Our 2010 Aruba Trip

Alli and I vacationed at the RIU Palace in Palm Beach Aruba from Jan 04 to Jan 15, 2010. This was our fist time staying at an all-inclusive resort. We spent the first week with our friends Dean and Rene. We had a great time (except for the fact that I lost Alli's engagement and wedding rings on a snorkel cruise).
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This is the view from our room. The chairs around the pool get snagged on a first-come basis. People get up before dawn to grab the chair in the upper right area - which gets sun most of the day.
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Another view from our room, looking north. Way off in the distance, you can see the California Lighthouse.
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Another picture of the RIU pool area.
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The pool was nice, but we preferred the beach. The sand is nice and hot, and the ocean water was actually warmer than the pool. Another nice benefit is that is pretty easy to find a seat.
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This picture was taken from our balcony. The nice thing about Aruba is that there is always a nice breeze.
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A quintessential Caribbean vacation shot. Seriously, what an awesome location!
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Our room. I wish I had taken pictures of the inside of the room, it was nice.
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This picture was taken from outside of our room, looking east.
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Again, looking east from the 8th floor. The RIU is all-inclusive - but during an eleven-day stay, we found we needed to get some variety. A little north-east (3 min walk), are a ton of shops and restaurants.
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RIU Palace is all-inclusive. This is one of the restaurants in the hotel. It was the "gourmet" restaurant. You basically have to get to the front desk by 9:30am to make a reservation - either at 6:30pm or 9:30pm.
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This is the Japanese restaurant in the hotel. The all-inclusive hotels are nice, but you have limited choices. For example, if you want wine with your meal, your choices are white or red (there is only one type of each). If you want a beer, they only offered the local beer called Balashi.
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This is the menu for the RIU Japanese restaurant.
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The lower hallway in the RIU Palace in Palm Beach, Aruba.
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The lower greens at the RIU Palace.
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View upon arriving at the pool/beach level at the RIU Palace in Palm Beach Aruba.
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The pool had two tiers, the main area, and then an elevated pool. Many people would wade in the upper pool then jump down to the bottom pool.
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This is the main pool at the RIU Palace in Aruba. There was a swim-up bar and marble "recliners" so that you can sit in the water while getting your bronze on.
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View of the main RIU Palace building from the pool.
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The beach and main walkway at Palm Beach, Aruba.
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The wind is always blowing. It was about 85 degrees every day we were there but the wind was always around to help cool us down. We did rain a couple times, but it lasts a couple minutes.
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You can find rental tents all over the place, normally one or two in front of each hotel. You can rent floaty things, rent jet skis, or schedule some type of adventure.
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The catamaran that Alli and I went on 3 three times during our trip, docked and waiting for passengers.
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Looking south from the beach in front of the RIU. The green hotel is the Westin.
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Looking north. We are about to get on the boat for our sailing trip.
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The beach in front of the Radisson Hotel.
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When we were in Aruba in 2009, we went on the Pirate Sail, Snorkel, Swim and Swing. It was fun. Whenever we are in Aruba, we go on some type of sailing or snorkeling trip.
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The RIU and the Westin in Palm Beach, ARUBA.
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Shot of the 2nd floor bar area. This is where Alli, Rene, Dean and I would play cards or order our free booze (remember all-inclusive!!)
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At the end of the pier.
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Me, realizing that my arm was gone!
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Alli, chilling, waiting for the boat.
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Me, on the boat, bitch.
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View of RIU Palace and Westin from the departing boat.
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On an earlier snorkeling cruise, Alli asked me to hold her engagement and wedding rings as she put on sunscreen. When the captain said we could go up front, I made a mad dash for the nets. I had her rings on my pinky finger and they slipped off, went through the nets, and into the ocean deep. FUCK! Suffice it to say, I was in trouble. Fortunately, the rings were insured, but there is the huge loss of sentimental value :(
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Hi.
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Alli and I on the sailing cruise.
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The California Lighthouse. The lighthouse is named for the U.S ship - the California - which sunk about two years previous to its construction in 1910.
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Alli, enjoying the cruise.
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The boat we took for the sunset cruise had a max capacity of 100 people. There were 18 people on this cruise, so the operators decided to do some fishing.
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Hi, again.
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Well, Hello!
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They caught a King Fish (I think that's the type) during the cruise.
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After they caught the fish, they threw it into a garbage pail to let it die. Alli thought it would be nice to kiss the dead, garbage covered catch.