 hrs)
They serve mini breakfast from 8:30 am, lunch from 11 am, dinner from 5:30 pm and sunset happy hours between 5 and 7 pm. And for sure this is one of the places on Aruba with the best view.
Go to their website for more information and reservations or call them directly at (297) 5860786 / 87.
Renaissance Mall (1-2 hrs)
Stores are open from Mondays through Saturdays from 10 am to 8 pm. There are several entrances to the mall, from L.G. Smith Boulevard on one side and on the other side from shopping street Havenstraat.
Royal Plaza shopping (1 hr)
Some stores on Aruba close between noon and 2pm, and many shops and malls close by 6pm. If you plan to make a special trip, call ahead to be sure the stores you want to visit are open.
Penha Aruba (1 hr)
Check their website to find the branches and see their opening hours.
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