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viguera
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Sweet Willie, post: 2249635, member: 1098 wrote: (bolding mine) the ton of questions couldn't have been near as much as El Al put Mrs Willie & me through:D

Well not much will match El Al though... 🙂

I don't remember what we were bringing back but I recalled that we were stopped and had our bags searched. We were told to be at the airport 3-4 hours prior to departure, and we almost thought it was overkill but it's not.

If you're coming back to the US you check-in at the airline counter in the US airline terminal, where you'll get your boarding pass and the obligatory customs form. They then take your luggage and put it on a conveyor belt, but it's only being transported to the next terminal, not to the airplane.

You end up going through to the "departure" building, where someone else checks your boarding pass and passport, and you have to go return the stub from the "tourist card" that they give you when you arrive. You then pass through the duty free shops and some eateries, and you can use this area to grab a bite while you fill in the customs form.

You should have your customs form filled here, as you're expected to have it ready for the immigration officer in the next area.

You then go through the "baggage claim" area, where you get your luggage again and proceed to the US ICE area. The people that you've been dealing up to this point are probably local, but the guy at the booth here is an ICE agent. This is the standard immigration procedure, only that you do it there instead of when you arrive home -- this is fantastic since it saves you from the impossible lines back home, especially if you don't have Global Entry.

After you clear immigration you take your luggage to the next area and put it in the conveyor belt -- if you're gonna get stopped anywhere for inspection, it's here. From that point on your luggage is gone and you get it when you get home.

I'd say heed the warnings and be there early. We got there around 11am for a 1:30 flight and almost didn't make it.

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Posted : December 30, 2013 12:18 am
brucewil
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Definitely need 3 hours on a weekend return from Aruba. Not sure about weekdays. We've nearly missed our flight on a Saturday waiting in lines at the airport when the "computers went down".

Bruce
www.MasterpieceSmile.com

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Posted : December 30, 2013 1:02 am
viguera
(@viguera)

brucewil, post: 2249669, member: 87321 wrote: Definitely need 3 hours on a weekend return from Aruba. Not sure about weekdays. We've nearly missed our flight on a Saturday waiting in lines at the airport when the "computers went down".

Weekdays are pretty much the same... you have less flights but also less (US) people working the booths, so the lines are pretty bad.

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Posted : December 30, 2013 1:53 am
Sweet Willie
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brucewil, post: 2249669, member: 87321 wrote: Definitely need 3 hours on a weekend return from Aruba. Not sure about weekdays. We've nearly missed our flight on a Saturday waiting in lines at the airport when the "computers went down".

viguera, post: 2249698, member: 8917 wrote: Weekdays are pretty much the same... you have less flights but also less (US) people working the booths, so the lines are pretty bad.

elite airline status makes little difference it seems. Good to know, I thought we would have a good 1/2 day leaving at 3:40pm on a Monday.

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Posted : December 30, 2013 3:42 am
viguera
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Sweet Willie, post: 2249749, member: 1098 wrote: elite airline status makes little difference it seems. Good to know, I thought we would have a good 1/2 day leaving at 3:40pm on a Monday.

It will make little difference... you'll obviously have access to the shorter line at the very first counter you visit in the US terminal, but after that you're pretty much the same as everyone else, IIRC.

Reminds me of my recent trip to PLS... flying F made a huge difference as far as getting checked in at the counter, but after that you're in the same lines with everyone else 🙂

If you have a 3:40 flight I would suggest you wake up, have a good breakfast and maybe a stroll by the beach and plan to be AT the airport by 12:30 at the latest.

BTW keep in mind that they're on Atlantic Time, which is an hour ahead of Eastern, just in case you're one of those people that don't adjust their watches 🙂

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Posted : December 30, 2013 4:02 am
ffitalia
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HI, someone was at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba Resort & Casino? OK, Is not Radisson but also price is different 🙂

Gold ... & other :p:cool:

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Posted : January 28, 2014 6:00 am
foxberg
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ffitalia wrote: HI, someone was at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba Resort & Casino? OK, Is not Radisson but also price is different 🙂

I'll be there in March.

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Posted : February 23, 2014 4:50 pm
Andria
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Hello everyone. I am new to using this forum and I see there seems to be good deal of information being exchanged.

I will be heading to Aruba in November 2014 and are just trying to decide on a hotel. We are torn between the Hyatt and the Ritz. Any recommendations?

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Posted : June 11, 2014 2:26 pm
brucewil
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Andria wrote: Hello everyone. I am new to using this forum and I see there seems to be good deal of information being exchanged. I will be heading to Aruba in November 2014 and are just trying to decide on a hotel. We are torn between the Hyatt and the Ritz. Any recommendations?

I have not been to the new Ritz, but they are two very different properties at very different price points. The Hyatt property is nice, but not a new property. We have a timeshare at the Marriott, next door to the new Ritz. Money notwithstanding, I think the Ritz would be the choice.

It's going to be much quieter at the Ritz as it's at the end of Palm Beach. The Hyatt is in the middle of the high rise area with lots of action, although depending on the week in November, it's off season, so the whole island isn't as busy. We always go that time of year because of that.

Bruce
www.MasterpieceSmile.com

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Posted : June 11, 2014 3:18 pm
Sweet Willie
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Mrs Willie & I had such a great time on Aruba two years ago, we booked another trip for this December. Posting some notes from our prior trip.

Old Canuku House - shabby chic atmosphere, excellent evening/food. http://www.theoldcunucuhouse.com/ Enjoyed the Keeshi yena -
Gouda cheese and chicken baked with onions, peppers, celery, Green olives, raisins and cashew nuts

Wacky Wahoo's: terrific fish/seafood

Linda's Dutch Pancakes - GREAT breakfast but we went early, place is packed from mid morning on.

Tandor the Indian Grill - good Indian when/if tired of Island food, tandoori lamb chops were great.

Indo - Indonesian Cuisine - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g488162-d3419352-Reviews-Indo-Noord_Aruba.html

really must make reservations for Old Canuku & Wacky Wahoo's as they are both very popular restaurants (but well worth the time to go, Excellent food).

Linda's gets packed if you are trying to go mid/late morning, so we go early

Indo is a local's place, there are some tourists but mostly locals getting take out. Great Indonesian food (not easy to find in the U.S.)

Tandor like most any Indian place you can normally get into w/o a reservation.

Heard good things about 2 Fools & a Bull: http://2foolsandabull.com/ Will likely try in December.

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Posted : June 10, 2016 12:58 am
jackplum
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Sweet Willie, post: 2737245, member: 1098 wrote: Mrs Willie & I had such a great time on Aruba two years ago, we booked another trip for this December. Posting some notes from our prior trip.

Old Canuku House - shabby chic atmosphere, excellent evening/food. http://www.theoldcunucuhouse.com/ Enjoyed the Keeshi yena -
Gouda cheese and chicken baked with onions, peppers, celery, Green olives, raisins and cashew nuts

Wacky Wahoo's: terrific fish/seafood

Linda's Dutch Pancakes - GREAT breakfast but we went early, place is packed from mid morning on.

Tandor the Indian Grill - good Indian when/if tired of Island food, tandoori lamb chops were great.

Indo - Indonesian Cuisine - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g488162-d3419352-Reviews-Indo-Noord_Aruba.html

really must make reservations for Old Canuku & Wacky Wahoo's as they are both very popular restaurants (but well worth the time to go, Excellent food).

Linda's gets packed if you are trying to go mid/late morning, so we go early

Indo is a local's place, there are some tourists but mostly locals getting take out. Great Indonesian food (not easy to find in the U.S.)

Tandor like most any Indian place you can normally get into w/o a reservation.

Heard good things about 2 Fools & a Bull: http://2foolsandabull.com/ Will likely try in December.

Check out Barney's - just down the street a few doors from Wacky Wahoo's - a nice mix of local and tourist - great specials, enormous portions, and inexpensive


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Posted : June 19, 2016 10:50 pm
jackplum
(@jackplum)

Sweet Willie, post: 2737245, member: 1098 wrote: Mrs Willie & I had such a great time on Aruba two years ago, we booked another trip for this December. Posting some notes from our prior trip.

Old Canuku House - shabby chic atmosphere, excellent evening/food. http://www.theoldcunucuhouse.com/ Enjoyed the Keeshi yena -
Gouda cheese and chicken baked with onions, peppers, celery, Green olives, raisins and cashew nuts

Wacky Wahoo's: terrific fish/seafood

Linda's Dutch Pancakes - GREAT breakfast but we went early, place is packed from mid morning on.

Tandor the Indian Grill - good Indian when/if tired of Island food, tandoori lamb chops were great.

Indo - Indonesian Cuisine - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g488162-d3419352-Reviews-Indo-Noord_Aruba.html

really must make reservations for Old Canuku & Wacky Wahoo's as they are both very popular restaurants (but well worth the time to go, Excellent food).

Linda's gets packed if you are trying to go mid/late morning, so we go early

Indo is a local's place, there are some tourists but mostly locals getting take out. Great Indonesian food (not easy to find in the U.S.)

Tandor like most any Indian place you can normally get into w/o a reservation.

Heard good things about 2 Fools & a Bull: http://2foolsandabull.com/ Will likely try in December.

Check out Barney's - just down the street a few doors from Wacky Wahoo's - a nice mix of local and tourist - great specials, enormous portions, and inexpensive


PM/KM Charter Member Platinum Ambassador Gold

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Posted : June 19, 2016 10:51 pm
Sweet Willie
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jackplum, post: 2738971, member: 9518 wrote: Check out Barney's - just down the street a few doors from Wacky Wahoo's - a nice mix of local and tourist - great specials, enormous portions, and inexpensive

Thanks for the heads up, http://barneysaruba.aw/about.html
Noticed two items that caught my interest:
SNAILS IN A BOAT ...............................................................................$ 12.50

Mushrooms filled with snails and garlic butter out of the oven

TUNA TARTAR..........................................................................................$ 14.50

Pieces of raw tuna mixed with sesame oil, soya sauce,

red onions. Topped with sea weed salad, served with

wasabi mayonnaise and toast

What do you normally order at Barney's?-

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Posted : June 20, 2016 12:19 pm
Sweet Willie
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jackplum, post: 2738971, member: 9518 wrote: Check out Barney's - just down the street a few doors from Wacky Wahoo's - a nice mix of local and tourist - great specials, enormous portions, and inexpensive

Thanks for the heads up, http://barneysaruba.aw/about.html
Noticed two items that caught my interest:
SNAILS IN A BOAT ...............................................................................$ 12.50

Mushrooms filled with snails and garlic butter out of the oven

TUNA TARTAR..........................................................................................$ 14.50

Pieces of raw tuna mixed with sesame oil, soya sauce,

red onions. Topped with sea weed salad, served with

wasabi mayonnaise and toast

What do you normally order at Barney's?-

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Posted : June 20, 2016 12:19 pm
Sweet Willie
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our trip is two weeks away, seeing as the next two weeks Chicago will be gripped in a polar vortex, Aruba weather will be looked forward to, especially by Mrs Willie.

A co-worker just got back from his honeymoon on Aruba, suggested these restaurants:

Quinta del Carmen

Barefoot

Papiamento

Flying Fishbone

They also enjoyed a sunset cruise on Tanquillo http://www.tranquiloaruba.com/
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Posted : December 12, 2016 5:24 pm
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